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Palestinian stabs 7 in Tel Aviv attack: Officials

Palestinian stabs 7 in Tel Aviv attack: Officials

A Palestinian stabbed and wounded seven people on a Tel Aviv commuter bus and in the street in a morning rush-hour attack on Wednesday before he was shot by a security officer as he fled, Israeli officials said. It was the first Palestinian attack reported in the Israeli commercial capital since a soldier was...

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Republicans on Wednesday delivered a swift and bold response to President Obama’s exuberant State of the Union address by taking direct aim at the administration’s foreign policy authority, reports The Washington Post. House Speaker John A Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Israel’s prime minister to address Congress next month on the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear...

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The fall of Netanyahu?

THE dissolution of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, just a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sacked two senior cabinet ministers, marks a surprising turnabout. Indeed, when Israelis vote again in March, more than two years ahead of schedule, Netanyahu could be voted out of office, with important implications not only for Israel, but also for the wider Middle East. Until last summer, Netanyahu appeared politically unassailable. His coalition government, despite some internal bickering, was expected to serve out its term....

Palestinians to join ICC as statehood bid fails at UN

President Mahmud Abbas yesterday signed a Palestinian request to join the International Criminal Court, seeking a new avenue for action against Israel after a failed UN resolution on ending the occupation. The Palestinians hope ICC membership will pave the way for war crimes prosecutions against Israeli officials for their actions in the occupied territories. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly hit back, saying the Palestinians have "more to fear" than Israel from the Hague-based court referring to Hamas. The ICC can...

GAZA WAR

GAZA WAR

At the beginning of July, following a military crackdown on Hamas prompted by the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers, Hamas initiated a sustained rocket bombardment on Israel from Gaza. The Israeli defence force (IDF) responded by initiating “Operation Protective Edge”, an aerial and ground campaign against Hamas that lasted seven weeks...

Criticism is good for Israel

ISRAEL'S relentless settlement-building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has reached a tipping point. Realising that the creeping annexation of the occupied territories will make the two-state solution impossible, European nations are belatedly beginning to recognise Palestinian statehood en masse. The status quo, favoured by the politically powerful right-wing Israeli settlers, is the one-state solution. It is not pretty. More than 50 discriminatory laws restrict the rights of the 20% of Israel's citizens who are Arab. According to one...

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said. The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip....

US refuse to support UN draft resolution on Palestine

US refuse to support UN draft resolution on Palestine

The United States would not support a new Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday. "It is not something we would support," Psaki told reporters. Earlier, Israel's foreign minister described a draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and ending the occupation of...

Palestinian minister dies at protest

Palestinian minister dies at protest

A Palestinian minister has died after a confrontation with Israeli troops at a protest in the West Bank. Palestinian medics told the BBC Ziad Abu Ein died from complications related to exposure to tear gas during the incident near the village of Turmusaya. But several witnesses said the minister had been hit and shoved by...

Amnesty accuses Israel of war crimes

Amnesty accuses Israel of war crimes

Air strikes on landmark buildings at the tail end of the Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in August 2014 were a deliberate and direct attack on civilian buildings and amount to war crimes. Amnesty International said this in a press release published today. “Nothing is immune,” Israel’s destruction of landmark buildings in Gaza...

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