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Comment: Heba Yazbak is a strong, articulate woman, a highly educated Arab politician, and a perfect role model for Palestinians. In short, everything Israel fears, writes Daoud Kuttab.

A report conducted by an Israeli public broadcaster has revealed that the IDF nearly doubled figures of the number on Ultra-Orthodox Jewish enlisted, provoking the ire of Israel's secular majority

Third Israel elections loom as Gantz misses coalition deadline

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Third Israel elections loom as Gantz misses coalition deadline

Netanyahu’s challenger Benny Gantz declared he had been unable to form a coalition after 28 days of negotiations, increasing the likelihood of a third general election in early 2020.

The kingmakers in Israeli politics

Suzan Quitaz

The kingmakers in Israeli politics

Not a single party has ever won a majority in the Knesset, making coalition governments the norm in Israeli politics. So who are these religious ...

Far-right Israeli politician advocates return to biblical law

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Far-right Israeli politician advocates return to biblical law

Far-right pro-settlement Bezalel Smotrich - who hopes to be Israel's next justice minister - is advocating for a return to Jewish law as ...

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Israeli election rerun looms as Netanyahu talks falter

Netanyahu has until Wednesday night to reach a coalition deal, but he has been unable to convince ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman to abandon a key demand.

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Israel swears in new parliament amid bitter divisions

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, addressing the 120 members of parliament at the swearing in ceremony, made a call for national unity after ...

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Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as prime minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nominated for a fourth consecutive term by the country's president on Wednesday, is now tasked with ...

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Israel places new restrictions on Gaza after protests

Israel announced new restrictions on Gaza Saturday, weeks after the territory’s Hamas rulers stepped up protests along the enclave’s land and ...

Israel to reopen UN crossing with Syria in Golan

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Israel to reopen UN crossing with Syria in Golan

Avigdor Lieberman said the Quneitra crossing was to reopen, after UN peacekeepers returned to the Golan Heights in August after a four year ...

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The Iraq Report: Basra's fury erupts as protesters killed

Our latest roundup from Iraq focuses on the violent crackdown on protests in Basra

Israel threatens to strike Iranian targets in Iraq

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Israel threatens to strike Iranian targets in Iraq

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman signalled on Monday that his country could strike Iranian targets in Iraq

Israel boosts plan to build 3,900 new settler homes

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Israel boosts plan to build 3,900 new settler homes

Israel's defence minister said that thousands of new settlement units would be given final approval for construction as early as next week.

Israel minister threatens Palestinian lawmaker over Gaza solidarity protest

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Israel minister threatens Palestinian lawmaker over Gaza solidarity protest

Israel's defence minister has said a Palestinian lawmaker should be in prison after he tried to visit people injured during protests against ...

Israel passes controversial law to stop trading on Shabbat

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Israel passes controversial law to stop trading on Shabbat

Most Jewish-run shops and supermarkets traditionally remain closed during Shabbat but the number varies according to the religious nature of the ...

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Hamas thanks North Korea for lashing out at Israel

A senior Hamas official has thanked North Korea after Pyongyang lashed out at Israel, labelling it a "curse on the Middle East" and an "occupying force".

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Israel 'occupying curse on Middle East', says North Korea

North Korea has lashed out at Israel, labeling the US ally a 'curse on the Middle East' and an 'occupying force' after Israel's defence minister ...

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Israel claims leading Hizballah official killed in Iran-linked feud

Hizballah has denied Israeli claims that its leader ordered the killing of military commander Mustafa Badreddine after he objected to the ...

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Drone down: Syrian-Israeli tensions escalate in flash-point Golan Heights

Since Friday Israel and Syria have engaged in a number of tit-for-tat cross-border attacks with accompanying rhetoric from both sides ...

Netanyahu may face criminal investigation following new evidence

Robert Cusack

Netanyahu may face criminal investigation following new evidence

Two influential people have brought their testimony against Benjamin Netanyahu to the police, raising the possibility of a proper criminal ...

Daoud Kuttab

Will Palestinian airlines fly again?

Comment: Could the possibility of a joint Jordanian, Israeli, Palestinian airport somewhere in the northern part of the West Bank revive ...

Israeli army radio in new battle with far-right

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Israeli army radio in new battle with far-right

Israel's national army radio channel featured Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish on Tuesday, infuriating ultra-conservatives who have called for ...

Netanyahu praises 14-year-old Saudi peace plan

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Netanyahu praises 14-year-old Saudi peace plan

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invokes Arab Peace Initiative in a possible bid to distract attention and derail upcoming Paris peace ...

How Netanyahu double-crossed Tony Blair and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

Karim Traboulsi

How Netanyahu double-crossed Tony Blair and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

Blog: A carefully choreographed initiative to push for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, involving several world leaders, has been put ...

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