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Israel to deny Human Rights Watch visas over 'bias'

Jerusalem - Israel will stop issuing work visas to Human Rights Watch staff, the NGO said Friday, with the Jewish state accusing the group of being "fundamentally biased" against it.

Former Israeli chief rabbi sentenced to jail for graft

Jerusalem - Former Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger, convicted of taking more than $1.9 million in bribes, fraud and obstructing justice, was sentenced Thursday to serve four-and-a-half years in jail, court officials said.

Netanyahu backs pardon for Israel soldier who shot Palestinian

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday backed pardoning a soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, media reported.

Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia

Sydney - Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Sydney on Thursday against the first visit to Australia by an Israeli prime minister, branding Benjamin Netanyahu a "war criminal".

Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia

Sydney - Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Sydney on Thursday against the first visit to Australia by an Israeli prime minister, branding Benjamin Netanyahu a "war criminal".

Hundreds protest Netanyahu in Australia

Sydney - Several hundred pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Sydney on Thursday against the first visit to Australia by an Israeli prime minister, branding Benjamin Netanyahu a "war criminal".

France insists on two-state Mideast peace deal: Hollande

Paris - France is committed to a two-state solution for the Middle East conflict, President Francois Hollande said, a week after Donald Trump broke with international consensus by stepping back from the goal.

Australia PM slams UN resolution as he welcomes Netanyahu

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attacked the United Nations for "one-sided resolutions" against Israel's push to build settlements on occupied land as he welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday on his first official visit to the country.

Egypt, Jordan say no concessions on a Palestinian state

Cairo - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan agreed Tuesday there could be no concessions on establishing a Palestinian state, the presidency said after talks in Cairo.

Palestinian journalist released after 10 months in Israel jail

Jerusalem - A senior Palestinian journalist has been released after 10 months in an Israeli jail without charge, he told AFP on Tuesday.

Iran leader backs liberation from Israel 'tumour'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Tuesday for the "complete liberation" of Palestine from the "tumour" of Israel, renewing his regime's refusal to recognise Israel's right to exist.

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Telavi - An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant who lay on the ground, sparking criticism from rights groups.

Israel-US team to discuss settlements says Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israel and the US will set up a joint team to discuss Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, days after talks with President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu held secret Arab peace meeting: report

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with Arab rulers last year to hear then US secretary of state John Kerry pitch a regional peace plan, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.

Israel's Lieberman insists land swaps key to two-state solution

Munich - A two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict must include exchanges of people and land to ensure the two sides are completely separated, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday.

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Washington - With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace?

Global alarm, Israeli joy at Trump two-state shift

Jerusalem - Donald Trump's shelving of the decades-long goal of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict excited Israelis and alarmed the international community Thursday, though an official appeared to temper his comments.

Trump drops US commitment to 'two-state' Mideast deal

Washington - US President Donald Trump shelved Washington's years-long quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace.

'Everything must be done' to preserve Mideast two-state solution: UN chief

Cairo - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in Cairo Wednesday there is no option other than a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and efforts to reach it should be preserved.

Trump will not insist on two-state solution as Netanyahu visits

Washington - President Donald Trump welcomes Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House on Wednesday after an administration official signaled a break with US support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Even under Trump, US in no hurry to move Israel embassy

Washington - It might have sounded the death knell for an already moribund Middle East peace process, but Donald Trump seems to have delayed plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

4 NFL players cancel Israel trip in solidarity with Palestinians

Four of the 11 National Football League players scheduled to visit Israel on a goodwill tour have withdrawn from the trip, with one star expressing solidarity with Palestine and saying he did not want to be "used" by the Israeli government.

Hamas military hardliner elected group's Gaza chief

Gaza - Hamas elected in secret a hardline member of the Palestinian Islamist movement's armed wing as its new Gaza leader on Monday, indicating a tougher stand against longtime adversary Israel.

Peru asks Trump to consider deporting ex-president Toledo

- Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to consider extraditing fugitive former leader Alejandro Toledo, believed to be in the United States, to face graft charges.

For Arab MPs, Israeli parliament 'harder than ever'

Jerusalem - It has never been easy being a lawmaker who identifies as Palestinian in the Israeli parliament, but today it is harder than ever, Arab Israeli MPs say.

Trump says Israel settlement growth 'not good for peace'

Jerusalem - US President Donald Trump does not believe Israeli settlement growth in Palestinian territories is "good for peace", he told a paper Friday, in his most direct comments on the matter since inauguration.

Palestinian opens fire in Israeli crowd, four wounded: police

Jerusalem - Six people were wounded Thursday when a Palestinian man stabbed and shot at market-goers in central Israel, police said.

Israel's top court petitioned to strike down settler law

Jerusalem - Israeli and Palestinian rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday asking it to strike down a new law allowing expropriation of private Palestinian land for Jewish settlers.

Abbas calls Israeli settler law an 'attack' on Palestinians

Paris - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called a new Israeli law legalising dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land an "attack against our people".

Israel parliament legalises settler outposts on Palestinian land

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament on Monday finalised a controversial law legalising dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
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