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‘Do not test Israel’s resolve’, Netanyahu warns Iran

NEWS DESK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its “proxies” in Syria, saying he would not allow them to “put a noose of terror around our neck”, reported AFP. Calling it “a message to the tyrants of Tehran”, he warned in a speech at the Munich Security…

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Israeli fire kills 2 in Gaza after blast wounds soldiers

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said Sunday, as tensions rose after an apparent bomb attack that wounded several Israeli soldiers on the enclave’s border. The Saturday explosion and ensuing Israeli air strikes marked one of the most serious escalations in the Hamas-ruled territory since the Islamist movement…

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Israeli PM sends condolences over Iran plane crash

MUNICH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday offered his condolences over the 66 people killed in an Iranian plane crash, just moments after he launched a blistering attack on Tehran’s government. “I take this opportunity to send condolences to the families of the 66 civilians that lost their lives in the plane accident today,”…

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Israel strikes Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

GAZA CITY: Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave. The explosion earlier Saturday, which left two of the Israeli soldiers severely injured, was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled…

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Israel graft case turns spotlight on Netanyahu family

TEL AVIV: Israeli police accusations this week against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu involving fancy cigars, champagne and jewellery have revived older stories of alleged misbehaviour by the premier and some family members. The accusations were the most serious against Netanyahu during his long tenure in power, but they follow a series of stories about him…

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Oman minister visits Al-Aqsa mosque

Jerusalem: An Omani minister made a rare visit by an Arab official to a Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after holding talks with Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank. Yusuf bin Alawi, minister in charge of foreign affairs, visited the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, an AFP journalist reported. His visit comes…

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Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader’s political survival, reported Reuters. Against the backdrop of Israeli flags in a televised speech at his residence, a somber Netanyahu called the allegations baseless and vowed to…

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Israel targets ‘Iranian’ positions in Syria after F16 downed

JERUSALEM: Israel attacked what it said were Iranian positions inside Syria on Saturday in “large-scale” raids after one of its warplanes was targeted by Syrian air defences and crashed. Following the most serious confrontation between arch foes Israel and Iran since Syria’s civil war began in 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to prevent Tehran…

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Syria says air defences responding to “new Israeli aggression”

BEIRUT: Syrian state news agency SANA said on Saturday that Syrian air defences were responding to a “new Israeli aggression” and a military source said the defences had thwarted attacks on military positions in the south of the country. Earlier on Saturday, the Israeli military said an Israeli F-16 jet crashed in northern Israel during…

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid

NABLUS: A Palestinian man was shot dead in clashes with the Israeli army on Saturday during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said. The man was shot in the head after fighting broke out during an Israeli army incursion into the village of Burqin in the northern West Bank, it…

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Israel wants ban against poet who called Ahed Tamimi a hero

NEWS DESK: Poet and author Yehonatan Geffen is an iconic popular figure in Israeli culture since the 1970’s. According to a piece published by Mondoweiss, he is tongue-in-cheek and doesn’t mince his words. The kind of guy who calls out Netanyahu for being a racist. On Monday, he posted a poem on his Instagram which…

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Hijab-wearing model resigns after backlash over anti-Israel tweets

NEWS DESK: Just days after Amena Khan was announced as L’Oreal’s first hijab-wearing hair model, the British beauty blogger said Monday that she was backing out of the campaign following backlash for several old tweets that criticized Israel, reported Washington Times. “I deeply regret the content of the tweets I made in 2014, and sincerely…

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Abbas to ask EU to recognise Palestinian state: minister

BRUSSELS: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will ask the EU to officially recognise the state of Palestine when he meets foreign ministers from the bloc on Monday, a senior official told AFP Sunday. Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said Abbas will tell the EU it should take the step “as a way to respond” to US…

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Trump does not plan on moving embassy to Jerusalem this year

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then, reported Reuters. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s…

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Netanyahu says has ‘special relationship’ with Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant. Netanyahu also vowed that Israel would “catch up” with the killers of a Jewish couple murdered in 2008…

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Palestinian president calls Trump peace offer ‘slap of the century’

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” on Sunday after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas also said Israel had “ended” the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the…

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Israel carries out air strike in Gaza: army

Israeli aircraft attacked a target in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the army said, and also closed the goods crossing between the Palestinian enclave and the Jewish state. Israel “targeted a terror infrastructure using fighter jets in the southern Rafah region, adjacent to the Egypt-Gaza Strip border,” an army statement said. “The Hamas terror…

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Senior Hamas figure critical after shooting accident

Gaza City: A senior figure in Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was hospitalised in critical condition Tuesday after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in what officials said was an accident. Imad al-Alami, a founding member of Hamas and former member of its highest political body, was wounded while “inspecting his personal weapon in his…

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Jerry Seinfeld invites ire after visit to military camp that trains Israelis how to kill Palestinians

NEWS DESK: US comedian Jerry Seinfeld visited a military camp in West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel, which trains Israelis how to kill Palestinians. After pictures of his visit surfaced on social media, a number of people called him out for his support to a Zionist regime that violates human rights. Check out…

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Israel publishes BDS blacklist of organisations banned from entering country

NEWS DESK: Israel has published a list of organisations supporting a boycott campaign against the country, whose activists will be banned from entering the Jewish state, reported The Independent. Members of 20 groups which back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement will be denied entry visas and residency rights under a controversial law. Gary…

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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi speaks during his joint news conference with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Amman, Jordan January 6, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed AMMAN: Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured…

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