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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bill legalizing settlements won't pass Supreme Court, minister admits

Israel's defence minister has said that "it doesn't take a genius" to know that the Supreme Court will reject a bill retroactively legalizing thousands of Israeli settlements.

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.

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.

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.

Netanyahu slams planned Paris Middle East conference as 'rigged'

A Middle East peace conference planned in Paris at the weekend is "rigged" slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, calling it the "last gasp of the past before the future sets in."

Israeli army warns soldiers over Hamas Facebook hack

The Israeli army warned its soldiers on Wednesday that its Islamist arch-enemy Hamas was using fake Facebook profiles to gain access to their mobile phone data.

Deadly truck ramming "a new type of attack," says Israel's Netanyahu

A deadly truck ramming in East Jerusalem at the weekend was "a new type of attack," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, adding that Israel was taking steps to prepare for similar actions in the future.

Netanyahu likens deadly Jerusalem truck-ramming to attacks in Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday connected a deadly truck ramming in East Jerusalem that left four soldiers dead with similar attacks last year in Europe.

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.

Study: Suicide bombings kill more in 2016 than ever before

Last year was the deadliest recorded for suicide bombings, with around 5,650 people killed worldwide, according to a study by the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies on Friday.

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.

Israeli minister lashes out at Kerry ahead of peace speech

A high-ranking Israeli minister on Wednesday lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry's planned speech on the Middle East peace process, calling it "pathetic."

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.

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.

Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas festivities

Tens of thousands of Christians from around the world have gathered on Saturday in the Holy Land to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.

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.

Hezbollah using US-supplied weapons in Syria, says Israeli official

The radical Islamist Hezbollah group is fighting in war-torn Syria with armoured transport vehicles from the US intended for the Lebanese army, an Israeli army official said on Wednesday.

Israel's Netanyahu under fire for comparing his plight to settlers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was under fire Wednesday after reportedly telling settlers facing eviction that he once had to stay at a hotel after being ousted from his residence.

Israeli minister attacked amid anger over West Bank eviction deadline

Dozens of protesters at a flashpoint West Bank settlement attacked Israel's construction minister who came to visit on Sunday as a court-mandated deadline for residents to leave the area looms.

Israeli forces fatally shoot 19-year-old Palestinian during clashes

A 19-year-old Palestinian man was killed early Sunday after Israeli forces opened fire during clashes in Beit Rima, north of Ramallah, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.

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 official slams Palestinian leader Abbas as "enemy number one"

A key Israeli minister on Thursday slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as "enemy number one," a day after Abbas warned he would withdraw his recognition of Israel if the Israeli government did not recognize Palestine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Israeli ambassador wants UN to cut funding for human rights group

Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon called on the UN Security Council Wednesday to suspend UN funding to the B'Tselem human rights group, which had testified at a special meeting of the council on Israeli settlements last week.

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.

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.

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.

Netanyahu, Abbas face criticism after funeral for Israel's Peres

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not have shaken Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' hand at the funeral of Shimon Peres, Israel's justice minister said on local radio Sunday.

Israel to close Gaza, West Bank crossings during Jewish holiday

Crossings into the Gaza Strip and West Bank will be closed starting Sunday night, when Jewish New Year festivities begin, according to an Israeli army statement.

Peres believed he "stopped Netanyahu from attacking Iran," paper says

Israel's leaders were preparing for an attack on Iran, fearing that the Islamic republic might be gearing up to develop a nuclear weapon, but Shimon Peres believes he slammed the breaks on the plan, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Friday.

World leaders among thousands attending funeral of Israel's Peres

Leaders from across the world were in Jerusalem on Friday for the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Israel pays respects to Shimon Peres in Knesset ceremony

Israeli leaders and the public paid their respects to Shimon Peres, one of the country's dominant political figures, in a lying-in-state ceremony outside the country's parliament.

Israeli statesman Shimon Peres dies at 93, nation begins to mourn

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres died in hospital, aged 93, his family confirmed Wednesday, two weeks after the Nobel peace laureate suffered a major stroke.

Preacher to serve 8 months for incitement over Temple Mount sermon

An Islamic preacher was sentenced on Sunday to eight months in prison for incitement over a 2014 sermon he gave at the al-Aqsa Mosque at Temple Mount, according to a court statement.

Security officer thwarts knife attack at Israeli embassy in Turkey

A Turkish security officer on Wednesday shot a knife-wielding man as he tried to attack another guard near Israel's embassy in Ankara, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

World's oldest man plans to mark birthday in Israel with bar mitzvah

The world's oldest man, who turned 113th on Thursday, plans to mark his birthday by celebrating his bar mitzvah in the Israeli city of Haifa about a century later than most people, his daughter told dpa.

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres suffers stroke

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has been rushed to a hospital near Tel Aviv following a stroke, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Death toll in Tel Aviv construction site accident rises to three

The death toll from a construction site collapse in northern Tel Aviv has risen to three, an emergency services spokesman said Thursday.

At least two killed in Tel Aviv construction site collapse

Tel Aviv (dpa) - At least two people were killed and more than 20 injured after an under-construction car park collapsed Monday in northern Tel Aviv, according to local emergency services.

Israeli firm to be compensated after SpaceX rocket destroys satellite

The Israeli company whose satellite was destroyed when the SpaceX rocket carrying it into orbit exploded is set to receive more than 200 million dollars in compensation, the firm said in a filing on Sunday.

Israel approves 463 housing settlements in the West Bank

Israel authorized the construction of hundreds of more housing units in the West Bank, despite calls by world powers to halt settlement activity.

Palestinian man shot by Israeli soldiers in West Bank

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers Friday as he ran towards them on the West Bank, according to an army spokeswoman.

Israel carries out wave of airstrikes in Gaza following rocket fire

Israel carried out airstrikes overnight against dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip, an official said Monday, with the military saying the raids were in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeting a southern Israeli city.

Raid on refugee camp in West Bank leaves 35 Palestinians injured

An overnight raid by the Israeli army on a refugee camp south of Hebron left 35 Palestinians injured after residents reacted violently, Maan news agency reported Tuesday.

Thousands of Jews pray at Wailing Wall in memory of ancient temples

Thousands of Jews prayed at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday in memory of the destruction of the ancient Jewish temples, as hundreds of Israeli police patrolled the streets.

Israel accuses second charity group worker of using funds for Hamas

A Palestinian humanitarian aid worker has been accused of using his role with the UN Development Programme to help Hamas, the Israel Security Agency said in a press release Tuesday, the second such case in less than a week.

Researchers discover fragment of ancient Egyptian statue in Israel

Archaeologists have uncovered a large piece of an ancient Egyptian statue in northern Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Monday, calling it a "historic find."

Israel, Guinea renew diplomatic ties after almost half a century

Israel and Guinea ended a 49-year rupture in relations as they renewed diplomatic ties on Wednesday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

Israeli parliament approves "dismissal law" despite massive criticism

Israel's parliament early Wednesday passed a law, allowing it to oust a sitting legislator, despite massive criticism by rights and pro-democracy groups.

6,000-year-old barley becomes oldest plant to have genome sequenced

Researchers have successfully reconstructed the genetic code of 6,000-year-old barley grains, making it the oldest plant to have its genome sequenced, according to a press release on Tuesday.

Israel tries to shoot down pilot-less plane over Golan Heights

Israel tried to shoot down a drone over the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights Sunday, the military said.

Israel: Reconciliation with Turkey to continue despite coup attempt

The reconciliation begun between Israel and Turkey after a six-year crisis in relations should continue despite the recent coup attempt in Ankara, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Israel forbids Pokemon Go in embassies, army bases on security threat

The Israeli military has forbidden soldiers from playing the mobile phone game Pokemon Go at military bases, a spokesman said Thursday.

Egypt minister's rare visit to Israel fans hopes of peace in region

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to long-broken-down peace negotiations Sunday, in the first visit to Israel by a top diplomat from Cairo in nearly a decade.

Egyptian foreign minister in Israel for first such visit in a decade

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to long-broken-down peace negotiations Sunday, in the first visit to Israel by a top diplomat from Cairo in nearly a decade.

Archaeologists closer to discovering origin of ancient Philistines

Archaeologists believe they have found a Philistine cemetery on the edge of an Israeli city, potentially the first such discovery. It is hoped the objects unearthed will shed more light on this much-maligned people.

Woman with knife shot in West Bank, stabber home to be demolished

A Palestinian woman was shot and injured as she tried to stab a settler near the northern West Bank settlement of Ariel, the military said Tuesday.

El Al flight from New York lands safely in Tel Aviv after bomb alarm

An El Al Israeli passenger plane from New York landed safely in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, after a bomb alarm turned out to be false, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni summoned by Scotland Yard

Israel's former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, was summoned by Scotland Yard over alleged war crimes committed by her government during the 2008-09 first Gaza war, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced Sunday.

Israel's Netanyahu announces new "aggressive" measures in West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday announced "aggressive" measures against Palestinians in the West Bank, in response to new deadly attacks against Israelis.

First cargo ship from Turkey with aid for Gazans docks in Israel

A cargo ship from Turkey with humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip docked Sunday in the southern Israeli port of Ashdod.

Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel has died

Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel has died at age 87, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said Saturday.

Israeli man killed, three injured as violence escalates in West Bank

Israeli police are searching for a gunman after he opened fire on a family's car, causing a crash that left one Israeli man dead and three others injured, the Israeli army said Friday.