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Russia condemns Israeli airstrikes on Syria

Russia said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what Moscow called arbitrary air strikes on Syria, days after the Israeli air force targeted what Israel said were Iranian forces there. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei …

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Israeli soldier kills Palestinian fighter

An Israeli soldier fatally shot a Palestinian man who tried to stab a fellow soldier in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the man was killed. There was no further comment from Palestinian officials. “The assailant arrived by vehicle from the …

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Malaysia slaps ban on Israelis

Malaysia has imposed a ban on Israelis participating in any event hosted by the Southeast Asian nation after barring athletes from attending the World Para Swimming championships in July. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said on Wednesday that Malaysia’s cabinet had decided on the measure last week. The majority-Muslim country does …

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Israeli high-tech companies being acquired

Acquisitions of Israeli high-tech companies totaled $11.1 billion in 2018, up from $6.3 billion in 2017, boosted by four deals valued at more than $1 billion, a report released on Tuesday showed. The number of transactions however dropped 20 percent to 89 last year, according to the report by the …

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Gaza TV offices ransacked in party squabble

The Gaza offices of President Mahmoud Abbas’s official Palestine Television station were attacked and ransacked on Friday, adding to tensions between his Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas movement which rules the territory. Rafat Al-Qidra, the office director, said five men broke into the premises early on Friday and destroyed …

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Israeli police clash with illegal settlement

Israeli paramilitary police dragged dozens of Jewish settlers out of an illegal outpost in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and said more than 20 officers were hurt during violent resistance to the evacuation. Settlers had set up two caravans at the Amona outpost last month, in what they described …

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Iraqi threat looms, claims Israeli spy

Iran could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn the Arab country into a springboard for attacks against Israel, the top Israeli intelligence official said on Monday. Israel sees the spread of Tehran’s influence in the region as a growing threat, and has carried out scores of air strikes …

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Palestinian-American caught selling land to sraelis

A Palestinian court sentenced an American-Palestinian on Monday to life imprisonment for violating a ban on selling land to Israelis, judiciary officials said. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, called in November for dual national Issam Akel to be released, saying his suspected crime was “selling land to a …

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Israeli rukus over stamped on flag in Jordan

Israel protested to Jordan on Sunday after the spokeswoman for the government in Amman was photographed stepping on the Israeli flag during a meeting with trade unionists. Jumana Ghunaimat, Jordan’s minister for media affairs and communications and the government spokeswoman, on Thursday walked over an Israeli flag painted on the …

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Israelis fire on Gaza protestors, killing one

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man during the latest of weekly protests along the border with Israel on Friday, Palestinian health officials said. They said Karam Fayyad, 26, was killed and six other people were wounded with live Israeli fire during Friday’s protests that went ahead despite stormy …

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Brazil not eager to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and while both pledged to deepen ties, there was no announcement as some anticipated of Brazil moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil, flew in to Rio …

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Netanyahu planning early election, facing off corruption charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday a snap election in less than four months, appealing directly to voters for a fresh political mandate that could help him weather possible charges in corruption investigations. The government cited differences within Netanyahu’s coalition over a new military conscription bill affecting exemptions …

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Netanyahu makes wild claims about Hezbullah missiles

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the Lebanese group Hezbollah had shut down plants to develop precision-guided missiles after Israel exposed them, and currently had at most just “a few dozen” of the weapons. There was no immediate comment from the armed, Iran-backed political organization which fought …

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Israel giving up on coal-powered electricity

Israel said on Monday it would stop the use of coal by 2030, joining a host of other countries in an alliance that aims to transition to cleaner sources of energy. The Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), launched by Canada and Great Britain, seeks to gradually reduce the production of …

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Palestinian gunman avenges Hamas deaths

A Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis at a bus station in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israel’s military said, after Israeli forces killed two Hamas fugitives who carried out earlier attacks. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the gunman had climbed from a car at a …

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Qatar proposes Gaza airport to reliave seige

A Qatari envoy overseeing the Gulf state’s humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip said on Monday that he had proposed building an airport in the blockaded Palestinian enclave but had received no response from Israel. In coordination of Israel and the United Nations, Qatar has donated hundreds of millions of …

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Border clashes as Israelis attack Lebanese

Israeli soldiers at the Lebanese border opened fire at suspected Hezbollah activists on Saturday, the military said, the first such incident since Israel launched a crackdown this week on cross-border tunnels into its territory. Lebanon said Israeli soldiers had fired in the air when they were surprised by a Lebanese …

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