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  • Israeli air strike kills four planting bomb at Syria frontier - source 11 hours ago

    An Israeli air strike killed four militants on Sunday as they placed an explosive on a fence near Israel's frontier with Syria in the annexed Golan Heights, an Israeli military source said. The Israeli military spokesman issued a terse statement saying the air force had thwarted an attack at the Israeli-Syrian border, saying it "targeted the squad, preventing the attack." Tensions have risen in the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war and later annexed in a move never recognised internationally, amid the civil war raging in Syria in the past four years. More »

  • Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting
    Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting 11 hours ago

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said. Assumed to have the Middle East's sole nuclear arsenal, and having never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel has stayed away from gatherings of NPT signatories since 1995 in protest at resolutions it regarded as biased against it. In a position laid out by then Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in 1995, Israel has said it would consider submitting to international nuclear inspections and controls under the NPT only once at peace with the Arabs and Iran. Those countries want Israel curbed first. More »

  • Israel says it launches airstrike on its border with Syria after seeing militants … 11 hours ago

    Israel says it launches airstrike on its border with Syria after seeing militants with a bomb. More »

  • Official: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages 11 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A top Palestinian intelligence official provided first details Sunday of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off. More »

  • Israel to airlift 25 babies from Nepal born to surrogates
    Israel to airlift 25 babies from Nepal born to surrogates 12 hours ago

    Israel said Sunday it plans to airlift 25 infants from quake-hit Nepal born to surrogate mothers, along with their Israeli parents, most of them homosexual couples. More »

  • Foreign countries, aid agencies race to reach Nepal quake victims 12 hours ago

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International agencies and governments rushed on Sunday to send search and rescue teams, doctors and medicines to Nepal where an earthquake has killed more than 2,400 people and left tens of thousands without food, water or shelter. Teams from India, Pakistan, the United States, China and Israel were already on the spot to help, said the United Nations, as overwhelmed rescuers dug with their hands through the rubble to look for thousands still missing. Other international search teams have or are scheduled to arrive in the capital Kathmandu, with units from Japan, the United States and Britain equipped with sniffer dogs and equipment for heavy lifting. "The priority remains saving lives and immediate search and rescue ongoing," said a report from the office of the U.N. Resident Coordinator in Nepal. More »

  • Israel president marks Armenian massacre for first time
    Israel president marks Armenian massacre for first time 13 hours ago

    President Reuven Rivlin met Armenian community leaders Sunday on the centenary of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians, the first time an Israeli head of state has marked the killings. More »

  • Israeli military indicts 3 soldiers for looting in Gaza war 14 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military announced Sunday it indicted three soldiers for allegedly taking money from a building in Gaza during last year's war against Hamas militants. More »

  • Israel arrests Palestinian over Jerusalem car attack
    Israel arrests Palestinian over Jerusalem car attack 14 hours ago

    Israeli police announced Sunday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of deliberately ramming his car into three police officers in east Jerusalem following a day of clashes and deadly violence. More »

  • Israel's twist on international law
    Israel's twist on international law 19 hours ago

    Israel's laws are meant to save them from the past and protect them from the future. More »

  • New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough
    New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough 20 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was closer to forming a new coalition Sunday after the head of the far-right Jewish Home party relinquished his demand for the foreign ministry, political sources said. More »

  • Two Swedes abducted by Nusfra Front in Syria freed - TT news agency Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Two Swedes who were abducted in 2013 by Al Qaeda's Nusra Front in Syria were released on Friday, news agency TT reported on Saturday, quoting Sweden's Foreign Ministry and Palestine's ambassador to Sweden. The identities of the men were not disclosed but TT said one of them belonged to a Pentecostal church. Negotiations for their release had taken more than two months and were conducted by the Palestine security service, in cooperation with Jordanian and Swedish security services, Hala Husni Fariz, Palestinian ambassador to Sweden, told TT. More »

  • Israeli police: 2 Palestinians shot dead after knife attacks Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police officers on Saturday shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinians in response to separate stabbing attacks against Israeli officers, police said, before a third attack against police forces later in the day left three officers injured. More »

  • Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police
    Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Earlier, 17-year-old Palestinian Ali Abu Ghannam attacked Israeli border police with a cleaver at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem and then fled, with troops giving chase and firing warning shots in the air, Samri said. Reaching a second checkpoint, Abu Ghannam drew another knife and ran toward security guards there. More »

  • Angst about Iran deal at GOP Jewish meeting Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican luminaries and presidential hopefuls reiterated their support for Israel and skepticism about President Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran as an influential group of Republican Jews gathered Saturday at the casino of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. More »

  • Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem, West Bank attacks
    Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem, West Bank attacks Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian man who stabbed an officer in the West Bank hours after a knife-wielding teenager was killed at an east Jerusalem checkpoint. More »

  • Israel sending aid teams to Nepal after quake
    Israel sending aid teams to Nepal after quake Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israel was sending a delegation to Nepal Saturday to determine what help it can offer after the massive earthquake there that claimed more than 1,000 lives, officials said. More »

  • Knife-wielding Palestinian shot dead near Jerusalem: police
    Knife-wielding Palestinian shot dead near Jerusalem: police Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israeli police shot dead a knife-wielding Palestinian who attempted to stab colleagues at an east Jerusalem checkpoint, a spokeswoman said on Saturday. More »

  • Armenians in Palestine face uncertain future
    Armenians in Palestine face uncertain future Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    The community is under threat, residents say, amid problems with Israeli policy and economic malaise. More »

  • Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban
    Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    ABU DIS, West Bank (AP) — After years of Israeli objections, armed Palestinian police in dark blue uniforms have taken up positions in this lawless West Bank suburb of Jerusalem, highlighting the shared interests of Israel and the Palestinian self-rule government on day-to-day issues even when political tensions run high. More »

  • Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian youth in Jerusalem
    Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian youth in Jerusalem Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israel claims young man was armed with knives and tried to attack soldiers, but his family says shooting was unprovoked. More »

  • Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian armed with knives Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israeli troops shot and killed a young Palestinian man wielding two knives on Saturday as they gave chase after he tried to attack the troops near a checkpoint in the Jerusalem area, police said. The incident occurred at around midnight near the A-Zayyim checkpoint at the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that paramilitary border police fired warning shots into the air at the man. Violence in the Jerusalem area has flared on and off since just before a 50-day July-August Gaza war when Israelis killed a Palestinian youth in revenge for the slayings of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. More »

  • U.S. pro-Israel lobby opposes push to toughen Iran nuclear bill
    U.S. pro-Israel lobby opposes push to toughen Iran nuclear bill Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential pro-Israel lobbying group is pressuring U.S. lawmakers not to support amendments to toughen a bill that lets Congress review a nuclear agreement with Iran, hoping to avoid a partisan battle that could doom the legislation. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been urging Republicans not to back amendments that might turn many Senate Democrats against the "Iran Nuclear Review Act," or prompt Democratic President Barack Obama to renew his threat to veto the legislation. "To achieve that goal we are supporting the leadership of Senator (Bob) Corker and Senator (Ben) Cardin on the bill." AIPAC is considered one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, and its support makes it less likely an amendment seen as a "poison pill" that would kill the bill would attract the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate. More »

  • Clarification: Oldest Synagogue Fight story Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In a story April 23 about a legal dispute over the nation's oldest synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported that leaders of New York's Congregation Shearith Israel sued in 2012. More »

  • Transit agency moves to ban all political ads on NYC buses Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — All advertisements of a political nature will be banned on New York City buses under a plan to be voted on next week, a lawyer for a public transportation authority told a federal judge Friday after he ordered the agency to display a pro-Israel advocacy group's political ad. More »

  • Big pharma mergers: Mylan boosts offer for Perrigo
    Big pharma mergers: Mylan boosts offer for Perrigo Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Generic drug company Mylan increased its offer for over-the-counter giant Perrigo Friday, days after Israel's Teva attempted to head off that deal with its own bid for Mylan. More »

  • Outrage after S African minister denied entry to Israel
    Outrage after S African minister denied entry to Israel Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    South Africa demands explanation from Tel Aviv after minister is denied visa to visit Israel for diplomatic work. More »

  • Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza
    Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When nightfall descends upon Gaza, the glittering lights of the Level Up restaurant seem to be the only bright spot in this darkened city. More »

  • Biden, seeking to ease US-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes
    Biden, seeking to ease US-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security. Addressing an Israeli Independence Day celebration in Washington, Biden insisted that Barack Obama “has Israel’s back,” despite a recent strains between the U.S. president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks and Middle East diplomacy. More »

  • Downplaying rift, Biden defends Obama's support for Israel Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Downplaying the U.S. rift with Israel, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday staunchly defended President Barack Obama's record of supporting the Jewish state, working to allay the concerns of many American Jews who have lined up against the budding nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Israel strikes back after rocket fired from Gaza
    Israel strikes back after rocket fired from Gaza Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    No group claimed the rocket attack, the first in months, which reportedly struck an open area and caused no injuries. More »

  • Israel retaliates to Gaza rocket attack, no injuries Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza that exploded in Israel whose military later retaliated by shelling a base used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the coastal territory, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Rocket from Gaza fired at Israel on its independence day -army Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel as it celebrated its independence day on Thursday, the first such attack in months, causing no injuries or damage, Israeli authorities said. Air raid sirens sounded in the late evening in the southern border town of Sderot and surrounding communities after at least one rocket was fired, the military said. Israel marked its 67th independence day on Thursday. More »

  • Palestinians condemn Israeli ruling on Jerusalem property
    Palestinians condemn Israeli ruling on Jerusalem property Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A lawyer representing Palestinians attacked on Thursday a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court that he said could enable confiscation of east Jerusalem property owned by residents of the occupied West Bank. More »

  • Robbie Williams rocks Tel Aviv and the boycott
    Robbie Williams rocks Tel Aviv and the boycott Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Robbie Williams' performance in Tel Aviv helps normalise settler colonialism, war crimes, and apartheid in Palestine. More »