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Netanyahu welcomes U.S. vote against United Nations Golan resolution

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The United States voted against the United Nations resolution dropping its practise of abstaining

Netanyahu says 'unnecessary and wrong' to call snap Israeli polls

Nov 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition was thrown into crisis when Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned, sparking speculation over whether early elections were now inevitable

EARLY ELECTION? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fends off calls for an early elections. File photo by AFP

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

U.N. Security Council meets on Gaza violence

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour says the council is 'paralyzed' and has 'failed to shoulder its responsibility' to take action to end the violence

GAZA. This file photo shows the UN Security Council during a meeting. File photo from the United Nations

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Netanyahu ally seeks Jerusalem mayor seat in Israeli local polls

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

One significant new element to the October 30 vote sees minority Druze cast ballots in 4 villages in the Golan Heights for the first time since Israel seized the strategic region from Syria in 1967

LOCAL ELECTIONS. An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks in a street littered with election campaign posters for the upcoming Jerusalem municipal elections, in Jerusalem on October 28, 2018. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel accuses Syria, Iran of orchestrating Gaza rocket fire

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The barrage of rockets triggers extensive retaliatory strikes by Israeli aircraft against Gaza that risked escalating into a wider conflict

Domestic pressures behind Jordan move to reclaim land from Israel

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah says his country has notified Israel that it wants to take back two border areas: Baqura in the northern province of Irbid and Ghumar in the southern province of Aqaba

A handout picture released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on October 21, 2018 shows Jordanian King Abdullah II speaking during a meeting with local political figures in the capital Amman.  Yousef ALLAN / Jordanian Royal Palace / AFP

Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor warns that Israel's planned 'evacuation by force' of the village could constitute a war crime

POSTPONED. This picture shows the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

U.S. downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, is replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem

DOWNGRADE. The sign for the Office of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission is taken down marking the office's closure in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Lebanon's Miss Earth 2018 bet stripped of title after photo with Miss Israel

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Miss Earth Lebanon organizers strip Salwa Akar of her title, following a photo of her and Israel's Dana Zerik that went viral

Israel strikes Gaza Strip after first rocket fire in weeks

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Israeli warplanes strike 20 targets in Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire from the Palestinian territory

Palestinian protestors place their national flag on a metal structure during a demonstration on the beach near the maritime border with Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, on October 8, 2018. The border protests since March 30 have been labelled the "Great March of Return" because they call for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes inside what is now Israel. Said KHATIB / AFP

Australia hesitates as Jerusalem embassy move draws fire

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Hours after first floating the idea, Scott Morrison says he will 'canvass views' from regional leaders about the decision to follow US President Donald Trump's lead

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Israel approves 31 settler homes in flashpoint Hebron – minister

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:46 PM

The upcoming Jewish neighborhood is the first to be constructed in 20 years

U.N. envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:48 AM

A senior official says envoy Nickolay Mladenov has 'gone beyond his role' in seeking agreements between Israel and rival Palestinian faction Hamas, which controls Gaza

PH chess hauls in 3 gold medals in Asian Para Games

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Sander Severino bags two golds as the Filipino chessers collect a total of 6 medals in the continental games

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians ask U.N. court to revoke U.S. Jerusalem embassy move

Sep 29, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Palestine has filed a lawsuit against the US at the International Court of Justice 'for violating international law by moving its embassy in Israel to the occupied city of Jerusalem'

INAUGURATION. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (C-L) claps as US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveils an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Israel gives Bedouin villagers until end of month to leave

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it

Duterte defers to court, Palace on inflation, Serena Williams | Evening wRap

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

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Israel called off police deal signing due to drug war? Malacañang silent

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says Malacañang did not expect any police cooperation agreement to be signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's Israel visit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte boards a flight bound for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv after capping off a successful official visit to the State of Israel on September 5, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's Israel trip shows consequences of his loose tongue

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The Philippine President's trip to Israel generate controversial headlines despite the delegation's efforts to draw attention to the positive aspects of Philippine-Israel relations

IN NUMBERS: OFWs in Israel and Jordan

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Overall, there are an estimated 76,000 overseas Filipino workers residing in Israel and Jordan

PH, Israeli businessmen sign 21 deals during Duterte trip

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The agreements signed between Philippine and Israeli companies and business groups represent $82.9 million in possible investments. Six of the deals are security-related.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu witness the signing of Memorandum of Intent on the Collaboration on Promotion of Bilateral Direct Investment between Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and State of Israel Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen following a successful bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Lasting friendship': Philippines-Israel relations

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Philippines and Israel share a deep history as allied countries, beginning as early as the 1930s

Israeli President tells Duterte: Hitler was 'the devil on earth'

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:58 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, protesters outside the presidential residence hold signs saying 'Stop genocide' addressed to the Philippine leader

Philippines to sign exploration deal with Israeli oil company

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Philippines offers Ratio Petroleum an area east of Palawan to explore for oil resources

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with Armed Forces of the Philippines Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Salvador Mison Jr. as the President was accorded foyer honors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on September 2, 2018 before heading off to his official visits to the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trillanes amnesty, Duterte boycott in Israel, Brazil fire | Midday wRap

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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Israeli company boycotts Duterte meeting with businessmen

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The CEO of an Israeli company says Duterte 'offended our people several times in a public way by comparing himself to Hitler'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds as he witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipino community in Israel at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. Joining the President on stage are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, dubbed 'Hitler admirer,' visits Israel Holocaust memorial

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'Never again' to mass murder, writes President Rodrigo Duterte in a message he leaves at Yad Vashem, a memorial for Holocaust victims

Duterte meets Netanyahu: 'We share same passion for human beings'

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We also share the same passion of not allowing our country to be destroyed by those who have corrupt ideologies,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israelis need 'pill against nausea' to receive Duterte – Israeli lawmaker

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Here’s why some Israelis cannot stomach Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the Filipinos based in Israel as he met with them at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem on September 2, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte in Israel: Activities, deals, delegation members

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:46 AM

The Philippine President will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and lay wreaths at Holocaust memorial sites

Duterte to Obama: Forgive me, I forgive you

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:35 AM

'I am sorry for uttering those words,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells former US president Barack Obama, who he has cursed in past speeches

[OPINION] Duterte and Israel: Why visit a rogue state?

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Israeli government of Netanyahu is one of the worst human rights violators in the world. I suppose one could cynically call Duterte's visit a gathering of human rights violators.

Duterte leaves for historic trips to Israel, Jordan

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:36 PM

It is the first time for a Philippine president to visit Israel and Jordan – home to a combined number of 76,000 Filipinos

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Duterte eyes arms deals on Israel trip

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The Philippines emerged as a significant new customer in 2017 for Israel, with sales of radar and anti-tank equipment worth $21 million

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of the State of Israel to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz during a ceremony held at the Malacañan Palace on August 31, 2018. Also in the photo is Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Rights activists to Israeli President Rivlin: Don't meet 'mass murderer' Duterte

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'We believe that his visit to the Israeli Presidential Residence will bring President Rivlin, and the very institution of the Israeli presidency, into disrepute,' says the group represented by lawyer Eitay Mack

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

U.S. cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The decision to cut Palestinian funding comes amid a surge of violence brought about by Palestinian protests against Israel that began in March

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. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER

Top Trump adviser arrives for talks in Israel

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:45 PM

A US embassy official says John Bolton's discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will include 'regional security issues'

Israel closes people crossing with Gaza after border violence

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The move could prevent Gazans from travelling via the crossing for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

GUARDED. Israeli soldiers ride in the turret of a Merkava battle tank near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'The report's suggestions will only enable the Palestinians' continued rejectionism,' says Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon

CONFLICT. In this file photo, Israeli security forces are seen during clashes between them and Palestinian demonstrators at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 28, 2017. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary for the proposals to work, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza city on August 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Duterte to make historic Israel trip September 2-5

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:02 PM

This is the first trip of a Philippine president to Israel since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1957

PHILIPPINES-ISRAEL TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and outgoing Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau exchange pleasantries after the President conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu on the Israeli ambassador, who paid a farewell call on the President in Malacañang on August 6, 2018. Malacañang photo

Wave of Israeli strikes hit Gaza after rocket barrage

Aug 09, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Israel's military says the country was targeted with around 150 rockets from late Wednesday, August 8, into Thursday, August 9

ISRAELI STRIKES. A picture taken on August 8, 2018 in Gaza City shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP