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U.S. denies missile test in the Mediterranean linked to Syria

A missile test in the Mediterranean carried out by Israel and the United States on Tuesday had no connection to possible US military action against Syria, the Pentagon said. The joint military exercise, which came as Washington weighed punitive strikes against the Syrian regime, had been previously scheduled and was…

Environmentalists warn plan to link Red Sea with Dead Sea could have dire consequences

A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbours Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. But environmentalists warn that the “Red-Dead” project could have dire consequences, altering the unique chemistry of the landmark inland lake…

Israel strikes Lebanon after rocket attack

The Israeli air force struck a Palestinian group in Lebanon on Friday, officials said, hours after a different organisation said it fired four rockets at the Jewish state from Lebanon. Israeli aircraft “targeted a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response to a barrage of four rockets launched…

Israel to take polio vaccination campaign nationwide

Israel is to vaccinate all children against polio, after “thousands” of people in the south of the country were found to be carriers, Health Minister Yael German said on Saturday. German said 98 percent of Israelis were already vaccinated but could pass the virus onto the remainder. “We discovered that…

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out at new Iranian president

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday, saying that he shared his hardline predecessor’s aim of destroying the Jewish state. “The president of Iran said the day before yesterday (Friday) that Israel is a wound on the body of Islam,” Netanyahu’s office…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad warns Israel will be ‘uprooted’

Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would “uproot” the Jewish state. “I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of…

Israel to approve prisoner deal in push to revive Palestinian talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged divided rightists in his cabinet to approve the release of 104 Arab prisoners in order to restart peace talk with the Palestinians. Netanyahu postponed the weekly meeting of ministers by an hour to make sure he had majority support for the measure which…

Kerry: Peace talks between Israel and Palestine to resume in Washington D.C. within a week

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that an agreement has been reached between the Israelis and Palestinians for the basis to resume Middle East peace talks. “I’m pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming final status negotiations between the Palestinians…

Israel looks to force ultra-Orthodox Jews into military service

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a draft law which will spell the end of a system which has seen tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox exempt from military service. The draft bill, which passed in the cabinet and later in the day in the ministerial committee for legislation, still faces…

Israel instilling cyber-security in high schoolers

Israel accelerates cybersecurity know-how as early as 10th grade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Amid a rapid rise in cyber attacks on Israel, the state is accelerating efforts to recruit and develop the cyber expertise it needs to keep pace with emerging threats in the Middle East and beyond. With double…

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