Israel to close Gaza border

The Israeli military said it will close border crossings into Gaza beginning Thursday until further notice “due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments.” The crossings being closed, Kerem Shalom and Erez, are the only two on the Israeli borderleft. Israel has closed border crossings when tensions are high, some which have not been reopened to date. The […]

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Joining Arab states, Israel says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera

Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar’s flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute. The news organization, in turn, said it will take legal action. Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera […]

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Israel opposes Syria truce deal over Iran presence: official

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the southwest Syria ceasefire agreed by Russia and the US since it would enable Iran to solidify its presence there, an official said Monday. The July 9 accord creating a de-escalation zone in the Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida regions includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate over stray fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights […]

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Israel wants Trump to stop Palestinian payments to prisoners and families of ‘martyrs’

The Aida refugee camp is a warren of alleys, a scene of frequent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers — and a welfare ministate. A plaque at the entrance lists the names of 36 residents killed by Israelis whom the Palestinians call “martyrs” and the Israelis call “terrorists.” Activists at Aida say that among the 5,500 residents at the camp […]

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Human Right Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza

An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel’s stated commitment to investigating possible rights violations. In a 47-page report, Human Rights Watch accused Israel of “systematically” preventing its researchers from visiting Gaza since 2008, only granting them one exceptional permit […]

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Netanyahu says Paris peace meeting ‘rigged’ against Israel

Israel’s prime minister said Thursday that an upcoming conference in Paris aimed at reviving peace talks with the Palestinians was “rigged” and that Israel was not bound by anything decided there. Dozens of countries are set to attend the conference on Jan. 15, where they may endorse an international framework for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister […]

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Israel: humbled Netanyahu places hopes in Trump

The Israeli government’s furious reaction to the U.N. Security Council’s adoption of a resolution opposing Jewish settlements in occupied territory underscores its fundamental and bitter dispute with the international community about the future of the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that there is nothing wrong with his controversial policy of building Jewish towns in occupied […]

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