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Israel and Hamas agree Gaza truce: officials

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday. One official who was involved in mediating talks between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza said the groups had “reached an…

Egyptian-Israeli tensions flare after border killings

By Nidal Almughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – Israel struck militants in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets back on Friday following deadly gun attacks along the desert border with Egypt that have raised tensions between Israel and the new rulers in Cairo. Egypt formally protested and demanded Israel investigate the deaths of…

Israel PM pledges ‘concrete’ economic solutions amid protests

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged “concrete solutions” to the cost of living in Israel but warned that reforms would be constrained by the fragility of the world economy. A day after police said at least 50,000 people protested in Israel’s “periphery” towns and cities, Netanyahu told…

Israeli cost of living protests spreading from city to city

BEERSHEBA, Israel (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people gathered across Israel Saturday to call for lower living costs in an effort to show the government their protest movement has countrywide support. The gatherings followed a rally last weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial capital, in which over 250,000 demonstrators…

Israeli protests widen, poll shows 88% support

JERUSALEM — The leaders of a social protest movement that has rocked Israel for a month called on demonstrators to “get out of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem” to bolster demonstrations Saturday in a dozen other cities. Israel has gripped since mid-July by a rapidly growing protest movement demanding cheaper housing,…

Israel okays 1,600 E. Jerusalem settler homes

Israel’s interior minister has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, his spokesman said Thursday, prompting a furious reaction from Palestinian officials. Spokesman Roei Lachmanovich said Interior Minister Eli Yishai had endorsed the construction of 1,600 units in the Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood and…

Israel ‘uprising’ activists enraged by housing bill

JERUSALEM — Activists from Israel’s social protest movement reacted furiously on Wednesday after parliament passed a housing bill that they say will favour the rich and endanger the environment. Police said that hundreds of demonstrators blocked intersections in cities across the country, ranging from the southern desert city of Beersheva…

Israel protesters draft list of demands

JERUSALEM — Representatives of an Israeli social protest movement that has swept the country and rattled the government were meeting at Tel Aviv University Tuesday to draft a joint list of demands, activists said. “I’m sure that we shall be able to reach agreement and formulate a joint document,” protester…

Israeli protesters occupy roof of Tel Aviv stock exchange

Dozens of demonstrators occupied the roof of the Tel Aviv stock exchange on Thursday morning, Israeli military radio reported, as protests over the high cost of living spread throughout Israel. Protesters scaled the building a day after the powerful Histadrut labour union threw its support behind the demonstrators, who have set up…

Israeli protesters call for social justice, revolution

Protests that began in Israel over high housing prices have now escalated into a general demand for social justice, with tens of thousands attending a rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday and hundreds blocking traffic and clashing with the police. Israeli news site Ynet reported on Sunday that those at…

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