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Israel envoy speaks at London university, over pro-Palestinian protests

Israel’s ambassador to the UK braved vocal demonstrations at a top London University to speak to students By Emma Yeomans Israeli and Palestinian protestors outside the building in which the event took place Israeli ambassador Mark Regev told demonstrators “israel is not going anywhere” as he became the first diplomat from the country to speak […]

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Israel said pushing for massive East Jerusalem expansion as Trump visits

Announcement of scheme for 25,000 units across city, including new neighborhoods put on ice by international pressure, may come on Jerusalem Day By Times of Israel staff Construction of new apartment buildings is underway in the Har Homa settlement in East Jerusalem, seen on October 28, 2014. (Hadas Parush/Flash90) The Housing Ministry is reportedly pushing […]

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Hezbollah: Israeli strike likely cause of Damascus explosion

Damascus (dpa) – Heavy explosions heard early Thursday on the outskirts of Damascus International Airport were likely an Israeli airstrike, according to Hezbollah’s flagship media outlet. Large plumes of black smoke were seen rising from the facility, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Videos uploaded to social media showed similar scenes. Israeli Intelligence […]

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Swedish deputy PM equates Israeli and Palestinian incitement

Isabella Lövin also says UNRWA ‘quickly and reliably deals with alleged cases of violent extremism and anti-Semitism’ By Raphael Ahren Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin speaking in parliament at a debate about Stockholm’s assistance to Ramallah, March 4, 2016 (Screen grab YouTube) Sweden’s deputy prime minister this week equated Israeli and Palestinian […]

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Congressman: Trump likely to move embassy during Israel trip

President Donald Trump is likely to use his upcoming trip to Israel to announce the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a senior Republican official said Thursday. On Wednesday it was reported that President Trump is planning a trip to Israel, his first ever to the Jewish state, and is in […]

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Congressional Israel Victory Caucus’ launch by Republicans reinforces support for Israel

Republicans fortified their growing bond with Israel by launching Thursday the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, a coalition aimed at promoting widespread recognition of the Jewish state’s right to exist as a predicate to peace. “We founded this caucus primarily on one single irrefutable principle, and that is first and foremost, Israel has a fundamental right […]

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Lebanese man arrested after crossing into northern Israel

Security forces questioning suspect, who reportedly says he wanted to live in the Jewish state By Alexander Fulbright View of Lebanon as seen from the Israeli side of the border near Rosh Hanikra, in northwestern Israel, November 10, 2016 (Doron Horowitz/Flash90) A Lebanese man was arrested in northern Israel on Thursday after illegally crossing the […]

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Report: Trump to arrive in Israel May 22

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to visit Israel on May 22nd, his first trip to the Jewish state. According to a report Thursday afternoon by a Walla News correspondent, the president is planning a one-night stay in Israel, returning to the US on May 23rd. An Israeli source told Walla that President Trump would […]

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Bennett wins Jewish Home primaries

Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday evening won the primaries of the leadership of the Jewish Home party, and will continue to head the party over the next several years. Bennett won 80.3% of the votes. 15,701 out of 30,734 (50.67%) of the members of the Jewish Home party exercised their right to vote in […]

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Israel at 69 has 8,680,000 citizens, 43% of world Jewry

Central Bureau of Statistics figures show number of residents increased by 1.9% in the past year, including 174,000 babies By Stuart Winer Children play in the fountains at Teddy Kollek Park in Jerusalem on July 26, 2016 (Zack Wajsgras/Flash90) Israel’s population stands at 8,680,000 and is increasing at nearly two percent a year, according to […]

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Haley: It’s a new day for Israel at the UN

Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the UN, on Tuesday spoke before the World Jewish Congress” (WJC) Plenary Assembly in New York, vowing that “it”s a new day for Israel at the United Nations.” “The United States will no longer be silent as Israel is unfairly attacked at the United Nations. Silence is not […]

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British party suspends member over anti-Semitism

Britain”s Liberal Democrat party on Tuesday suspended one of its members due to anti-Semitic posts he distributed on social media. According to the Daily Mail, Ashuk Ahmed, 51, was suspended by the party after the newspaper revealed his anti-Semitic posts. Ahmed had posted a series of posts comparing Jews to Nazis, suggesting that Zionists controlled […]

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Arab MK calls government ‘racist’

Arab MK Talab Abu Arar (Joint Arab List) claimed Israel’s government is responsible for “racist attacks” against Israeli Arabs. Abu Arar’s attack follows the arrest of youths, including soldiers, after they attacked Arabs who dated Jewish girls. In an interview with Quds Paras, Abu Arar said the “Palestinian presence in Be’er Sheva is angering the […]

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Israel Appoints First Female Judge to Muslim Court

Israel has appointed a female judge to a Sharia court for the first time, breaking with the country’s Jewish ultra-Orthodox ideology that forbids women from serving as jurists in religious courts. The Judicial Appointments Committee —headed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party — voted unanimously for the appointment of Hana […]

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