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Egypt reopens Gaza crossing for first time in weeks

Cairo - Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

Netanyahu warns of 'grave mistake' if France recognises Palestine

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that France's parliament would be making a "grave mistake" if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.

Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Jerusalem - Israel's government Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy.

West Bank home torched in suspected settler attack

Ramallah - Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed a house in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, its mayor told AFP, pointing the finger of blame at local settlers.

U.S., EU officials criticize Israel for Palestine home demolitions

Jerusalem - Israel will continue its illegal policy of collectively punishing the families of Palestinian terrorists by demolishing their homes, despite protests by top American and European officials.

E.U. considering sanctions against Israel over settlements

Brussels - The European Union is weighing punitive measures targeting Israel over its continuing illegal Jewish settler colonization of Palestinian territory.

Israel razes E.Jerusalem home in synagogue attack crackdown

Jerusalem - Israel on Wednesday demolished the home of a Palestinian behind a deadly car attack in Jerusalem, pushing ahead with a promised crackdown following a bloody assault on a synagogue.

Israel to ease gun controls for self-defence after attack

Jerusalem - Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defence in the wake of a deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Tuesday.

Three of Israel synagogue dead were US citizens, 1 British: police

Jerusalem - All four victims of Tuesday's deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue were Israelis with dual nationality, three of whom were Americans and a fourth British, police said.

Palestinian bus driver found hanged in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.

Palestinian bus driver found hanged in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes Monday, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.

Fearing backlash, Jordan asserts Al-Aqsa custodianship

Amman - Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.

Israel eases Jerusalem mosque restrictions after Kerry talks

Jerusalem - Israel lifted restrictions Friday on Muslims praying at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced an agreement on steps to reduce tensions surrounding it.

Steps agreed to lower Israeli-Palestinian tensions: Kerry

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that steps were agreed at talks in Amman to lower tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Kerry says steps agreed to cool Jerusalem tempers

Amman - US Secretary of State John Kerry said steps were agreed Thursday at talks in Amman to lower tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Kerry to meet Abbas as new Israeli settlements fan tensions

Jerusalem - US Secretary of State John Kerry is set for talks Thursday with the Palestinian leader on easing regional tensions, after Israel approved new settler homes in east Jerusalem despite mounting unrest.

Israel approves new settlements as Kerry looks to ease tensions

Jerusalem - Israel approved new settler homes in east Jerusalem on Wednesday despite mounting unrest, as US Secretary of State John Kerry was set for talks with the Palestinian leader on easing tensions.

Palestinian war of words mars Arafat anniversary

Ramallah - Palestinians marked 10 years since the mysterious death of their iconic leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday but a war of words between rival factions Fatah and Hamas marred the anniversary.

Israeli army kills W.Bank protester as clashes rage

Jerusalem - Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during clashes in the West Bank on Tuesday as a wave of unrest gripped the country, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

Israel tightens security after deadly knife attacks

Jerusalem - Israel stepped up security nationwide Tuesday after a soldier and a settler were killed in separate Palestinian knife attacks as months of unrest in Jerusalem spread across the country.

Knife attacks kill two Israelis as unrest spreads

Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier and a woman were killed and two others wounded in twin Palestinian stabbings Monday as months of unrest in Jerusalem spread across Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Israeli killed in W.Bank stabbing, attacker shot: Medics

Jerusalem - An Israeli woman was killed and two others wounded Monday when a Palestinian stabbed them outside a West Bank settlement before being shot dead by a security guard, police said.

Angry Arabs march in north Israel after shooting

- Angry Arab-Israeli protesters took to the streets across the country on Sunday and police raised alert levels nationwide amid shock waves over the fatal shooting of a young Arab-Israeli.

Fatah cancels Arafat memorial in Gaza after attacks

Gaza - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement said Sunday it is cancelling this week's Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death due to security concerns.

EU urges two-state capital in Jerusalem as tensions soar

Ramallah - Europe's top diplomat on Saturday called for a Palestinian state sharing Jerusalem as its capital with Israel, hours after the police killing of an Arab-Israeli further fanned tensions.

EU foreign chief, in Gaza, calls for Palestinian state

Gaza - The European Union's new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday appealed for the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying the world "cannot afford" another war in Gaza.

Clashes at Jerusalem refugee camp as EU urges progress

Jerusalem - Stone-throwing Palestinians battled Israeli police in a refugee camp in east Jerusalem Friday as the top EU diplomat warned of a new wave of violence if peace efforts remain deadlocked.

Only a minor war crime against the Gaza flotilla

A war crime that was designated as minor upsets the balance in justice and law when a lack of conviction has to be explained.

Israel reassures Jordan on Al-Aqsa as extremists rally

Jerusalem - Israel on Thursday promised Jordan that it would not allow Jews to pray at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound as scores of Jewish extremists tried to march to the flashpoint shrine.

Israel escapes war crimes charges over deadly Gaza flotilla raid

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will not launch a prosecution over Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 in which 10 Turkish activists died, despite a "reasonable basis" to believe war crimes were committed, the chief prosecutor said Th...
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Israelis are protesting in Tel Aviv against the eviction of Palestinian families from the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.
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Israeli children. For Israelis, the figures were lower but still high. More than 25 percent of Israeli Jewish children of the same age reported seeing other Israelis upset or crying because someone they knew or loved had been killed by Palestinians, and nearly 10 percent reported that they had seen in person other Israelis who were injured or dead, lying on stretchers or on the ground, as a result of Palestinian attacks in the last year.
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Palestinian kids playing in the Old City of Jerusalem before Ramadan
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Tulip Winery, Israel 10th anniversary event.
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Israelis right-whig young citizens are protesting against the march of the Israeli Peace Movement.
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Leaving Tivon, crossing road 75, the Carmel range in the background.
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Modern times in Nazareth.
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PM Netanyahu lays a wreath at Mount Herzl
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Shoshana Strauss receives presidential award.
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The Ofek-9 was successfully launched into space on June 22. The first transmission received today confirmed that the high-tech spy satellite had established and maintained orbit.
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One of 7 members of the al-Kaware family, most of them children, killed in an earlier Israeli air strike on Gaza.
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