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Iran and Israel cooperate to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests

Iran and Israel have been cooperating under the auspices of an international body set up to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests, its director said Monday. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enjoys wide global support but must be ratified by eight more nuclear technology states – among them Israel and Iran, as well as ...

Israel has cut back lumber shipments to the Gaza Strip

Israel has cut back lumber shipments to the Gaza Strip, Palestinian importers said Monday, adding to restrictions that could hamper housing reconstruction after last summer’s war. Israeli authorities overseeing the transfer of goods to the Hamas-run enclave were not immediately available to comment. Israel tightly controls the transfer of construction material to Gaza, saying Hamas could use it to rebuild military infrastructure. Palestinian ...

White House warned Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories must end

The White House Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian territories must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Tel Aviv, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge ...

Israel says world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on nuclear program

Israel said on Monday it was probable that world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on Tehran’s nuclear program and it would do all it could to toughen any accord before talks resume this week. “We think it’s going to be a bad, insufficient deal,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview before meeting French officials in Paris. “It seems quite ...

Israeli Prime Minister apologised for comments about Arab citizens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised for warning last week that Arab citizens were voting in “droves,” comments denounced by world leaders and many Israelis as anti-democratic, race-baiting and fear-mongering. “I know that my comments last week offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli Arab community,” Mr Netanyahu said, according to a translation provided by his party, Likud. ...

Israel election could bring a leftist government to power in Israel

Warning his supporters there was a real danger Tuesday’s election could bring a leftist government to power in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue with his controversial settlement expansion program in a last-ditch appeal to right-wing voters. Speaking at a rally made up mostly of settlers and national religious voters in Tel Aviv, the prime minister promised his government would ...

Israel heads to polls to decide Netanyahu’s fate

Israelis head to the polls Tuesday in hotly contested elections that are widely seen as a referendum on premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who on the eve of the vote vowed to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu also pledged to strengthen construction in East Jerusalem settlements as he appealed to hard-line voters in a frenzied, final day of campaigning ...

Treasures of the reign of Alexander the Great were found in Israel

Hen Zakai loves exploring darkness. In his spare time, he lowers himself into the underground world of hidden caves to navigate the nooks and crevasses of a very different environment. Zakai was recently spelunking with his father and a friend, all of whom are members of the Israeli Caving Club, when Zakai spotted a shiny silver object in one of ...

French Jews flock to Israel amid rising anti-Semitic attacks

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested in a Paris synagogue last week that France’s Jews should move to Israel, he likely tapped into the fears of a community shaken by the recent attack at a kosher market and increasingly concerned about their safety. Before leaving for Paris for the unity rally, Netanyahu took to the airwaves, saying Israel would ...

The selfie of Miss Israel with Miss Lebanon caused a global backlash

Miss Israel has hit back at Miss Lebanon over a selfie scandal that has caused a global stir. Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, has denied she photobombed Miss Lebanon after a photograph she posted on Instagram sparked a backlash in Lebanon. Matalon posted a photograph of herself with Miss Slovenia, Miss Japan, and Miss Lebanon onInstagram last week, with all four beauty ...