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Iran’s New Strategic Threat Against Israel

The possibility of closing the Bab al-Mandab and Hormuz straits pose a threat no less serious than others coming from Tehran and Hezbollah Israel isn’t involved. That’s the official response to anyone who asks what the recent deterioration in relations between Iran and the United States means for Jerusalem. We’re not involved; we’re not addressing or responding to it. Ramifications? ...

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US in new push to resolve Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute

BEIRUT – A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon has met with Lebanese officials for a second day, signaling a new push to resolve the matter. Israel and Lebanon both claim some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon hopes to unleash offshore oil and gas production as ...

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Israel probes Golan Heights mass vulture poisoning

Eight vultures on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – about half the birds’ population there – have been poisoned to death, Israeli officials say. The bodies of the griffon vultures were found on Friday morning, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) said. It is not known what poison killed the birds or who was behind the attack. An investigation is ...

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Israel lifts restriction on Gaza fishing zone as truce holds

Israel lifted a ban on Friday on Palestinian fishing boats operating off the Gaza Strip, ending a measure imposed during a deadly flare-up of violence earlier this month. The fishing union in the Gaza Strip confirmed the lifting of the ban, saying the new limits imposed by Israel were 12 nautical miles in the southern half of Gaza and six nautical miles in the north. Zakaria ...

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Israel gunfire kills Palestinian in Gaza days after ceasefire

Israeli fire has killed a Palestinian in Gaza during demonstrations by the Israeli fence Gaza officials said, despite a ceasefire agreement reached on Monday that ended days of fighting. Abdullah Abd al-Aal, 24, was shot in the stomach on Friday near the Israeli fence east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Gaza’s health ministry said, in the first protests there since a deadly flare-up ...

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Palestinian Artists Call For Eurovision Boycott; Israel Responds With PR Campaign

In an open letter published Thursday, a group of over 30 Palestinian cultural centers and organizations from Gaza called for a global boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, the enduringly popular international singing competition that will be held May 14 to 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel. “Even when Israel bombs us, imprisons our men, women and children, kills and maims thousands of ...

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Netanyahu’s Pre-indictment Hearing Won’t Be Delayed, Israel’s Attorney General Says

The prime minister’s lawyers refuse to collect the massive evidence files until arrears fees are paid, but Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit says the preliminary hearing must take place by July 10 regardless Netanyahu’s pre-indictment must take place by July 10 and cannot be postponed, Israel’s attorney general said Sunday. Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said the preliminary hearing for the ...

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Poland looking to buy gas from Israel, end reliance on Russia

Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG, is “interested” in gas from Israel, says Chief Executive Piotr Wozniak, according to the Reuters news agency. The Polish company is looking to end its reliance on Russia for gas, said the CEO, as cited by the news agency. More than half of the gas sold by state-run PGNiG comes from Russia’s Gazprom based on ...

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Israel Wants Google, Facebook to Pay Hundreds of Millions in Taxes to Plug Deficit

With coalition negotiations getting into full gear now that the Passover holiday is over, Finance Ministry officials will also be gearing up to address the country’s burgeoning budget deficit. One of the possible steps under consideration is looking for new tax revenue from Google and Facebook in connection with their operations in Israel. The Finance Ministry and the Israel Tax Authority plan ...

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Israel frees two Syrian prisoners after return of soldier’s body

Israel has released two Syrian prisoners in what it described as a “goodwill gesture” following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who went missing more than 35 years ago. In a statement on Sunday, the Israeli military said the two prisoners were transferred to the International Committee of the Red Cross at the Quneitra crossing on the armistice ...

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