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Netanyahu turns to Arab peace plan to face new challenges

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JERUSALEM Benjamin Netanyahu has turned to a 14-year-old Arab peace plan in trying to project a softer image internationally for a new governing coalition in Israel widely seen as more hardline towards Palestinian statehood.

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Netanyahu says willing to discuss Arab initiative for peace with Palestinians 30 May 2016

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Monday of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians.

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Israeli rights group accuses military of whitewashing soldiers' abuses 25 May 2016

JERUSALEM B'Tselem, one of Israel's leading human rights groups, said on Wednesday it would no longer refer complaints of abuse carried out by Israeli soldiers to Israeli military courts because the system was biased and set up to whitewash cases.

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Israel's new defence chief jokes about curbing his fiery nature 25 May 2016

JERUSALEM In first remarks as Israel's designated defence minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: "I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse."

Arab Bank settlement over militant attacks tied to U.S. appeal 25 May 2016

NEW YORK Arab Bank Plc's agreement to settle litigation brought by Americans who accused it of facilitating militant attacks in Israel is linked to the outcome of an appeal of a jury's 2014 verdict finding it liable, according to a court filing.

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Israeli watchdog criticises Netanyahu over free air tickets decade ago 24 May 2016

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under criticism in an Israeli state audit on Tuesday over free air tickets that he and his family received for travel abroad when he was finance minister more than a decade ago.

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Israel resumes cement shipments for private Gaza reconstruction after 45-day break 24 May 2016

GAZA Israel on Monday resumed deliveries to the Gaza Strip of cement for home reconstruction by private individuals, ending a 45-day-old ban it imposed after it accused the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers of seizing some of the stock.

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Shake-up in Israeli politics prompts 'seeds of fascism' warning 23 May 2016

JERUSALEM A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monologue: I'm alarmed by what's happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave. | Video

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Israel says return of artefacts to Egypt shows relations warming 22 May 2016

JERUSALEM Israel on Sunday returned to Egypt two stolen sarcophagi lids, saying the repatriation of the millennia-old artefacts was a sign of warmer relations between the two countries.

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Israel defence chief quits, warns of 'extremist' rise under Netanyahu 20 May 2016

JERUSALEM Israel's defence minister resigned on Friday, saying the nation was being taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an effort to strengthen his coalition.