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Netanyahu plans to libel his political rivals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would sue two of his main political rivals for libel, claiming that they labeled him a traitor over a graft scandal involving a German submarine deal. In a video published on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he instructed his attorneys to …

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Gaza artist uses conflict as raw material for works

One year on from the start of Gaza’s border protests, the weekly clashes with Israeli soldiers have become part of the texture of life in the Palestinian enclave, providing inspiration and even raw materials for local artists. Diorama artist Majdi Abu Taqeya spends hours creating three-dimensional miniature replicas of the …

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Netanyahu rival denies Iran hacked his mobile phone

Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s toughest rival in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary election, dismissed as “political gossip” on Friday media reports of allegations that his mobile phone had been hacked by Iranian intelligence. The former Israeli armed forces chief was speaking near the border with Gaza following a day which …

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Israeli warplanes pound Gaza in latest attacks

Israeli warplanes bombed Hamas targets in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza early on Friday after Israel’s military said militants had fired two rockets toward the city of Tel Aviv. The air strikes, the heaviest in five months, hit about 100 military targets belonging to Hamas, the Islamist group which controls …

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Kouchner’s Fund Continues Supporting Extremist Jewish Institutions Operating in Settlements

Other indexes on the United States denials of the Palestinian rights in self-determination and establishing their independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, the American Administration closed its consulate in Jerusalem, and incorporated it into its embassy after transferring it from Tel-Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem. The closure …

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Israel belittles UN Gaza report

Israel rejected as a “theater of the absurd” on Thursday a U.N. report that accused its forces of possible war crimes in killing scores of Palestinians during Gaza border protests last year. Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a statement that the U.N. Human Rights Council had “produced another …

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Kushner on Gulf tour as ‘peace’ envoy

White House adviser Jared Kushner is visiting U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states to seek support for a long-awaited peace proposal for the Middle East that he said would require concessions from both Israelis and Palestinians. Kushner, who is U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is expected to focus on the economic component …

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Putin and Netanyahu to meet next week, discuss Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Syrian conflict with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two leaders meet in Moscow next week, RIA news agency cited a Kremlin spokesman as saying on Sunday. The meeting with take place on Wednesday, RIA cited Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. …

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Think Tanks Activity Summary

The Foreign Policy Research Institute thinks that the American policy to withdraw from Syria is too fast.  They conclude, “With the clock ticking towards April, the United States is running out of time to reach agreement with Turkey and the SDF. Moreover, it will soon become quite apparent that U.S. …

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Anti-Netanyahu electoral coalition forms

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest challengers in an election in April joined forces on Thursday, adding potency to the centrist candidates’ bid to end the right-wing leader’s decade in power. The alliance between the parties of former military chief Benny Gantz and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid shook up the …

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Iran war with Israel not out of order

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries. Zarif told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the …

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Netanyahu mends bridges with far right

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an election alliance with a far-right party on Wednesday that could give followers of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane, a stronger voice in Israeli politics. The deal, announced by Netanyahu’s Likud and the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, was aimed at solidifying a potential right-wing …

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Americans tell Israel to apologise to Poland

Israel’s Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz should apologize to Poland for his remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said on Wednesday, commenting on the diplomatic row between two countries. “I just felt that two strong allies like Israel and Poland, of course they are strong allies of the United …

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Mahmoud Abbas rejects Israeli tax bribes

The Palestinian Authority (PA) will no longer accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel following its decision to trim the sum over the PA’s financial support of militants’ families, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body set up following the 1993 Oslo …

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Tzipi Livini angry over Israel’s collapsing democracy

One of Israel’s most prominent dovish politicians, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, said on Monday she was leaving politics and warned “democracy is in danger”. A former peace negotiator with the Palestinians, Livni won recognition abroad for her part in U.S.-brokered talks that aimed to end the decades-old conflict and …

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Israel-Poland Holocaust row escalates

Poland’s Prime Minister has canceled a trip to Israel in the wake of reported remarks made by Israel’s prime minister suggesting Polish complicity during the Holocaust, an aide in his office told Polish media on Sunday. A government spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend …

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Poland angry over Netanyahu holocaust comments

Poland summoned Israel’s ambassador on Friday and threatened to scupper a summit in Jerusalem after reported comments in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the prime minister, who was in Warsaw for …

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