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Israel bans Human Right Watch worker, accuses group of peddling pro-Palestinian line

JERUSALEM Israel has denied a work permit to a Human Rights Watch researcher, accusing the group of serving as Palestinian propagandists in a move the U.S.-based organisation called an "ominous turn".

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U.N. rights office decries Israeli sentence as excessively lenient 24 Feb 2017

GENEVA The United Nations' human rights office said on Friday that an 18-month sentence handed down to an Israeli soldier for killing a wounded Palestinian was "excessively lenient" and "unacceptable".

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Exclusive - Trump likes two-state solution, but says he will leave it up to Israelis, Palestinians 24 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he likes the concept of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, expressing his preference on the issue for the first time since sparking international criticism for appearing to back away from the longstanding bedrock of Middle East policy.

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New Israeli Supreme Court justices named in possible shift to right 23 Feb 2017

JERUSALEM Three conservative new members have been named to Israel's Supreme Court as part of what the ultranationalist justice minister said on Thursday was her push for a bench more representative of right-wing Israelis.

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Netanyahu blasts U.N. 'hypocrisy', Australian PM opposes 'one-sided resolutions' 23 Feb 2017

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered a staunch defence of Israel on Wednesday, criticising the United Nations and vowing never to support "one-sided resolutions" calling for an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land.

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Israel's Netanyahu praises Trump's condemnation of anti-Semitic acts 22 Feb 2017

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday for publicly condemning anti-Semitic acts after bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centres and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery.

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Egypt's Sisi, Jordan's Abdullah reaffirm support for two-state solution 21 Feb 2017

CAIRO The leaders of Egypt and Jordan reaffirmed their continued support on Tuesday for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested abandoning it.

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Israeli soldier gets 18 months' jail for killing wounded Palestinian attacker 21 Feb 2017

TEL AVIV A young Israeli soldier who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on Tuesday, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage after one of the most divisive trials in Israel's history. | Video

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Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel 21 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Iran’s Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumour" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated.

Islamic State linked group expands foothold in southern Syria near Israel 21 Feb 2017

AMMAN Islamic State-linked Syrian militant groups on Monday launched a surprise attack on moderate rebels in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights near where the Jordanian and Israeli borders converge, seizing several villages and a large town, rebels and witnesses said.