Iran assassination could undercut Joe Biden’s diplomatic options

The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, risks not only sharpening tensions across the region but also severely complicating plans by US President-elect Joe Biden to resume dialogue with the Islamic republic, analysts said Saturday. Iran has accused arch-foe Israel of seeking to sow “chaos” by killing 59-year-old Mohsen […]

In regional game-changer, US seeks to sell F-35 jets to UAE

The United States has agreed to sell more than $10 billion of top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates to reward its recognition of Israel, potentially reshaping power dynamics in the turbulent region, Congress was informed Thursday. In an informal but required notification to Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration said it had approved […]

Israel and Bahrain to formalize diplomatic ties

Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations Sunday at a ceremony in Manama, an Israeli official said, after the two states reached a US-brokered normalisation deal last month. An Israeli delegation led by National Security Council chief Meir Ben Sabbat took off from Tel Aviv for a one-day trip to Manama that will see […]

Israelis defy COVID lockdown to protest Trump pal Benjamin Netanyahu

Israelis kept up weekly protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, defying lockdown restrictions imposed by authorities aimed at stemming a surge in coronavirus cases. The parliament in Israel, which currently has one of the world’s highest Covid-19 infection rates per capita, last week approved a law restricting demonstrations during an emergency lockdown. Part […]

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews defy COVID-19 fears during Yom Kippur

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to pressure from ultra-Orthodox Jews in his coalition government, refusing to close synagogues during Yom Kippur despite the threat from Covid-19. FRANCE 24 reports from Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox city with one of the highest rates of infection in Israel. Bnei Brak, the country’s largest ultra-Orthodox city, […]

‘Storming the Bibistille’: Israel’s resurgent virus crisis rattles Netanyahu

His poll numbers are sinking, protests are growing and economically punishing restrictions have just been reimposed: surging coronavirus cases in Israel have left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encircled by trouble. After a late-night cabinet meeting, the government on Friday announced that stores, markets and various other public spaces would be closed on weekends, while restaurants […]

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Iran reports ‘accident’ at nuclear site, warns enemies

Tehran on Thursday reported an “accident” at Natanz nuclear complex in central Iran, saying there were no casualties or radioactive pollution, and warned foes — especially Israel — against hostile actions. There was “no nuclear material (at the damaged warehouse) and no potential of pollution,” the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation Behrouz Kamalvandi told […]

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Israel reaches record number of openly gay lawmakers

Israel swore in its latest openly gay lawmaker on Monday, marking a record for the country considered a regional pioneer on LGBT rights despite opposition from religious conservatives. Yorai Lahav Hertzanu from the centrist Blue and White alliance became the latest politician to join the 120-seat Knesset, bringing to six the number of openly gay […]

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Holy smoke! Israelites used weed in ancient rituals

It’s highly likely that ancient Israelites got high on cannabis in religious rituals, say researchers who have found traces of the drug at a religious site in Israel. Archaeologists made the dope discovery at the eighth-century Tel Arad pilgrimage site in the Negev desert, south of the occupied West Bank. “The presence of cannabis at […]

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Israel, Iran leaders trade Twitter blows

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned arch-foe Iran after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted comments accusing Israel of “state terrorism” and calling for “eliminating the Zionist regime”. “He should know that any regime that threatens Israel with extermination will find itself in similar danger,” Netanyahu wrote on his official Twitter feed in […]

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Trump plan ‘historic’, peace deals crucial: Israel foreign minister

Israel’s new foreign minister said Monday that US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal offered an “historic opportunity” but that regional peace deals must be maintained during its implementation. Gabi Ashkenazi, who became the Jewish state’s top diplomat when a new unity government was sworn in on Sunday, made the comments at a transition […]

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Israel to swear in government after 500-day political crisis

After more than 500 days of political deadlock, three inconclusive elections in a year and finally an unprecedented power-sharing deal between rivals, Israel was poised to swear in a new government on Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former military chief Benny Gantz agreed to a three-year coalition government last month, with cabinet posts split […]

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The Elders issue scathing rebuke of Israel’s Trump-approved West Bank annexation plan

“The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians can only ever be solved by finding a solution that guarantees peace, security, rights, and dignity to both peoples. Unilaterally seizing territory and ignoring international law achieves precisely the opposite.” A group of former global leaders known as The Elders on Monday decried Israel’s new West Bank annexation […]

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60 years on, Israel prosecutor recalls Eichmann trial

Days after Israel’s spectacular announcement that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured and brought to Israel for trial, Gabriel Bach was given an assignment that forever changed his life. Bach was Israel’s deputy state attorney when, 60 years ago this month, the world learnt that a key architect of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” […]

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Israel parliament to vote on controversial coalition deal

Israel’s parliament was set to vote Wednesday on laws approving a coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-ally Benny Gantz, ahead of a deadline to avoid yet another election. The alliance formed last month between the right-wing incumbent and his centrist challenger followed three inconclusive elections in less than a year. Under […]

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US says would recognize Israel annexation

The United States said Monday it was ready to recognize Israel’s annexation of much of the West Bank but asked the new unity government also to negotiate with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has reached a power-sharing deal to remain in office after three inconclusive elections, has vowed to press ahead with annexations […]

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B.o.B – Mercy Me (Elements Album)

[Verse 1: B.o.B] Yo, I don’t care who listening I find it kind of sickening We send billions to Israel But shit on Flint, Michigan A country founded off of immigrants Now we want to build a wall to keep out all the immigrants What you witnessing Military exercises demonstrated on citizens Anti-war petitioning Drone […]