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New Israeli defence minister's tough talk to be put to the test

Jerusalem - Israel's newly named Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has pledged harsh actions against Palestinians, but there are doubts over whether the hardliner will be able to translate his provocative political rhetoric into concrete action.

Netanyahu joins forces with ultra-nationalist in coalition deal

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces on Wednesday with a hardline nationalist who is set to become defence minister, forming a government considered the most right-wing in the nation's history.

Israeli rights group gives up on army complaints system

Jerusalem - A leading Israeli rights group announced Wednesday it was giving up taking complaints over soldier conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions.

Suspect in 1980 Paris synagogue attack ordered back to jail

Paris - A French court on Tuesday ordered the chief suspect in a deadly attack on a Paris synagogue in 1980 to be sent back to jail, ten days after he was released on bail.

Netanyahu rejects French peace initiative, offers to meet Abbas

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a multilateral French peace initiative as he met his French counterpart on Monday, offering instead to hold direct talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

Netanyahu seeks to ease fears over changes in his govt

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to ease concerns over the expected entrance of a hardline nationalist party into his coalition, saying his government would still seek peace with the Palestinians.

French PM visits Israel to push for peace plan

Telavi - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited Israel on Sunday to advance his country's plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts in the face of opposition from his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel defence minister resigns in spat with Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation on Friday, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his post to hardliner Avigdor Lieberman to expand his governing coalition.

France calls Middle East peace conference for June 3

Brussels - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Thursday he had called for a long-delayed Middle East peace conference to be held in Paris on June 3.

Israel set to form 'most right-wing government in history'

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked set to form the "most right-wing" government in Israeli history on Thursday, with Avigdor Lieberman, a hardliner loathed by Palestinians, expected to join as defence minister.

Kerry meets Sisi as Egypt seeks MidEast peace role

Cairo - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after Egypt called for a renewal of the Middle East peace process.

Netanyahu 'close to agreeing' Israel unity government

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to agreeing a unity government with the main opposition leader, Israeli media said Wednesday, in a move that could help revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

Palestinian museum set to open — without exhibition

Bir Zeit - After nearly 20 years and millions of dollars, Palestinian leaders will on Wednesday cut the red ribbon to inaugurate a museum about their national heritage. Yet while the architecture is impeccable, the exhibition halls are empty.

Suspect in 1980 Paris synagogue attack freed on bail

Paris - The chief suspect in a deadly attack on a Paris synagogue in 1980 has been released on bail after being held for 18 months, judicial and investigation sources told AFP Tuesday.

Netanyahu says Iran 'preparing another Holocaust'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Sunday a Tehran anti-Israel cartoon contest themed around the Holocaust, accusing Iran of denying and belittling it as well as "preparing another Holocaust.

Netanyahu questions French impartiality after UNESCO vote

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he told the French foreign minister that Paris's support of a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem cast doubt on the impartiality of a peace initiative it is promoting.

A fifth of Syria's Palestinians have fled the country: UNWRA

Damascus - More than 20 percent of Syria's Palestinian refugees have fled the country and its five-year war, the head of the UN Palestinian refugee agency said on Thursday."Before the war, there were 560,000 Palestine refugees.

Artist Ai Weiwei says Gaza key part of refugee crisis

Gaza - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said Thursday he felt compelled to visit Gaza to understand its part in the global refugee crisis for a documentary he is filming.

French PM says UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem 'unfortunate, clumsy'

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday described a UNESCO resolution on the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem as "clumsy" and "unfortunate" and said it should have been avoided.

Trial opens of Israeli soldier who shot wounded Palestinian

Jaffa - The politically charged trial began Monday of an Israeli soldier accused of shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground.

Netanyahu vows to press hunt for Gaza tunnels

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticised the deputy head of Israel's armed forces for remarks appearing to compare contemporary Israeli society to Nazi Germany.

Israel raids hit Gaza as violence flares for fourth day

Gaza - Israeli aircraft hit two Hamas targets in Gaza early on Saturday in response to rocket fire as the worst flare-up of violence since a 2014 war entered a fourth day.

Hamas says not seeking war but will fight Israeli incursions

Kear Darom - Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday his Islamist movement is not seeking war with Israel but will not tolerate its troops entering the Palestinian territory.

Israel hits Gaza after mortar fire across border

Gaza - Israeli warplanes launched new strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to mortar fire, as the worst cross-border violence since a 2014 war entered a third day.

Israeli shelling kills Gaza woman in worst clashes since 2014

Gaza - Israeli tank fire killed a Palestinian woman in her Gaza home on Thursday, the second day of the worst clashes between the army and Hamas fighters since the devastating 2014 war.

Israeli shelling kills Gaza woman in worst clashes since 2014

Gaza - Israeli tank fire killed a Palestinian woman in her Gaza home on Thursday, the second day of the worst clashes between the army and Hamas fighters since the devastating 2014 war.

Israeli shelling kills Gaza woman in worst clashes since 2014

Gaza - Israeli tank fire killed a Palestinian woman in her Gaza home on Thursday, the second day of the worst clashes between the army and Hamas fighters since the devastating 2014 war.

Israeli tank shelling kills Gaza woman: Hospital

Gaza - A Palestinian woman was killed when Israeli tank shells hit her home east of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the southern city's Nasser hospital said.The hospital identified the woman as Zeina Al-Amour, 54.

Israeli army 'finds new Hamas tunnel stretching from Gaza'

Jerusalem - Israeli forces uncovered a Hamas tunnel stretching across the border from Gaza on Thursday, the army said, the second such discovery in recent weeks.

New Israeli air raids 'target four Hamas positions' in Gaza

Jerusalem - Israeli warplanes struck four new Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, as a flare-up continued to threaten a 2014 ceasefire agreement.
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Gaza crisis: More than 100  killed in Israeli strikes
Gaza crisis: More than 100' killed in Israeli strikes
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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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A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school...
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 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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Real Democracy - Israelis donating their votes to Palestinians in the Israeli Parliamentary Election...
Real Democracy - Israelis donating their votes to Palestinians in the Israeli Parliamentary Elections 2013.
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Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a building following an Israeli strike on the southern Gaza tow...
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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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
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
Hazem Bader, AFP
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
Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP
The old city Jerusalem
The old city Jerusalem
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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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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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
Mohammed Abed, AFP
Rafah border crossing  between Gaza and Egypt
Rafah border crossing, between Gaza and Egypt
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Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas ret...
Palestinians who were displaced from their houses due to fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas return to check their homes in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City, on August 1, 2014
Mahmud Hams, AFP
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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The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
The intertwined yet divided lives of Israelis and Palestinians.
There has been little tangible evidence of progress in peace talks since this White House meeting be...
There has been little tangible evidence of progress in peace talks since this White House meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. president Barack Obama in 2009.
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A Palestinian protestor directs fireworks toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborho...
A Palestinian protestor directs fireworks toward Israeli police during clashes in Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab east Jerusalem, on July 2, 2014
Ahmad Gharabli, AFP