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IDF strikes 3 Syrian artillery cannons in response to projectile fire

By TOI staff The Israeli army on Saturday launched a military strike on three Syrian-made artillery cannons across the border in the northern Golan Heights, hours after a pair of projectiles landed in an open field in Israeli territory as a result of spillover fire from the fighting in Syria. “Even if this is just […]

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Tzipi Livni promises not to build settlements

MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) on Saturday slammed the Israeli government for approving new housing units in Judea and Samaria. “The settlements do not add to Israel’s security,” Livni said. “The State’s concept of security is based on soldiers protecting civilians, and not their protecting a family which goes to live on an isolated hilltop […]

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PA Arabs steal over 25 tons of produce from Jewish greenhouses

[video:2034099] Border Police officers on Saturday night foiled an attempt to steal dozens of tons of produce from greenhouses in Shekef, a moshav (agricultural village) in south-central Israel. 67 illegal Palestinian Arab infiltrators, residents of the Palestinian Authority – 40 minors and 27 adults – are suspected of working for several hours to steal tons […]

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Hevron: Jewish boy injured by rock-throwing Arab terrorist

[video:2034098] A 12-year-old boy from the Jewish community in Hevron was injured Saturday afternoon when an Arab hurled rocks at the victim and at two other Jewish children in Avraham’s Spring. The large rock caused a cut to the boy’s head, and he temporarily lost consciousness, falling into the spring. Miraculously, the boy survived the […]

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Quoting Arafat, Palestinian mission in Colombia calls for Israel’s destruction

By TOI staff The official Palestinian mission to Colombia on Thursday night tweeted a quote from former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. The tweet read, “Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace. We want WAR […]

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Labor head: Settlements are the ‘beautiful face of Zionism’

Labor chief Avi Gabbay crossed party lines Thursday, issuing a pre-recorded video statement praising the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria, calling it “the beautiful face of Zionism”. Earlier this week, Gabbay signaled his intention to moderate the Labor party”s position vis-à-vis Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, disavowing plans to evacuate Jewish residents even […]

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For Israel, concern over Iran leads to better ties with Arab states

Israel has been promoting the idea that its ties with Arab countries are improving, and some experts say there are signs that shared concerns over Iran are indeed nudging them closer. Formal recognition of Israel by Arab states does not seem likely anytime soon, but behind-the-scenes cooperation has opened up in various areas, a number […]

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PLO official blasts Netanyahu’s ‘racist’ coalition

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, on Wednesday blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his coalition following Israel’s approval of new construction in Judea and Samaria. “In blatant disregard of the requirements for the two-state solution and the chances for peace and stability, Netanyahu and his extremist, racist coalition […]

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Israel: Biblical Roman Stables Discovered Near Galilee

A family digging in their garden in the Israeli village of Eilabun have unwittingly uncovered a complex of underground stables, hewn into the soft rock in Roman times 2,000 years ago. The entrance to the stables, which had remained hidden some nine feet below the ground, would previously have been at surface level. However, years […]

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Embattled Greek Orthodox patriarch asks Jordan’s help over Jerusalem land sales

By Sue Surkes Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus lll on Wednesday embarked on the first leg of a series of overseas visits to garner support for what a spokesman described as “preservation of the status quo” in the city. Under attack by Israelis for having sold church land off to anonymous investors and lambasted by […]

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Work to shut down trains north of Tel Aviv for 5 days

Israel Railways today announced that it would carry out major infrastructure work on the railway line between the Binyamina and Tel Aviv University railway stations. This section will be closed from October 31 to November 5. Infrastructure work will also be carried out at the West Hadera station. The purpose of the work is to […]

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Hamas slams Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt

The Hamas terrorist organization strongly criticized US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt Thursday regarding his position on the recent reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. Greenblatt had said on Wednesday that “any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties – including to […]

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Arabs demand apology for ‘crime’ of Balfour Declaration

The national and Islamic forces in the Ramallah district, an umbrella group that is comprised of all the Palestinian Arab organizations, on Wednesday issued a statement calling on Britain to apologize for the “crime of the Balfour Declaration,” in which Britain pledged to establish a national home for the Jewish people. The November 2, 1917, […]

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Bill would ban investigations of serving prime minister

The ministerial legislative committee, headed by Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, plans to discuss a number of controversial bills this Sunday. These bills were distributed today, and anyone who examines these off-the-cuff announcements every Thursday, including the names of the proposed bills, has to ask himself or herself whether there is any real legislative intent […]

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