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Israeli jets pound Gaza after rocket fire

Israeli jets struck targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday after a rocket fired by Palestinians struck a house in the southern occupied city of Beersheba, the Israeli military said. Residents in the Gaza Strip said jets had targeted eight locations. The military said another rocket had been launched …

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The Woman Who Could Be Israel’s Next Leader

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fond of showing his visitors an ancient seal unearthed in Jerusalem, thought to date back more than 2,700 years. Its inscription is similar to the prime minister’s family name—proof of the historic bond between the Jewish people and their land, and perhaps (one might …

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Palestinian academic calls for boycott of Israel

If the international community takes a common stance against Israel, it cannot continue blatant killings in Palestine, a Palestinian academic said on Saturday, Anadolu reports. Speaking at the “Palestine: Facing New Challenges, Preparing for Future” session on the second day of Muslim Future Thinkers Forum at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul, Sami …

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Will Israel and Iran go to war in Syria?

Israel was dealt a bad hand when it comes to regional security, and Syria is the latest—and trickiest—card in the deck. On the one hand, the weakness of the Bashar al-Assad regime diminishes a leader whose country has never reconciled its past conflicts and territorial disputes with Israel and often …

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Turkey steps up ties with Palestinian Authority

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Turkey are boosting their ties in economic, investment and educational sectors, despite Turkey’s close relations with the rival Hamas movement. This raises a question about how Ankara will balance dealing with both parties. The Palestinian government approved Sept. 12 an agreement designed to encourage Turkish …

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Why are Americans giving almost four billion dollars of their money each year to a prosperous state such as Israel?

By Mohamed Mohamed*   From presidents Truman to Trump, US administrations have never actually been an “honest broker” of peace between Palestinians and Israelis, regardless of all the rhetoric and official positions. On the contrary, the US has provided tremendous diplomatic, economic, and military support to Israel ever since its creation …

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Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim — again

Clandestine nuclear dumping. Concealing atomic material near a rug-cleaning plant. Lying to international partners. Accusing Iran of all of the above, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu fired a new salvo Thursday in his campaign to prove that Tehran can’t be trusted and poses a massive threat to international security. In response, …

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Russia to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria

Russia announced Monday that it will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria, a friendly fire incident that send regional tensions over the war-torn country soaring. The Russian military aircraft was downed by Syrian government missile defense …

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Abbas: Palestine ready to enter peace talks with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday voiced readiness to resume peace talks with Israel, either behind closed doors or in public. Speaking at a joint press conference in Paris with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Abbas said: “We’re ready for negotiations with Israel — either in public or behind closed doors …

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University of Michigan professor refuses to write a letter for student to study abroad in Israel

A University of Michigan professor refused to write a recommendation letter for a student to study abroad in Israel, claiming it was part of an “academic boycott” of the country. John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American culture department, rejected student Abigail Ingber’s request in an email, a screenshot …

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Israel responds to Paraguay embassy move

Paraguay said on Wednesday it was moving its embassy in Israel back from Occupied Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order the closure of Jewish state’s mission in the South American country in retaliation. Palestinian authorities reacted by deciding to “immediately” open an embassy in Paraguay’s …

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Series of explosions reported at Syrian military airport

A series of explosions was reported late Saturday in al-Mazzeh, the location of a large military airport near Damascus. The private, pro-regime news outlet al-Mayadeen originally reported that Israeli airstrikes hit the airbase near Damascus with multiple missiles. However, Syrian state media later cited an unnamed military source denying the …

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Washington Adopts Israel’s Positions: The Refugee Chapter

By Yousef Munayyer*   Since the early days of his administration, President Donald Trump has led US policy toward Palestine/Israel on a steady lurch, from overwhelming support of Israel to full adoption of its positions. Instead of a thoughtful strategy, he seems to pursue a tactical approach to force the Palestinians …

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UN votes to keep peacekeeping force in Lebanon

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to renew for another year the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. The measure backing the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) calls on the Lebanese government to boost its naval capabilities, with the ultimate aim of drawing down …

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