Latest Israel news

  • Israeli family discovers ancient treasure under living room 8 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Wednesday they have identified a rare, well-preserved 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath hidden under the floorboards of a home in Jerusalem. More »

  • Mural of rainbow flag sparks rare Palestinian debate on gays
    Mural of rainbow flag sparks rare Palestinian debate on gays 10 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian artist whose mural of a rainbow flag on Israel's West Bank separation barrier was whitewashed by anti-gay protesters says his work sparked a rare debate among Palestinians about gay rights. More »

  • Two explosions heard in Egypt's Rafah, near Gaza border - witnesses 10 hours ago

    ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Two explosions were heard in the Egyptian town of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, security sources and witnesses said. The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear. The Egyptian army and Islamist militants have been embroiled in fighting for hours on Wednesday in North Sinai, after the militants attacked military checkpoints leaving 50 people dead. (Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Andrew Heavens) More »

  • Israel says arrests dozens of Hamas militants in West Bank 11 hours ago

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces have arrested dozens of Hamas members suspected of planning attacks and trying to build up the Palestinian militant group in the occupied West Bank, Israel's Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday. The Islamist group dismissed the accusations against its members, saying Israel was just trying to sabotage its relationship with other Arab powers. Shin Bet's announcement followed the roadside shooting of a Jewish settler on Monday, though his killing was not claimed by any faction and Israeli officials said it looked like an attack by a lone Palestinian. More »

  • Abbas removes long-time critic from No. 2 position in PLO 14 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An official says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has fired a long-time critic from the No. 2 job in the Palestine Liberation Organization in what is seen as his latest move to sideline potential rivals. More »

  • Israeli court rules Kafka works to go to National Library 14 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has stripped an Israeli family of a collection of Franz Kafka manuscripts, ruling that they be transferred to the country's National Library. More »

  • Israel Folau to stay with Wallabies, signs 3-year contract 19 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Star fullback Israel Folau signed a new three-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday which will also give him the flexibility to play in Japan or elsewhere during the offseason. More »

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza
    Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza 21 hours ago

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the U.S.-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah. "We will uproot the state of the Jews (Israel) and you and Fatah, and all of the secularists are nothing and you will be over-run by our creeping multitudes," said a masked Islamic State member in the message addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas". More »

  • US church votes to divest over Israeli occupation
    US church votes to divest over Israeli occupation 21 hours ago

    United Church of Christ decision adds momentum to movement urging boycott of Israel over policies towards Palestinians. More »

  • State Dept: Trade bill can't defend Israel's territories Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after President Barack Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation, his administration took issue with language meant to discourage boycotts of Israel. More »

  • Israel deports Tunisia ex-president over Gaza flotilla
    Israel deports Tunisia ex-president over Gaza flotilla Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Al Jazeera cameraman Ammar Hamdan still held by Israeli authorities after covering flotilla trying to break blockade. More »

  • Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. More »

  • France's Orange prepares possible split from Israeli partner Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel. An Orange ... More »

  • Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo
    Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks in Israeli spy expo Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli espionage. More »

  • Orange reaches a deal for split with Israel's Partner after spat
    Orange reaches a deal for split with Israel's Partner after spat Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Orange will pay up to 90 million euros ($100 million) to regain direct control of the brand, which had been licenced to Partner to use in Israel until 2025 More »

  • Israeli PM lashes out at Palestinian leadership in West Bank Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister criticized the Western-backed Palestinian leadership in the West Bank on Tuesday for not condemning a recent spate of attacks on Israelis. More »

  • Hamas shuts offices of Gaza's sole cellular operator
    Hamas shuts offices of Gaza's sole cellular operator Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip shut down the offices of the territory's only mobile-phone provider on Tuesday, saying the company, Jawwal, had not paid its taxes. Police were posted outside the firm's headquarters and notices were put up on the walls outside reading: "Jawwal Company is closed upon the attorney general's order." Police also ordered phone stores registered with Jawwal not to sell SIM cards for its devices or process payments for the company, one vendor told Reuters. Jawwal is a subsidiary of the Palestine Telecommunications Co. (PalTel), the largest listed company in the Palestinian territories. More »

  • Hamas closes offices of Gaza's only mobile phone company
    Hamas closes offices of Gaza's only mobile phone company Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Hamas on Tuesday closed the offices of Gaza's only mobile telephone company after accusing it of tax-dodging, a move experts said could halt all cellular services in the Palestinian territory. More »

  • Israel PM warns proposed deal would allow Iran to develop nukes
    Israel PM warns proposed deal would allow Iran to develop nukes Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Tuesday that the deal being negotiated between world powers and Iran would allow it to develop nuclear weapons, hours before a deadline to reach an accord expired. More »

  • Gaza blockade: Does it break international law?
    Gaza blockade: Does it break international law? Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Israel's navy has seized an activist boat attempting to break a blockade of Gaza. More »

  • A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows
    A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive. More »

  • Fugitive rabbi can be extradited to Israel: Dutch supreme court
    Fugitive rabbi can be extradited to Israel: Dutch supreme court Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday authorised the extradition of the leader of a Jewish Hasidic sect wanted in Israel for alleged indecent assault of women and girls. More »

  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state
    Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A senior Israeli defence official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbour Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone. More »

  • Israel deports Tunisia ex-president after halting Gaza bid
    Israel deports Tunisia ex-president after halting Gaza bid Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Israel deported Tunisian ex-president Moncef Marzouki and European parliament member Ana Miranda on Tuesday after they took part in a flotilla seeking to defy its Gaza blockade, an official said. More »

  • Netanyahu buys time to resolve political problems over gas deal
    Netanyahu buys time to resolve political problems over gas deal Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won more time to overcome a political hurdle after parliament postponed a vote on authorising the government to secure a deal on developing Israel's natural gas fields. The proposed gas agreement has prompted a national debate over monopolies and profits for big oil companies because it would allow Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group to keep ownership of the massive offshore Leviathan and Tamar fields, which could turn Israel into a major energy exporter. At least three cabinet members cited conflicts of interest - personal or business-related - in withholding support for an agreement with the energy companies that would circumvent anti-trust regulation, scuppering Netanyahu's plan to hold the vote on Monday. More »

  • Orange, Partner Communications set terms to end brand deal
    Orange, Partner Communications set terms to end brand deal Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    French telecoms group Orange and Israeli mobile phone operator Partner Communications said on Tuesday they had agreed terms to end their licensing deal following a public row in Israel, but Orange said it was still committed to Israel. Israel protested to France after Orange's Chief Executive, Stephane Richard, said earlier this month he would terminate the licensing arrangement with Partner "tomorrow morning" if the contracts allowed. Specifically, the controversy surrounds economic activities in Israeli settlements of the occupied Palestinian territories which France and the European Union consider illegal. More »

  • UN condemns fighting by Syria and rebels in Golan Heights Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is condemning the fighting and use of heavy weapons by Syrian armed forces and opposition fighters in the area that has separated Syrian and Israel forces since 1974. More »

  • Four Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian West Bank shooting
    Four Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian West Bank shooting Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    A gunman opened fire at a group of Israelis near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said, in a suspected Palestinian drive-by attack. A spokesman for Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said medics were treating four people in their twenties, one of them badly wounded. Earlier on Monday, police said a Palestinian woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier at a crossing between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. More »

  • Palestinian striker to be freed, Israelis injured in attacks
    Palestinian striker to be freed, Israelis injured in attacks Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian held by Israel for the past year is ending a 55-day hunger strike and in exchange will be released in two weeks, his wife and an advocacy group for prisoners said Monday. More »

  • Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel
    Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries. More »

  • Israel blocks foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza
    Israel blocks foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Israeli forces boarded a boat leading a protest flotilla of foreign activists to the blockaded Palestinian enclave of Gaza on Monday and forced it to sail to an Israeli port, the Israeli military said. Activists said the boat also carried a group of journalists and politicians, among them former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and a European Parliament lawmaker for Spain. Israeli troops boarded the boat in international waters then searched and seized it, an Israeli military statement said. More »

  • Israel stops flotilla seeking to break Gaza blockade
    Israel stops flotilla seeking to break Gaza blockade Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Israel's navy on Monday halted a flotilla seeking to defy its Gaza blockade without the deadly force that marred a similar attempt in 2010 and escorted one vessel to port. More »

  • Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze
    Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had made humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border conditional on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country's civil war. The Nusra Front, an al Qaeda off-shoot hostile to Syrian Druze, was not among rebels getting Israeli help, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told lawmakers. Enraged by rumours Nusra fighters might be among the hundreds of Syrians admitted for medical treatment on the Israeli-held Golan Heights, Druze groups last week attacked two ambulances bringing in civil war casualties, killing one. More »

  • Israel aid depends on Syria rebels not attacking Druze: ministry
    Israel aid depends on Syria rebels not attacking Druze: ministry Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Israel's defence ministry on Monday warned Syrian rebels that they should keep jihadists at bay and avoid attacking the Druze minority if they wanted to receive humanitarian and medical aid from the Jewish state. More »

  • Israel snubs UN rights body over Gaza war report
    Israel snubs UN rights body over Gaza war report Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Israel snubbed a United Nations Human Rights Council session Monday debating a scathing report detailing likely war crimes committed during last year's Gaza war, with Israel's ambassador slamming the body as "morally flawed". More »