Israel

Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

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JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

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Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan 24 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership." | Video

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Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan 23 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

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Netanyahu basks in Congress invitation, but may shake U.S. ties 23 Jan 2015

JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept an invitation to address the U.S. Congress just days before Israel's parliamentary election offers him invaluable pre-vote publicity, but may also have shaken the balance of U.S.-Israel ties.

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Israel's Arab parties unite, could help Netanyahu rivals 23 Jan 2015

JERUSALEM - Four political parties that mostly represent Israel's Arab minority have decided to run together in elections on March 17, creating a potential counter-weight to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies.

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Obama will not meet Israel's Netanyahu on U.S. visit 22 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - President Barack Obama will not meet Israel's prime minister when he visits Washington in March, the White House said on Thursday, after being blindsided by the Republicans' invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress on Iran.

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Hamas calls on Hezbollah to unite fight against Israel 22 Jan 2015

GAZA - A letter purported to be from Mohammed Deif, the leader of Hamas's armed wing, on Thursday appealed to the Lebanese Hezbollah group to unite with Hamas in battling Israel.

U.N. says cash to repair Gaza homes will run out by end-month 22 Jan 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.N. agency in charge of aiding Palestinians will run out of money by the end of January to repair homes in Gaza damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation, an agency spokesman said on Thursday.

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Palestinian stabs seven people in Tel Aviv attack - officials 21 Jan 2015

TEL AVIV - A Palestinian stabbed and wounded seven people on a Tel Aviv commuter bus and in the street in a morning rush-hour attack on Wednesday before he was shot by a security officer as he fled, Israeli officials said. | Video

Thai migrant workers in Israel face serious labour abuses - report 21 Jan 2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai agricultural workers in Israel face serious labour rights abuses, including low pay, excessive hours and hazardous conditions, which may have contributed to a disturbing pattern of deaths among them, a report said on Wednesday.