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  • Israel slams Palestinians' push to fly their flag at U.N. 7 hours ago

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel complained to the United Nations on Tuesday about a Palestinian initiative to fly their flag alongside those of full member states at the world body's headquarters, calling it "another cynical misuse of the U.N. by the Palestinian Authority." Currently, only member states' flags fly at U.N. headquarters. While the 193-nation assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012, a Palestinian attempt to secure full U.N. membership failed. More »

  • UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue 8 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five years if current economic trends continue. More »

  • Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag
    Israel asks UN to reject Palestinian attempt to raise flag 10 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel on Tuesday urged U.N. leaders to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters as early as this month's gathering of world leaders there. More »

  • Israel opposes Palestinian flag-raising at the UN
    Israel opposes Palestinian flag-raising at the UN 12 hours ago

    Israel on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to a draft resolution that would allow the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders later this month. More »

  • Netanyahu ready for peace talks with Abbas 'now'
    Netanyahu ready for peace talks with Abbas 'now' 13 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he was willing to engage in immediate and direct peace talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, without preconditions. More »

  • Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves
    Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves 14 hours ago

    Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas ... More »

  • Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020: UN
    Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020: UN 15 hours ago

    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 »

  • Boycott Movement Claims Victory as Veolia Ends All Investment in Israel
    Boycott Movement Claims Victory as Veolia Ends All Investment in Israel 15 hours ago

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a campaign that advocates applying economic and political pressure on Israel to achieve equal rights for Palestinians in Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, hailed a decision by French infrastructure corporation Veolia to sell-off its final investment in the country as a "major" victory on Tuesday. Transdev, a subsidiary of Veolia, last week sold its 5% stake in CityPass, which runs the controversial Jerusalem Light Rail that connects West Jerusalem with the Arab neighborhoods and Jewish settlements of East Jerusalem. More »

  • Palestinians: Abbas says won't seek top PLO, Fatah posts 17 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Two officials say Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told confidants he won't seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections. More »

  • Dispute with Israel govt keeps Christian schools shut
    Dispute with Israel govt keeps Christian schools shut 20 hours ago

    Christian schools in Israel stayed shut Tuesday, delaying the start of the new academic year, in a funding dispute with authorities in the Jewish state. More »

  • West Bank village protests extension of Israeli wall
    West Bank village protests extension of Israeli wall 21 hours ago

    Israel's continued construction of an illegal separation wall will cut off Beit Jala's residents from their land. More »

  • Nearly Half a Century Later, a Jewish Kindergarten in Lodz
    Nearly Half a Century Later, a Jewish Kindergarten in Lodz 21 hours ago

    Miriam Szychowska has been hanging decorations on the wall, stocking books to read and preparing songs to sing in readiness for when 10 children step into their new kindergarten classroom on Tuesday. Szychowska's brainchild, Gan Matanel, will be the city's first Jewish kindergarten or school in nearly half a century, according to the nonprofit organization Shavei Israel, which aims to help descendants of Jews connect with their roots and with Israel. Szychowska's husband, David Szychowscy, is Shavei Israel's new emissary just dispatched to Lodz, and the organization says it will contribute funding for the kindergarten's operations. More »

  • How the Iran Nuclear Deal Weakened AIPAC, Washington's Most Powerful Interest …
    How the Iran Nuclear Deal Weakened AIPAC, Washington's Most Powerful Interest … 22 hours ago

    Until recently in Washington, the only issue Democrats and Republicans seemed to agree on was Israel. Though lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle have bickered incessantly over Obamacare and federal spending, they always passed pro-Israel security bills with overwhelming majorities—from slapping new sanctions on Iran to reaffirming the Jewish state's right to defend itself. More »

  • Israel PM criticised for eating at 'temple of gourmet dining'
    Israel PM criticised for eating at 'temple of gourmet dining' 23 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced criticism on Tuesday from ultra-Orthodox politicians for having eaten in a non-kosher restaurant serving rabbit, escargot and lobster during a recent trip to Italy. More »

  • Egypt building fish farms to stop smuggling in Gaza tunnels
    Egypt building fish farms to stop smuggling in Gaza tunnels Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Egypt is setting up military-run fish farms in order stamp out militant and smuggling activities in the Gaza underground tunnels. The Egyptian military is said to have begun digging activity near its border with the Gaza Strip as part of the project. According to the Associated Press, at least 18 fish farms would be built along the 14km Egypt-Gaza border to raise mullet and shrimp. More »

  • Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy becomes latest in war of perception
    Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy becomes latest in war of perception Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A soldier pins a boy down and is assaulted by his family: The scene might have gone unnoticed if not for footage that has turned it into another weapon in the Israel-Palestinian war of perception. More »

  • Israel: Mysterious 2,000-year-old podium discovered near Temple Mount in City …
    Israel: Mysterious 2,000-year-old podium discovered near Temple Mount in City … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A 2,000-year-old pyramid-shaped staircase made from large ashlar stones has been uncovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) on a street in the City of David, next to the destroyed Second Temple. The structure was found during an excavation of an ancient roadway rising from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount, which was carried out in tandem with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation, according to the Jerusalem Post. According to archaeologists Nahshon Szanton and Dr Joe Uziel, who supervised the excavation on behalf of the IAA, such a finding in the area is unprecedented. More »

  • Israel Christian schools plan to stay shut in protest
    Israel Christian schools plan to stay shut in protest Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Christian schools in Israel and east Jerusalem have threatened to stay closed for Tuesday's start of the new academic year over a financing dispute with the government, an official said. More »

  • Israeli Politician Says State Should Have Let Palestinian Hunger-Striker Di …
    Israeli Politician Says State Should Have Let Palestinian Hunger-Striker Di … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Israeli opposition minister and former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the government's stance on the case of a Palestinian hunger-striker on Sunday, saying that he should have been left to die. Earlier this month, Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian hunger-striker and member of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, woke up from a five-day coma caused by his 65-day hunger strike he had undertaken in protest at his administrative detention—a process used by Israeli authorities where people can be held without a trial or the knowledge of the charges levelled against them. Israel subsequently Haaretz, without specifying when the offer was made. More »

  • Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
    Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border. More »

  • B Communications posts 2Q profit Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the Ramat Gan, Israel-based company said it had profit of 18 cents. The Israeli telecommunications holding company posted revenue of $691 million in the period. B Communications shares ... More »

  • Internet Gold reports 2Q loss Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the Ramat Gan, Israel-based company said it had a loss of 17 cents. The fixed line and cellphone company posted revenue of $690 million in the period. Internet Gold shares have increased ... More »

  • Palestine boy head-locked by Israeli soldier called 'Pallywood star' …
    Palestine boy head-locked by Israeli soldier called 'Pallywood star' … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A picture of an Israeli soldier head-locking a 12-year-old Palestinian boy has gone viral as the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) accused the boy's family of being "Pallywood stars" to stoke anti-Israel sentiments. The Israeli soldier, who was injured in the incident, was attempting to arrest the boy in Nabi Saleh. Pallywood is a term coined by US historian and author Richard Landes over alleged manipulation of the media in order to gain sympathy for the Palestinian cause. More »

  • Iran jails two people for 10 years on espionage charges Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the United States and Israel, the judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted. "These two people were sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Revolutionary Court," Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency. The announcement came as the world waits for news of Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American reporter for the Washington Post who has been held for more than a year on espionage charges and whose final hearing took place earlier this month. More »

  • Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling
    Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian youths and women at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory. More »

  • Iran sentences 2 people to jail for spying for US, Israel Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says two people have been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of spying for the United States and Israel. More »

  • Invasive jellyfish symptom of wider damage to Mediterranean waters from the …
    Invasive jellyfish symptom of wider damage to Mediterranean waters from the … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Swarms of jellyfish invaded the shores of Israel and the eastern Mediterranean earlier this summer, sending bathers scrambling away from the venomous creatures. The nomad jellyfish managed to reach the Mediterranean several decades ago, travelling through the Suez Canal from their native home thousands of miles away in the Indian Ocean. Dr Bella Galil from Israel's Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute leads a yearly study that tracks the jellyfish and other invasive species. More »

  • Israeli minister says IDF soldier should have fired on unarmed Palestinian  …
    Israeli minister says IDF soldier should have fired on unarmed Palestinian  … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    An Israeli minister has said that the Israeli soldier seen being bitten and struck by Palestinian women and children in a viral video released earlier this week, should have been able to fire on them. Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev condemned the group of Palestinians for assaulting the soldier in order to prevent the detention of the child and lamented the fact that the soldier had his hands tied legally and could not shoot at the women and children. "I was shocked to see the video this morning of Palestinians hitting an IDF soldier," Regev said in a Facebook post. More »

  • Israeli troops fire tear gas at separation barrier demo
    Israeli troops fire tear gas at separation barrier demo Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades on Sunday to disperse a protest in a Palestinian Christian town near Bethlehem against renewed work on Israel's West Bank separation barrier. More »

  • Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge
    Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SHIR HADASH OUTPOST, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and their property. More »

  • Israel won't bomb Iran but US had nothing to do with it
    Israel won't bomb Iran but US had nothing to do with it Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Washington has been absent from Israeli deliberations on Iran. More »

  • Israelis and Palestinians: 12 voices on the future Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Right and left, religious and secular, hawkish and peacenik, a wide spectrum of Israelis and Palestinians are implementing their vision for the future without waiting for their leaders – or a peace deal. Now it is reportedly engaged in talks to reach a long-term truce with Israel amid signs the Islamic State (IS) is trying to get a foothold in Gaza. More »

  • Palestinians build case against Israel at ICC
    Palestinians build case against Israel at ICC Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A decision to challenge Israel on alleged war crimes at the ICC could put immense pressure on the Palestinian Authority. More »

  • Rugby World Cup 2015: Waisake Naholo included in New Zealand squad, Israel Dagg …
    Rugby World Cup 2015: Waisake Naholo included in New Zealand squad, Israel Dagg … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Waisake Naholo has been called up to New Zealand's squad for the forthcoming 2015 Rugby World Cup. The decision comes despite the Highlanders wing having suffered a broken leg against Argentina earlier this summer. Making his debut for the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship opener in Christchurch last month, Fijian-born Naholo lasted 57 minutes in the 39-18 victory before being substituted due to a cracked fibula. More »

  • Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu
    Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism': Netanyahu Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme will bolster Tehran's ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday. More »