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Abbas says some Israeli rabbis called for poisoning Palestinian water

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BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israeli rabbis on Thursday of calling for the poisoning of Palestinian water, in what appeared to be an invocation of a widely debunked media report that recalled a medieval anti-Semitic libel.

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Airport planned for Israel-Jordan border clouds neighbourly ties 23 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM/AMMAN A new airport planned by Israel near its border with Jordan is clouding the usually businesslike relationship the two neighbours have built since making peace in 1994.

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Israel eyes law to remove online content inciting terrorism 22 Jun 2016

TEL AVIV Israel's Justice Ministry is drafting legislation that would enable it to order Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media to remove online postings it deems to be inciting terrorism. "We are working on draft legislation, similar to what is being done in other countries; one law that would allow for a judicial injunction to order the removal of certain content, such as websites that incite to terrorism," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said.

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian bystander after Israeli cars attacked 21 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM Israeli troops mistakenly killed a Palestinian bystander on Tuesday while responding with gunfire to a petrol bomb and rock attack on Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, the military said.

Britain, Greece, Israel help fight forest fire in Cyprus 20 Jun 2016

NICOSIA Greece, Britain and Israel sent planes and helicopters to Cyprus on Monday to fight one of the largest forest fires to hit the island in years, and a firefighter was killed when a water carrier overturned, authorities said.

Israeli minister unapologetic for security 'profiling' hailed by Trump 20 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM A senior Israeli official justified the "profiling" of Muslims as potential security threats on Monday after U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said Americans should adopt Israel's disputed practice.

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Insight - How gas could warm relations between Israel and Turkey 20 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM On the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington in March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a private meeting with Israel's energy minister, Yuval Steinitz. It was the highest level contact between Israel and Turkey since diplomatic relations broke down six years ago after Israeli forces raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists.

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U.S. signals accommodation of Israeli terms on defence aid 15 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON/HERZLIYA, Israel The Obama administration is prepared to incorporate missile defence funds in a new long-term agreement on military aid for Israel, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, accommodating in principle a key request by its ally in the yet-unresolved talks.

Israeli authorities approve new settler homes in East Jerusalem 15 Jun 2016

JERUSALEM Israeli municipal authorities on Wednesday approved the construction of a three-storey residential building for Jewish settlers in a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

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Israeli official praises Saudi king for stance on Iran, economy 15 Jun 2016

HERZLIYA, Israel Israel's top intelligence official offered Saudi Arabia rare public praise on Wednesday for what he deemed its efforts, under King Salman, to lead "pragmatic" Sunni Muslim states confronting Iran and to overhaul Riyadh's oil-dependent economy.