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  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm. -1 years ago
  • Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque compound: police Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel decided Thursday evening to reopen Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslims hours after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in. 57 mins ago
  • Israel Closes Temple Mount After Palestinian Shoots Activist Israel barred access to the Muslim shrines on a contested Jerusalem hilltop for the first time since 2000, as Palestinians accused Israel of taking security measures “tantamount to a declaration of war.” 1 hour ago
  • U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a United Nations human rights watchdog said on Thursday. A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, stop confiscating ... 1 hour ago
  • UN watchdog slams Israel abuses, demands Gaza war probe A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the UN Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review earlier this month of Israel's human rights record. The committee ... 4 hours ago
  • Palestinians urge UN to demand Israel end settlements The Palestinians urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately reverse plans to build more Jewish settlements, at an emergency meeting called to address tensions in east Jerusalem. The 15-nation council met for urgent talks at Jordan's request after Israel announced plans on Monday to build 1,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians consider ... 20 hours ago
  • Israel's settlement plans cast doubt on peace commitment: U.N. By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel's decision to accelerate planning for some 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem raises serious doubts about the Israeli commitment to peace with the Palestinians, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. An Israeli government official said on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite preparations for new settler homes ... 21 hours ago
  • Israel 'assumes' Hezbollah has tunneled across Lebanon border JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel believes the militant group Hezbollah has probably dug tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war although it has no conclusive evidence, an Israeli army general said on Wednesday. Israel's vulnerability to tunnels was laid bare during its war against Hamas in Gaza in July and August. What began as shelling exchanges with Hamas escalated ... 1 day ago
  • Israel attorney general probes Palestinian bus ban JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's attorney general said Tuesday he would ask the country's defense minister to explain his proposed order banning thousands of Palestinian workers from the Israeli public buses they ride back to their homes in the West Bank. 1 day ago
  • Israel to buy 25 more F-35 Lockheed stealth fighters: sources JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel plans to buy a second batch of Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter jets, bringing its total number on order to about 44, Israeli defense and U.S. sources said on Tuesday. Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, a deal that included options for up to 75 planes. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, visiting the United States last week, placed ... 1 day ago

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