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Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza today after accusing militants in the Palestinian territory for deadly attacks near Eilat on Thursday before noon

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...olved:   “Gaza has nothing to do with these attacks in Eilat.”   The attacks in Israel began around midday local time and lasted for about 3 hours.[googlead tip="patrat_mediu" aliniat="dreapta"]   Attackers targeted a packed bus driving along a road about 10 miles north of the Red Sea resort, close to the border crossing into Sinai. Within one hour, the attackers opene...

Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi, who is leading mediation efforts between Hamas and Israel, says he expects Israeli forces to end air strikes on Gaza later on Tuesday

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...out 90 rockets had been fired from Gaza toward Israel, and that more than 50 had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system. Five soldiers were wounded in one rocket attack, the military said, without specifying the location. Local journalists say they saw Hamas fighters summarily execute six people on Tuesday afternoon for being Israeli informers. One eyewitness told AFP...

The Israeli military and militants in Gaza are continuing to trade fire, with the round of violence that has followed Israel's killing of Hamas's military chief showing no sign of abating

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The Israeli military and militants in Gaza are continuing to trade fire, with the round of violence that has followed Israel’s killing of Hamas’s military chief showing no sign of abating. Israel hit 200 sites overnight, including PM Ismail Haniya’s office. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel, including one at the city of Tel Aviv that was intercepted. Meanwhile,...

At least 26 people have died in the Gaza Strip as Israeli forces kept up air strikes

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At least 26 people have died in the Gaza Strip as Israeli forces kept up air strikes they say are aimed at stopping rocket attacks into Israel. Fewer rockets have been launched, but Israeli towns are still being hit. Ninety-five Palestinians and three Israelis have died in six days of violence, the latest including a militant group commander. Efforts to secure a ceasefire continue, with a senior...

Sunday became the deadliest day since Israel launched an operation against Hamas militants this week

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...t her. Seven homes belonging to Hamas officials have been targeted by Israeli strikes on Sunday. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that 76 missiles fired from Gaza had hit Israel on Sunday, while 37 were intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defence system, including at least one over Tel Aviv. The Israeli ambulance service reported two people were seriously injured, with 10 moderately or lightl...

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu called the new nuclear agreement with Iran as a historic mistake

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...o allies continue to share the same strategy and the US will not tolerate a nuclear Iran threatening Israel. “There is no difference whatsoever between the United States and Israel about what the end goal is,” John Kerry said. Earlier in the news conference, John Kerry said the agreement could not have been reached without the Iranians’ decision to come to the negotiating table. He sai...

Israel has begun voting in a general election, with polls suggesting PM Benjamin Netanyahu will return to office but with a reduced majority

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Israel has begun voting in a general election, with polls suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will return to office but with a reduced majority. Benjamin Netanyahu said the choice was between parties that would lead to “a divided and weak Israel or a united and strong Israel”. Analysts say he is likely to form a new right-wing coalition. Unlike previous elections, the Israeli...

Barack Obama has arrived in Tel Aviv for his first trip to Israel as US president

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...n restarting the peace process. Syria, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions are expected to loom large in talks. Correspondents say Israelis are more preoccupied with instability in the wider Middle East region than with breathing new life into the peace process, which broke down in 2010 amid a dispute over continued Israeli settlement construction. Settlement supporters are a big force in Israel...

Israel and Hamas have agreed on a deal for releasing Sergeant Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants since 2006

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Israel and Hamas group, which runs in Gaza, have agreed on a deal for releasing Sergeant Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants since 2006. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said they agreed only after arduous talks, and that Sergeant Gilad Shalit, 25, would be back with his family “within days”. In exchange, Israel said will release hundreds of Palestinian...

Israel announces it will release a number of Palestinian prisoners as part of an agreement made with US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talks

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Israel announces it will release a number of Palestinian prisoners as part of an agreement made with US Secretary of State John Kerry to resume peace talks. Yuval Steinitz, minister responsible for international relations, said it would involve “heavyweight prisoners in jail for decades”. John Kerry announced on Friday that initial talks would be held in Washington “in the next...

At least 21 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv, in what one Israeli official described as a terrorist attack

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...ey are still searching for a suspect. At least 21 people have been injured in an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv, in what one Israeli official described as a terrorist attack Hamas, the Islamist movement which has governed Gaza since 2007, has praised the attack but has not said it was behind the blast. Celebratory gunfire reportedly rang out in Gaza when local radio relayed news of the attack. A...

Israeli air strikes have targeted the headquarters of Gaza's Hamas leaders

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...PM Hisham Qandil had visited on Friday. At least 38 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel killed Hamas’s military chief on Wednesday. Israel earlier put 75,000 reservists on stand-by amid speculation of a ground invasion. Militants in Gaza have continued to fire rockets into Israel, aiming at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Friday. After a lull overnight – with corresponden...

Barack Obama defended Israel's airstrikes on the Gaza Strip

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President Barack Obama defended Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, but he warned that escalating the offensive with Israeli ground troops could increase the death toll and undermine any hope of a peace process with the Palestinians. “Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” Barack Obama said at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia. “...

Israel has confirmed it imprisoned Prisoner X, an Australian-Israeli man under a false identity, for security reasons, and that he died in custody

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...sad intelligence agency. On Thursday, Bob Carr told a parliamentary committee that Canberra had been informed of Ben Zygier’s detention in February 2010. Australia was told through intelligence channels that he had been detained “in relation to serious offences under Israeli national security legislation”. He “would be treated in accordance with his lawful rights as an Isra...

The second of four batches of 26 Palestinian prisoners have been released in Israel as part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks

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...nt to the West Bank. Those freed were all convicted of murders and had spent between 19 and 28 years in prison. Israeli and Palestinian officials resumed direct talks in Jerusalem in August after a three-year hiatus. Those who have been freed are seen there as political prisoners and heroes of the Palestinian cause – but that the decision has been hugely unpopular with the Israeli public. Th...

Syria has formally complained to the United Nations over a reported Israeli attack within its borders

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...ct that has killed more than 60,000 people. Syria’s foreign ministry summoned the UN commander in the Golan to deliver its formal protest, saying Israel’s action violated the 1974 disengagement agreement between the two sides, who remain technically at war. A UN observer force has been in place in the Golan since 1974, with the task of providing “an area of separation and for two...

Barack Obama is concluding his trip to Israel and the West Bank by paying his respects to victims of the Holocaust and visiting Bethlehem

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...ad Vashem museum after seeing the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin. He is touring Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity before flying to Amman for talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah. On Thursday, President Barack Obama urged Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks. Barack Obama told an audience of some 2,000 young Israelis...

Representatives of Israel and Hamas have begun indirect talks on ceasefire deal that ended the recent violence in Gaza

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...rael agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings, while Hamas agreed to stop attacks against Israel and along the Gaza border fence. The deal also called for the “opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods”, with the timing other details to be discussed “after 24 hours” of the ceasefire coming into effect. Israeli negotiators...

Under the ceasefire deal, Israel has agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings, while Hamas will stop attacks against Israel and along the border

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...re deal says. “All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border,” it stipulates. Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr announced the ceasefire at a news conference in Cairo with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who joined negotiations on Wednesday. A statement from the office of Israeli Pr...

Israel has carried out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia

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...bleh area,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist network. Neither Israel nor Syria have commented on the reports. One unnamed US official told the Associated Press that the missiles targeted by Israel were Russian-made SA-125s. Russia has been a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad’s, continuing to supply his government with weapons during the conflict i...

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status

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...ud Abbas told the assembly the vote was the “last chance to save the two-state solution” with Israel. Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said the bid “doesn’t advance peace – it pushes it backwards”. The assembly voted 138-9 in favor, with 41 nations abstaining. Hundreds of Palestinians celebrated on the streets of Ramallah, in the West Bank, after...

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was Hamas prisoner for five years in Gaza, has been released today in a thousand-for-one deal

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...prisoners released some were serving life sentences for carrying out deadly attacks. It is expected in about two months, another 550 Palestinians are to be released in a second stage of the Egyptian-brokered agreement. The Israeli and Hamas exchange involves a delicate series of staged releases, each one triggering the next. Gilad Shalit has been popularly portrayed in his country as “everyone...

Israel has freed a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks

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...to checkpoints leading into Gaza and East Jerusalem. The other 18 prisoners were heading to Ramallah in the West Bank. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greeted the prisoners at his headquarters in Ramallah and pledged to continue pressing for the release of other long-serving and sick prisoners. “We will not sign a final peace deal with Israel before all the prisoners are released,”...

Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence

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Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza appears to have calmed after an unofficial truce was reached following days of violence. Israel said a mortar shell landed in the south of the country on Thursday after no reports of exchanges fighting. Five Israelis have been wounded since Tuesday amid some of the heaviest barrage of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza in months. Six Palesti...

Benjamin Netanyahu will return as Israel’s prime minister, heading a coalition that includes parties that support Jewish settlements on Palestinian land

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...odox Jewish factions have been excluded from government for the first time in a decade. The swearing in began after Israel’s parliament voted to approve the new government, after national elections in January gave no party a clear majority. Speaking to parliament Benjamin Netanyahu repeated a pledge to make “a historic compromise” in order to make people with the Palestinians. &#...