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Netanyahu vows in 'battle for Jerusalem'

Netanyahu vows in 'battle for Jerusalem'

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to win a "battle for Jerusalem" after a deadly attack on a synagogue. Two Palestinians killed four rabbis in West Jerusalem before being shot dead. A policeman later died of his wounds. Netanyahu vowed to "settle the score with every terrorist" saying that those "who want to uproot us...

Israel demolishes East Jerusalem home after synagogue attack

Israel demolishes East Jerusalem home after synagogue attack

Israeli troops have destroyed the home of a Palestinian man who killed a woman and a baby by ramming a car into a Jerusalem tram stop last month. The demolition came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to win a "battle for Jerusalem", following a deadly attack on a synagogue. Tuesday's synagogue attack left...

Israel eases Jerusalem mosque restrictions

Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque yesterday after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound. The site, which is holy to Jews as well as Muslims, has been the focus of months of unrest in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, that has spread to the occupied West Bank and Arab communities across Israel, raising fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Palestinians have been infuriated by a far-right Jewish campaign for...

Israelis killed in knife attacks

Israelis killed in knife attacks

An Israeli soldier and a woman were stabbed to death by Palestinians in Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank on Monday, extending a surge in violence fuelled by strife over access to Jerusalem's holiest site. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to crush "terror being directed at all parts of the country" - remarks...

UN rebukes Israel over Jerusalem settlements

UN rebukes Israel over Jerusalem settlements

Israel has faced strong criticism at the UN Security Council over plans to build homes in occupied East Jerusalem. UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman said that the settlements would raise "grave doubts" about Israel's plans for durable peace with Palestinians. The meeting came a day after the Israeli PM's office ordered plans for over 1,000...

New policy could ban Palestinians from riding buses with Israelis

New policy could ban Palestinians from riding buses with Israelis

As if taking inspiration from 1950s America or apartheid South Africa, Israel’s defence minister is reportedly set to introduce a new policy that will effectively ban Palestinians from travelling on the same buses as Israelis, reports The Independent. Moshe Ya’alon will only allow Palestinians who work in Israeli cities to pass back into the...

Donors gather for Gaza aid summit

Donors gather for Gaza aid summit

Diplomats are set to meet in Egypt to discuss aid required to rebuild Gaza following a 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants. At least 100,000 people in Gaza have lost their homes due to the war damage, and much of the territory's infrastructure has been destroyed. The Palestinian Authority is appealing for $4bn (£2.5bn)...

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Israel's prime minister describes Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compares them to Germany's Nazis. Israel's prime minister has warned the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat than the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which he compared to...

Israel committed 'genocide': Abbas

Israel committed 'genocide': Abbas

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of a "genocidal crime" in Gaza, telling the United Nations negotiations had failed and the time for Palestinian independence had come, drawing a sharp rebuke from Washington. Abbas vowed to seek war crimes prosecutions against Israel over what he called the 50-day "war of genocide" in...

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a "war of genocide" in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Abbas said Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court. His speech brought strong condemnation...

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