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Egypt on alert as protestors attack Israel embassy

Egypt declared a state of high alert Saturday as police clashed with protesters who raided a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, prompting Washington to call for protection of the mission. Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district after US President President…

Israel PM pledges action after mass protests

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “real” economic change on Sunday after massive nationwide protests that broke Israeli records and prompted questions about the future of the social movement. Speaking to his cabinet after an estimated 450,000 people turned out for demonstrations across the country seeking lower living…

Over 250,000 join Israel ‘social justice’ demos: media

More than 250,000 people took to the streets in cities across Israel on Saturday night to protest the high cost of living and income disparity in the Jewish state, Israeli media reported. Israeli news channel 10 said some 275,000 people were already in the streets, a figure approaching the record-breaking…

Israelis call for ‘demo of one million’

Israeli activists have called for a “demonstration of one million” people as part of their ongoing protest movement against rising costs of living in the Jewish state, organisers said Friday. It will be held Saturday evening across Israel, the organisers said. “We are actually counting on rallying hundreds of thousands…

Israel sees Palestinian statehood bid a ‘greater threat’ than Hamas

The Palestinian campaign to secure full UN membership presents a greater threat to Israel than that posed by Hamas, the Israeli finance minister said on Wednesday. “This Palestinian initiative represents a more serious threat than that posed by Hamas,” Yuval Steinitz told Israel’s public radio, referring to Gaza’s Islamist rulers…

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,…

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