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  • Palestinians clash with Israel army on Prisoners Day
    Palestinians clash with Israel army on Prisoners Day 21 hours ago

    Protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank on Friday during annual demonstrations marking Palestinian Prisoners Day, an AFP correspondent said. More »

  • In Israel’s army, more officers now religious. What that means. 21 hours ago

    Lt. Hadar Goldin had been kidnapped – dragged into a nearby Hamas tunnel – and his commander killed. Lt. Eitan Fund, the deputy commander, quickly resolved to pursue the captors. He and his small team found the missing officer’s equipment, but not Lieutenant Goldin. Thus began a massive effort led by Givati Brigade commander Col. Ofer Winter to stop Goldin’s captors. More »

  • Israel coalition talks run against the clock
    Israel coalition talks run against the clock Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was holding talks Friday with potential partners to form a coalition government, less than three weeks from a deadline to form a new cabinet. More »

  • Putin says S-300 sale to Iran prompted by progress in nuclear talks Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    By Denis Pinchuk and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Iran's drive to find a solution in talks over its disputed nuclear programme had spurred his decision to renew a contract to deliver S-300 missile defence systems to Tehran. Moscow's move to provide the surface-to-air missile system to Tehran, which irked the West and drew protests from Israel, followed an initial deal under which Tehran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for an end to economic sanctions. A final deal with six world powers is due in June but Moscow has moved quickly to try to secure contracts in Iran before international sanctions are lifted and has urged engaging Tehran more in attempts to solve regional crises. More »

  • Thousands march at Auschwitz in memory of Holocaust dead
    Thousands march at Auschwitz in memory of Holocaust dead Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Thousands of young Jews from Israel and across the globe marched alongside Polish teenagers Thursday in memory of Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau WWII death camp in southern Poland. More »

  • Ministers urge EU to go ahead with labelling Jewish settlement goods Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Sixteen European Union foreign ministers have urged EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to press ahead with EU-wide rules requiring goods made in Jewish settlements to be labelled as such, diplomats said on Thursday. Some EU countries already issue guidance to shops so consumers can see if goods are made in settlements -- occupied land that the Palestinians want for a future state -- rather than within Israel's recognised borders. Israel rejects the EU stance that the settlements are illegal and opposes special labels. The EU has been discussing the labels for several years but put the issue on hold in 2013 so as not to disturb U.S. efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. More »

  • U.S. military option in Iran 'intact' despite Russian missiles - U.S. … Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The U.S. military option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and encourage a diplomatic solution, remains intact despite Russia's decision to deliver its S-300 missile defence system to Tehran, the top U.S. general said on Thursday. "We've known about the potential for that system to be sold to Iran for several years and have accounted for it in all of our planning," General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference. "The military option that I owe the president to both encourage the diplomatic solution and, if the diplomacy fails, to ensure that Iran doesn't achieve a nuclear weapon, is intact." Moscow's move to provide the surface-to-air missile system to Tehran, which irked the West and drew protests from Israel, followed an initial deal under which Tehran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for an end to economic sanctions. More »

  • Israel hands out deportation notices to asylum seekers
    Israel hands out deportation notices to asylum seekers Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    African asylum seekers say they are being threatened by the Israeli government with deportation to unsafe countries. More »

  • Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis, swap for Palestinians
    Hamas official calls to abduct Israelis, swap for Palestinians Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip called on Thursday for the abduction of Israelis, who would be swapped for Palestinians held by the Jewish state. More »

  • Octopuses Have Moves, But No Rhythm
    Octopuses Have Moves, But No Rhythm Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Octopuses move with a simple elegance, but they have no rhythm, according to new research. Each of an octopus's eight arms is soft, flexible and muscular, and acts like it has an infinite number of joints, said the study's lead author, Guy Levy, a postdoctoralresearcher of neurobiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "The octopus, as usual, surprised us," Levy told Live Science. Octopuses use unique strategies to coordinate their arms while crawling, the researchers found. More »

  • EU countries press for labelling of Israeli settlement goods Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — More than a dozen European governments have called for the labelling of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. More »

  • How do octopuses control their eight arms all at once?
    How do octopuses control their eight arms all at once? Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Octopuses employ unique strategies to coordinate their bodies and arms while crawling around, researchers have found, with the creatures able to move in any direction relative to their body orientation. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have reported the first detailed kinematic analysis of octopus arm coordination, showing that they have a unique motor control strategy which the central brain activates, rather than autonomous motor programmes in the peripheral nervous system of the arms. The study, published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, used videos of octopuses moving with researchers analysing them frame by frame. Findings showed some surprise results – despite having a symmetrical body, they can crawl in any direction they want relative to its body orientation. More »

  • Bible stories and thrillers make Morocco filming choice
    Bible stories and thrillers make Morocco filming choice Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    But while the arched doorways, balconies and furnishings all say Roman-era Israel, the real-life setting is southern Morocco. Viewers in America and elsewhere in the world may not know it but they have ... More »

  • Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks
    Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Violent anti-Semitic attacks have risen by 38% over the past year with figures from France and Britain being particularly disturbing, says a study from an Israeli university. The study from Tel Aviv University was published as Israel marked Holocaust Memorial Day 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The highest number of incidents in a single country happened in France which, at around 600,000, is home to Europe's largest Jewish community. It recorded 164 anti-Semitic attacks in 2014 compared with 141 the previous year. More »

  • Palestinian rams car into bus stop, killing Israeli Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Police said on Thursday a Palestinian whose car struck people at a Jerusalem bus stop, killing an Israeli, appeared to have driven into them deliberately. "The interrogation and initial findings strengthen suspicion this was a terrorist incident," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The car's driver, a 37-year-old Palestinian from Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, was treated in hospital for light injuries and then taken for questioning. The attack took place on the opposite side of an intersection in East Jerusalem where last year a car slammed into commuters waiting at a tram stop, killing three people, including a baby. More »

  • Iran's defence minister hopes for final deal on nuclear programme Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan told a security conference in Moscow on Thursday he hoped his country and six world powers would reach a final agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme. A preliminary deal was reached earlier this month. The sides have until the end of June to work out a detailed technical agreement under which Iran would curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The West and Israel suspect Tehran of aiming to develop nuclear weapons. Dehghan reiterated Iran's line that its nuclear programme is purely civilian. ... More »

  • Church official in Israel says cemetery vandalized Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Catholic Church official in Israel says a Christian cemetery has been desecrated, with graves damaged and crosses smashed. More »

  • Israel marks Holocaust memorial day with sirens, ceremonies
    Israel marks Holocaust memorial day with sirens, ceremonies Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis have come to a mournful, two-minute standstill as sirens pierced the air in remembrance of the 6 million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. More »

  • Israel coalition govt talks expand to left: report
    Israel coalition govt talks expand to left: report Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tasked three weeks ago with forming Israel's next government, fell short Wednesday of striking a coalition with rightwing partners after reports emerged of talks with a centre-left party. More »

  • Israel premier likens Iran to Nazis at Holocaust remembrance
    Israel premier likens Iran to Nazis at Holocaust remembrance Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israel marked its Holocaust memorial day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Iran to the Nazis on Wednesday and warned the Islamic Republic must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons. More »

  • Netanyahu likens Iran to Nazis during Holocaust remembrance
    Netanyahu likens Iran to Nazis during Holocaust remembrance Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized on Israel's annual remembrance of the Holocaust Wednesday to compare arch-foe Iran to Hitler's Germany. More »

  • Israeli ultra-Orthodox site cuts Kim Kardashian from photo
    Israeli ultra-Orthodox site cuts Kim Kardashian from photo Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian — one of the world's most photographed women — from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week. More »

  • Kim Kardashian cut out of photo on Israeli news website
    Kim Kardashian cut out of photo on Israeli news website Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The reality star visited Jerusalem with her husband Kanye West. More »

  • Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 - annual survey
    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 - annual survey Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday. The report, by Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said 766 violent anti-Semitic acts, with or without weapons, were carried out around the world last year -- a 38 percent increase over 2013. Arson, vandalism and direct threats against Jews, synagogues and other Jewish institutions were included in the figure, making 2014 the worst year for such attacks since 2009. "The overall feeling among many Jewish people is one of living in an intensifying anti-Jewish environment that has become not only insulting and threatening, but outright dangerous," the study said, citing "alarming reports especially from Western Europe and North America". More »

  • The peace of Israel and the life-preserving power of God Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    As our hearts and prayers reach out in support for just and peaceful solutions in the Middle East, I am reminded of a man named Jacob, whose story of transformation and peace is shared by the faiths of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (see Genesis 32, 33). The night before this confrontation, Jacob spent the night in prayer to God saying, “O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant.... Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children” (Genesis 32:9-11). More »

  • Israeli researchers say attacks against Jews spiked in 2014
    Israeli researchers say attacks against Jews spiked in 2014 Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by Israeli researchers. More »

  • Israel hails bigger US Congress input on any Iran deal
    Israel hails bigger US Congress input on any Iran deal Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Israel welcomed on Wednesday a compromise deal struck in Washington giving US lawmakers a say on any final agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. More »

  • Vandals attack Christian graveyard in northern Israel
    Vandals attack Christian graveyard in northern Israel Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Vandals have smashed gravestones at a Maronite Christian cemetery in a village near Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Israeli police said on Wednesday. More »

  • In West Bank raid, Israeli troops arrest 29 for Hamas links Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has arrested 29 Palestinians suspected of links to the militant Hamas group in an overnight raid in the West Bank. More »

  • Israel happy at compromise deal between Congress-Obama - minister Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Israel is pleased at a compromise deal achieved between the United States Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday. "We are certainly happy this morning, this is an achievement for Israeli policy ... (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's) speech in Congress ... was decisive in achieving this law, which is a very important element in preventing a bad deal, or at least, in improving the agreement and making it more reasonable," Steinitz told Israel Radio. Obama dropped his opposition on Tuesday to a bill giving Congress a voice on a nuclear deal with Iran, after members of his Democratic Party negotiated changes to the bill that had won strong support from both parties. More »

  • Israel arrests 29 Hamas activists in West Bank
    Israel arrests 29 Hamas activists in West Bank Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Israeli security forces arrested 29 Hamas activists overnight during a major sweep in the northern West Bank, the army said on Wednesday. More »

  • How moving the goal posts for Iran highlights a broader agenda Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    For years now, Iran's nuclear program has been presented as one of the greatest threats to world peace and prosperity. If this argument is to be believed, then the course is clear: finding a way to prevent the creation of an Iranian bomb should trump almost all other considerations. For example, that Iran must first be deemed to no longer sponsor terrorism, as many Senate Republicans insist, or that the country recognize Israel's right to exist, demanded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. To be sure, Iran supports armed groups like Hamas or Hezbollah, has a terrible human rights record at home, and is keen on expanding its regional influence. If a deal fails, many worry that an Iranian bomb would become inevitable (Iran insists that it has never sought to build a nuclear weapon). More »

  • Russia's sale of missile defence to Iran could help secure nuclear deal
    Russia's sale of missile defence to Iran could help secure nuclear deal Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Russia's decision to supply Iran with the S-300 missile air defence system was seen by critics in Israel and the United States as proof this month's framework nuclear agreement was already making Tehran more of a threat. More »

  • Netanyahu to Putin: lifting missile ban to boost Iran 'aggressiveness&# …
    Netanyahu to Putin: lifting missile ban to boost Iran 'aggressiveness&# … Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed Israel's "grave concerns" Tuesday over Moscow's decision to lift a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defence missile systems. More »

  • Israel 'dismayed' at S-300 missile deal with Iran - Netanyahu Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed Israel's "dismay" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia's decision to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran. A statement from Netanyahu's office said he "expressed Israel's dismay at the decision... (and) told President Putin that this step will only increase Iran's aggression in the region and will destabilise security in the Middle East." Putin lifted the ban on delivering the air defence system to Iran on Monday. More »