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Trump in talks with Netanyahu over Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran and other issues, the White House said in a brief statement. “The leaders discussed the threat from Iran, as well as other critical bilateral and regional issues,” the White House said in an email statement. …

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Israel heading to new election

Israel moved closer toward holding a third election in less than a year on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main challenger failed to form a government. Benny Gantz’s announcement that he would not meet a midnight deadline following Netanyahu’s own failure to put together a coalition in October deepened …

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Israel shoots down Syria missiles

Israel’s military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday. Minutes earlier, sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded in the area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. “Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the …

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Pompeo okay with Zionist settlements in occupied Palestine

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were “inconsistent with international law.” The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is struggling …

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Gantz and Netanyahu Compete over Annexing More Land in OPT

The  National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that the Israeli occupation forces assault against the Palestinian citizens in the West Bank including Jerusalem is continued, practice a policy of ethnic cleansing, confiscate and bulldoze their lands. Settlers also continue their provocations …

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Gaza-Israel border flares up during truce

Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets, shaking an already tenuous truce. Sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Beersheba, the largest city in southern Israel, some 35 …

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Iran wants Israel for all religions

Iran is not calling for the elimination of Jewish people, but it thinks people of all religions should decide Israel’s future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday in a speech posted on his official website. “Calling for the elimination of the state of Israel does not mean …

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Truce with Gaza reached

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, calming the worst surge in fighting in months. The truce was declared from 0330 GMT, the group’s spokesman, Musab Al-Braim, said, marking about 48 hours since Israel …

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More Gaza-Israel violence

An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day. As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country. The Israeli …

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End of Jordan land deal hurts Israeli farmers

It has been a bitter harvest for some Israeli farmers on the border with Jordan. On Sunday, a 25-year-old deal between the two countries that has allowed them to cultivate land there formally expires. Under the deal, part of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, two territories straddling the border were …

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Israel deports Arab-American human rights observer

The director of the Israeli office of Human Rights Watch lost his Supreme Court appeal on Tuesday against deportation over his alleged promotion of pro-Palestinian boycotts of Israel, his lawyer said. Omar Shakir, a U.S. citizen, had contested the revocation of his work visa and denied currently supporting anti-Israel boycotts. …

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Latest flare up on Gaza-Israel border

Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets at Israel and the Israeli military responded with a wave of pre-dawn air strikes in Gaza killing one man on Saturday, Palestinian and Israeli officials said. Gaza health officials said the 27-year-old killed was among three men wounded in an air strike on …

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Whatsapp sues Israel for spy hacks

WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group on Tuesday, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San …

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Benny Gantz heading to premiership

Former military chief Benny Gantz received an official mandate on Wednesday to try to form Israel’s next government, but with no easy path to ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long hold on power. After inconclusive elections in April and September, Gantz’s nomination marked the first time since 2008 that someone …

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No new Netanyahu government

Benjamin Netanyahu gave up his effort to form a new government on Monday after failing to secure a majority coalition, creating an opportunity for centrist rival Benny Gantz to replace Israel’s longest serving prime minister. Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, said he had been unable to form a …

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Pompeo on assurance mission to Israel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran could exploit a U.S. military pullback in Syria. Pompeo and Netanyahu met in Jerusalem hours after Turkey agreed with …

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Israeli hate crime against Commonwealh graveyard

Dozens of gravestones at a Commonwealth military cemetery in Israel were desecrated in what the Israeli foreign ministry said on Saturday was a suspected hate crime. The Haifa War Cemetery is the burial site of about 340 Commonwealth soldiers, most of them killed in World War One and some in …

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Legal noose tightening around Netanyahu’s neck

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his final attempt to fend off a corruption indictment on Wednesday when his lawyers argued against looming charges that have combined with election stalemate to threaten his long hold on power. The pre-trial hearings, scheduled to be held over four days, will allow him …

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Israel unity government a no-go

Talks to form a national unity government in Israel hit a further snag on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s centrist election rival called off a meeting with the embattled leader. Netanyahu said on Sunday he would make a final effort this week to reach an agreement and would likely …

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Iraq blames Israel for attack on Shiite militias

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has accused Israel of being behind attacks on Iranian-backed militia positions in Iraq, the first time Baghdad has directly blamed Israel, Al Jazeera television reported on Monday. “Investigations into the targeting of some Popular Mobilisation Forces positions indicate that Israel carried it out,” Al …

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More Gazans killed by Israeli fire

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during protests along the fortified Gaza-Israel border on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said. They named the dead as Saher Othman, 20, and said 52 others were wounded during the often violent demonstrations, 27 of them by live fire. A spokeswoman for the Israeli …

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Netanyahu wants open-air corruption pre-trial hearing

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday for his pre-trial hearing next week on corruption allegations to be broadcast live, saying that “the time has come for the public to hear everything, including my side”. Following a deadlocked Sept. 17 election, Netanyahu is fighting for a fifth term in …

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