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Watch live: Obama delivers speech to Israeli people

On the second day of his first official trip to Israel, President Obama delivers a 45-minute speech to the Israeli people. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on March 21. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Watch live: Obama’s first meeting in Israel with president

Following the first meeting of his Mideast tour, President Obama delivers a statement with Israel’s President Shimon Peres. Watch live, broadcast on March 20. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Israel soldier convicted of homicide for killing young Palestinian

An Israeli military court convicted a soldier of negligent homicide on Monday in the January shooting death of a young Palestinian trying to sneak into the Jewish state from the occupied West Bank, the army said. In a written answer to a query from AFP, the military said that the…

Israeli West Bank settlers increase by 4.7 percent in 2012

The number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 4.7% in 2012, according to figures obtained by AFP Wednesday from a settler organisation. The settler population stood at 360,000 at beginning of January 2013 compared to 343,000 in January 2012, according to the Yesha Council, the largest…

Obama makes trip to Israel’s West Bank in March

US President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Jerusalem on March 20 for a three-day trip which will also take him to the West Bank city of Ramallah, media reports and a Palestinian official said. According to a draft itinerary published in Israel’s top-selling Yediot Aharonot, Obama will begin…

Israel silent over Syria strike claims

Israel was on Thursday tightlipped over Syrian claims it had bombed a military site near Damascus, while stressing that any transfer of advanced weaponry to Lebanon’s Hezbollah would cross a red line. Israeli officials and the military refused to confirm or deny any involvement in the alleged attack and had…

Israel’s Netanyahu faces coalition challenge

Israel’s rightwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who narrowly won Tuesday’s election ahead of a new centrist party, now has the complicated task of forming a new coalition government. Despised by much of the local media, and the target of jabs by foreign leaders, the 63-year-old Netanyahu was riding high in…

Huge detention center to be Israel’s latest weapon in migration battle

A vast detention complex is rising from the sandy grounds of Ktzi’ot prison in the Negev desert, close to Israel’s border with Egypt, which will become the world’s largest holding facility for asylum seekers and migrants. When it is completed, at an initial cost of £58m to the Israeli government,…

Israel bans ‘flytilla’ activists but hundreds left in Europe

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel — Israel on Sunday barred 40 pro-Palestinian activists who had flown in for a “Welcome to Palestine” campaign as hundreds more would-be protesters were stranded at airports across Europe. As hundreds of police deployed at Israel’s main international airport in a bid to stop activists from…

Iran’s nuclear program: Legal debate stirs over basis for U.S. or Israeli attack

As US and Israeli officials weigh up prospect of military strike on Iran, critics say any attack would go against international law Amid the sabre-rattling and bluster over Iran, a furious if little-noticed debate is boiling over the legal basis for a US or Israeli attack on Tehran’s nuclear programme.…

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