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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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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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Israel covers up its crimes committed in “Wadi Hommos” with false promises about Palestinian construction in area (c)

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that  Netanyahu’s demagogic maneuvers  has never stopped , and his recent allegations that follows demolishing homes of the Palestinian citizens in Wadi al-Hems in Jerusalem are not more than fake promises as the Israeli …

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Israel thinking about robotising army

Israel, a world leader in hi-tech, is around 30 years away from its ambition of deploying robot forces, and for now will chose between three prototypes of semi-automated armored vehicles to cocoon its troops in battle, defense officials said on Sunday. Israel has long eyed a future robot army as …

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Israeli kill Palestinian protestor on Gaza border

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian on Friday afternoon during weekly protests along the border with Israel, Gaza health officials said. Thousands of Palestinian gathered along the frontier, and the Israeli army said some in the crowd hurled explosive devices and grenades toward the border fence separating Gaza from …

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US blocks UN motion against Israeli home demolitions

The United States on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said. Israel said the 10 apartment buildings demolished on Monday, most of them still under construction, …

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UAE condemns Israeli demolition, forced migration

The UAE has vehemently condemned the demolition by Israeli occupation authority of Palestinian buildings in the district of Wadi al Hummus, in the occupied Jerusalem. ”The UAE strongly condemns these acts of forced migration, which violate the international law,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in a …

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Israel Demolishes Homes, Displaces Palestinian Citizens in Sur-Baher , Builds New Settlement in OPT

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that the Israeli Occupation Authorities continue the ethnic cleansing policy, especially in Jerusalem and its surroundings, ignoring the UNs and Human Rights Organizations’ warnings, and insists the demolishing of about 100 apartments and displacing …

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Israel demolishes Palestinian homes around Jerusalem

Israeli forces began demolishing buildings near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism. Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police moved in to Sur Baher, a Palestinian village on the edge of East Jerusalem in an …

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Netanyahu government caught in ‘gay’ controversy

Israel’s education minister voiced support on Saturday for so-called gay “conversion therapy”, drawing a disavowal from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government’s religious-rightist tilt has worried liberals a home and backers abroad. Conversion therapy, an attempt to alter sexual orientation or gender identity through psychological, spiritual and, in extreme cases, …

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Abbas likes Trump, Kushner says

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump is fond of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and willing to engage with him, but Abbas was cool to the gesture. In a conference call with reporters, Kushner said, “Our door is always open” to the Palestinians. …

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