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  • Israel puts first Jewish suspect in 'administrative detention': off …
    Israel puts first Jewish suspect in 'administrative detention': off … 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon Tuesday signed the first "administrative detention" order for a suspected Jewish extremist following the firebombing of a Palestinian home in which a baby was burned alive. More »

  • Q&A: A look at the history of Jewish extremism in Israel 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel's first concrete step in its new "zero tolerance" approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought into the open long-standing fears about a radicalized and ultraconservative fringe that had been operating below the radar but now appears to be intensifying its violence. More »

  • Israel arrests second suspected Jewish extremist: Shin Bet
    Israel arrests second suspected Jewish extremist: Shin Bet 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    A second suspected Jewish extremist was arrested Tuesday in Israel following the firebombing of a Palestinian home that burned a baby alive, the Shin Bet internal security force said. More »

  • Archaeologists discover gate to Biblical city of Gath
    Archaeologists discover gate to Biblical city of Gath 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    A team of archaeologists, of the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath, have unearthed the entrance gate and fortification to the Biblical city. It was the largest city in ancient Israel in the 10th and 9th century BC – around the time of the United Kingdom of Israel and King Ahab of Israel. The archaeologists in the expedition, which is now in its 20th year, believe they have found the gate to the city of Gath of the Philistines as well as an "impressive" wall that they believe was used to fortify the city. More »

  • After deadly attack, Israel arrests extremist in crackdown
    After deadly attack, Israel arrests extremist in crackdown 3 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week's deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land. More »

  • Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered
    Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered 3 hours ago

    A massive gate unearthed in Israel may have marked the entrance to a biblical city that, at its heyday, was the biggest metropolis in the region. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was, said lead archaeologist of the current excavation, Aren Maeir, of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. More »

  • Israel court extends detention of extremist Jewish leader
    Israel court extends detention of extremist Jewish leader 5 hours ago

    An Israeli court Tuesday ordered the head of a Jewish extremist group to remain in custody after his arrest following the burning to death of a Palestinian baby, judicial sources said. More »

  • U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams faces stormy South African tour
    U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams faces stormy South African tour 5 hours ago

    By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Concerts scheduled by U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams in South Africa next month face disruptions from pro-Palestine protesters over a promotional deal he has with major retailer Woolworths, which has trade ties with Israel. The Grammy award-winning producer and performer has been targeted by the South African branch of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) movement. It objects to Israel's 48-year-old occupation of territories where Palestinians seek an independent state. More »

  • Israel's Netanyahu tells cabinet to back budget or risk government coll …
    Israel's Netanyahu tells cabinet to back budget or risk government coll … 6 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who holds just a one-seat majority in parliament, warned ministers on Tuesday that his government would collapse if they did not put a stop to their demands and rally behind his 2015-16 budget. "The State of Israel will have a budget because otherwise it will not have a government and our economic and security situation would deteriorate," Netanyahu said in terse remarks ahead of a meeting of key ministers. Netanyahu leads a five-party coalition that came to power after elections in March. More »

  • Serenity Now: A calm perch above Jerusalem's hectic Old City
    Serenity Now: A calm perch above Jerusalem's hectic Old City 6 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In one of the most contentious tracts of real estate on the planet, serenity is not that easy to find. More »

  • Jewish right-wing activist Meir Ettinger arrested as Israel clamps down on  …
    Jewish right-wing activist Meir Ettinger arrested as Israel clamps down on  … 8 hours ago

    A right-wing activist has been arrested as police launched an investigation into Jewish ultra Orthodox extremists following a firebombing in which a Palestinian baby girl was killed. Israeli domestic intelligence service Shin Bet named the man arrested in Safed, northern Israel, as Meir Ettinger. Ettinger is the grandson of notorious rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the anti-Arab Kach party, who was assassinated in 1990 in New York. More »

  • Compugen reports 2Q loss 8 hours ago

    The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said it had a loss of 14 cents per share. The drug developer posted revenue of $223,000 in the period. Compugen shares have fallen 28 percent since the beginning of the ... More »

  • Jerusalem: French tourist attacked by four Palestinians for showing Israeli …
    Jerusalem: French tourist attacked by four Palestinians for showing Israeli … 8 hours ago

    Four Palestinians have assaulted a French tourist after he started waving an Israeli flag at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site. The four Palestinians were also detained for assaulting the tourist. On 2 August, clashes erupted at the site after masked Palestinians threw stones at security forces while protesting against the killing of a toddler in an arson attack in the occupied West Bank allegedly carried out by Jewish settlers. More »

  • Syneron Medical reports 2Q loss 9 hours ago

    The Yokneam Illit, Israel-based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 7 cents per share. The medical aesthetic device maker posted revenue ... More »

  • Russia Invites Hamas Leader For Talks in Moscow
    Russia Invites Hamas Leader For Talks in Moscow 9 hours ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has invited the exiled leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, for talks in Moscow, a Hamas official has said. Meshaal, who runs the group's politburo from Doha, met with Lavrov in the Qatari capital on Monday, where the offer was extended, a statement from a Hamas official in Gaza said. Hamas accepted the invitation but said that no date for the talks has been set. More »

  • Allot Communications reports 2Q loss 10 hours ago

    The Hod-Hasharon, Israel-based company said it had a loss of 18 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, were 9 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall ... More »

  • Israel isolated as Arab nations rally behind John Kerry over Iran nuclear d …
    Israel isolated as Arab nations rally behind John Kerry over Iran nuclear d … 12 hours ago

    Arab nations that were sceptical of the Iran nuclear agreement have come aboard in support of the deal, leaving Israel as the only nation in the Middle East to oppose it. Subsequent to John Kerry's meeting with the Persian Gulf Arab states in Doha, Qatar, member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) explicitly expressed that they back the deal. Kerry met the emir of Qatar prior to his talks with other senior officials of Arab Gulf states as part of Washington's diplomatic outreach in selling the landmark agreement. More »

  • French tourist assaulted after waving Israel flag at Al-Aqsa
    French tourist assaulted after waving Israel flag at Al-Aqsa 12 hours ago

    A French Christian tourist was assaulted by four Palestinians on Tuesday after waving an Israeli flag at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, one of Islam's holiest sites, police said. More »

  • MediWound reports 2Q loss 20 hours ago

    On a per-share basis, the Yavne, Israel-based company said it had a loss of 19 cents. The developer of treatments for burns and hard-to-heal wounds posted revenue of $165,000 in the period. MediWound shares ... More »

  • Israel, Palestine and Jordan team up to save river
    Israel, Palestine and Jordan team up to save river Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Jordan River, believed to be the site of Jesus' baptism, has been suffering from pollution and is at risk of drying up. More »

  • Jewish extremist head arrested after anti-Arab violence: police
    Jewish extremist head arrested after anti-Arab violence: police Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    A Jewish extremist group's leader was arrested Monday after a Palestinian baby died in a West Bank firebombing, as police investigated online threats against Israel's president for condemning "Jewish terrorism". More »

  • Israel to allow harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects
    Israel to allow harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, with methods once reserved for Palestinian detainees, after a deadly West Bank attack blamed on ultra-nationalists, a minister said on Monday. The announcement came a day after the government said it would start detaining citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians without trial, another practice previously used only on Palestinian suspects. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet came under growing pressure to crack down on violent far-right Jewish groups after arsonists killed a Palestinian toddler and severely injured his parents and brother on Friday. More »

  • 2 Israelis hurt in Jerusalem fire bomb attack Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say two people were hurt when a fire bomb was thrown at a passing car in Jerusalem. More »

  • Hamas leader invited to Moscow after meeting Russian FM Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas says its exiled leader was invited to visit Moscow during a meeting with Russia's foreign minister. More »

  • Israel president threatened over 'Jewish terrorism' comment
    Israel president threatened over 'Jewish terrorism' comment Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Police have opened an investigation into online threats against Israel's president following his condemnation of "Jewish terrorism" after a firebombing killed a Palestinian child, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. More »

  • China to restrict drone, supercomputer exports
    China to restrict drone, supercomputer exports Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    China will restrict the export of drones and supercomputers from Aug. 15 to help protect national security out of fears such equipment could fall into the hands of militant groups, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. While its technology lags behind the United States and Israel, the biggest vendors of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), China is attracting a growing list of foreign buyers including Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt. Beijing has previously had limited success exporting manned military aircraft but is hoping to do better with UAVs because they are cheaper and easier to manufacture. More »

  • Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official
    Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Monday and invited him to visit Moscow, a Hamas official said, extending a diplomatic welcome to the Palestinian group shunned by the West. Meshaal, who is based in Doha, last travelled to Moscow in 2010, four years after his first official visit to the Russian capital. In a statement released in Gaza, the Hamas official said a delegation led by Meshaal briefed Lavrov on conditions in the Gaza Strip, which the Islamist movement rules, in the aftermath of last summer's war with Israel. More »

  • Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal
    Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Many Israeli ex-generals and former security chiefs have signed a petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he strongly opposes. More »

  • Insight - Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship
    Insight - Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - "I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel," reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalised Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians. In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognised internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity. More »

  • Israel To Hold Jewish Militants Without Trial
    Israel To Hold Jewish Militants Without Trial Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Israel is to begin detaining Jewish citizens without trial in the hope of catching the culprits behind an arson attack which killed a Palestinian child. No-one has claimed responsibility for the blaze which tore through a home in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank on Friday, seriously injuring the child's parents and brother. The attack caused an international outcry and with no arrests made, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to counter what he called "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation". More »

  • Israel-British project makes Hebrew texts available online Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the oldest surviving Hebrew manuscripts, a bible dating back more than 1,000 years, will soon be available online in a joint project with The British Library in London, the National Library of Israel said Monday. More »

  • Camtek posts 2Q profit Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    The Migdal ha'Emek, Israel-based company said it had profit of 2 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and stock option expense, came to 3 cents per share. The ... More »

  • UN agency for Palestinians says school closures loom Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees says a $101 million funding gap could keep 500,000 Palestinian students out of school this fall. More »

  • Perion Network posts 2Q profit Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said it had net income of 12 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 13 cents per share. The digital media company posted revenue of $48.6 ... More »

  • Israeli Teen Dies of Injuries From Stabbing at Gay Pride Parade
    Israeli Teen Dies of Injuries From Stabbing at Gay Pride Parade Mon, Aug 3, 2015

     An Israeli teenager died on Sunday of stab wounds sustained when an ultra-Orthodox man with a knife attacked a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem three days ago, police said. High school student Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people wounded in the assault. "We won't permit the terrible murderer to challenge the basic values on which Israeli society is built." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after sending his condolences to the family. More »