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Netanyahu slams UN rights council’s censure of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed a UN rights body for a string of resolutions condemning the Jewish state despite a wave of rights abuses elsewhere in the region. "At the end of last week, the UN Human Rights Council condemned……

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws fire from all sides over settlements

Comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum make it clear he is against the establishment of a Palestinian state, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat has said. “Anyone who says they want the settlers to remain is actually saying they don’t want the establishment of a…

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

Israel freed another 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, alongside US-brokered peace talks. But shortly after they walked free in a gesture meant to ease the talks’ progress, Israeli army radio reported government plans to boost settlement in annexed east Jerusalem. A group of 21 prisoners from the West Bank…

Obama says Iran a year away from nuclear bomb

US President Barack Obama said in an interview released Saturday that Iran was “a year or more away” from getting a nuclear bomb, in a clear sign of discord with Israel. Obama also told the Associated Press that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had staked his credibility on dialogue and it…

Syria hails U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal as a ‘victory’ that averts war

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is a “victory” that averts a war, a Syrian minister said Sunday, as Washington’s top diplomat briefed Israel about the landmark deal. “On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting…

Netanyahu says Iran is near the ‘red line’ on nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that diplomacy has so far failed to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program, warning it was getting closer to crossing a crucial “red line.” “Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross…

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 warns negotiators to be tough with Iran

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday warned the six-power group negotiating with Iran to set stringent limits on its nuclear enrichment at forthcoming talks. “If the P5+1 will set a much lower threshold, like just stop reaching 20 percent it means that basically the Iranians at a…

Exchange of fire along Israel-Egypt border: army

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops opened fire at a group of suspects along the Egyptian border on Tuesday, two of whom had crossed from Egypt, a military spokesman said, indicating that several of them were wounded. The incident took place 2:00 pm (1200 GMT), the army said. Also during the afternoon,…

New air strikes on Gaza after Netanyahu warning

Israeli war planes carried out new air strikes on Gaza overnight, wounding 35, after Israel’s premier vowed no let-up against rocket-firing militants. Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya reported at least six air strikes across the Gaza Strip, including two in Jabalia refugee camp that left 33 people injured,…

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