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Turkey Protests Israeli Flyover of North Cyprus

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey is demanding that Israel explain an alleged incursion by an Israeli aircraft into northern Cypriot airspace. In a statement Thursday, the Turkish military said the Israeli plane violated the airspace five times on Monday. The statement did not identify the type of aircraft. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said it has contacted Israel’s mission in Ankara […]

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Palestinians Mark Naqba Day

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinians and Arab Israelis are commemorating “Nakba” day to mark the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians after the state of Israel was established in 1948. Palestinians observe “Nakba”, which means “catastrophe,” with demonstrations every year on May 15, the day after the anniversary of Israel’s creation. Israel uses the Hebrew calendar and therefore […]

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Palestinian Prisoners Agree to End Hunger Strike

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have agreed to end a weeks-long hunger strike in exchange for promises of better conditions, averting fears of widespread unrest if any of the inmates had died. Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman confirmed late Monday that a deal had been reached. Egypt and Jordan played key roles […]

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Israel’s Early Elections Postponed: Media Reports

Posted May 7th, 2012 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli media reports say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a surprise deal with the opposition Kadima party to form a unity government, effectively canceling an early election. The reports said that Israel’s parliament announced it would not hold a final vote on whether to break up. The decision came after hours of debate that […]

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Israeli PM Calls for Early Parliamentary Polls

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the dissolution of his coalition government and early parliamentary elections in September, more than a year ahead of the next national vote scheduled for October 2013. Mr. Netanyahu told his Likud party members Sunday he did not want a year-and-a-half of instability that harms security, the economy […]

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Israel’s Military Chief: Iran’s Leaders ‘Rational,’ Sanctions ‘Bearing Fruit’

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel’s military chief says he believes Iranian leaders are “rational” people who will hold back from building a nuclear weapon, an assessment in contrast with the Israeli prime minister’s more pessimistic view. In an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz published Wednesday, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz says Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “will be making a […]

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Israeli Military Chief Says Iran Undecided on Nuclear Weapons

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel’s military chief says he does not believe Iran has made a final decision on whether it will develop nuclear weapons. In an interview with Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz said Wednesday that Tehran is moving “step-by-step” towards deciding if it wants a nuclear weapon. He said Iran has not made a final assessment. […]

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Israel Denies Entry to Pro-Palestinian Activists

Posted April 15th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel on Sunday denied entry to hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists who planned to launch a “Welcome to Palestine” campaign in the West Bank. Israeli authorities said they blocked a “fly-in” by the activists, who were to arrive at an airport near Tel Aviv. They said the activists were planning disruptions at the airport and protests […]

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Azerbaijan Denies Giving Israel Military Air Access

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Azerbaijan has denied a report that it granted Israel access to air bases near the Iranian border. A spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Baku said Thursday that the report in U.S.-based Foreign Policy magazine is inaccurate. On Wednesday, the magazine cited unnamed senior diplomats and security officers as saying the U.S. has concluded that […]

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UN Report: Israeli Settlers Use Violence to Deny Palestinians Access to Water

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report accuses Israeli settlers of using violence, threats, and fences to deny Palestinians access to water in the West Bank. A survey by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shows that settlers are in total control of more than half of the springs close to Israeli settlements. Its report […]

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