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  • Palestinians tear-gassed on 10th anniversary of barrier protests
    Palestinians tear-gassed on 10th anniversary of barrier protests 15 hours ago

    Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists faced off against Israeli forces Friday in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin where they marked 10 years of protests against Israel's separation barrier. More »

  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state 18 hours ago

    Italian lawmakers on Friday backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a move that underlines European frustration over stalled Middle East peace negotiations. European countries have become increasingly critical of Israel, which since the collapse of the latest U.S.-sponsored talks last April has pressed on with building settlements on territory the Palestinians want for their state. Italy's Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) "to promote the recognition of Palestine as a democratic state". While most developing countries recognise Palestine as a state, most Western European governments do not, supporting the Israeli and U.S. position that an independent Palestinian state should emerge from negotiations with Israel. More »

  • Ex-Israeli spy chief slams Netanyahu on Iran handling
    Ex-Israeli spy chief slams Netanyahu on Iran handling 18 hours ago

    Former Mossad boss Meir Dagan says prime minister causing "strategic damage" in dealing with Iranian nuclear threat. More »

  • Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay 18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a planned trip to Uruguay on Friday, citing a bad cold that he's been fighting for days. Yet he planned to move ahead with a later visit to Guatemala, keeping the vice president out of the country during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress. More »

  • Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris
    Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris 18 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip. More »

  • Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'
    Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams' 20 hours ago

    Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes. More »

  • Gaza tunnel collapses, killing senior Egyptian officer 22 hours ago

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a senior army officer was killed and another was injured when a cross-border smuggling tunnel with the Gaza Strip collapsed after troops went into it to investigate. More »

  • Banksy leaves his mark in war-ravaged Gaza
    Banksy leaves his mark in war-ravaged Gaza 22 hours ago

    World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has caused a stir in the Gaza Strip, apparently secretly travelling to the Palestinian territory and painting murals on buildings ruined by the latest conflict. More »

  • With closed borders, Gazans unable to make Muslim pilgrimage
    With closed borders, Gazans unable to make Muslim pilgrimage 23 hours ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With the war-battered Gaza Strip's borders closed, thousands of people have been shut out of a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia because they cannot leave the sealed territory. More »

  • Former Israeli Mossad chief slams Netanyahu on Iran handling 23 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency is slamming the prime minister's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. More »

  • Jordan and Israel agree $900m Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline
    Jordan and Israel agree $900m Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Jordan and Israel signed an agreement on 26 February to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. The plant will be built in the southern Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea and will desalinate water to be shared by Israelis and Palestinians. The brine that is a by-product of the process will be sent north in a 180km pipeline to the Dead Sea. More »

  • Israel's democracy: 'Theatre of the absurd'
    Israel's democracy: 'Theatre of the absurd' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It's time for Palestinians in Israel to boycott the Knesset. More »

  • Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal
    Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his signature achievement: preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. But the centerpiece of the visit, a much-hyped speech to Congress arguing against the international community's emerging nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, has been overshadowed by a damaging battle with the White House and electoral intrigue back home. More »

  • Israel elections 101: Whiffs of 'It's the housing market, stupid … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Israeli leader is facing a public uproar after the state comptroller released a highly critical 294-page report Wednesday evening blaming his government for failing to spur enough housing construction to make up for a shortage of hundreds of thousands of apartments. One might expect that Israel’s March 17 general election would be influenced more by Mr. Netanyahu’s growing isolation over his policy toward the Palestinians or the unprecedented clash with the Obama administration over his planned address next Tuesday to Congress on Iran. “What is striking about this election is that everyone is focused internationally on Iran and Netanyahu-Obama, but if you look at surveys that assess the Israeli electorate’s priorities, it’s the economy, and the ability to get by,” says David Horovitz, editor of the Times of Israel news website. More »

  • Israel pledges to halt West Bank power cuts
    Israel pledges to halt West Bank power cuts Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Israel will stop cutting power to Palestinian cities over unpaid bills and will deduct funds from tax money to prevent the debt increasing, a government official said Thursday. More »

  • Boehner defends Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations. "The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. "The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel and nothing, and no one, could get in the way," the Republican leader said. More »

  • Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting
    Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America's leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference. More »

  • Netanyahu sets meeting with bipartisan leaders of U.S. Senate Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after he addresses the U.S. Congress, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday. The meeting at the U.S. Capitol among Netanyahu, McConnell and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid comes as Democrats have accused Republicans of seeking to make the U.S.-Israeli relationship a partisan issue. Republicans invited Netanyahu to speak to lawmakers without consulting Democrats. More »

  • Is Netanyahu sabotaging Israeli ties with US?
    Is Netanyahu sabotaging Israeli ties with US? Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Israeli prime minister faces fierce criticism as he prepares to give controversial speech on Iran's nuclear programme. More »

  • Stiff sentence sought for Chicago woman in immigration case Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending at least five years in prison for an activist who didn't tell immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel, including one that killed two college students at a supermarket. More »

  • Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea
    Jordan, Israel sign deal to help save Dead Sea Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages. More »

  • Britain's Banksy takes aim at Gaza's privations in mini-video Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The eminent but anonymous British street artist known as Banksy has posted a mini-documentary on his banksy.co.uk site showing squalid conditions in Gaza six months after the end of the war between the enclave's Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel. Israel was criticised over the large number of Palestinian civilian deaths during the conflict, including by its main ally the United States. Over 2,100 Palestinians were killed during the fighting, most of them civilians and many of them children, while 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed. The two-minute documentary was posted on Thursday and like many of Banksy's murals and other art is politically charged and whimsical at the same time. More »

  • White House sends Rice, Power to AIPAC amid U.S.-Israel row Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will attend a meeting of the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC next week amid a time of strain between the United States and Israel. A White House spokeswoman confirmed Rice and Power would attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting. Rice said in a television interview this week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address Congress next week about a potential nuclear deal with Iran that he opposes was destructive to the fabric of the U.S. ... More »

  • Boehner defends Netanyahu speech, rejects criticism Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives is defending the invitation to the Israeli prime minister to speak to Congress about Iran. More »

  • As address to U.S. Congress nears, Netanyahu treads a thinning line
    As address to U.S. Congress nears, Netanyahu treads a thinning line Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to address the U.S. Congress two weeks before an Israeli election, there appeared to be little downside. The primary objective was to warn U.S. lawmakers about the risks of a deal on Iran's nuclear programme and keep alive the possibility of further sanctions on Tehran, frustrating President Barack Obama's long-running policy of negotiation with the Islamic Republic. At the same time, it was difficult to ignore the electoral bounce a primetime speech on a critical issue might give Netanyahu and his party ahead of parliamentary elections on March 17, when he will seek a fourth term in office. "There are now many more risks than advantages," said Eytan Gilboa, a professor at Bar-Ilan University and a specialist in ties between Israel and the United States. More »

  • Israeli opposition leader to PM: Cancel Congress speech Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's opposition leader on Thursday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his upcoming speech to the U.S. Congress, saying it will cause "strategic damage" to ties with Washington. More »

  • Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama's ire
    Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama's ire Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress next week will shatter already poor relations with President Barack Obama and test the resilience of US-Israeli ties. More »

  • Jerusalem church building torched in apparent hate crime
    Jerusalem church building torched in apparent hate crime Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary building in Jerusalem early Thursday, police said, 24 hours after a mosque was torched in the West Bank. More »

  • Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others
    Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    One person was killed and five others injured, including policemen, when five bombs exploded in Cairo on 26 February. In Alwaraq, gas station worker Alaa Aly Mohamed came close to being killed by one of the bombs. Most of deadliest bomb attacks in Egypt have hit the Sinai Peninsula - a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. More »

  • Mobileye tops Street 4Q forecasts Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the Jerusalem-based company said it had profit of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense, were 6 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average ... More »

  • For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to 'suicide'
    For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to 'suicide' Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Maayan Lubell TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Young and ambitious, with a ready smile and a quick wit, Israeli far right leader Naftali Bennett is on a mission to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. If, as widely expected, he takes on defence or another key portfolio after next month's election, that mission will take a big step closer to fulfilment, something his critics say could stir conflict and deepen Israel's international isolation. Forty-two-year-old Bennett, who has expanded the appeal of his pro-settler Jewish Home party to younger, more secular Israelis, is undeterred, saying the alternative would be worse -- the end of Israel and endless war. Visiting a mall in the Israeli town of Ashkelon and surrounded by a crowd of cheering supporters, Bennett stopped to talk with stall owners eager to shake his hand and chat while teenagers took selfies with him on their mobile phones. More »

  • Mobileye beats Street 4Q forecasts Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    On a per-share basis, the Jerusalem-based company said it had profit of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense, came to 6 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The ... More »

  • Rebuilding Gaza could take a century if Israel keeps blockade - Oxfam Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted, aid agency Oxfam said on Thursday. Gaza needs more than 800,000 truckloads of building materials to repair infrastructure damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, yet less than a quarter of one percent of the materials needed have entered Gaza in the last three months, Oxfam said. More »

  • Israel bourse to change rules, offer listings incentives - CEO
    Israel bourse to change rules, offer listings incentives - CEO Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Tova Cohen and Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) - The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) will change rules and offer incentives to medium-sized companies to chose initial public offerings over mergers and acquisitions, its chief executive said, as the bourse tries to stem falling trading volumes. The TASE - which is in the process of demutualising - has suffered shrinking trading volume and a dearth of IPOs as many companies, particularly technology firms, prefer to be acquired or to go public on Nasdaq rather than list on TASE. A plan to privatise $4 billion in government assets - ranging from ports to defence firms - in coming years will bring fresh blood to the market but TASE Chief Executive Yossi Beinart said this is not enough. According to the Israel Venture Capital Research Center, 71 percent of Israeli tech firms with annual revenue of at least $100 million (64.7 million pounds) are sold rather than go public. More »

  • Banksy Goes Undercover To Make Gaza Film
    Banksy Goes Undercover To Make Gaza Film Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Banksy has released a video of a satirical travel advert for Gaza after travelling to the area undercover. The film, posted on the elusive artist's website, appears to show him entering through one of the underground tunnels carrying cans of spray paint. Its caption reads: "Gaza is often described as 'the world's largest open air prison' because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. More »