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Netanyahu calls police chief ‘delusional’ amid indictment rumors

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Israel’s top police officer amid reports the politician could be indicted as part of corruption probe as early as next week. Roni Alsheikh is Israel’s chief of police. Thomas Coex / AFP/Getty Images file On Wednesday, Police Chief Roni Alsheikh said on a Israeli TV that “powerful figures” …

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Polish president to sign Holocaust bill despite international concerns

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, announced that he would sign a highly controversial bill Tuesday that will ban most Holocaust accusations against Poles as well as descriptions of Nazi death camps as Polish — likely raising tensions with the United States and Israel, which have criticized the measure. An ally of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party who occasionally has been willing …

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Israel’s growing ties with former Arab foes

A number of recent reports have appeared to confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in the Middle East. In coordination with Egyptian authorities, Israel has for months been conducting clandestine airstrikes against jihadist groups operating in northern Sinai. The Israelis used unmarked drones, helicopters and jets to launch at least 100 strikes …

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Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust law

Israel’s prime minister and Holocaust survivors on Sunday bridled at a draft Polish law that would make it illegal to suggest Poland bore any responsibility for Nazi atrocities committed on its soil. The Israeli foreign ministry summoned Poland’s charge d‘affaires – the ambassador was abroad – to object to the …

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Trump reportedly denies US Embassy move to Jerusalem in year despite Netanyahu’s earlier assessment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said his “solid assessment” is that the American Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in the coming year, but President Trump said otherwise later in the day. “By the end of the year?” Trump told Reuters in an exclusive interview. “We’re talking about different scenarios. …

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Former IDF soldier convicted of trying to join Islamic State

A Belarusian-Israeli convert to Islam was convicted Wednesday of attempting to join the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria. Valentin Vladmir Mazlevski, 40, who was arrested nearly a year ago while trying to travel to Syria via Turkey, was convicted by the Nazareth District Court of contact with a foreign agent, attempting …

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China: We Back Independent Palestinian State Based on ’67 Borders With Capital East Jerusalem

China called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, Xinhua state media reported Thursday. “China understands the Islamic countries’ concern about the status of Jerusalem,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, adding that China “calls for a …

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Palestinian diplomats push for UN resolution rejecting Trump’s al-Quds move

Palestinian officials are reportedly pushing for a UN Security Council resolution that rejects US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.” The measure, which would strongly condemn Washington’s decision and demand its reversal, would almost certainly face a US veto, diplomats said Wednesday. According to senior …

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Muslim leaders discuss al-Quds at OIC emergency summit in Turkey

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convenes an urgent summit in Istanbul on Washington’s contentious declaration on Jerusalem al-Quds, with the Turkish foreign minister urging Muslim nations to respond by pressing the world for the recognition of the city as the capital of a Palestinian state. Representatives from 57 OIC members are …

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Netanyahu quiet on U.S. Embassy move in speech, focuses on Iranian threat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Israel’s “irreplaceable” relationship with the United States in his first public remarks after the Trump administration said it would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but he did not address the move directly and instead stressed the threat of Iran. Netanyahu lauded Israel’s expanding …

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CIA chief Pompeo says he warned Iran’s Soleimani over Iraq aggression

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he sent a letter to Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian leaders expressing concern regarding Iran’s increasingly threatening behavior in Iraq. Speaking during a panel at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Southern California, Pompeo said he sent …

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