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Israel ex-PM Olmert sentenced to 8 months for corruption

Jerusalem - Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption on Monday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace.

Op-Ed: UN conference fails to agree on Middle East nuclear weapons ban

A UN conference that had been reviewing the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty broke up without issuing a final statement when participants could not agree on a Middle East nuclear weapons ban.

Gaza facing 'dangerous fiscal crisis': World Bank

Jerusalem - The Gaza Strip has the world's highest unemployment and Palestinians, Israelis and donors must take action to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis," the World Bank said Friday.

Israel PM meets Arab parties head in bid to mend fences

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to mend fences with Israel's Arabs at a meeting Thursday with the head of the Arab parties in parliament, Ayman Odeh, after polarising election-day remarks.

Israel reverses ban on Palestinians using settler buses

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday overturned a ban on Palestinians riding the same buses as Jewish settlers, a measure condemned by rights campaigners as "ethnic separation".

Palestinians banned from riding same buses as Israelis: Official

Jerusalem - Palestinians in the West Bank who commute to Israel to work will from Wednesday be banned from riding the same buses as Israelis to return home, a defence ministry official said.

Clashes as Israel marks 1967 east Jerusalem capture

Jerusalem - Israeli nationalists and police clashed with Palestinians in occupied east Jerusalem on Sunday as crowds of Jewish hardliners marched across the city to mark the 48th anniversary of its capture.

New Netanyahu government wins MPs' approval as Obama urges deal

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament narrowly approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government as the United States insisted the Jewish state must forge a deal with the Palestinians for its own good.

Gaza engineer seeks solution to water woes

Gaza - With Gaza's supply of drinking water expected to dry up by 2020, a Palestinian engineer is pioneering a machine to make seawater potable for residents of the coastal territory.

West Bank village challenges Israel's iron grip on planning

Palestinian - It was a large house with three floors and freshly painted pale blue shutters that had just been built for a family of 17.But within a few hours of work by a pair of Israeli bulldozers, all that was left was a mountain of rubble and twisted metal.

Israeli justice minister accused of inciting Palestinian Genocide

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to appoint an ultranationalist who recently advocated genocide of the Palestinian people as justice minister.

Hardline Israel government emerges, angering Palestinians

Jerusalem - After reaching a late-night deal on a new coalition, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement Thursday giving a senior role to the far-right Jewish Home that firmly opposes a Palestinian state.

Israel approves 900 E.Jerusalem settler homes: NGO

Jerusalem - Israel has approved construction of 900 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, a watchdog said Thursday shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a new rightwing religious coalition.

Netanyahu government 'against peace': Palestinians

Ramallah - The new rightwing religious coalition government formed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be belligerent and work against peace, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday.

Netanyahu forms new government just ahead of deadline

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held on to his job Wednesday, announcing that he had hammered together a new coalition government just ahead of a midnight legal deadline.

Netanyahu races to form government as time runs out

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was locked in a last-ditch effort Wednesday to piece together a ruling coalition, with commentators already pondering how long it would last.

Arafat widow's lawyers say French murder inquiry must go on

Nterre - Lawyers representing the widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday denounced a French decision to close a murder inquiry into his 2004 death and vowed to ensure the investigation continued."We do not approve of this decision...

Israel pledges action on grievances of Ethiopian Jews

Jerusalem - Israel on Monday pledged to crack down on racism and discrimination against Ethiopian Jews as officials sought to ease tensions after a series of angry protests over police brutality.

Israel PM urges action on racism in talks with Ethiopian Jews

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a united front against racism after talks on Monday with leaders of the Ethiopian Jewish community.

Israeli PM to meet Ethiopian community after clashes

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet members of Israel's Ethiopian community Monday in a bid to ease tensions after clashes over allegations of police brutality and widespread discrimination.

Police fire stun grenades at Tel Aviv rally by Ethiopian Israelis

Telavi - Police fired stun grenades to disperse a rally by Ethiopian Israelis demonstrating in central Tel Aviv on Sunday against alleged police brutality and widespread discrimination.

Israel warns of terror attack threat against Jews in Tunisia 

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had learned of "concrete threats" of terror attacks against Jewish or Israeli targets in Tunisia.The Tunisian government quickly denied the claims, saying no such threats existed.

Netanyahu signs up first two partners for coalition government

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made strides toward forming a new government, signing coalition deals with two parties, a week before the deadline to present a cabinet.

Israel charges soldiers over looting during Gaza war

Jerusalem - Israeli military prosecutors have filed charges against three soldiers for alleged theft from Palestinians, and related offences, during last summer's Gaza war, the military said on Monday.

Israel court jails Belgian for spying for Iran

Lod - An Israeli court sentenced an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison Tuesday after convicting him of spying for Tehran posing as a businessman.

Thousands march at Auschwitz in memory of Holocaust dead

Oswiecim - Thousands of young Jews from Israel and across the globe marched alongside Polish teenagers Thursday in memory of Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau WWII death camp in southern Poland.

Israelis stand in silent tribute to Holocaust dead

Jerusalem - Israeli Jews stood in silence as sirens wailed across the country on Thursday marking Holocaust memorial day and 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

Defying death in the Holocaust for a sister

- Suzanna Braun, who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust and defied death at least three times, believes she survived because of her determination to save her sister -- and some divine intervention.The first time she beat death was sheer luck.

Putin seeks to allay fears over S-300 in Netanyahu call

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday as he sought to allay concerns over his decision to lift a ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran.

Nazi-hunters praise German efforts to nail war criminals

Jerusalem - Nazi-hunters the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday praised Germany's efforts to bring war criminals to justice some seven decades after the atrocities of the Holocaust.
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People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to deport 400 children of foreign workers. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio)
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Israeli soldiers work on their Merkava tanks in a deployment area near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 11, 2014
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Iron Dome CRAM launcher near the town of Sderot, Israel.
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Southern aerial view of the Temple Mount, (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎, Arabic: الحرم القدسي الشريف‎) in the Old City of Jerusalem ((Hebrew: העיר העתיקה‎, Arabic: البلدة القديمة‎). Annotated in the foreground is Al-Aqsa Mosque (Arabic:المسجد الاقصى), considered to be the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. Behind are The Dome of the Rock (Arabic: مسجد قبة الصخرة‎, Hebrew: כיפת הסלע) and to the
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French President Francois Hollande (C) and his companion Valerie Trierweiler (R) stand next to Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) as students from Tel Aviv's Marc Chagall French school wave flags during a welcome ceremony at the presidential residence in Jerusalem November 17, 2013
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The water tower in the background over looks all the houses nestled in the trees in Kiriat Tivon, Northern Israel.
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Fourth Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton.
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FLASHPOINT: Palestinian refugee camp in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem is shown in photo from 2010.
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Israel has launched a major bombardment of Gaza targeting Islamic militants. Some 12 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, have been killed.
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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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man tasered by police in Tel Aviv
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13 August 2010. First Friday Prayers of Ramadan 2010. Israeli policemen at the Damascus Gate, in front of the Old City of Jerusalem.
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Barack Obama and Netanyahu in the Oval Office
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Palestinians ride on a donkey near homes in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem
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Israel's Red Sea resort Eilat