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Hezbollah vows revenge on Israel after death of senior militant Samir Kuntar

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday threatened Israel with retaliation after an apparent airstrike killed a senior Lebanese militant a day earlier in Syria. “It is our right to revenge (Samir Kuntar’s) assassination, and we will pick the time, place and manner to do so as we deem appropriate,” Nasrallah said in a televised address. “This is our right.” Hezbollah ...

Israel’s missile defense system has passed final test

Israel’s David’s Sling missile defense system has passed final tests and should be ready for deployment next year as part of the country’s efforts to defend against regional threats, officials said Monday. The medium-range interceptor, developed with United States backing, is due to be handed to the Israeli air force “at the end of the first quarter of 2016,” said ...

Netanyahu Signs Major Gas Deal, But Court Battle Awaits

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a major natural gas deal Thursday aimed at tapping large deposits in the Mediterranean, but a court challenge was expected over the contentious agreement. Netanyahu has pushed hard for the framework deal setting out parameters for developing natural gas resources offshore with a consortium that includes U.S. firm Noble Energy. He has faced strong ...

Netanyahu on Iran deal: ‘Let’s look forward’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposed the recently inked Iran nuclear agreement — but now he wants to make sure Iran lives up to its end of the pact. “Now that it’s done, let’s look forward. Let’s keep Iran’s feet to the fire. Let’s make sure that they keep all their obligations under the nuclear deal. That’s the first ...

Two Israeli teens were convicted of the murder of Palestinian boy

Two 17-year-old Israelis have been convicted of the murder of Palestinian youth Mohammad Abu Khdair, abducted and burned to death in Jerusalem in 2014. A verdict on a third defendant, a 31-year-old Israeli man, was postponed for a mental health review. Mohammad Abu Khdair, 16, was killed in apparent revenge for the murders of three Israeli teens in the West ...

Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier at a West Bank was shot dead

A Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier at a West Bank gas station on Monday before he was killed by security forces as two Palestinian teenage girls in Jerusalem attacked a 70-year-old Palestinian, apparently mistaking him for an Israeli, in a new rash of attacks. In a day of rapidly unfolding violence, the latest in an eight-week wave of stabbings, ...

Three Palestinians killed an Israeli in W. Bank stabbing

An Israeli woman was stabbed to death and three Palestinians were killed in a series of incidents in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Sunday, police said, as an eight-week-old wave of bloodshed showed no signs of dying down. A surge in street violence since Oct. 1 has challenged Israel’s security system and alarmed its main ally the United States, whose Secretary ...

Five dead in Palestinian attacks in Tel Aviv, West Bank: Israel

A Palestinian fatally stabbed two people in a Tel Aviv office building and three other people were killed in an attack in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israeli police and the army said. In the latest attack near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the West Bank, a police commander said a Palestinian drove along the shoulder of the ...

IDF: Arab-Israeli paraglides into Syria from Golan Heights

An Arab-Israeli man was spotted paragliding across the Golan Heights border into Syria by an Israeli Defense Force watchtower Saturday afternoon, according to a statement posted on an official IDF Twitter account. The IDF statement says that its initial investigation suggests the person crossed intentionally. A Jerusalem Post article quoted an IDF spokesman as saying that the paraglider, a 23-year-old ...

Israel agrees to surveillance at disputed Jerusalem holy site

Israel’s Prime Minister has agreed to 24-hour video surveillance at a disputed Jerusalem holy site — a move that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said could be “a game-changer” to reduce regional bloodshed. The round-the-clock observation “will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency” and discourage “anybody from disturbing the sanctity of this holy site,” Kerry said. “Today I hope that ...