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  • Cardiff Council under fire after axing Israel football exhibition
    Cardiff Council under fire after axing Israel football exhibition 10 hours ago

    Cardiff Council has come under fire after it pulled a photo-exhibition showing how soccer can promote peace between Israel and Palestine. More »

  • Rare Roman-Era Coffin Features Carving of Curly-Haired Man
    Rare Roman-Era Coffin Features Carving of Curly-Haired Man 10 hours ago

    A 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that archaeologists are calling the rarest one ever discovered was unearthed last week during a building project — but construction workers are now being accused of damaging, and then trying to hide, the massive Roman-era coffin, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported. The workers uncovered the Roman-era sarcophagus as they were building villas in Ashkelon, a city along Israel's Mediterranean coast. The discovery is one of the rarest sarcophagi ever discovered, according to the IAA. More »

  • Netanyahu aims to amend public broadcast 'handcuff' clause
    Netanyahu aims to amend public broadcast 'handcuff' clause 15 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on Friday working to amend a newly passed public broadcasting law, officials said, after an outcry over a provision prohibiting journalists from expressing opinions. More »

  • Q&A: From the Gaza Strip to Hollywood
    Q&A: From the Gaza Strip to Hollywood 16 hours ago

    Palestinian actor Iyad Hajjaj tells Al Jazeera about the challenges and triumphs of his work in the US acting industry. More »

  • Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin
    Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Thursday with Israel's president and gave him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides." More »

  • Portman's directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming
    Portman's directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic. Instead, she considers "A Tale of Love and Darkness", her screen adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz's grimy, erotic and bitter-sweet work, a meditation on the shortfalls of national ideals in a land riven by the Palestinians' rival claims. Asked during the drama's commercial premiere in Jerusalem on Thursday if the project was meant to be pro-Israeli, Portman told Reuters: "Absolutely not ... I actually find it surprising to hear it described as a patriotic film because, for me, much of it has to do with the disappointment of the dream." She said she sought to convey, as the dovish Oz argued, that Israel's early self-image as "utopia for a land of orphans who came out of the Holocaust (was) maybe blind to some of the realities on the ground - and here we are this many decades later". More »

  • In directorial debut, Portman focuses on her native Israel
    In directorial debut, Portman focuses on her native Israel Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In her feature film directorial debut, Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman brings to life the autobiographical novel of celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz about his youth during the Jewish state's founding years. More »

  • Israel bans journalists from voicing opinions in newscasts Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air. More »

  • Netanyahu says U.S. public opinion with Israel on Iran nuclear issue
    Netanyahu says U.S. public opinion with Israel on Iran nuclear issue Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers including Washington. In remarks at a Jewish New Year's reception at the Foreign Ministry, Netanyahu made no direct mention of President Barack Obama's victory on Wednesday in securing enough Senate votes to protect the July 14 agreement in Congress. More »

  • Israel trims taxes to spur growth
    Israel trims taxes to spur growth Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on August 31, 2015 More »

  • American students attacked with firebomb in West Bank Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities say five American students escaped serious harm after their car was firebombed in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. More »

  • Israel recovers ancient sarcophagus hidden by contractors
    Israel recovers ancient sarcophagus hidden by contractors Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Israeli authorities have recovered a Roman-era sarcophagus that construction workers sought to hide after digging it up at a building site, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Pope meets Israel's Rivlin amid tensions
    Pope meets Israel's Rivlin amid tensions Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was received by Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions raised this year by the signing of a historic first accord between the Vatican and Palestine. More »

  • Exclusive - Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barrie …
    Exclusive - Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barrie … Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt. Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions. Both EU countries are beefing up their borders to deter migrants, many of them refugees from wars, who are seeking to use them as gateways to richer countries further north and west, particularly Germany. More »

  • Netanyahu defends Iran deal fight after Obama secures support
    Netanyahu defends Iran deal fight after Obama secures support Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Thursday his high-profile campaign to defeat the Iran nuclear deal after President Barack Obama secured enough backing to keep Congress from blocking it. More »

  • Israel unveils 1,800-year-old sarcophagus Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has unveiled an 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that workers found at a building site and initially tried to conceal. More »

  • Wales rise above England in Fifa rankings for the first time amid excellent …
    Wales rise above England in Fifa rankings for the first time amid excellent … Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Wales have been ranked above England by Fifa for the very first time following their unbeaten quest to reach Euro 2016. The Welsh have not qualified for any major tournament since reaching the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, yet Chris Coleman's side are now in pole position to end that 57-year drought as they top Group B heading into their upcoming clash away to Cyprus on 3 September. Previously positioned ninth in the world after impressive results against the likes of second-ranked Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israel, Wales have not actually moved up a place in the latest edition. More »

  • Israel targets Hamas base after gunfire from Gaza
    Israel targets Hamas base after gunfire from Gaza Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    The Israeli military said Thursday its air force had attacked a Hamas military position in the Gaza Strip overnight from which gunfire had hit homes in southern Israel. More »

  • Ultra-Orthodox tell Jerusalem bike sharers to take a hike
    Ultra-Orthodox tell Jerusalem bike sharers to take a hike Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    A bicycle-sharing plan for Jerusalem is aiming to cut down on traffic and boost tourism in the Holy City, but ultra-Orthodox Jews are refusing to let it ride -- at least on Saturdays. More »

  • Express proprietor Richard Desmond: 'I want to run the National Lottery …
    Express proprietor Richard Desmond: 'I want to run the National Lottery … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Richard Desmond, the former proprietor of Channel 5 and various other publications, including OK!, has revealed his desire to run the National Lottery when its current contract expires in 2023. In a freewheeling conversation to promote his memoirs at London's JW3, Desmond also revealed why he doesn't trust the Tories or Labour, thinks immigration is out of control - and once wanted to be a cantor. Desmond, in conversation with Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard was appearing to promote his memoirs, "The Real Deal." However, living up to his reputation as an outspoken maverick, his topics ranged far and wide, at one point even screening a video of US Defence Secretary John Kerry getting a grilling from the Armed Services Committee over the Iran nuclear energy deal - possibly to signify his disapproval of a deal which many believe could endanger Israel. More »

  • Palestinians urge U.N. members to support flag-flying initiative Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Palestinian observer mission to the United Nations on Wednesday appealed to the world body's 193 member states to support its call to be allowed to fly its flag at U.N. headquarters as a "non-member observer state." The statement from the Palestinians also responded to allegations by Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor, who on Tuesday called the Palestinian push to fly their flag alongside full member states' "another cynical misuse of the U.N. by the Palestinian Authority." "We ... respectfully appeal to the member states of the General Assembly to support the draft resolution on the raising of the flags of the non-member observer states," the Palestinian mission's statement said. The statement also dismissed Israeli suggestions that the Palestinian draft resolution on flying non-member state flags at U.N. headquarters was being forced through the General Assembly or that the assembly was being hijacked. More »

  • SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism
    SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    IDAN HANEGEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel (AP) — The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company's critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect. More »

  • Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes
    Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and Israel's government. More »

  • Israel parliament approves 2015-16 budget draft in first vote Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Israel's parliament gave its initial nod to the state's budget draft for 2015-16 late on Wednesday, after a marathon session that included heavy resistance from opposition lawmakers, with 57 voting in favour and 53 against. Initial passage of the budget, while expected, represents a big win for new Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has suffered a number of recent setbacks, including delays in forging a deal to develop a large natural gas well. Speaking to lawmakers before the vote, Kahlon said the budget plan was more responsible than his predecessor's, since it has a lower budget deficit target of 2.9 percent of gross domestic product next year. More »

  • Hearing set on appeal for US activist over immigration crime Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — An activist's appeal of the 18-month prison sentence she was given for lying about her convictions for bombings in Israel when she sought U.S. citizenship is scheduled to be heard in October. More »

  • AP Interview: Rescuer says world must protect antiquities Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A reserve colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps who led an international hunt for looted antiquities from Iraq a decade ago said Wednesday that the West needs to deploy forces to protect Mideast archaeological sites from extremists like the Islamic State group. More »

  • Israel boosts Jerusalem security, reviews rules of engagement
    Israel boosts Jerusalem security, reviews rules of engagement Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he was boosting security in Jerusalem and reviewing rules for when police may open fire, after an increase in stone-throwing and firebombings. More »

  • Netanyahu Threatens to Target Young Palestinian Stone Throwers
    Netanyahu Threatens to Target Young Palestinian Stone Throwers Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Wednesday. Under standing orders, Israeli soldiers facing violent Palestinian protests can open fire with live bullets only in life-threatening situations. More »

  • Kerry hopeful Israeli-Palestinian talks can be relaunched
    Kerry hopeful Israeli-Palestinian talks can be relaunched Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he believes Middle East peace talks can be relaunched, a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to resume direct talks with the Palestinians. More »

  • Hearing set on appeal for activist over immigration crime Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago activist's appeal of the 18-month prison sentence she was given for lying about her convictions for bombings in Israel when she sought U.S. citizenship is scheduled to be heard this fall. More »

  • TowerJazz says new technology to improve smartphone battery life Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli specialty chip manufacturer TowerJazz and its joint venture with Panasonic have developed radio frequency (RF) technology that can improve battery life and boost data rates in fourth generation (4G) smartphones. The technology can reduce power losses in a radio frequency switch by as much as 30 percent relative to existing technology for 4G LTE phones as well as so-called Internet of Things devices, TowerJazz said on Wednesday. Mobile Experts LLC, a market research firm, forecasts the RF front-end component market to reach $10. ... More »

  • Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020: UN
    Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020: UN Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a gruelling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday. More »

  • Sabbath row could see football matches scrapped: Israel FA
    Sabbath row could see football matches scrapped: Israel FA Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Israel's football association is threatening to cancel league matches unless the government reverses a recent decision banning games on the Sabbath, Judaism's holy day. More »

  • Netanyahu threatens to shoot young Palestinian stone-throwers
    Netanyahu threatens to shoot young Palestinian stone-throwers Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Wednesday. Under standing orders, Israeli soldiers facing violent Palestinian protests can open fire with live bullets only in life-threatening situations. Netanyahu was quoted as saying at the session that his government's policy was one of "zero tolerance towards stone-throwing and zero tolerance towards terror". More »

  • Israel Lodges Complaint Over Palestinian Attempt to Raise Flag at UN
    Israel Lodges Complaint Over Palestinian Attempt to Raise Flag at UN Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Israel complained to leaders of the United Nations on Tuesday about an attempt by Palestinian leaders to raise the Palestinian flag at the UN headquarters in New York, ahead of a gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly later this month. Last week, the Palestinian mission to the UN, overseen by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly lobbying for the raising of the Palestinian flag alongside those of the 193 UN member states. More »