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Calm returns after 2-day flare-up in and around Gaza

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Israeli military reports no rocket fire from the territory and Agence France-Presse correspondents in Gaza report no Israeli strikes

AFTERMATH. Palestinians salvage belongings from the site of an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.N. calls for '2 state' solution to be respected in Middle East

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'

UNREST. Palestinians shout slogans against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. Photo by Mohammed Abad/AFP

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza, Syria after Palestinian rocket barrage

Feb 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The Israeli military says it had struck 'dozens' of Islamic Jihad targets throughout Gaza

EXPLOSION. A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike at Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early on February 23, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel confirms 1st coronavirus case in cruise ship returnee

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:29 PM

A total of 15 Israelis are among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home

LEAVING. Mask-clad passengers prepare to board a bus after disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong Fong/AFP

Netanyahu announces thousands of new east Jerusalem settler homes

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announces approval to build a new settlement with several thousands of homes in Givat Hamatos, next to the mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa

NEW HOMES. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) points from an overview at the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) on February 20, 2020. Photo by Debbie Hill/ various sources/AFP

Israel plans new east Jerusalem settlement – watchdog

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Peace Now says the plan 'also includes the demolition of dozens of Palestinian residential units that were built in the area without permits throughout the years'

CONTROVERSIAL. A picture taken on December 13, 2017, shows the Israeli and US flags placed on the roof of an Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem and Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock mosque in the center. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israeli PM Netanyahu's trial to start March 17

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:26 PM

The announcement comes as the 70-year-old prime minister campaigns ahead of March 2 elections, after two previous polls resulted in a deadlock between Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz

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

Israel says Hamas used 'attractive' women in thwarted cyberattack

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Authorities say Hamas sought to gain access to soldiers' mobile phones by using seductive pictures of young women

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint blocking access to the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 26, 2016, before reopening the entrance to the Palestinian camp. Israel reopened the main entrance to the Palestinian camp in the occupied West Bank after keeping it closed for nearly a month in response to a series of attacks. The al-Fawwar refugee camp had been closed off for at least 26 days as part of measures taken by the army after an attacker shot at an Israeli car on a nearby road on July 1, causing a crash that killed the driver. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

Israel strikes Gaza, cancels easing of restrictions

Feb 16, 2020 - 9:44 AM

The exchange of fire between both sides escalates following US President Donald Trump's unveiling of his Middle East peace plan, angrily rejected by the Palestinians as a capitulation to Israeli objectives

GAZA. This picture taken early on February 16, 2020, shows a general view from above of Gaza city. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Pompeo says settlement report shows U.N.'s 'unrelenting anti-Israel bias'

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:01 AM

This is in response to the UN's list of 112 companies with activities in Israeli settlements, including major US firms Airbnb, Expedia, and TripAdvisor

SETTLED. Israeli soldiers walk along the buildings of the Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit on January 31, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Syrian air defense intercepts missile attack – state media

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:46 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blames the attack on Israel, which has not claimed responsibility

CONFLICT. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. Photo by SANA/AFP

Palestinian leader warns U.N. on Trump's 'Swiss cheese' peace

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:12 AM

'Who among you would accept such a state?' Abbas asks, as he warns that Israel would create an 'apartheid' situation if it moves ahead with annexation

MAPS. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of (L to R) historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Lacking support, Palestinians pull request for U.N. vote against Trump plan

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The Trump administration has put heavy pressure on critics of the Israel-friendly Middle East plan, diplomats say

'REGRETTABLE DECISION.' A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Israeli strikes kill 23 Syrian, foreign fighters in Syria

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The reported Israeli strikes come as government forces press a blistering offensive against Syria's last major rebel bastion, in the Idlib region in the northwest

ISRAELI STRIKES. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Israel troops wounded in Jerusalem car-ramming as violence flares

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:26 PM

A manhunt is underway for the driver in the car-ramming, who fled the scene in the heart of west Jerusalem after the attack

CAR-RAMMING. Israeli policemen inspect the site of a car-ramming attack targeting Israeli troops in Jerusalem that wounded several people on February 6, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/AFP

Pan-Islamic body O.I.C. rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The pan-Islamic body represents more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

No Palestinian recognition if peace plan goals unmet – Kushner

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Trump's son-in-law says that if Palestinians are unable to meet the conditions of the plan he crafted, Israel should not take 'the risk to recognize them as a state'

KUSHNER. This handout picture provided by the US Embassy in Jerusalem shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands with the US president's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner in the holy city on May 30, 2019. Photo by Matty Stern/AFP

Arab League rejects Trump's Mideast plan

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The pan-Arab bloc convenes in Cairo days after the US unveils its plan which is seen as favoring Israel

REJECT. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas holds a placard showing maps of  historical Palestine, the 1947 United Nations partition plan on Palestine, the 1948-1967 borders between the Palestinian territories and Israel, and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements, as he attends an Arab League emergency meeting discussing the US-brokered proposal for a settlement of the Middle East conflict at the league headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on February 1, 2020. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Palestinians protest against Trump's Middle East peace plan

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The terms of the plan are roundly rejected by Palestinian leaders, with president Mahmud Abbas vowing the proposal would end up in the dustbin of history

DRACULA. Palestinians carry a mock coffin bearing the portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Nablus on January 28, 2020. Photo by Jaafar Ashitiyeh/AFP

Trump peace plan embraced in Israel, rejected by Palestinians

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:13 PM

US President Donald Trump's proposals reportedly include no Palestinian input and grants Israel much of what it has sought in decades of international diplomacy

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN. US President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take part in an announcement of Trump's Middle East peace plan in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 28, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Past 'evils' are resurfacing, Germany and Israel warn at Holocaust event

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:12 PM

'More still, they are presenting their ethno-nationalist, authoritarian thinking as a vision, as a better answer to the questions of our time,' says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

HORRORS OF HOLOCAUST. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin embraces German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) after his speech during a parliamentary session in homage to Nazi victims at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on January 29, 2020 in Berlin. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

How the world is reacting to Trump's Middle East plan

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The plan ignites a furious rebuke from key Muslim countries who denounce it as betrayal of the Palestinians

ANTI. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Trump backs Israel, offers limited Palestinian state, in plan

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:07 AM

Here are some of the major points of Trump's plan, which he presented alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and which the Palestinian leadership quickly criticized

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Netanyahu drops request for immunity from graft charges

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:56 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's decision opens the way for Israel's attorney general to set a date for the premier's trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Netanyahu, praising Trump as 'the greatest friend that Israel's had in the White House,' describes the peace plan as 'the deal of the century'

SLAMMING TRUMP. Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans against US President Donald Trump during a protest against his expected announcement of a peace plan, in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip on January 28, 2020. Photo by said Khatib AFP

ISIS vows 'new phase' of attacks focused on Israel – audio message

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:44 AM

In a purported audio message by its spokesman Abu Hamza al-Quraishi, the jihadist organization calls for sabotaging a so-called peace plan US President Donald Trump is due to unveil

'NEW PHASE.' An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Trump to present long-delayed Middle East peace plan

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Trump repeatedly boasts that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history

WAR. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip December 26, 2019.  Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

World leaders in Israel to recall horrors of Auschwitz

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The presidents of Russia, France and Germany, US Vice President Mike Pence and Britain's Prince Charles are set to address the somber event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem

GUEST. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Syria says Israel behind aerial attack against military airport

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:21 AM

The attack adds to the growing tension in the Middle East after a US drone killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

Israeli soldiers and armoured vehicles are pictured on November 19, 2019 near the border with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights. - Israel's anti-missile defence system intercepted four rockets fired from neighbouring Syria on Tuesday, the army said. "Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the Israeli air defense systems," the Israeli army said in a statement. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu asks parliament for immunity

Jan 02, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving premier, is fighting for his political survival on two fronts – the corruption allegations and stiff opposition from a new centrist party

EMBATTLED. File photo of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AFP photo

Israel's Netanyahu wins ruling party leadership primary

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:26 AM

'A huge win! Thank you to Likud members for their trust, support, and love,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets

VICTORIOUS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu beats his rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire – army

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The army says the 'projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory and was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system'

DEBRIS. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on December 26, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu faces party leadership challenge

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

The Israeli Prime Minister battles his longtime rival Gideon Saar. Who will lead the Likud party?

RIVALS. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battles his longtime rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest on December 26, 2019. Photo of Netanyahu from AFP, photo of Saar from Shutterstock

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Israel parliament moves for 3rd election as talks falter

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) A new election would be another challenge for embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu at a time when he must fend off a leadership vote in his right-wing Likud party

3RD ELECTION. A general view of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on December 11, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

With 2 days left, deadlocked Israel faces repeat vote

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:08 PM

Right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu and former army general Benny Gantz trade blame over the impasse ahead of Wednesday, December 11, the last opportunity to form a coalition and avoid fresh polls

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. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Netanyahu pushes annexation plan as new elections loom

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says 'it is time to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and legalize all the Judea and Samaria settlements, those that are in settlement blocs and those outside of them'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 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 expels Human Rights Watch country director

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Israel accuses American citizen Omar Shakir, the New York-based rights group's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories, of supporting a boycott of the Jewish state

EXPELLED. American citizen Omar Shakir, the director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch for Israel and the Palestinian territories, waves ahead of entering the departures area at Ben Gurion airport on November 25, 2019, after being expelled from Israel. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israeli PM Netanyahu defiant after corruption indictment

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:42 AM

After months of suspense, Israel's longest-serving premier is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust

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)

'Wide-scale' Israeli strikes kill 11 fighters in Syria – monitor

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The Israeli army says they carried out dozens on strikes against the Iranian elite Quds Force and the Syrian military, in response to 4 rockets fired at Israel a day before

SYRIA STRUCK. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on November 20, 2019 shows destruction at a house in the suburb of Qudsaya, west of Damascus, which was reportedly caused by an Israeli air strike. Photo by SANA/AFP

Israelis celebrate, Palestinians rail against U.S. settlement move

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The decision is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves by Donald Trump's administration

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on November 19, 2019 from the Palestinian village of Kifl Hares shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Revava. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Israel intercepts rocket fire from Syria, reportedly hits back

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The flareup comes after a major escalation in and around Gaza following Israel's targeted killing of a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which is allied with Damascus

ISRAEL AND SYRIA. Israeli soldiers and armored vehicles are pictured on November 19, 2019, near the border with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights. Israel's anti-missile defense system intercepted four rockets fired from neighboring Syria, the army says. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

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. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Ceasefire takes effect after spike in Israel-Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The agreement stipulates Palestinian factions must ensure a return to calm in Gaza and 'maintain peace' during demonstrations, while Israel must stop hostilities and 'ensure a ceasefire' during demonstrations by Palestinians

PEACE AND QUIET. Children get ready to sleep in a shelter during a rocket attack from the neighboring Palestinian Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on November 13, 2019. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:58 PM

UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov is expected in Cairo for talks on halting the fighting

ESCALATION. Palestinian men watch as smoke billows during an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip November 13, 2019. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Exchange of fire after Israel kills Palestinian commander in Gaza

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Israel launches air strikes in response to barrages of retaliatory rocket fire, with the Gazan health ministry reporting 4 people have been killed and 25 wounded in the Palestinian enclave

ROCKET FIRE. Palestinian rockets are being fired from Gaza city on November 12, 2019. Photo by Bashar Taleb/AFP

Farmers blocked as Israel-Jordan enclave deal expires

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Residents of the affected areas are hoping to eventually regain some sort of access to the lands, or compensation from the Israeli government

CLOSED. An Israeli soldier closes a border gate on the Israeli side of the border at the Jordan Valley site of Naharayim, also known as Baqura in Jordan, east of the Jordan river on November 10, 2019, a site which has been leased to Israel as part of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Banned from visiting Palestine by Israel? There's an app for that

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:59 PM

A new virtual reality application is launched to give everyone the chance to tour specific sites in the Palestinian Territories

PALESTINE VR. Salem Barameh, executive director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, watches a video on the computer for 'Palestine VR,' a new application allowing users to virtually visit key Palestinian sites with local tour guides, on October 10, 2019 in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Led by Sanders, Democrats vow to press Israel on Palestinian state

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Bernie Sanders accuses both Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fomenting division

BERNIE SANDERS. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during the 2019 J Street National Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on October 28, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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