Several minor earthquakes shake Israel
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has been hit by four minor earthquakes over the past several days.
Two earthquakes on Sunday were felt in the area of Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee — one at noon and the second a few hours later. They both measured about 3.6 on the Richter scale.
The previous day, an earthquake of the same magnitude hit northern Israel, with its epicenter between the Hula Nature Reserve and the Sea of Galilee. A 3.5 magnitude quake occurred late last week, also near Tiberias.
It is not known what the string of mild earthquakes means and if it is a precursor of a larger earthquake in the region.
The Sea of Galilee is located on the Great Syria-African Rift, which has been the center of several earthquakes.
Israel nixes peace meeting following Fatah-Hamas unity accord
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel canceled a planned meeting with Palestinian peace negotiators after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas signed a unity accord.
The Obama administration sided with Israel in its reaction, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki calling the timing of the accord “disappointing” and saying …