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Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza after rocket attack

Jerusalem - The Israeli military said early Friday it had carried out airstrikes on military targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit southern Israel.

High seas the new front in Iran-Israel shadow war

Jerusalem - Arch-foes Israel and Iran have long fought an undeclared shadow war across the Middle East, landing blows in Lebanon, Syria and inside the Islamic republic itself.

Israel refuses to work with ICC on war crimes probe, says 'no authority'

Jerusalem - Israel on Thursday said it has formally decided not to cooperate with an International Criminal Court war crimes investigation into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel comes to standstill to honour Holocaust victims

Jerusalem - Israel briefly came to a standstill on Thursday with the morning bustle halted for two minutes at 10:00 am (0700 GMT) as sirens blared to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

Israel president taps Netanyahu to try to form govt

Jerusalem - Israel's president nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday to try to form a government, two weeks after the latest inconclusive election, but voiced doubt that any lawmaker could forge a parliamentary majority.

Israel's Netanyahu on trial as coalition talks ramp up

Jerusalem - Israel's legal and political dramas converged Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in court for his corruption trial as the president launched talks to help form a government.

Christians mark Good Friday in Jerusalem inching towards normalcy

Jerusalem - Huddled in a corner of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Angele Percenita struggled to contain her tears, overwhelmed to be marking Good Friday in Jerusalem's Old City after last year's lockdown.

Israel's Lapid: from TV anchor to top Netanyahu challenger

Jerusalem - He's a former prime-time news anchor once known largely for his chiselled good looks, but Israel's Yair Lapid has become one of the strongest challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel voters take fourth shot at deciding Netanyahu's fate

Jerusalem - Israelis were voting Tuesday in their fourth election in less than two years, with the nation still divided over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deserves to remain in power.

Vaccine lets Israeli leaders meet voters days before election

Jerusalem - Campaigning in Israel neared an end Friday, with incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu seeking the majority that eluded him in three recent votes by highlighting the country's robust vaccination drive and his "real" right-wing credentials.

Israel's voters: from West Bank settlers to Jerusalem Arabs

Jerusalem - Israel's voters, who include settlers in the occupied West Bank, Tel Aviv residents eyeing change and Arabs in annexed east Jerusalem, are days away from their fourth election in less than two years.

Netanyahu boosts far-right extremist in re-election bid

Jerusalem - Itamar Ben-Gvir has described a Jewish extremist who massacred 29 Palestinians as his "hero", but he could be elected to Israel's parliament next week thanks partly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pandemic breeds political angst among Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews

Jerusalem - Before previous Israeli elections, Aharon had considered voting against the party that traditionally speaks for his ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, but after entering the polling booth he always remained loyal -- until now.

Israel unearths fragments of 2000-year-old biblical scroll

Jerusalem - Israel on Tuesday unveiled fragments of a biblical scroll dating back some 2,000 years, in what experts described as the most significant such find since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Crime wave rattles Arab Israelis ahead of vote

Umm Al Fahm - It had been days since 14-year-old Mohammed Adas was shot dead outside his home in Israel, but his mother Suheila couldn't bear to wash his scent off his clothes.

Netanyahu: master politician fighting for survival

Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu has remained in power as Israeli prime minister for a record 12 consecutive years, partly by convincing some voters that only he can keep the Jewish state safe while defending it on the world stage.

As Israel poll looms, 'no regrets' for ex-general in PM duel

Jerusalem - A year ago, centrist Benny Gantz got a shot at forming a government, but now he faces potential political oblivion, barely a week ahead of Israel's fourth election in two years.

Netanyahu eyes vaccine victory as Israel heads for fourth vote

Jerusalem - Israel this month will hold its fourth election in under two years, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hoping goodwill from a world-beating coronavirus vaccination campaign can finally secure him an elusive majority government.

Israeli 5-minute battery charge aims to fire up electric cars

Herzlia - From flat battery to full charge in just five minutes -- an Israeli start-up has developed technology it says could eliminate the "range anxiety" associated with electric cars.

Israeli court limits use of spy agency to track virus cases

Jerusalem - Israel's top court ruled Monday that the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency to track coronavirus infections, saying "draconian" surveillance constituted a blow to democracy.
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