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  • Israeli Arabs rally against Morsi death sentence
    Israeli Arabs rally against Morsi death sentence Sat, May 23, 2015

    Thousands of Arabs marched in northern Israel on Saturday to protest the death sentence issued in Egypt against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. More »

  • US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns
    US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns Sat, May 23, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons. More »

  • Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back
    Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. More »

  • Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid
    Israel appeals to Platini to sway FIFA from Palestinian suspension bid Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Israel Football Association appealed to UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday to speak out "loud and clear" against the Palestinian bid to vote the IFA out of FIFA next week. More »

  • Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal Fri, May 22, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border. More »

  • Gaza's economy 'on verge of collapse' says World Bank Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gaza's economy is in a worse state than any other in the world, with unemployment at a global high, output contracting sharply and the long-term prospects worrying, the World Bank said on Friday. Repeated rounds of conflict, internal divisions and the embargo Israel and Egypt impose have left the territory "on the verge of collapse", the report said, with its 1.8 million population facing poverty and destitution despite vast aid. "Blockades, war and poor governance have strangled Gaza's economy and the unemployment rate is now the highest in the world," said the report, drafted by Steen Lau Jorgensen, the World Bank's director for Gaza and the West Bank. More »

  • Obama warning over Netanyahu 'unjustified'
    Obama warning over Netanyahu 'unjustified' Fri, May 22, 2015

    A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party on Friday rejected fresh US criticism of the premier as unjustified and hypocritical. More »

  • New messianic message for Israel diplomats
    New messianic message for Israel diplomats Fri, May 22, 2015

    A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank. More »

  • Palestinians complain to FIFA over detained player
    Palestinians complain to FIFA over detained player Fri, May 22, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the Palestine Football Association has complained to FIFA that one of its players was detained by Israel, an incident he says illustrates his demand that the Israelis be suspended. More »

  • 'China's Jerusalem' targets party members of faith
    'China's Jerusalem' targets party members of faith Fri, May 22, 2015

    The city known as China's centre of Christianity, Wenzhou, has launched a crackdown on Communist Party members with religious beliefs, the local government said, following tighter regulation of church buildings. More »

  • World Bank: Gaza economy on 'verge of collapse' Fri, May 22, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza's economy is on the "verge of collapse," a new World Bank report warned Friday, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world and calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation. More »

  • Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank
    Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank Fri, May 22, 2015

    A Palestinian boy sits atop a destroyed house on which a banner is displayed during a rally marking the 67th anniversary of the "Nakba" on May 15, 2015 east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza ... More »

  • US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone Fri, May 22, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament. More »

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday. Friday is the final day of a month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at United Nations headquarters in New York. The conference has bogged down on several issues, above all the failure to convene a planned 2012 conference on a Middle East weapons of mass destruction (WMD) ban. More »

  • Amid Nepal's rubble, a glimpse of Israeli gays' quest for family li … Thu, May 21, 2015

    The family had reached what was supposed to be the joyous end of a long, challenging path. After months of fertility treatments with surrogate mothers in three different South Asian countries, Alon and Amir Michaeli Molian had finally brought their newborn daughter Maya back from a Kathmandu hospital to a hotel to be with their 2-year-old daughter, Shira. Recommended: How much do you know about Israel? More »

  • Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia
    Obama boosts support, elevates status for ally Tunisia Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged to elevate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, a gesture that recognizes the country's democratic progress after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The upgrade in status, shared by close U.S. allies like Israel and Japan, can help expedite defence shipments. After meeting with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office, Obama said the United States will provide short-term aid so Tunisia can complete economic reforms. More »

  • Israeli ultra-Orthodox media blurs women in govt picture
    Israeli ultra-Orthodox media blurs women in govt picture Thu, May 21, 2015

    Two ultra-Orthodox news outlets concealed the faces and bodies of female ministers in pictures of Israel's new cabinet Thursday, renewing public debate over the practice. More »

  • Iran warns Israel of Hezbollah rockets if attacked
    Iran warns Israel of Hezbollah rockets if attacked Thu, May 21, 2015

    A senior Iranian military official warned on Thursday that any Israeli attack would unleash a firestorm of missiles on its cities fired by the Islamic republic's Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. More »

  • Senior Israeli diplomat: 'This land is ours'
    Senior Israeli diplomat: 'This land is ours' Thu, May 21, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people. More »

  • Israel military court orders release of Palestinian MP
    Israel military court orders release of Palestinian MP Thu, May 21, 2015

    An Israeli military court said Thursday it had ordered the release of Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, detained at her home in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 2. More »

  • Israel court orders Palestinian woman lawmaker freed on bail
    Israel court orders Palestinian woman lawmaker freed on bail Thu, May 21, 2015

    OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli military judge ruled Thursday that jailed Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, a well-known West Bank firebrand, should be released on bail, but ordered her held for at least three more days pending a possible appeal. More »

  • Israel PM meets Arab parties head in bid to mend fences
    Israel PM meets Arab parties head in bid to mend fences Thu, May 21, 2015

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to mend fences with Israel's Arabs at a meeting Thursday with the head of the Arab parties in parliament, Ayman Odeh, after polarising election-day remarks. More »

  • Stuck in Gaza, hackers open lines to the world Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - With jobs scarce and time on their hands, some tech-savvy Gazans have found a new way to make money - hacking Internet-based phone lines and routing international calls for a fee. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) hacking has been a phenomenon for years. There are various ways of hacking VoIP networks, but people familiar with the practice in Gaza say it involves using dedicated servers to scoop up as many telephone IP addresses as possible, especially from big corporations and businesses. More »

  • Israel rules out any payment to 'enemy' Iran
    Israel rules out any payment to 'enemy' Iran Thu, May 21, 2015

    After a Swiss court reportedly ordered an Israeli oil firm to compensate Iran over a scrapped joint venture, Israel said Thursday that its laws prohibited any payment to "the enemy." More »

  • Internet Gold posts 1Q profit Thu, May 21, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the Ramat Gan, Israel-based company said it had net income of 36 cents. The fixed line and cellphone company posted revenue of $546 million in the period. The company's shares closed ... More »

  • B Communications posts 1Q profit Thu, May 21, 2015

    The Ramat Gan, Israel-based company said it had profit of 40 cents per share. The Israeli telecommunications holding company posted revenue of $546 million in the period. B Communications shares have fallen ... More »

  • Elbit Systems buys Nice's cyber unit for up to $158 million
    Elbit Systems buys Nice's cyber unit for up to $158 million Thu, May 21, 2015

    Israeli defence electronics firm Elbit Systems has agreed to buy Nice Systems' cyber and intelligence division for $157.9 million as it seeks to boost its presence in this fast-growing market. Elbit, Israel's largest listed defence company, will pay $117.9 million in cash at closure of the deal, expected in the third quarter. Nice's cyber and intelligence division provides law enforcement agencies and intelligence organisations with tools for generating intelligence from communications. More »

  • US to sell bombs to Israel, helicopters to Saudis
    US to sell bombs to Israel, helicopters to Saudis Wed, May 20, 2015

    The United States said Wednesday it plans to sell thousands of bombs and missiles to Israel as well as 10 Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia, in deals worth about $1.9 billion each, officials said Wednesday. More »

  • Israel oil firm ordered to pay Iran $1.1 bn: Tehran
    Israel oil firm ordered to pay Iran $1.1 bn: Tehran Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Swiss court has ordered an Israeli oil firm to pay Iran $1.1 billion in compensation over a joint venture from before the 1979 Islamic revolution, state news agency IRNA said Thursday. More »

  • Israel makes a U-turn on plan to put Jews and Palestinians in segregated bu …
    Israel makes a U-turn on plan to put Jews and Palestinians in segregated bu … Wed, May 20, 2015

    The ban was only introduced today and was quickly met with condemnation. More »

  • Israeli prime minister calls off West Bank bus segregation
    Israeli prime minister calls off West Bank bus segregation Wed, May 20, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a plan that would have banned Palestinian laborers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced — an embarrassing about-face that reflected the tensions enveloping Israel's new government. More »

  • Israel reverses ban on Palestinians using settler buses
    Israel reverses ban on Palestinians using settler buses Wed, May 20, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday overturned a ban on Palestinians riding the same buses as Jewish settlers, a measure condemned by rights campaigners as "ethnic separation". More »

  • Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians
    Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians Wed, May 20, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election. Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on her first visit to the region, and a week after his new government took office, Netanyahu said: "We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all ... I don't support a one-state solution, I don't believe that's a solution at all, I support the vision of two states for two peoples." He reiterated Israel's longstanding demand that any Palestinian state established in land Israel captured in a 1967 war should be demilitarized, and said he hoped to discuss with Mogherini "how we can advance that vision forward". More »

  • Viruses Could Help Fight Deadly Superbugs Wed, May 20, 2015

    Viruses that are harmless to humans might help fight the deadly scourge of bacteria that can't be treated with antibiotics, researchers say. These viruses could be used in hand sanitizers, and to treat exposed surfaces in hospitals, which are hotbeds of antibiotic resistance, the researchers noted in a new study. "We managed to construct a system that restores antibiotic sensitivity to drug-resistant bacteria,"said study co-author Udi Qimron, a molecular biologist at Tel Aviv University in Israel. More »

  • FIFA chief's Mideast peace bid fails
    FIFA chief's Mideast peace bid fails Wed, May 20, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter saw his Mideast peace-making mission crumble on Wednesday after the Palestinians vowed to press efforts to have Israel suspended at the upcoming world football congress. More »