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US vows to end 'Israel-bashing' at United Nations

Washington - The US ambassador to the United Nations received a rapturous welcome Monday at Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum, where she vowed never to allow "Israel-bashing" at the world body.

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Gaza - Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave.

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Gaza - Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave.

Hamas shuts Gaza crossing, blames Israel for assassination

Gaza - Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave.

Video: Israeli troops drag 8-year-old boy through Hebron streets

Hebron - Israeli soldiers dragged a shoeless child through the streets of occupied Hebron in the West Bank in search of other children who allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at a nearby Jewish settler colony.

Jews, Israelis fear fallout from bomb hoax arrest

Jerusalem - Israel's arrest of a Jewish teenager accused of masterminding dozens of anti-Semitic threats could encourage racism and ease pressure on US President Donald Trump to tackle anti-Semitism, Jewish groups have warned.

Israel ignores UN demand against settlements: diplomat

New York - Israel has ignored a United Nations resolution demanding it halt settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territory that was criticized by the Trump administration, the world body's Middle East envoy said Friday.

Gunmen kill Hamas official in Gaza

Gaza - Gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Friday shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, the interior ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.

US Senate approves settlement backer as Israel envoy

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday approved the appointment of President Donald Trump's former bankruptcy lawyer, a supporter of Israeli settlement building, as Washington's ambassador to Israel.

Israel arrests Jewish teen over anti-Semitic threats in US

Jerusalem - Israel arrested on Thursday a Jewish teenager accused of making dozens of anti-Semitic bomb threats in the United States and elsewhere, and one to a major airline, following a wide-ranging investigation involving the FBI.

Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad

Jerusalem - A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said.

Newly restored shrine at Jesus's tomb unveiled

Jerusalem - The newly restored shrine surrounding what is believed to be Jesus's tomb was unveiled at a ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday following months of delicate work and in time for crowds of Easter visitors.

Israel arrests Turkish aid agency official for 'aiding Hamas'

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities said Tuesday they have arrested a Palestinian employee in Gaza of Turkey's international aid agency TIKA on accusations of diverting its project funds to Hamas.

Hezbollah commander killed by own men: Israel army chief

Jerusalem - Israel's military chief said on Tuesday that Hezbollah's military commander in Syria, reported dead last year, was killed by members of his own Lebanese Shiite group.

Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre shrine renovation completed

Jerusalem - A major restoration project at the shrine inside the Jerusalem church where Jesus is said to have been buried was completed Monday ahead of its inauguration, an AFP reporter said.

Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall was due to welcome its first customers Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch.

Israeli archaeologists shine light on life in time of Christ

- The Israel Antiquities Authority on Sunday offered a rare glimpse into its storerooms, where staff said recent archaeological discoveries have cast new light on life at the time of Christ.

Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

Jerusalem - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes.

Netanyahu threatens snap polls after broadcasting row

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised Sunday the possibility of snap elections following a dispute with his finance minister over a new national broadcasting service.

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted 'advanced' Hezbollah arms

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

UN official quits over 'Israel apartheid' report

Birut - UN official Rima Khalaf announced her resignation on Friday, saying the secretary general had asked her to withdraw a report in which she accused Israel of being an "apartheid state".

2,500 years on, replica of sunken ship sets sail from Israel

Jerusalem - An identical replica of a 2,500-year-old merchant vessel that ran aground off the coast of present-day Israel set sail from the port of Haifa on Friday.

Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria as tensions flare

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early Friday, prompting retaliatory missiles launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Syria says shot down Israeli plane after raids near Palmyra

Damascus - Syria's army said Friday it shot down an Israeli plane that had been carrying out pre-dawn raids on a military target near Palmyra, the famed desert city it recently recaptured from jihadists.

Israel carries out air strikes on Syria: army

Jerusalem - Israeli aircraft carried out several strikes on Syria overnight, prompting the launch of ground-to-air missiles in response, one of which was intercepted, the army said on Friday.

Trump envoy meets Israeli settlers in unusual move

Jerusalem - A top adviser to US President Donald Trump met Israeli settler leaders Thursday in an unusual move that may raise fresh concerns over prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Old files reveal wartime tale of 'Bolivian Schindler'

La Paz - Old files have revealed the story of a businessman hailed as the "Bolivian Schindler" for helping thousands of Jews flee to the South American country to escape the Nazis.

Blaze at Israeli fireworks warehouse kills 2

- A fireworks warehouse in northern Israel went up in flames on Tuesday, killing two people, injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud explosions, authorities said.

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Ramallah - US President Donald Trump's administration waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday as one of his top advisers held his first meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Trump envoy meets Abbas as White House wades into Mideast conflict

Ramallah - US President Donald Trump's administration waded into the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday as one of his top advisers held his first meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
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