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Hamas deputy leader says to continue Iran ties, armed fight


DUBAI The deputy head of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas vowed to keep close ties with Israel's arch-enemy Iran and to maintain its weapons, Iranian media reported on Sunday, rejecting Israeli preconditions for any peace talks.


Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire 21 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.


Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks 20 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say.


Israel: No peace talks with Palestinian government reliant on Hamas 17 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM Israel said on Tuesday it would not hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian government dependent on the Islamist Hamas group, responding to a new reconciliation agreement between the two main Palestinian factions.


Israel approves building plans for 31 settler homes in West Bank's Hebron 17 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM Israel on Monday approved building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, a spokeswoman said, a first such move in the Israeli-occupied area for some 15 years.


Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatherings 16 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM A small, half-built and roofed amphitheatre from 2nd-century Jerusalem has been unearthed during excavations below Judaism's Western Wall, the first such Roman-era find in the city, Israeli archaeologists said on Monday. | Video

Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon 16 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM The Israeli air force attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon.

Israeli minister says was misunderstood on war remarks with Iran 14 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM An Israeli minister was not suggesting U.S. President Donald Trump's words could lead to war with Iran when he reacted to the U.S. leader's speech concerning the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, the minister's spokesman said on Saturday.


Israel buoyed by Trump tack against Iran atom deal but sees long way to go 13 Oct 2017

JERUSALEM Israel was upbeat about U.S. President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement on Friday of major steps against the international nuclear deal with Iran, but voiced doubt that the tougher tack by Washington could turn around Tehran.


U.S., Israel quit U.N. heritage agency citing bias 13 Oct 2017

PARIS The United States and Israel announced on Thursday they were quitting the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO, after Washington accused it of anti-Israeli bias.