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Political, regional clouds gather over Israel even as economy booms


JERUSALEM Israel's politics are darkening: the governing coalition, in power for barely two years, is in tumult and regional tensions are rising.


Israel's Netanyahu pledges to work with Trump on peace efforts 12:25am BST

WASHINGTON Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.


Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties 26 Mar 2017

DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington.


U.S. Jewish groups beef up security after threats despite arrest 25 Mar 2017

NEW YORK The arrest in Israel on Thursday of a U.S.-Israeli teenager suspected of a rash of hoax bomb threats targeting Jewish community centres across the United States brought some relief to community leaders, who nevertheless say they will stick to plans to beef up security.

Hamas militant shot dead in Gaza Strip, group blames Israel 24 Mar 2017

GAZA A senior Hamas militant was shot dead near his home in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the group said, blaming Israel for the killing.


Israel ignores U.N. demand for end to settlement building - U.N. 24 Mar 2017

UNITED NATIONS Israel has ignored a demand by the United Nations Security Council to halt settlement building and some Palestinian groups are continuing to incite violence against Jews, U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the 15-member body on Friday.


Merkel worried Israeli settlement building undermines two-state solution 24 Mar 2017

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was concerned about Israel's building in settlements in the occupied West Bank, which she said was undermining progress towards a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.


Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements 24 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian petrol bomb thrower in West Bank 23 Mar 2017

RAMALLAH, West Bank Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded three others on Thursday in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian health official said. The Israeli army said they had attacked a settlement with petrol bombs.


U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel for Jewish centre bomb threats 23 Mar 2017

JERUSALEM/NEW YORK A teenager with dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centres in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. | Video