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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!'

Israel to attend U.S. Mideast peace conference – minister

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,' Foreign Minister Israel Katz writes on Twitter

PEACE CONFERENCE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to Israel Katz at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on May 12, 2019. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Israel PM inaugurates Golan settlement honoring Trump

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Netanyahu unveils a 'Trump Heights' sign, featuring an Israeli and a US flag, to mark the site of the new settlement

TRUMP HEIGHTS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd-R) and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (L) applaud after unveiling the place-name sign for the new settlement of 'Ramat Trump' or 'Trump Heights' in English. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Netanyahu's wife convicted of misusing public funds

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:41 PM

(UPDATED) An Israeli court orders Sara Netanyahu to reimburse the state in 9 installments

PROBE. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and his wife Sara Netanyahu visit the the Choral Synagogue in Vilnius on August 26, 2018. Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP

Palestinian minister hits back at Israeli annexation talk

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'We cannot accept the annexation of territories by any country because this is (a) violation of international law,' says Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki speaks with Palestinian representatives before the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 10, 2018. China will provide Arab states with 20 billion USD in loans for economic development, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials on July 10, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa. WANG ZHAO / AFP

Germany says 2 states 'only solution' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Heiko Maas reaffirms his country's support for a two-state solution ahead of a long-awaited United States peace plan

PROTEST. A Palestinian demonstrator, wearing the traditional checkered keffiyeh, sets makeshift US, Israeli and British flags during a protest in Gaza City on January 29, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP

U.S. envoy's annexation comments show 'extremist' approach – Palestinian leaders

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Bringing settlements under Israeli sovereignty on a large-scale could end any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians

DISPUTED. A picture taken on May 14, 2019 shows the Israeli settlement of Neve Yaakov in the northern area of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian district of Hizma (background) in the West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

U.S. envoy: Israel has 'right' to annex West Bank land

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Palestinians have rejected the plan before it has even been unveiled, seeing US President Donald Trump as irredeemably biased for Israel

SETTLEMENTS. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. File photo by Ahmad Gaharabli/AFP

Netanyahu appoints Israel's first openly gay minister

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The appointment of Amir Ohana comes as Jerusalem prepares for its annual Gay Pride celebrations

HISTORIC. File photo of Amir Ohana, Israel's first openly gay minister appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo from facebook.com/amirohana

Netanyahu fires two key ministers ahead of Israeli polls – official

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

An official confirms that Education Minister Naftali Bennet and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, both right-wing rivals to the Israeli Prime Minister, had been fired

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)

Clashes erupt at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

Jun 02, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The incident between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police took place as Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which this year coincided with the final days of Ramadan

AL-ASQA MOSQUE. Clashes erupt between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors who visted the Al-Asqa Mosque for the end of Ramadan and Jerusalem day, respectively. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel attacks Syria over rockets fired at Mount Hermon

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the strike at Syria, saying 'We won't tolerate fire at our territory, and [will] respond forcefully to any aggression against us'

ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset Israeli Parliament)in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Iran rejects U.S. Mideast peace plan at Quds Day rally

May 31, 2019 - 11:35 PM

During Quds Day commemorations, demonstrators burn US and Israeli flags and effigies of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

QUDS DAY. Iranians burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a parade marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Tehran on May 31, 2019. AFP photo

2 Israelis wounded in Jerusalem stabbings, attacker killed – police

May 31, 2019 - 5:33 PM

The attack comes as Muslims are due to visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for the final Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, two days before a controversial Israeli march through the predominantly Palestinian Old City

Israeli security forces stand guard in one of the alleys of Jerusalem's Old City following a knife attack early on May 31, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel heads to new election after Netanyahu stumbles

May 30, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Israel will now head to the polls again on September 17, just over 5 months after an April election that saw Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing and religious allies win a majority

NETANYAHU. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Israel inches closer to snap election with overnight vote

May 28, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Pitched into chaos by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to form a governing coalition after the April polls, the Knesset voted 66 to 44 in favor of a new election, tentatively scheduled for September 17

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel president says Jews unsafe in Germany after kippah warning

May 26, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says 'we will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism – and expect and demand our allies act in the same way'

U.N. agency for Palestinians rejects U.S. call to dismantle it

May 24, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'The fact that UNRWA still exists today is an illustration of the failure of the parties and the international community to resolve the issue politically – and one cannot deflect the attention onto a humanitarian organization'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

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