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Despite U.S. rift, experts see poll boost for Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's blistering attack on a U.S. push for a nuclear accord with Iran soured ties with Washington but could boost his prospects in elections this month, experts say.

Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April

Ramallah - The Palestinians are to lodge their first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court on April 1, a senior official told AFP on Monday.

Israel's Netanyahu brings Iran nuclear fight to Washington

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ramps up his mission to foil an emerging White House-backed nuclear deal with Iran with a speech on Monday to the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC lobby.

Gaza floods: Dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'

- Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.

Six months after war, tempers fray among Gaza homeless

Gaza - For six months, Gazans left homeless by last year's war have waited patiently to be rehoused. But with no relief in sight and thousands still in UN shelters, tempers are fraying.

Leaked spy cables show Mossad rejected Netanyahu Iran nuke claims

A trove of leaked secret intelligence documents has revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 claim that Iran was a year away from building a nuclear bomb was roundly rejected by his own foreign intelligence agency.

Netanyahu speech to U.S. congress will harm ties with U.S.: Rice

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's acceptance of an invitation to address the U.S. Congress, without the blessing of the White House, is destructive to US-Israeli ties, a senior official said.

US jury orders Palestinians to pay over Jerusalem attacks

New York - A US jury on Monday found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than $218 million in damages.

History, politics drive Israeli calls to Europe's Jews

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's calls for Jewish emigration after anti-Semitic attacks have riled European leaders but come as no surprise given Israel's history as a refuge and a looming election, analysts say.

Danish Jews reject Netanyahu's call to move to Israel

Copenhage - Danish Jews on Monday turned down an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to emigrate to Israel following a deadly weekend attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen.

Hollande says Jews have 'place in France'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that Jews were welcome in Europe and France, in an apparent retort to Israel's prime minister who urged Jews to move to Israel after attacks on a synagogue in Copenhagen.

Netanyahu urges Jews to move to Israel after Copenhagen attacks

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged European Jews to move to Israel after a Jewish man was killed in an attack outside Copenhagen's main synagogue."Israel is your home.

Israel's Likud claims vote for left will benefit IS

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party claims in a contentious new campaign ad that a vote for the left in Israel's March election would benefit jihadists from the Islamic State group.

Palestinian schoolgirl freed after six weeks in Israeli jail

Tulkarem - Israel freed on Friday a 14-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl, whose jailing six weeks ago for planning to attack Israelis became a focus for anger over the arrest of children in the occupied territories.

Greek far-left group 'claims Israeli embassy attack'

Atenas - A Greek far-left group has claimed responsibility for a gun attack on the Israeli embassy in December, a police source said Wednesday.

Argentina weighs spy agency reform after prosecutor death

Buenos Aires - Argentine lawmakers Tuesday began debating President Cristina Kirchner's order to disband the intelligence service, mired in scandal after the suspicious death of a prosecutor who was probing the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

Israel wants UN Gaza war probe shelved as chief quits

Jerusalem - Israel called Tuesday for the shelving of a UN inquiry into its war last summer in the Gaza Strip after the probe's head quit over Israeli accusations of conflict of interest.

CIA, Israel plotted senior Hezbollah commander's killing: report

Washington - The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported.

Hezbollah head says not seeking new war but warns Israel

Birut - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his Shiite militant group is not seeking confrontation with Israel but does not fear a new war or taking the conflict beyond Lebanon's borders.

Argentine prosecutor laid to rest amid mystery over his death

La Tablada - The special prosecutor whose mysterious death set off a political firestorm in Argentina was laid to rest Thursday, as an investigation tries to determine whether he died by his own hand or was murdered.

Hezbollah, Israel on edge as border fighting erupts

Beirut - Tensions are escalating along Israel's border and occupied territories, as a Hezbollah unit launched a strike that killed at least four IDF soldiers, initial reports said.

Hezbollah will pay 'full price' for deadly attack: Israel

- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon's Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war.

Israel air force hits Syrian army after Golan rocket fire

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes struck Syrian army targets on the Golan Heights early Wednesday hours after rockets hit the Israeli-held sector, in what the Jewish state said was "a clear message" to Damascus.

Rights group chides Israel 'policy' of bombing Gaza homes

Jerusalem - An Israeli rights group Wednesday criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds of civilians during last year's Gaza war.

Israel expels 43 spys for refusal to spy on Palestinians

The top electronic surveillance unit in the Israeli Defense Force has cleaned house, expelling 43 operatives for refusing to spy on Palestinians, it was reported Channel 1 TV.

Rockets fired from Syria hit Israeli-held Golan: Army

Jerusalem - At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

Gaza - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

Argentina to disband intelligence service after prosecutor death

Buenos Aires - President Cristina Kirchner said that she will disband Argentina's intelligence service after a prosecutor was found dead just hours before he was to make explosive allegations against her.

Argentina pledges 'full security' for journalists after one flees

Buenos Aires - A top aide to President Cristina Kirchner offered assurances Monday that journalists enjoy "full security" in Argentina after a reporter who revealed the suspicious death of a key prosecutor fled to Israel.

Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

Buenos Aires - A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats."Now safe in Tel Aviv. Thanks everybody.
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