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NSO now implicated in spying on Israeli citizens

Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into the police’s alleged use of sophisticated spyware on Israeli citizens, including protesters opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a newspaper report on the surveillance. Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist reported that in 2020, police used the NSO spyware Pegasus …

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Bennett warns of lifting Iran sanctions

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said funding for Iran could lead to “terror on steroids” on Tuesday, in an apparent warning against world powers easing sanctions against Tehran as they seek a new nuclear deal. “The last thing you want to do … is pour tens of billions of dollars …

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Lieberman gets Covid and goes into self-isolation

Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would self-isolate but continue working from home. “I feel good and will isolate in the next few days,” Lieberman said on Twitter. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tested positive on Monday. Lieberman has faced some …

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Israel FM Lapid gets corona

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Monday he had tested positive for COVID-19 but was in good health. Lapid, who heads the largest party in the government, was isolating at home, according to a spokesperson. “I feel great because I am vaccinated. Go get vaccinated, put on a mask, …

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Israeli navy helicopter crashes off coast of Haifa

Two Israeli pilots were killed when a navy helicopter crashed off Israel’s Mediterranean coast late Monday near the northern city of Haifa, the Israeli military announced. The helicopter was conducting a training flight when it crashed. A third crew member, an aerial observer, was moderately injured and evacuated to a …

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Israel to expand Golan settlements by double

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday the country intends to double the amount of settlers living in the occupied Golan Heights with a multimillion-dollar plan meant to further consolidate Israel’s hold on the territory it captured from Syria more than five decades ago. Speaking at a special Cabinet session …

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Israelis confirm they had hand in Soleimani assassination

Israel’s former military intelligence chief says Israel was involved in the American airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in January 2020. It is the first public acknowledgement of Israel’s role in the operation. Soleimani headed the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force and helped orchestrate Iran’s involvement with paramilitary …

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Iran promises crushing response to any Israeli attack

Iran will retaliate with a “crushing” response against any Israeli attack, a commander said according to an Iranian news agency linked to the country’s top security body. “If Israel carries out attacks against Iran, our armed forces will immediately attack all centers, bases, routes, and spaces used to carry out …

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Israel scraps planned UAE pipeline to Europe for environmental reasons

“We have blocked the entry of dozens of oil tankers to the Gulf of Eilat”, said Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, a member of the social democratic Meretz party.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html She described the move as a “huge and dramatic environmental achievement”, that was based on the ministry’s policy of zero …

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Israel will not allow Syria to have chemical weapons

Israel’s intelligence minister said Tuesday that Syria cannot be allowed to obtain chemical weapons, after a report emerged that Israel targeted the country’s chemical weapons facilities. In an interview with Israeli Army Radio, Elazar Stern would not directly comment on the report in the Washington Post that said that Israel …

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Trump insults Netanyahu for betraying him

Former President Donald Trump lashed out with profanity at Benjamin Netanyahu for congratulating President Joe Biden on his victory in last year’s election, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday. Trump accused the former Israeli leader of disloyalty, saying he had helped Netanyahu in his own elections by reversing decades of U.S. …

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US, Israel planning joint drills against Iran

U.S. and Israeli defense chiefs are expected on Thursday to discuss possible military exercises that would prepare for a worst-case scenario to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities should diplomacy fail and if their nations’ leaders request it, a senior U.S. official told Reuters. The scheduled U.S. talks with visiting Israeli Defence Minister Benny …

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Israeli police brutality goes unpunished

Israel’s Justice Ministry said Thursday it was closing an investigation into two police officers who shot dead a Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground, accepting the officers’ assertion that they acted in self-defense. A Palestinian attacker on Saturday stabbed and wounded an ultra-Orthodox Jew outside Jerusalem’s Old City. …

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Israel completes underground smart wall around Gaza

Israel on Tuesday announced the completion of a sensor-equipped underground wall on its side of the Gaza border, a counter-measure developed after Hamas militants used tunnels to blindside its troops in a 2014 war. Israel went public with the project, which also includes an above-ground fence, a naval barrier, radar …

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Latakia port on fire after Israeli air attack

Fires caused by an Israeli “aggression” at Syria’s Latakia port on Tuesday had been extinguished, leaving material damage, but the status of any casualties was unclear, Syria’s state media reported. Five explosions rocked the port city after an Israeli “aggression” hit the port’s container yard, sending fire trucks racing to …

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Poland with no ambassador in Israel for foreseeable future

Poland’s Foreign Ministry has said that the European Union nation will have no ambassador in Israel for the time being, bringing the mission level down to that of Israel’s mission in Poland. The traditionally sensitive bilateral relations soured in the summer after Poland adopted legislation seen as banning claims for …

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Israel building new settlements in East Jerusalem

Israel gave initial approval on Wednesday for thousands of new settlement homes that would cement occupied West Bank lands within its municipal boundaries around Jerusalem, drawing a Palestinian demand that Washington intervene. Most world powers deem the Israeli settlements illegal for taking in territory where Palestinians seek statehood. The Jerusalem …

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BREAKING NEWS – New Israeli strike on Syria leaves 2 dead

An Israeli ‘air aggression’ on Syria’s central region killed two civilians and injured seven others, official media said on Wednesday. State media said Syrian air defences intercepted the attack above the city of Homs. “An Israeli air aggression targeted parts of the central region, and the air defences are responding,” …

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