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Israeli minister quits 'extremist government'

Jerusalem - Israeli environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation on Friday, saying the appointment of a hardline nationalist as defence minister had created an "extremist government".

New Israeli defence minister's tough talk to be put to the test

Jerusalem - Israel's newly named Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has pledged harsh actions against Palestinians, but there are doubts over whether the hardliner will be able to translate his provocative political rhetoric into concrete action.

Netanyahu joins forces with ultra-nationalist in coalition deal

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces on Wednesday with a hardline nationalist who is set to become defence minister, forming a government considered the most right-wing in the nation's history.

Israeli rights group gives up on army complaints system

Jerusalem - A leading Israeli rights group announced Wednesday it was giving up taking complaints over soldier conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions.

Netanyahu rejects French peace initiative, offers to meet Abbas

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French peace initiative as he met his French counterpart on Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

Op-Ed: During Hirshima visit, Obama should not apologize for atomic bomb

Many in Japan, and the world, believe U.S. President Barack Obama should apologize for the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WW2. The U.S., however, has said that when Obama visits Hiroshima next week there will be no apology.

Netanyahu seeks to ease fears over changes in his govt

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to ease concerns over the expected entrance of a hardline nationalist party into his coalition, saying his government would still seek peace with the Palestinians.

French PM visits Israel to push for peace plan

Telavi - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited Israel on Sunday to advance his country's plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts in the face of opposition from his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

Texas woman in Chewbacca mask laughs madly, sets Facebook record

Much like the movie Star Wars set box office records a woman from Texas has set a Facebook record - for views. How? Simply by donning a Chewbacca mask, laughing hysterically, and we really mean hysterically, and then posting it on to Facebook.

Israel defence minister resigns in spat with Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation on Friday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his post to hardliner Avigdor Lieberman to expand his governing coalition.

Israel set to form 'most right-wing government in history'

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked set to form the "most right-wing" government in Israeli history on Thursday, with Avigdor Lieberman, a hardliner loathed by Palestinians, expected to join as defence minister.

Netanyahu 'close to agreeing' Israel unity government

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to agreeing a unity government with the main opposition leader, Israeli media said Wednesday, in a move that could help revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu says Iran 'preparing another Holocaust'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Sunday a Tehran anti-Israel cartoon contest themed around the Holocaust, accusing Iran of denying and belittling it as well as "preparing another Holocaust.

Netanyahu questions French impartiality after UNESCO vote

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he told the French foreign minister that Paris's support of a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem cast doubt on the impartiality of a peace initiative it is promoting.

Trial opens of Israeli soldier who shot wounded Palestinian

Jaffa - The politically charged trial began Monday of an Israeli soldier accused of shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground.

Israeli ex-president Katsav, jailed for rape, seeks pardon

Jerusalem - Israeli ex-president Moshe Katsav, in prison for rape and other sexual offences, has asked the current head of state for a pardon, President Reuven Rivlin's office said on Sunday.

Netanyahu vows to press hunt for Gaza tunnels

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticised the deputy head of Israel's armed forces for remarks appearing to compare contemporary Israeli society to Nazi Germany.

UN official spurns Netanyahu history lesson offer

Jerusalem - A senior United Nations official Saturday brushed aside an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a lecture on Jewish history, amid a row over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

Drag queens raise holy hell in Jerusalem's only gay bar

Jerusalem - In conservative Jerusalem, the last thing you might expect to find in the cramped back of a bar is a clutch of amateur drag queens railing against political and religious taboos.

Israeli army 'finds new Hamas tunnel stretching from Gaza'

Jerusalem - Israeli forces uncovered a Hamas tunnel stretching across the border from Gaza on Thursday, the army said, the second such discovery in recent weeks.
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