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Israel condemns Nazi accusations against German government

Israel has condemned recent comments likening the current German government to the Nazi regime.

Palestinian killed by Israeli tank fire near Gaza security fence

A Palestinian was killed near the security fence in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the Israeli army fired at three people, a spokesman for the enclave's Health Ministry said.

Coalition spat over new Israeli broadcaster threatens early elections

Threats to call new elections swirled Sunday in Israel amid coalition infighting, with the long-delayed establishment of a new public broadcaster at the centre, according to local media.

Israel carries out air raids in Syria, anti-aircraft weapons fired

Israel carried out air raids in Syria on Friday, with Syria retaliating using anti-aircraft weapons, in one of the more serious exchanges of fire in the six years of civil war in the country.

Two dead, several injured in explosion at Israeli fireworks factory

Two people have now been confirmed killed and several injured in an explosion at an Israeli fireworks factory on Tuesday, police said.

Intel's driverless car dream gets into gear with Mobileye purchase

US tech giant Intel announced Monday it will buy Israeli tech firm Mobileye, which makes driver-assistance systems, for 15.3 billion dollars, in what could be the largest ever such buyout in Israel's history and a key move for Intel into a budding industry.

Israel's Netanyahu warns Putin against Iranian influence in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday against Iranian influence in war-torn Syria.

Jordan and Turkey sharply critical of Israel's 'muezzin law'

Jordan and Turkey have each separately condemned an Israeli law restricting the use of loudspeakers to announce the Muslim call to prayer, with Amman explicitly saying it violates its peace deal with the Jewish state.

Former Israeli defence chief to challenge Netanyahu with new party

The former head of the Israeli army said Saturday he will establish a new political party, less than a year after he quit his role as defence minister amid a row with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli police nearly finished evicting West Bank settlement

Israeli police were nearly finished evicting an Israeli settlement in the West Bank slated for demolition on Tuesday as they pulled dozens of protesters from the last of nine houses.

Israeli military confirms strikes on several Hamas outposts in Gaza

The Israeli military confirmed on Monday that it had sent fighter jets to strike several posts belonging to the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip in response to an earlier rocket attack.

UN, HRW workers in crosshairs as Israel cites bias, Hamas membership

The United Nations on Friday rejected Israeli claims that one of its aid workers in the Palestinian Territories is a "terrorist" who belongs to the radical Islamist Hamas movement.

Australian ex-PM slams Netanyahu for 'torpedoing' peace process

Former Australian premier Kevin Rudd has accused Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu of "torpedoing" peace negotiations in the Middle East.

Monitor: Israeli jets hit arms depots near Damascus

 Israeli warplanes Wednesday hit arms depots near the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitoring group reported.

Militants launch two rockets into Israel from Sinai

Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula landed in Israel on Monday.

Ikea erases women from family life in catalogue for Orthodox Jews

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has released a new catalogue in Israel with one crucial aspect missing - there are no women in the pictures.

Iran rejects Trump and Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear deal

Iran on Thursday rejected criticisms voiced by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a deal designed by major world powers to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

Europeans affirm support for "two-state solution" in Middle East

The German government and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini affirmed their support for the "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday.

Two-state solution in question as Trump and Netanyahu meet

Washington/Tel Aviv (dpa) - The so-called "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians came newly into question Wednesday, hours ahead of a meeting between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Israel basketball team told by secret service not to play in Turkey

Israel's secret service Shin Bet has prohibited the nation's basketball club Ironi Nahariya from playing a FIBA Europe Cup last 16 match in Turkey over security concerns, a sports ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Germany cancels meeting with Israel after new settlement law passed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a meeting with the Israeli government, a government spokesman said in Berlin on Monday.

Hamas elects former prisoner as chief of movement in the Gaza Strip

The Islamic Hamas movement has chosen Yehya al-Sinwar as its new chief in the Gaza Strip, the group's Al-Risala news site reported on Monday.

Trump's unpredictable moves over Middle East hardly faze Palestinians

The general mood in the streets of Ramallah seems more disillusioned than disruptive, despite uncertainty on what US President Donald Trump will mean for the next four years in the Middle East

Israel's Netanyahu under pressure for big changes at Trump meeting

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to push for major changes in longstanding US policy when he meets new President Donald Trump. But with US policy in flux, might Netanyahu already be too late?

Israeli PM: Palestinians shouldn't always be handed 'free' UN roles

Palestinians cannot constantly be given "free gifts" when it comes to United Nations roles, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, two days after the US rejected former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad's appointment as an envoy.

Israel reopens 4th century church after arson attack by radical Jews

A famed 4th century church in northern Israel was officially reopened Sunday nearly two years after an arson attack by Jewish extremists.

Islamic State claims rocket attack on Israeli town

An Islamic State affiliate, active in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, claimed Thursday a rocket attack on the resort town of Eilat in Israel.

Medics: Israeli war jets strike on Gaza-Egypt border area, two killed

Two Palestinians were killed and five were wounded Thursday in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike on the border between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, medical sources and witnesses said. The casualties occurred when Israeli war jets struck an underground smuggling tunnel with air-to-ground missiles, the Health Ministry in Gaza said in an emailed press statement.

Lawyers file Supreme Court petition against Israeli settlement law

Lawyers representing Palestinian local councils in the West Bank filed a Supreme Court petition against Israel's new settlement legalization law on Wednesday, a legal rights group said.

Israeli settlement legalization law unlikely to stand, says expert

A recently passed law that legalizes settlements in the West Bank discriminates against Palestinians and will not stand before the Supreme Court, an Israeli legal expert said Tuesday.

Israeli parliament passes law retroactively legalizing settlements

Israel's parliament on Monday voted in favour of a law that would retroactively legalize Israeli settlements built on Palestinian-owned land.

Medics: Israeli war jets carry out 19 airstrikes on Gaza; 3 wounded

Israeli war jets carried out around 19 airstrikes on posts and positions belong to the Hamas movement and other minor militant groups in the Gaza Strip, medical and security sources said Monday.Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman, told reporters that at least three civilians were lightly to moderately injured in the airstrikes, which began in the morning.

Netanyahu discusses Iranian 'provocation' with Britain's May

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke with his British counterpart Theresa May about Iranian "provocation," saying that he wanted to discuss "how we can ensure that Iran's aggression does not go unanswered."

Israeli police wrap up evacuation of unauthorized West Bank outpost

At least 17 officers were hurt Thursday after Israeli police finished removing the last demonstrators from the unauthorized West Bank settlement of Amona, according to police.

Evacuation of unauthorized West Bank settlement turns violent

Clashes erupted between Israeli security forces and settlers in Amona on Wednesday after authorities began to evacuate the unauthorized West Bank settlement for a planned demolition of its houses, local media reported.

Israel approves construction of more than 3,000 West Bank homes

Israel has approved the construction of more than 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, as the country's army prepares to evacuate the unauthorized settlement of Amona, local media reported late Tuesday.

Reports: Residents of Israeli settlement given 48 hours to evacuate

The Israeli army has ordered residents of the illegal West Bank settlement of Amona to evacuate their homes within 48 hours, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

Israel's Netanyahu: Fence comment not about US-Mexico border wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doubled down Tuesday on his claim that a tweet about Israel's security fence with Egypt was not a show of support for a US-Mexico border wall.

Israel moves towards decriminalizing marijuana use

Israel on Thursday moved closer to decriminalizing marijuana use after its public security minister declared his support for a policy emphasizing education and fines over criminal penalties.

Israel warns citizens to avoid Egypt's troubled Sinai

Israel has warned its citizens to leave the Sinai Peninsula immediately, saying there is a "very high concrete threat" of a terrorist attack, a National Security Council statement said.

Croatian PM visits Yad Vashem

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying that the visit would strengthen his commitment to the struggle against any form of hatred, racism and Holocaust denial.

Israel approves 2,500 new homes in the West Bank

Israel on Tuesday approved the construction of 2,500 housing units in the West Bank, in one of the biggest such announcements in several years.

Netanyahu: Croatia stands strongly for Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem on Tuesday that over the past several years great improvement had been made in Israel-Croatia relations, expressing his gratitude to Croatia for its support at the international level.

Palestinians warn Trump of dangers of relocating US embassy in Israel

Palestinian officials warned the new US administration of President Donald Trump on Monday that talk about preparing to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is "very dangerous."

Trump invites Netanyahu to meeting as new settlement action weighed

US President Donald Trump has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet him at the White House next month, the White House said.

Trump's UN ambassador pick expresses concern about Israel's treatment

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick to serve as US ambassador to the UN, expressed concern Wednesday about the international body's treatment of Israel.

Diplomats call for direct talks on two-state solution in Middle East

Diplomats from nearly 70 countries called for a two-state solution in the Middle East in a joint statement Sunday, encouraging the Israelis and Palestinians to achieve peace by pursuing direct negotiations

Syria accuses Israel of attacking key airbase near Damascus

Syria Friday accused Israel of bombarding a major airbase near Damascus, saying the attack was aimed at helping "terrorists" in the war-ravaged country. 

Court demands grounds for ban on female readers at key Jerusalem site

Jewish reform groups welcomed a ruling by Israel's highest court on Wednesday, which called for an explanation on why women are forbidden from reading the Torah at a Jerusalem holy site.

Four killed as driver steers truck into pedestrians in Jerusalem

At least four people were killed and 15 injured on Sunday after a truck swerved into a group of soldiers getting off a bus in East Jerusalem, according to police.

Report: Recorded talks back allegations against Israel's Netanyahu

Israeli police are in possession of a recording of a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a businessman discussing "mutual benefits," the Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

Israel cuts UN payments to protest settlements condemnation

Israel will withhold about 6 million dollars in UN dues to protest the international body's recent condemnation of Israel for building settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, its UN ambassador tweeted late Friday.

Palestinian leader: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem crosses red line

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Friday that moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be crossing a red line and bring the Middle East peace process to an impasse

Two arrested for online incitement after Israeli soldier found guilty

Israeli police have arrested two people for allegedly writing inciting Facebook posts against the judges in a soldier's high-profile manslaughter trial, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Netanyahu calls for pardon in high-profile manslaughter case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night called for the pardoning of an Israeli soldier found guilty of manslaughter for the killing of a wounded Palestinian assailant.

"Facebook bill" passes first reading in Israeli parliament

A bill allowing Israeli courts to force social media companies to remove content defined as incitement passed its first reading in parliament on Tuesday morning.

Israeli police question Netanyahu amid accusations of corruption

Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours Monday on accusations that he accepted valuable gifts from two businessmen, police officials confirmed.

Reports: Netanyahu dismisses fresh accusations of corruption

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected fresh accusations on Sunday that he accepted bribes from two businessmen, local media reported.

Britain PM May slams Kerry's Middle East speech

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on peace in the Middle East as an attack on the Israeli government.

Israeli minister: Palestinian state will be off the table under Trump

The Palestinian state will no longer be a topic when US president-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, a top right-wing Israeli minister told the Ynet news portal on Thursday.

Ukraine summons Israeli ambassador over cancelled visit by Netanyahu

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has summoned Israel's ambassador to discuss a cancelled meeting between the nations' prime ministers, said an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday.

Fake news prompts Pakistani minister's nuclear threat against Israel

A fake news article has prompted Pakistan's defence minister to warn Israel that Pakistan too has nuclear capabilities.

Body of Israeli woman killed in Berlin market attack returns home

The body of an Israeli woman who was killed in Berlin after a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market has been buried in Israel, the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed Sunday.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad welcome UN vote against Israeli settlement

Both the Islamic Hamas movement and the less influential Islamic Jihad (Holy War) welcomed the vote in the United Nations Security Council on Friday which condemned Israeli settlement activity and called on Israel to halt it in the Palestinian territories.

Shock US abstention allows UN condemnation of Israel over settlements

The United States allowed UN Security Council passage of a resolution Friday demanding a halt to Israel's settlement activity in the West Bank, exposing an unusual rift between the two allies.

Israeli government condemns settlement vote at UN Security Council

The Israeli government has come out in full force against a UN Security Council vote scheduled Thursday on a draft resolution demanding a halt to settlement activity in the West Bank.

Hamas leader mentions possibility of prisoner swap with Israel

The Palestinian Islamist militant movement Hamas will be able to make another prisoner swap deal with Israel, a senior Hamas leader said Friday.

Palestinians warn Trump against relocating US embassy to Jerusalem

The suggestion that the next US ambassador to Israel might relocate the embassy to Jerusalem roiled the region Friday as Israelis and Palestinians tried to assess the impact of such a specific, but weighty, change in US policy.

Israeli coalition chief: I prefer if Arab citizens do not vote

The head of the Israeli governing coalition sparked concern Saturday over comments that he would prefer if Arab citizens of the country did not participate in elections.

Netanyahu thanks Croatian PM for Croatia's assistance in fighting wildfires

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic for the assistance Croatia provided in fighting disastrous wildfires in Israel last month, the Croatian Government said in a press release on Monday.

Syrian state media: Israel carried out airstrikes on west Damascus

Israeli planes fired two rockets at the outskirts of Damascus early Wednesday, state media reported, citing a Syrian military source.

Hackers play anti-state propaganda film on Israeli TV

Hackers interrupted broadcasts on two Israeli television stations for several minutes with an anti-Israel propaganda film, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Palestinian official criticizes arrests in response to wildfire

A senior Palestinian official on Monday criticized the Israeli government for several arrests in connection with wildfires that have left large swathes of the country ravaged.

Croatian firefighting crews visited by Israeli president

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday visited international firefighting forces, including two Croatian Air Force and Air Defence crews, who are assisting in efforts to put out wildfires that have been raging in Israel.

Nearly three dozen arrested in connection to wildfires across Israel

Nearly three dozen people, most from the Palestinian territories, have been arrested on suspicion of arson since the outbreak of wildfires across the country, Israeli radio said Sunday.

Two Croatian Canadair aircraft putting out fires in Israel

Two Croatian Canadair aircraft continued on Saturday to put out widespread forest fires in Israel which threaten houses and, despite difficulties in taking water from the Mediterranean Sea, flew until dusk on Friday.

Israel fires spread, worsen in West Bank as three seriously injured

Wildfires in Israel, some of which are believed to have been caused by arson, have spread further, including to areas of the West Bank, injuring at least three people seriously, authorities said Saturday.

Firefighters in Israel warn of exhaustion; arson suspects held

Firefighters in Israel warned Friday that their networks were on the verge of collapse after five days of fighting blazes in the north of the country, while 14 suspects were arrested on suspicion of arson and inciting violence.

Thousands evacuated as wildfires rage in Israel

Around 60,000 people have had to leave their homes in Haifa as severe bush fires burn in and around Israel's third-largest city, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Croatia sends 2 Canadair planes to Israel to help put out wildfires

The Croatian government decided on Wednesday to help Israel put out wildfires by sending two Canadair CL-415 planes, part of Croatian Air Forces fleet.

Erdogan: I don't agree with Hitler or with Israeli actions in Gaza

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, just after his government and Israel formally reconciled after six years of strife.

Erdogan wants a new era with Israel, but still angry over flotilla

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to open a new chapter in relations with Israel but remains angry about the 2010 raid of an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip which left 10 Turkish citizens dead, according to an interview with Israeli television set to air Monday.

Netanyahu defends submarine deal with Germany

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his decision to push for a submarine deal with Germany amid mounting pressure from opposition lawmakers, who criticize it as a conflict of interest.

Palestinian youth killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers, medics say

A Palestinian youth was killed on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed at the border area between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics and eyewitnesses said.

Albania-Israel match was terror target, say Kosovo police

Kosovo police say they have foiled terrorist plans, including an attack at the Albania-Israel World Cup qualifier, and arrested 19 people suspected of links to the Islamic State.

Israel appoints first ambassador to Turkey since 2010

Israel on Tuesday appointed its first ambassador to Turkey since the two countries agreed to resolve their diplomatic crisis over the summer, ending six years of strife, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Israeli court rejects delay to West Bank settlement demolition

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday denied a government request to delay the demolition of homes in a West Bank settlement for several months, according to a court statement.

Medvedev: Russia still open towards Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Moscow's invitation to host direct talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders was still on the table.

Israel says common goal with Russia, US of destroying Islamic State

Israel, Russia and the United States have a common goal of destroying the Islamic State extremist group, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Trump adviser says West Bank settlements do not impede peace

US president-elect Donald Trump does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as an obstacle to peace, one of his advisers told Israel Army Radio on Thursday.

Israel thankful to Croatia and Tanzania for softened UNESCO resolution

The Jerusalem Post on Thursday published an article on how Israel managed to get a toned-down resolution which UNESCO adopted on the Temple Mount and on a role of Croatia and Tanzania in the vote.

World Heritage Committee adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a resolution criticized by Israel as ignoring Jewish ties to a key holy site in Jerusalem, the second such decision approved by the UN body in a month.

UNESCO adopts controversial resolution despite Israeli objections

UNESCO formally adopted a controversial resolution on Tuesday that Israel says seeks to erase Jewish ties to a key Jerusalem holy site, according to a spokeswoman for the UN body.

Israel to consider resuming UNESCO ties if resolution vote cancelled

Israel's education minister on Tuesday said he would "consider resuming professional ties" with UNESCO if the organization decides to cancel a vote on a draft resolution that Israel says seeks to erase Jewish ties to a key Jerusalem holy site.

Israel in UNESCO row about Jerusalem, as UN to discuss settlements

Israel's education minister on Friday ordered the suspension of "all professional activities" with UNESCO, after the organization moved a draft resolution the day before, which Israel says seeks to deny Jewish ties to a key Jerusalem holy site.

Israel enraged after UNESCO text disputes Judaism link to holy sites

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried UNESCO's decision on Thursday to adopt a resolution that disputes the link between Judaism and several hot-spot holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israeli army tears down West Bank residence of Palestinian prisoner

The West Bank home of a Palestinian prisoner accused of helping plot the 2015 killing of an Israeli pair in front of their children was destroyed Tuesday by the Israeli army, a spokesman said.

Gaza, West Bank crossings to close for Jewish holiday

Crossings from Israel into Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip and West Bank will be closed starting Monday night due to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, according to an Israeli army statement.

Two killed after shooting attack on light-rail station in Jerusalem

Two people were killed and at least six injured in a drive-by shooting at a light rail station in Jerusalem on Sunday, according to police and emergency service officials.

Rockets fired from Gaza strike southern Israel for a second day

A rocket from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Thursday, with no injuries reported, the Israeli army said, the second such strike in two days.