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Macron sides with Israel over nuclear Iran

President Emmanuel Macron said France was determined Iran would never gain a nuclear weapon but it wanted to avoid any military escalation in the Middle East, after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Macron’s two-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories is timed to coincide …

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The race to annexation

By Nasser Nasser   We are witnessing the “annexation of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley” fever and the left in Israel is running to catch up to Israel. This is the meaning of what one of Israel’s senior investigative journalist, Raviv Drucker, revealed in Haaretz yesterday, January 13th, …

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US, Israel conspiring against UNRWA

The interim head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees accused the United States on Thursday of lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organization, to which Washington cut off funding in 2018. Christian Saunders, in an interview with Reuters in his Gaza office, also said Israel was …

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Israel fires back at Gaza strip

Four rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, and it responded with air strikes against facilities belonging to the enclave’s ruling Hamas militant group. No casualties were reported on either side of the Israel-Gaza border. Two of the projectiles launched from Gaza …

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Gaza rockets hit Israel anew

Four rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, and there were no reports of casualties or damage. Two of the projectiles were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, the military said in a statement. Israel’s Channel 13 television said …

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Israeli airstrike on Syrian airbase

The Syrian army said on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province, saying its air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage. An army spokesman told state media that four Israeli missiles did reach the base, but said air defences intercepted …

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Israeli finance minister on the way out

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon will not run in a March parliamentary election but will keep his post until a successor is chosen, his spokesman said on Monday. “He is not going to be a member of Knesset (parliament) … or hold any political office. He wants to be with …

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Israeli education minister in row over homosexualty

Several Israeli school districts held impromptu tolerance classes on Sunday after the country’s education minister, an Orthodox rabbi, angered LGBT campaigners by implying homosexuality was unnatural. The furor over the remarks by Education Minister Rafael Peretz – who last year spoke favorably about gay “conversion therapy”, a widely discredited method …

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Israel-Syria prisoner exchange

Israel on Friday released two prisoners, including one jailed for spying for Syria, in what it called a goodwill gesture for the Russian-assisted repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli soldier last year. Russia, a key ally of Syria, in April handed Israel the remains and personal effects of …

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BDS Concludes 2019 with Remarkable achievements

The  National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements stated in its latest periodic-report about boycotting Israel  , that  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – BDS Movement, achieved remarkable successes over the last year at the domestic, regional and international levels, seeking to impose international isolation over the Apartheid Regime that …

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Israel backtracks over Iran nuclear programme

Israel sought on Tuesday to stand aside from the conflict between its close ally the United States and Iran, and said it was unclear whether Tehran’s abandonment of uranium enrichment limits meant it was on a path toward a nuclear weapon. The unusually muted Israeli comments on Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy, …

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Israel admits its a nuclear power

In an apparent slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile. Israel is widely believed to have an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it has nuclear weapons, …

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Israelis defend US assassination

Israel’s prime minister defended a U.S. decision to launch an air strike on Friday that killed powerful Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and the Israeli military was put on high alert, after Iran threatened revenge. Senior defense officials in Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East and Iran’s top regional …

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Israel, Cyrpus and Greece sign gas pipeline deal

Greece, Cyprus and Israel on Thursday are expected to sign a deal to build a 1,900 kilometer (1,180 mile) subsea pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean’s rapidly developing gas industry to Europe. They aim to reach a final investment decision in 2022 and completion by 2025. European …

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Leviathan gas field begins production

Israel’s largest energy project started production on Tuesday, paving the way for multi-billion dollar natural gas export deals with Egypt and Jordan to begin in the coming weeks. Gas began flowing from the massive offshore Leviathan field in the early morning after regulatory delays and court petitions by groups opposing …

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Muslim Palestinian help make Christmas dolls in Gaza

Muslim women in the Palestinian Gaza Strip have been hand-crafting gifts for the approaching Orthodox Christmas as part of a project to empower a traditional community. Their Santa Claus dolls, toy Christmas trees and red-and-white puppets come into high demand over the holiday season in Gaza, Bethlehem and Italy. Though …

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‘King Bibi’ back on top of Likud party

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu easily won a vote to keep the Likud party helm, the party said on Friday, in a boost ahead of what is likely to be a hard-fought general election in March. A Likud tally gave Netanyahu 72.5% of votes in Thursday’s party ballot, against 27.5% …

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Netanyahu facing runner up from his own party

Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a fresh challenge to his power on Thursday as his Likud party held leadership primaries in the run-up to a national election, the country’s third in under a year. Netanyahu, head of Likud for the past 14 years, is widely expected to retain …

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Netanyahu in hiding after Gaza rocket attacks

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at a southern Israeli city on Wednesday as it hosted a campaign rally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prompted him to take shelter briefly before resuming the event, Israeli TV stations reported. The Israeli military confirmed the launch against Ashkelon, which is 12 km …

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Israelis implicated in Congo mining scandal

Congolese prosecutors are investigating a 200-million-euro ($222 million) line of credit issued to state mining company Gecamines by a company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who is under U.S. sanctions, Gecamines said on Monday. Two sources at Democratic Republic of Congo’s prosecutor’s office and two at the presidency, speaking …

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Netanyahu describes ICC war crimes probe as anti-Semitic

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the International Criminal Court of anti-Semitism on Sunday over its chief prosecutor’s plan to pursue a war crimes probe in the Palestinian Territories. The right-wing leader, who is fighting for his political life in a March election, made the allegation with Judaism’s holy Western …

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Gas deal signed between Greece, Israel and Cyprus

Greece, Cyprus and Israel will press ahead with the development of a pipeline channeling natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ office said on Sunday. Mitsotakis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Nicos Anastasiades, the president of Cyprus, will sign an agreement on the …

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Syrians shoot down Israeli missile

The Syrian army’s air defense system intercepted missiles coming from the direction of Israel that were aimed at targets on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, state media said on Sunday. Four cruise missiles were believed to have been launched across the coast through Lebanese airspace toward Syria, a source …

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