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  • U.N. eyes keeping Israel off armed violations list - sources
    U.N. eyes keeping Israel off armed violations list - sources 6 hours ago

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is leaning toward not including Israel on an annual list of states responsible for violating children's rights in armed conflicts, despite proposals to include it, U.N. diplomatic sources said. Israel's foreign ministry has denied pressuring Ban, but several diplomatic sources familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity that the Israelis were lobbying his office hard to ensure they were not on the list. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban had not made a decision on whether to include Israel in the United Nations report, which is due in the coming weeks. More »

  • Teva to pay $1.2 bn fine to settle US antitrust case
    Teva to pay $1.2 bn fine to settle US antitrust case 10 hours ago

    Israel-based Teva is the world's largest generic drug manufacturer More »

  • After suicide, Israel lawmakers discuss online shaming 11 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers are looking to take steps to prevent online defamation after a public servant killed himself over an accusatory Facebook post. More »

  • Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
    Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains 12 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. More »

  • Palestinians 'open' as Israel vote looms at FIFA
    Palestinians 'open' as Israel vote looms at FIFA 13 hours ago

    Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub on Thursday appeared to soften his stance on a threatened vote at the FIFA congress to expel Israel from world football's governing body. More »

  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community
    Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community 16 hours ago

    RAMLE, Israel (AP) — It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel's Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: "Take your hands off our schools." More »

  • Israel indicts Palestinian in murder of Polish tourist 17 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have charged a Palestinian man with killing a Polish tourist in Israel in April. More »

  • French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of …
    French foreign minister to visit Israel, Palestinian territories as part of … 19 hours ago

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Thursday he would travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in June, aiming to press ahead in getting an international consensus for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set parameters for peace talks. There is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians, but let's be frank justice hasn't been given to the Palestinians," Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. France recently handed a working document to Arab League countries in preparation of a Security Council resolution that would set a timeframe and the exact parameters of new peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians, French diplomats have said. More »

  • APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns
    APNewsBreak: Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns Wed, May 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. More »

  • Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy
    Blair to leave Middle East envoy post after years of struggling diplomacy Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former prime minister Tony Blair is standing down as the Quartet representative in the Middle East, the organisation said on Wednesday, after eight years struggling to break ground in peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians. Officials close to the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, said Blair, 62, would continue to play an informal role in trying to forge a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel. A Quartet statement said Blair "plans to step aside" and expressed appreciation for what it called his "unwavering commitment to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace" and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy. More »

  • Israel president wouldn't rule out Hamas talks
    Israel president wouldn't rule out Hamas talks Wed, May 27, 2015

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appeared to challenge a longstanding taboo on talks with the militant Islamic Hamas on Wednesday, saying he favoured dialogue with everybody. More »

  • Palestinians refuse to back down on Israel vote
    Palestinians refuse to back down on Israel vote Wed, May 27, 2015

    Palestine's football chief on Wednesday refused to back down on a threatened vote to expel Israel from football's governing body after talks with FIFA president Sepp Blatter. More »

  • US Senator Graham in Israel ahead of likely presidential bid
    US Senator Graham in Israel ahead of likely presidential bid Wed, May 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says allowing the United Nations to decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a "mistake." More »

  • Mogherini calls for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace process
    Mogherini calls for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace process Wed, May 27, 2015

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday on Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was "not sustainable." More »

  • Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia's S-300 Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Dan Williams HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - The chief of Israel's air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defences. The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300 variant, and put the value of the contract at more than a billion dollars. Neither Egypt nor Russia has formally confirmed it. More »

  • Hamas 'Killed And Tortured Palestinians'
    Hamas 'Killed And Tortured Palestinians' Wed, May 27, 2015

    Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinians suspected of "collaborating" with Israel during last year's war in the Gaza Strip, says Amnesty International. "Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel and others during Israel's military offensive against Gaza," it said. More »

  • Amnesty International - Hamas committed war crimes against Gaza civilians Wed, May 27, 2015

    Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Gaza's dominant Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the territory alleged to have collaborated with the enemy during last year's war with Israel. A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel in which health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians. More »

  • Senior Hamas official Abu Marzouk settling in Gaza for good Wed, May 27, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas official says he is moving to the Gaza Strip for good, underscoring the gradual shift of the Islamic militant movement's power base from exile to the Palestinian territory. More »

  • NeuroDerm reports 1Q loss Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Rehovot, Israel-based company said it had a loss of 9 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was ... More »

  • Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack
    Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state. More »

  • Israel, Palestinians pull back after Gaza exchange of fire Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militants appeared to be pulling back on Wednesday from further hostilities after Israel responded with air strikes to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported on either side of the border, and Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon blamed the rocket launching late on Tuesday on "elements in the Islamic Jihad" group in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave. More »

  • The two-state solution is dead
    The two-state solution is dead Wed, May 27, 2015

    Just ask Israel's own ministers. More »

  • Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty
    Hamas executed Palestinians during Israel war: Amnesty Wed, May 27, 2015

    Amnesty International accused the Islamist movement Hamas Wednesday of committing war crimes against fellow Palestinians to "settle scores" during last year's Gaza war with Israel, executing at least 23 people. More »

  • Hamas accused of atrocities during Gaza war
    Hamas accused of atrocities during Gaza war Wed, May 27, 2015

    Amnesty International says Palestinian group committed torture and unlawful killings during Israeli offensive last year. More »

  • Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war
    Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war Wed, May 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes. More »

  • Israel defense minister: Islamic Jihad behind Gaza flare-up Wed, May 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister is blaming Islamic Jihad — a smaller Palestinian militant group in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip — for the latest rocket fired at Israel that drew retaliatory airstrikes overnight. More »

  • Israeli planes strike Gaza after rocket lands in Ashdod
    Israeli planes strike Gaza after rocket lands in Ashdod Wed, May 27, 2015

    Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, says experimental rocket mistakenly fell on Israeli city instead of the sea. More »

  • Gaza militants fire rocket at Israel; no casualties reported Wed, May 27, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli fighter jets carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday just hours after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said. More »

  • Rocket fired from Gaza lands near Israeli port Ashdod - police Tue, May 26, 2015

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod on Tuesday but no casualties or damage were reported, police and the military said. Palestinian militants in Gaza launched thousands of rockets and mortar bombs into Israel during a war last July and August in which Israeli shelling and air strikes battered the small, coastal Palestinian enclave. Tuesday's rocket landed near Ashdod some 20 km (12 miles) north of the Gaza border and security forces were searching for remnants. More »

  • Israel finance minister says won't deal with natural gas
    Israel finance minister says won't deal with natural gas Tue, May 26, 2015

    Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, pictured on March 11, 2015 in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv, will be excluded from the decision-making process on the ownership of the state's natural gas ... More »

  • Gaza rocket hits southern Israel: army
    Gaza rocket hits southern Israel: army Tue, May 26, 2015

    A rocket fired by militants in the Palestinian Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Tuesday, the army said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. More »

  • Egyptian court sentences eight militants to death for army attack - sources Tue, May 26, 2015

    Judicial sources said the charges also included association with a "terrorist" organisation and weapons possession. The ruling, which can be appealed, followed the referral of the death sentence to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest Sunni Muslim authority. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces a growing Islamist insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip. More »

  • Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse than IS: Netanyahu
    Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse than IS: Netanyahu Tue, May 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that a nuclear-armed Iran would be "a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive" than the Islamic State group, his office said. More »

  • Tense talks on Israel expulsion vote at FIFA
    Tense talks on Israel expulsion vote at FIFA Tue, May 26, 2015

    FIFA leaders on Tuesday stepped up efforts to head off a vote called by Palestine to expel Israel from football's world body claiming unfair treatment of its players. More »

  • Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for 48 hours
    Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for 48 hours Tue, May 26, 2015

    Egypt reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days from Tuesday, Palestinian border officials said, for the first time since March. More »