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Draft law on settler homes passes first hurdle in Israel

Jerusalem - A controversial draft law that could lead to the legalisation of nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank passed a preliminary vote in Israel's parliament on Monday.

Op-Ed: Trump adding to the swamp, not draining it as promised

Trump campaigned as a person who was going to fight against the establishment and drain the swamp of corrupt politicians with links to Wall Street from his administration. He has done nothing of the sort.

Israeli airforce strikes IS-linked group in Syria: army

Jerusalem - Israel's air force targeted gunmen linked to the Islamic State group in Syria overnight, the army said Monday, after they fired on an Israeli soldier in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israeli forces kill four IS-linked gunmen after Golan attack

Jerusalem - Israeli forces killed four gunmen linked to the Islamic State group after they fired on soldiers Sunday, the military said, in the first such attack on the occupied Golan Heights.

Israeli settlers flee as West Bank wildfires spread

Jerusalem - Wildfires near Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank have forced hundreds to flee their homes, after mass evacuations in Israel and more than a dozen arrests, police said Saturday.

Israel furious as France to label settlement goods

Jerusalem - Israel has accused France of aiding a boycott of the Jewish state, after Paris announced new guidelines for labelling goods from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Foreign planes combat Israel wildfires as arrests made

Haifa - Foreign firefighting planes on Friday helped Israel tackle a wave of wildfires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as police announced a dozen related arrests.

Netanyahu says any deliberate Israel fires acts of 'terror'

Haifa - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday if proof was discovered that any of the fires across Israel were deliberately sparked they would be treated as acts of "terror.

Police to probe Israel submarine deal with Germany

Jerusalem - Israel's attorney general on Wednesday ordered police to look into allegations of improper conduct by a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the planned purchase of submarines from Germany.

Israeli scientists unearth rare 'thinker' figurine

Jerusalem - A "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a seated person, apparently deep in thought, was unveiled in Israel on Wednesday.

Israel revives settlement plans after Trump win

Jerusalem - Israel revived plans on Wednesday to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, an ominous sign for Palestinians wary of a Donald Trump presidency, an NGO said.

Israeli firm can steal phone data in seconds

Petach Tikva - It only takes a few seconds for an employee of one of the world's leading hacking companies to take a locked smartphone and pull the data from it.

Bid to quieten Muslim call to prayer amplifies Israel tensions

Jerusalem - It is 4:30 am and Mufeed Shawana is rushing to Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the first Muslim call to prayer of the day rings out across the Old City of east Jerusalem.

Op-Ed: Facebook working with Israel to censor posts inciting violence

Facebook has often been in hot water for allowing certain posts and disallowing others. In a number of countries Facebook is banned entirely.

Women increasingly join the fight in Israel's army

Yoqn`am - Her face covered in mud, 18-year-old Smadar crawls beneath thorny brush, her automatic rifle around her neck.She smiles despite the intensity of the training, and her commander, also a woman, shouts encouragement.

Israeli Arabs, Gazans protest against 'quiet mosques' bill

Jerusalem - Hundreds of Muslims in Israel and the Gaza Strip demonstrated on Friday against a bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques in the Jewish state.

Israel bid to limit mosque calls to prayer may be revived

Jerusalem - A controversial Israeli bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques may be revived after it appeared to have been buried thanks to opposition from ultra-Orthodox Jews, reports said Thursday.

Generous drone gift by Israel to Russia causing problems

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had a very successful three day meeting in Israel with Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and ended up touring the Israeli government's Volcani Institute.

Israeli ministers approve draft bill to legalise outposts

Jerusalem - Israel's ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday approved a controversial draft bill aimed at legalising wildcat Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, parliamentary sources said.

Israel PM backs bill to limit noise from mosques

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he backed a bill limiting the volume of calls to prayer from mosques, a proposal government watchdogs have called a threat to religious freedom.
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