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Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Israeli minister seeks 'non-aggression' pacts with Arab nations

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:32 PM

It is the latest sign of Israel's push to improve ties with Gulf Arab nations with whom it has no formal diplomatic relations

Israel's parliament sworn in without new government

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Members of parliament elected in September 17 polls take their oaths of office in a ceremony that is to a large degree hollow due to deadlocked coalition talks

PARLIAMENT. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) addresses members of parliament during the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu faces graft hearing with Israeli coalition talks at dead end

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The hearing comes as deadlocked results from a September 17 general election threatens Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister

GRAFT HEARING. Ram Caspi, the prime minister's lawyer, arrives at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem on October 2, ahead of the pre-indictment hearing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

In first, Iraq PM points finger at Israel on base attacks

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says his government had 'indications' Israel was behind some attacks on paramilitary bases this summer

Members of the "Liwa al-Tafuf" 13th Brigade of Iraq's Shiite Muslim Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units) paramilitary show off their skills during a graduation ceremony at a training centre in the central Iraqi city of Karbala on August 30, 2019.  Mohammed SAWAF / AFP

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at U.N.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, is that all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations therein will be terminated,' says Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Forum, which was created by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, in Ramallah in the West Bank on February 6, 2019, with the attendance of Israeli activists. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Israel President Reuven Rivlin mandates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to form the government after his initial attempts at negotiating a unity deal between the prime minister and his main challenger Benny Gantz fail

ANOTHER TRY. File photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Bloody weekend for crime-plagued Israeli Arab towns

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Israeli police probe 4 shooting deaths within 24 hours in Arab Israeli towns following elections in the country

ISRAEL. An Arabic-language election banner displaying a slogan reading: 'one million Arab votes, our unity is our strength,' is pictured in the Israeli city of Nazareth, on September 18, 2019. The Joint List coalition of Arab Israeli parties reportedly won 12 seats in Israel's parliamentary elections. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:22 PM

With 99.8% of the votes counted, Israel's election committee says Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White has 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31

(FILES)(COMBO) This file combo image created on April 2, 2019 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) attending the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on December 9, 2018 and retired Israeli general Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, at a press conference in Tel Aviv on April 1, 2019. - Netanyahu and his main opponent Gantz sought to galvanise supporters today on the eve of a tense election with the political fate of the country's longest-serving premier in the balance. (Photos by Oded Balilty and JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Netanyahu, Gantz in standoff over Israeli unity government

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election results show Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz both without an obvious path to a majority coalition

Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked after Israeli polls

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) The results give no obvious path for either to form a majority coalition, raising the possibility of negotiations towards a unity government

DEADLOCKED. This combination picture created on September 18, 2019 shows, Benny Gantz (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand and Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu, Gantz supporters in waiting game as poll results trickle in

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Supporters of Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu are forced into a waiting game after the end of Israel's general election, with exit polls showing a tight race

AFTER THE ELECTIONS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara Netanyahu, and others sing together the national anthem after addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters early on September 18, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel votes on Netanyahu's political survival

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The polls are due to close in most areas at 10:00 pm, Israel time

ISRAEL VOTES. An Israeli man casts his ballot during Israel's parliamentary election, at a polling station in Rosh Haayin, on September 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu, Trump deny report of Israeli spying near White House

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The Israel president says: 'I have a directive: no intelligence connection in the United States, no spying... It's rigorously enforced without any exception'

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967."This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Q&A: What would Israel annexing the Jordan Valley mean?

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge, a week ahead of a closely fought general election, is controversial but what would it actually mean?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu faces criticism over annexation plan

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Any Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdictions and administration in the occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

JODRAN VALLEY. A photograph taken on September 11, 2019 shows a sign leading to the Palestinian village of Marj Ghazal in the Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel hits Gaza after rockets disrupt Netanyahu rally

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:27 PM

It comes just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected

STRIKING GAZA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if reelected

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The prime minister also repeats his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

As Israel returns to polls, Palestinian democracy in stasis

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:20 PM

When Israelis vote next week it will be the 6th general election since Palestinians last had the chance to cast ballots in parliamentary polls more than 13 years ago

Israel's Netanyahu in controversial Hebron visit

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The Palestinian Authority condemns Netanyahu visit as 'provocative' and politically motivated

UNDER SIEGE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters as he leaves after an event marking the anniversary of the 1929 killing of 67 Jews by Palestinian rioters, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on September 4, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Escalation ends, but Israel-Hezbollah tensions remain

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Burnt fields can be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint is set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim

ESCALATION ENDS. This picture taken on September 2, 2019 from the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras shows the area of Avivim in northern Israel on the other side where Israel and the Lebanese Shiite muslim Hezbollah group exchanged fire along the border the previous day. Photo by Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Lebanon says Israeli drone sparks blaze in border area

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Israeli military spokesperson says the blaze that erupted near a demarcation line between the two countries was caused by army 'operations' in the area

Palestinian dies of wounds from Gaza-Israel border clashes

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:54 PM

At least 306 Palestinians have been killed since March 2018 by Israeli fire

BORDER CLASHES. Palestinian protesters flee from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Palestinians to file complaint over Honduras' recognizing Jerusalem

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras announces that his country would open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem

PROTEST. The Palestinian national flag on the slope of the hill in the city of Rawabi built in the West bank.

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon to 'be careful'

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Addressing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Benjamin Netanyahu says that 'he knows very well that the state of Israel knows how to defend itself well, and to repay its enemies'

'BE CAREFUL.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Lebanon says Israel drone attack 'declaration of war'

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'This allows us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,' says Lebanese President Michel Aoun

'DECLARATION OF WAR.' In this file photo, Lebanese President Michel Aoun gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage international airport on March 30, 2019, to attend the Arab Summit tomorrow. File photo by Hussein Malla/Pool/AFP

Israeli court bars 'racist' candidates from September poll

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:25 PM

A court statement on Sunday says general elections candidates Benzi Gopstein and Baruch Marzel could not stand, as there is a law barring 'incitement to racism' by candidates

BARRED CANDIDACY. Benzi Gopstein (L) talks to journalists next to his lawyer Itamar Ben Gvir on August 11, 2015 in Jerusalem Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Lebanon condemns Israel 'aggression' after anti-Hezbollah drone attack

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Hezbollah is a major political actor in Lebanon and a key backer of the Damascus regime in war-torn Syria

Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack – army

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns arch-foe Iran it had no immunity from his state's military

MORE ATTACKS. Syrian civilians flee from a a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey

A plastic cup left behind by beachgoers is pictured on the sand on a beach in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 21, 2019. A report in June 2019 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranked Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and Turkey’s Cilicia region.  JACK GUEZ / AFP

Israel, South Korea announce free trade deal

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen calls the deal 'historic,' saying it is Israel's first such agreement with an east Asian nation

'HISTORIC.' South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (L) and Israeli Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen stand after signing a free trade agreement between Israel and the Republic of Korea in Jerusalem on August 21, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

PH to show ‘Quezon’s Game’ in Israel after deportation of Filipinos

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:47 PM

'It will be done,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr assures senators, who suggest reminding Israel of former Philippine president Manuel Quezon's efforts to save Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime

OPEN PH DOORS. In an untold story of Philippine History, Manuel Quezon tries to save many Jews from World War 2 by allowing them to enter the Philippines. Photo from YouTube Screenshot/ABS-CBN Star Cinema

Israeli ambassador on Filipinos facing deportation: 'Respect the country’s laws'

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'When your working visa is ending, you should leave,' says Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz

RESPECT THE LAW. Israeli Ambassador Rafael Harpaz expects foreign workers to respect the country's laws. 600 families face the risk of deportation. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Israel deports Filipina worker, Israeli-born son

Aug 13, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Rosemarie Perez is arrested by immigration officials along with her 13-year-old son Rohan last week for remaining in Israel illegally

Israel delays deportation of Filipina worker, Israeli-born son

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The lawyer for Rosemarie Perez and her 13-year-old son Rohan has requested an urgent hearing on their status in a bid to have them remain in Israel

Born in Israel, hundreds of Filipino children risk expulsion

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The United Children of Israel says some 600 families could now face expulsion over a loss of residency status

ISRAEL IS HOME. Filipino children carry a banner which reads in Hebrew 'Don't deport me' during a protest against deportation in Tel Aviv on August 6, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Manhunt after stabbed Israel soldier found dead in West Bank

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The stabbing occurs between Bethlehem and the flashpoint city of Hebron in the West Bank

INVESTIGATION. Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel gets missing Franz Kafka papers, ending long legal battle

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The late Czech writer's papers are now in the hands of the Israel National Library

Guests look at papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka, on display at the Israeli embassy after the stolen items were handed over to the Israeli ambassador by Germany's Bundeskriminalamt, in Berlin on May 21, 2019. - German police on May 21, 2019 handed over to Israel thousands of stolen papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, who died in Tel Aviv in 1968, and who is primarily responsible for Kafka's success as one of the 20th century's most influential writers, having published many of his works after the writer's death in 1924. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Jared Kushner visits after Israel okays homes for Palestinians, settlers

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, visits Jordan and Israel

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported Friday evening, May 26, 2017. Kushner, then and now a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from being monitored, the Post said, quoting US officials briefed on intelligence reports.    / AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Residents and activists are dragged out of the homes, many of which are still under construction

Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media – Financial Times

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The Financial Times writes that NSO group had 'told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, according to people familiar with its sales pitch'

Hamas official condemned after calling on Palestinians to kill Jews

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) In video from a speech to participants of weekly protests on Friday, July 12, Fathi Hamad, a member of the movement's top political body, can be seen calling on Palestinians across the globe to carry out attacks

Netanyahu warns of 'crushing' retaliation after Hezbollah chief's remarks

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:47 PM

'If Hezbollah dares to make the mistake of attacking Israel, we will lay upon it and on Lebanon a crushing military blow,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. - Israel's parliament today took a first step toward holding new elections due to deadlocked coalition negotiations following April polls, giving preliminary approval to a law to dissolve itself. Netanyahu has been unable to reach a deal to form a governing coalition ahead of a deadline to do so. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

Syria says 4 killed in Israeli missile strikes

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Syria's state news agency says the missiles struck near Damascus and in Homs province

Israel arrests Palestinian minister in Jerusalem

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs Fadi al-Hadami was detained questioned for 'activities in Jerusalem,' according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld

SENSITIVE SITE. In his file photo, Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel unblocks Gaza fuel, expands fishing – officials

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:07 PM

A source at the United Nations, which along with Egypt mediates between Israel and Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas, says Israel had agreed to ease these restrictions in exchange for calm

FUEL IN GAZA. A tanker delivers fuel at the Gaza power plant in Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip on October 9, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Planes landing in Israel see GPS signals disrupted

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:52 PM

It has baffled authorities who have failed to find the source and forced airports to change some landing procedures

GPS. This file photo shows the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel. File photo from Wikipedia

U.S. kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:41 PM

For now, its plan will open over cocktails and dinner Tuesday evening in Bahrain at an intimate two-day 'economic workshop' at a luxury hotel overlooking the Gulf

DENOUNCING THE PLAN. A picture taken on June 16, 2019, shows a poster in Gaza City denouncing the US Middle East peace plan dubbed the "deal of the century". Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Moroccans protest against U.S.-led Mideast economic plan

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Demonstrators burn Israeli flag near Morocco's parliament and shouted 'Death to Israel!' and 'Death to the United States!'