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Netanyahu rejects Abbas peace talks in Paris: office

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected the possibility of a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas at a France-led peace conference later this month, his office said.

Draft law on settler homes passes first hurdle in Israel

Jerusalem - A controversial draft law that could lead to the legalisation of nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank passed a preliminary vote in Israel's parliament on Monday.

Ban urges Israel and Palestinians to save peace hopes

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that hopes for a two-state peace settlement between Israel and a future Palestine are fading fast.

Abbas re-elected Fatah leader at rare congress

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah re-elected him party head Tuesday as the movement opened its first congress since 2009 with talk mounting of who will eventually succeed the 81-year-old.

Abbas's Fatah set for rare congress as succession talk builds

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party holds its first congress since 2009 on Tuesday as the 81-year-old leader seeks to close ranks and fend off a key rival.

Israel douses fires that forced mass evacuations

Palestinian - Firefighters have extinguished blazes that ravaged Israel and the occupied West Bank for five days and forced tens of thousands to flee, authorities said Sunday, blaming arsonists for some outbreaks.

Israel douses fires that forced mass evacuations

Palestinian - Firefighters have extinguished blazes that ravaged Israel and the occupied West Bank for five days and forced tens of thousands to flee, authorities said Sunday, blaming arsonists for some outbreaks.

Israel douses fires that forced mass evacuations

Palestinian - Firefighters have extinguished blazes that ravaged Israel and the occupied West Bank for five days and forced tens of thousands to flee, authorities said Sunday, blaming arsonists for some outbreaks.

Israeli settlers flee as West Bank wildfires spread

Jerusalem - Wildfires near Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank have forced hundreds to flee their homes, after mass evacuations in Israel and more than a dozen arrests, police said Saturday.

Israel furious as France to label settlement goods

Jerusalem - Israel has accused France of aiding a boycott of the Jewish state, after Paris announced new guidelines for labelling goods from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel revives settlement plans after Trump win

Jerusalem - Israel revived plans on Wednesday to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, an ominous sign for Palestinians wary of a Donald Trump presidency, an NGO said.

Bid to quieten Muslim call to prayer amplifies Israel tensions

Jerusalem - It is 4:30 am and Mufeed Shawana is rushing to Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the first Muslim call to prayer of the day rings out across the Old City of east Jerusalem.

Turkey blasts Israeli mosque prayer call bill 'insult'

Ankara - Turkey on Monday denounced as "unacceptable" and an "insult" a bill being discussed in the Israeli parliament to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques.

Israeli Arabs, Gazans protest against 'quiet mosques' bill

Jerusalem - Hundreds of Muslims in Israel and the Gaza Strip demonstrated on Friday against a bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques in the Jewish state.

Israel bid to limit mosque calls to prayer may be revived

Jerusalem - A controversial Israeli bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer at mosques may be revived after it appeared to have been buried thanks to opposition from ultra-Orthodox Jews, reports said Thursday.

Israeli ministers approve draft bill to legalise outposts

Jerusalem - Israel's ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday approved a controversial draft bill aimed at legalising wildcat Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, parliamentary sources said.

Israel PM backs bill to limit noise from mosques

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he backed a bill limiting the volume of calls to prayer from mosques, a proposal government watchdogs have called a threat to religious freedom.

Israel PM calls for ministers' restraint after Trump win

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for ministers to refrain from comment on Donald Trump's presidency after right-wing politicians said his election win put an end to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Israel PM denies incitement before Rabin killing

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday rejected accusations that he had been involved in a campaign of incitement that preceded the 1995 assassination of premier Yitzhak Rabin.

Trump hails Israel as 'beacon of hope'

Jerusalem - US President-elect Donald Trump hailed Israel as a "beacon of hope to countless people" on Friday in his first public message to the country since his upset victory.

Palestinian president says he knows who killed Yasser Arafat

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday he knows who killed Yasser Arafat as he marked the 12th anniversary of the former leader's death but stopped short of giving a name.

Israeli right seizes on Trump electoral win

Jerusalem - Israeli right-wing politicians rushed to capitalise on Donald Trump's election as US president on Wednesday, with one key minister even declaring an end to the idea of a Palestinian state.

Palestinians urge Trump to work towards their state

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's office on Wednesday called on US president-elect Donald Trump to work towards a Palestinian state, with peace efforts with Israel long at a standstill.

Thousands of Israelis at peace rally honouring Rabin

Telavi - Thousands of people attended a memorial rally for slain Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin on Saturday, despite earlier fears it would be cancelled, an AFP journalist said.Organisers put the number at around 50,000, while Israeli media said 20,000.

Palestinians say will protest Interpol membership delay

Ramallah - The Palestinian government will protest against a delay in its application to join the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) at the body's annual conference next week, an official said Friday.

Palestinians say will protest Interpol membership delay

Ramallah - The Palestinian government will protest against a delay in its application to join the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) at the body's annual conference next week, an official said Friday.

Palestinians say will protest Interpol membership delay

Ramallah - The Palestinian government will protest against a delay in its application to join the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) at the body's annual conference next week, an official said Friday.

Israel apologises for deputy minister's quake comments

Jerusalem - Israel apologised on Saturday after a deputy minister said an earthquake in Italy was punishment for a UNESCO resolution on east Jerusalem that has angered the Jewish state.

Under pressure, Abbas plans first Fatah congress since 2009

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party aims to hold its first congress since 2009 by the end of this year, an official said, in what some analysts have called a bid by the 81-year-old to stave off rivals.

Shrine to Jesus in Israel 'robbed and vandalised'

Jerusalem - A church in Israel built where Christians believe the transfiguration of Jesus took place has been vandalised, with chalices stolen, icons damaged and a donation box robbed, an official said Tuesday.
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A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, following their arrival at the Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahia on July 30, 2014
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Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village...
Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral procession in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, in this December 11, 2011 file picture. Israel's army has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of Tamami. An Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity
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Relatives and friends of Mohammed Abu Khder, 16, carry his body to the mosque during his funeral in Shuafat, in Israeli annexed East Jerusalem on July 4, 2014
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Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a building following an Israeli strike on the southern Gaza town of Rafah, on August 2, 2014
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Palestinians look from a window at a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli air strike, on July 16, 2014, in Gaza City
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Palestinians protesting against Israel
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A Palestinian child sits on a mattress on the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli ai...
A Palestinian child sits on a mattress on the rubble of a house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Abasan, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis and close to the border with Israel on August 7, 2014
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Palestinian woman having just received a package of non-food items for her family in Sudaniya camp n...
Palestinian woman having just received a package of non-food items for her family in Sudaniya camp north of Gaza Strip.
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Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza  at Erez cro...
Palestinians and foreigners take part in a protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza, at Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza Strip November 26, 2013
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The old city Jerusalem
Rafah border crossing  between Gaza and Egypt
Rafah border crossing, between Gaza and Egypt
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A Palestinian woman carrying a child makes her way through debris as people inspect the remains of a house belonging to a member of the Islamist Hamas movement following an Israeli air strike on July 8, 2014 in the Gaza strip town of Khan Yunis
Said Khatib, AFP
Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks in an army deployment area near Israel's border with th...
Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014
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Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta  left  meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ra...
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the West Bank, on Oct. 3, 2011.
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Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 10  2014
Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 10, 2014
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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag  on the Republiqu...
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators spray fumes with the colours of the Palestinian flag, on the Republique square in Paris, during a banned demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza, on July 26, 2014
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Ktzi ot Prison is an Israeli detention facility located in the Negev desert
Ktzi'ot Prison is an Israeli detention facility located in the Negev desert
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An Israeli soldier walks past Palestinians in the West Bank village of Tafoh  near Hebron  on June 1...
An Israeli soldier walks past Palestinians in the West Bank village of Tafoh, near Hebron, on June 15, 2014
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A group of Palestinians made a Gangnam Style parody, Gangnam Gaza Style.
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