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Facebook bans Israeli firm over fake election posts

May 17, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Facebook bans Israel company Archimedes Group, which on its website boasts of 'winning campaigns worldwide'

Madonna confirmed at last for Eurovision in Tel Aviv

May 16, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Israel public broadcaster KAN confirms that Madonna will perform after a contact was signed

Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning

May 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The webcast on KAN is interrupted by what appeared to be satellite imagery of Tel Aviv superimposed with graphics of a smoke plume suggesting a rocket strike

Defiant Madonna determined to play Eurovision in Israel

May 15, 2019 - 11:10 AM

'I'll never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be,' says Madonna

Netanyahu says needs more time to form new Israel government

May 12, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cites the recent holidays and the Gaza flare-up in his request for more time to form new coalition government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored

May 12, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Both the Erez crossing for people and Kerem Shalom crossing for goods are open again, says an Israeli defense ministry unit official

CLOSURE. Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians say truce reached with Israel to end deadly escalation

May 06, 2019 - 1:11 PM

An Israeli military spokeswoman declines to comment on the deal, but there appears to be no rocket fire or Israeli strikes after it was due to take effect

ROCKET ATTACK. Israeli emergency personnel gather at the site of rocket attack in the southern Israeli town of Ashdod on May 5, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Trump says U.S. backs Israel '100%' over Gaza escalation

May 06, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Gaza Strip's health ministry says among those killed by Israel's retaliatory airstrikes were a pregnant woman and a four-month-old baby

VICTIMS. An injured Palestinian baby cries at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza strip on May 5, 2019.  Photo by Anas Baba/AFP

Netanyahu vows more 'massive strikes' in response to Gaza rockets

May 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the military to reinforce troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery, and infantry forces

WAR CONTINUES. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza, Israeli response kills one

May 04, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Due to the rocket fire, Israel closes its people and goods crossings with Gaza as well as the zone it allows for fishermen off the enclave until further notice

RESPONSE. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel today, which responded with strikes that killed a Palestinian, officials said. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Netanyahu sworn into Israel's new parliament after election victory

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among the 120 members of the Knesset, or parliament, sworn in during an official ceremony

NEW PARLIAMENT. The Knesset has potentially stormy sessions ahead as it works to resolve key religion and state issues as well as a possible proposal that would shield Benjamin Netanyahu from prosecution. File photo by AFP

Israel tells citizens to leave Sri Lanka over 'concrete threat'

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The recommendation from Israel's counterterrorism bureau says it is issuing the travel warning after consultations with security and foreign ministry officials

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) holds a proclamation signed by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 14, 2019.  RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP

Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, says he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a 'robust business plan' for the Palestinians

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the Time 100 Summit event April 23, 2019 in New York. Kushner said that he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace plan after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan ends in early June. Don Emmert / AFP

Netanyahu expected to receive formal nod to remain Israel prime minister

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin must choose who will form the next government and is expected to pick Netanyahu

NEW GOVERNMENT. This picture taken early on April 10, 2019 shows Israeli Likud Party campaign material and posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by  Jack Guez/AFP

'First' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels unveiled

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:28 PM

(UPDATED) While it remains a far way off, scientists hope to one day be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to regenerate defective hearts

PRINTED HEART, HUMAN TISSUE. This photo taken on April 15, 2019 at the University of Tel Aviv shows a 3D print of heart with human tissue. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israeli president starts process of selecting next Prime Minister

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Rivlin appears to have little choice but to pick incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his party won the most seats in the April 9 vote leaving it best placed to form a coalition government

NEW GOVERNMENT. File photo of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (center left) reviews the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Ribbon/AFP

Final Israel election results leave Netayahu on course

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The final results give Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party 36 votes, one more than Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White alliance

AFTER ELECTIONS. A picture taken on April 9, 2019, shows supporters of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance watching a tv poll on a screen at the alliance headquarters in Tel Aviv. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israeli spacecraft crashes during moon landing – mission control

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'We are on the moon but not in the way we wanted,' one unidentified staffer says

BERESHEET. People watch a screen showing explanations of the landing of Israeli spacecraft, Beresheet's, at the Planetaya Planetarium in the Israeli city of Netanya, on April 11, 2019 before it crashed during the landing. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) His main rival Benny Gantz concedes defeat on Wednesday night, April 10, and final official results are expected to be announced by Friday, April 12

VICTORY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Netanyahu on path for victory in Israeli election

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The results from the vote come despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and put him on track to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister later this year

NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel votes with Netanyahu's future at stake

Apr 09, 2019 - 1:19 PM

(UPDATED) The vote is expected to be close and will likely lead to frantic negotiations to form a coalition once results are in

NETANYAHU AND GANTZ. A labourer works in front of electoral campaign posters bearing the portraits of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), leader of the Likud party, and retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (R), one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, in Tel Aviv, on April 3, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu, Gantz make final pitches before Israeli vote

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The general election in which Netanyahu is seeking to extend his already 13 years in office is expected to be close, with ex-military chief Benny Gantz posing a serious threat

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Trump sees tight race between '2 good people' for Israel PM

Apr 07, 2019 - 8:17 AM

The latest polls place incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz neck and neck, but give the former the advantage

NETANYAHU AND TRUMP. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump speak upon the latter's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2017. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu won't move 'even one' settler for U.S. peace plan

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:02 PM

If a measure involving eviction from settlements is tabled, Israel would pull out of Washington's plan, according to Netanyahu

ISRAEL PM. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press on February 28, 2019, at his residency in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli military – ministry

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Israeli army says it will investigate the incident

POSITION. Israeli soldiers gather at a position over an earth barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians (background) protest to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez / AFP

Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike

Mar 31, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The reopening comes a day after Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel to mark the one-year anniversary since demonstrations and clashes erupted there

AT THE BORDER. This picture taken on March 30, 2019 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip, shows Israeli military vehicles keeping position at the border fence, as Palestinians, waving national flags, demonstrate to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Thousands gather at Gaza-Israel border on anniversary in test of truce

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Warnings to stay far back from the heavily fortified fence that marks the border are already not being heeded by some

Palestinians gather during a demonstration near the border with Israel in Malaka east of Gaza City on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians mark the first anniversary of the "March of Return" border protests. - This marks the first anniversary of the often violent weekly border demonstrations in which around 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed, coming just 10 days before a keenly contested general election in Israel. The border protests peaked in May 2018, when Israeli forces shot dead at least 62 Palestinians in a single day in clashes over the transfer of the US embassy to Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

U.N. Security Council to meet on Golan at Syria's request

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Syria has requested the meeting in a March 26 letter sent to France, which holds the council presidency for the month of March, calling President Donald Trump's decision a 'flagrant violation' of UN resolutions

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Calm returns to Gaza after rockets draw Israeli response

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) The rocket firings come hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was prepared for further military action in Gaza

RUBBLE. A picture taken on March 26, 2019, shows Palestinians gathering next to the rubble of a building in Gaza City, after Israeli air strikes hit dozens of sites across the Strip overnight in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Rallies sweep Syria to condemn U.S. Golan move

Mar 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Demonstrators take to the streets across the war-torn country to protest Washington's decision

GOLAN HEIGHTS. Syrian national flags are flown in the Syrian town Ain al-Tineh across from Majdal Shams in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on March 26, 2019. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Trump proclaims Golan Heights belongs to Israel

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:39 AM

(UPDATED) US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus

HANDSHAKE. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Escalation feared after rare rocket strike near Tel Aviv wounds Israelis

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:32 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The rocket from the Palestinian enclave and expected Israeli response come at a highly sensitive time just ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

ROCKET STRIKE. A general view shows a damaged house after it was hit by a rocket in the community of Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv on March 25, 2019.  Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Mideast anger over Trump's Golan vow 'breaking international law'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) In an angry retort, the Syrian government says US President Donald Trump's comments disregarded international law

SYRIA REACTION. A file photo taken on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on August 27, 2018 shows members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone using a binocular to look towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights as smoke billows during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels over the control of the Quneitra border crossing. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Trump accepts Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:07 AM

(UPDATED) The Golan recognition is only the latest diplomatic bombshell dropped by Washington, which is Israel's principal backer, in seeking to redraw the fraught Middle East map

GOLAN HEIGHTS. In this file photo taken on June 28, 2017 the Jewish settlement of Qatzrin in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. US President Donald Trump on March 21, 2019, announces the US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. File photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Pompeo visits Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) It could be taken as tacit approval of Israel's sovereignty over the site, one of the holiest in Judaism and located in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem

TOGETHER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. Photo by Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP

Pompeo on Middle East tour to counter Iran, boost Netanyahu

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:56 PM

The US secretary of state kicks off his regional tour in Kuwait where he meets Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Israel and Lebanon

MIDDLE EAST TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Palestinian attack kills Israeli soldier in West Bank – army

Mar 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, welcomes the attack, but is not claiming responsibility for it

ATTACK. Israeli police inspect a car at the site of an attack at the Ariel junction leading to the Israeli settlement of Ariel, in the occupied West Bank on March 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel in dozens of strikes on Gaza after rockets target Tel Aviv

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The escalation follows weeks of growing tension and comes at an especially sensitive time ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

BOMBINGS. The sky above buildings on the Gaza Strip glows orange during an Israeli air strike in Gaza city late on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

Messaging app dope-dealing ring busted in Israel

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:57 PM

The suspects trade drugs through the encrypted messaging app Telegram

Netanyahu says Israel 'not a state of all its citizens'

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accused of demonizing Israeli Arabs ahead of April polls in a bid to boost right-wing turnout

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. - Nudged by rightwing political rivals after a deadly Palestinian attack on a young Israeli woman, Netanyahu who seeks re-election pledged today to freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / POOL / AFP)

U.S. deploys THAAD missile defense in Israel for exercise

Mar 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

It is the first such exercise in Israel, although the two allies hold regular joint war games

U.S. downgrades its Palestinian diplomatic mission

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The change means Washington's relations with the Palestinians will now fall under the authority of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who has been a supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank

DOWNGRADED. In this file photo, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as US President Donald Trump speaks before pardoning the turkey 'Peas' during the annual ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 20, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Israel hits Hamas sites after balloons with 'explosive device'

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Israeli aircraft targeted several militant sites in Gaza after an 'explosive balloon' launched from the Palestinian enclave damaged a house in Israel

TARGETS. This file photo taken from Gaza City on May 29, 2018, shows a smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike on the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Netanyahu defiant after decision to indict him ahead of polls

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames his political opponents for what he calls a 'witch hunt' intended to force him from office – though he appointed the attorney general who issued the decision

'WITCH HUNT.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press on February 28, 2019, at his residency in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Israel rejects 'biased' U.N. probe into its response to Gaza unrest

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No institution can negate Israel's right to self-defense and its duty to defend its residents and borders from violent attacks,' says Foreign Minister Israel Katz

'BIASED.' Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP