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UN condemns Netanyahu annexation plans

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his concern over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the adjacent northern Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu promised to annex the territories if he got re-elected this September 17th, as a first step to …

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Netanyahu forced to pound Gaza during speech

Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel. The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound used by militants …

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Seeking Settlers Votes, Netanyahu Invades Hebron

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that Israel Pre-Israeli elections, Netanyahu along with the head of the State of Israel, Rauf Rivlin, and the Speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque to perform a Talmudic rituals on …

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Israeli forces murder two teenage Gaza protestors

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old during protests along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, Palestinian health officials said. They named the dead as Khaled Al-Rabai, 14, and Ali Al-Ashqar, 17. Seventy protesters were wounded, 38 of them by live fire, medical officials said. A few …

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Aoun warns Israel with dire consequences of any war

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun warned on Friday that Israel would bear the results of any attack on his country, days after a flare-up at the border between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah. “Any attack on Lebanon’s sovereignty … will be met with legitimate self-defense which Israel will bear all the consequences …

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Conflict Scenarios between the US, Russia and the Gulf – Consulting the experts

Interview with Federico Pieraccini, Independent Geopolitical Analyst Specialized in International Relations, Conflicts, Politics and Strategies at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The interview was conducted by Damir Nazarov, a Russian journalist based in Moscow.   1 – The USA has an advantage in all major types of weapons of mass destruction. Why …

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Israel faces budget deficit crisis

Israel’s budget deficit, which has swelled to a worrying level in 2019, is on course to expand further as the country heads into its second election this year, two top economic officials said on Monday. After keeping below 3% of gross domestic product for five straight years, the government’s budget …

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Israel and Lebanon trade words as well as shells

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel was prepared for any scenario after a cross-border clash with Lebanon’s Hezbollah but neither side seemed eager for another conflict. Israel’s military said anti-tank missiles from Lebanon targeted an army base and vehicles and that it responded with fire into southern …

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Israeli drones burn forest in Lebanon

The Lebanese military said an Israeli drone, which violated Lebanon’s airspace, dropped incendiary material and sparked a fire in a pine forest by the border on Sunday. The fires near the border in Lebanon “originate with operations by our forces in the area,” the Israeli military said in a statement …

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Reinforcements on Israeli side of Lebanese border

Israel’s military said on Saturday it had ordered extra forces to deploy its northern command as tensions remained high with Lebanon’s heavily armed Shi’ite movement Hezbollah. The army said its “ground forces, air, navy and intelligence forces improved their preparedness for various scenarios in the northern command area.” It said …

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Israel charges Iran with building missile facility in Lebanon

Israel accused Iran on Thursday of stepping up efforts to provide the Hezbollah militia with precision-guided missile production facilities, a warning to Beirut that Israeli counter-strikes could escalate. “Dir balak,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks directed at Lebanon, using the Arabic for “watch out”. Israel and Lebanon’s …

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Hezbullah weighs options in reponse to Israel

Hezbollah will respond with a “surprise” strike against Israel after drones crashed in Lebanon, but a new war remains unlikely, the Iran-backed movement said, amid heightened fears of a full-scale confrontation between the longtime adversaries. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the two drones that crashed at the weekend in …

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Netanyahu not concerned over Hezbullah response

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to “calm down” after he warned Israel that his movement was preparing an imminent response to the crash of two Israeli drones in a Beirut suburb. “I heard what Nasrallah said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He …

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‘Palestine + 100’ Review

By Layla Azmi Goushey   In Palestine + 100: Stories from a century after the Nakba, twelve Palestinian writers answer the question” What might your country look like in the year 2048?” Their answers are encased in a thrilling collection of speculative, dystopian, and futuristic short fiction edited by Basma …

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Netanyahu’s wife insults Ukrainian audience

Israeli and Ukrainian leaders have come to the defense of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara after she appeared to toss away a piece of bread offered to her at an official Ukrainian welcoming ceremony. Netanyahu and his wife, on a two-day official trip to Ukraine, were greeted at the …

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Israelis forces fire on, kill, Gazans

Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian gunmen as they tried to cross the Gaza border, the military said on Sunday and Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed. “A short while ago, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) troops spotted a number of armed suspects adjacent …

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Israeli police tresspass on Al-Aqsa mosque

Israeli police fired sound grenades to disperse Palestinians during confrontations on Sunday outside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque where tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered for the Eid al-Adha holiday, witnesses said. A Palestinian ambulance service said that at least 14 Palestinians were taken to hospitals for treatment. Israel’s Kan public …

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Courts okay homophobia in Israeli politics

Billboard owners in Israel cannot reject homophobic political adverts, a judge has ruled, after two companies refused to sell ad space to a far-right party that linked gay people with child trafficking. The party, Noam, was denied space on the outside wall of a Jerusalem hotel and on bus sides …

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