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Israel says could get tougher on Gaza after warplanes hit Hamas

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel could step up its “intensity” on Gaza, after a new flare-up that saw Israel carrying out air strikes and Palestinians launching rockets and mortar shells. The latest spike in tensions follows weeks of deadly protests and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border as well as the worst military escalation last…

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Argentina cancel final World Cup warmup against Israel

Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warmup match against Israel scheduled for this Saturday in Jerusalem, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday. “They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuain said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been canceled following political pressure. The match in Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium was to…

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Palestinian children request Messi to not play friendly in Jerusalem

Palestinian children have requested star Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi to not play the international friendly against Israel at Jerusalem. The children, in an open letter to the Argentinian player, said that they will be extremely disappointed if he plays in the occupied territory. “Jerusalem’s football is constructed on the graves of Palestinians,” protesters said. Palestine…

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Fans should burn Messi shirts if he plays in Jerusalem – Palestine FA

The Palestine Football Association chief urged fans on Sunday to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend. Twice world champions Argentina will play at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium on Saturday night in a World Cup warm-up match that has attracted huge…

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Muslims must stop other countries opening Jerusalem embassies: Turkey

ISTANBUL: Turkey called on Muslim countries on Friday to stop other nations from following the United States and moving their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem, as it opened a meeting in Istanbul on Friday. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called the summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after Israeli forces this week killed…

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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

Israel was under mounting international pressure amid calls Tuesday for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians during violence along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. Protests and sporadic clashes flared again on the Gaza border, though they were far fewer in number than the previous day,…

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Israel orders Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave

Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time Tuesday, the foreign ministry said, after Turkey demanded the same of the Israeli ambassador in Ankara over violence on the Gaza border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also launched a bitter attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying…

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Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned

Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in…

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Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as US opens Jerusalem embassy

Israeli forces killed 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years on Monday as clashes and protests coincided with the deeply controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The surge in fatalities led South Africa to recall its ambassador in Israel “with immediate effect until further notice” while condemning…

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Arab League blasts ‘shameful’ countries celebrating US embassy move

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday blasted as “shameful” countries that are celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Israel in the disputed holy city of Jerusalem. “It is shameful to see countries participating with the US and Israel in celebrating the former’s embassy move to occupied Jerusalem in a clear and…

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Israeli forces kill 28 in Gaza protests as anger mounts over U.S. Embassy

Israeli forces killed at least 28 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem. It was the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began…

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Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video: official

President Donald Trump will address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, the US ambassador said. It was not immediately clear from Ambassador David Friedman’s comment, on a call with reporters, whether Trump would speak via a live videolink or a pre-recorded…

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Trump not going to Jerusalem for US embassy opening: White House

President Donald Trump will not travel to Israel next week for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, the White House said Monday, announcing that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will lead the delegation. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, senior White House aide Jared Kushner, will also be part of the…

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U.S. Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem

U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. Trump says he is making good on U.S. legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades. Other world powers have not done so, sidestepping one…

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Saudi king announces $150 million for East Jerusalem

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem. “Saudi Arabia announces a $150-million grant to support the administration of Jerusalem’s Islamic property,” the monarch said at the opening of the Arab League summit in the kingdom’s eastern city of Dhahran….

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Trump ‘may’ go to Jerusalem embassy opening

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump floated a fraught trip to open the new US embassy in Jerusalem, as the embattled US president hosted Israel’s equally embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. The two leaders — both under career-threatening legal investigation — tried to cast their domestic problems aside, putting on a show of…

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US to open Jerusalem embassy in May for Israel’s 70th anniversary

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital and say the embassy…

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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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U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS: U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being “no longer willing to talk peace” with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t…

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