Israel

Jewish settlers occupy Palestinian homes in Old City's shadow

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JERUSALEM - Israeli police guarded Jewish settlers as they moved into seven homes in a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday while stunned and angry Palestinians looked on, aware that there was little they could do.

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Israel PM tries to shift focus from Islamic State to Iran at U.N. 30 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than "militant Islamists on pickup trucks." | Video

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Israel's Netanyahu - Iran poses greater threat than Islamic State 29 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than "militant Islamists on pickup trucks." | Video

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Palestinian president urges 'firm timetable' to end occupation 26 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS - There is no value in peace talks with Israel unless the goal is ending its 47-year occupation of the Palestinian territories within a "firm timetable", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

Nine Japanese said to have joined Islamic State 26 Sep 2014

TOKYO - Nine Japanese nationals have joined Islamic State, Japan's former air force chief, Toshio Tamogami, quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying, but the government's top spokesman said on Friday it had not confirmed the information.

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Fatah-Hamas agreement gives unity government control over Gaza 25 Sep 2014

CAIRO - A unity government is to take control of the Gaza Strip, after a breakthrough in talks between Palestinian factions on Thursday which could strengthen their hand in talks with Israel next month.

Allies in war, U.S. and Arabs at odds at U.N. nuclear meeting 25 Sep 2014

VIENNA - They may be joining forces in a new Middle East conflict, but Arab nations are defying the United States at a major meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog by trying to crank up pressure on Israel over its assumed atomic arsenal.

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Israel says Iran used Parchin military site for testing nuclear detonation technology 24 Sep 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel said on Wednesday that Iran has used its Parchin military base as the site for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.

'Too many Israelis' ready to give up on peace, Obama laments 24 Sep 2014

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama lamented on Wednesday that "too many Israelis" were ready to abandon Middle East peace efforts and urged them to reflect on the matter, saying the status quo with the Palestinians was unsustainable.

EU warns of risk of attacks by upstaged Al Qaeda 24 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS - Al Qaeda, wary of being upstaged by even more ruthless Islamic State fighters, may try to show its relevance by carrying out attacks in Europe, the United States or Israel, the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator said on Wednesday.