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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Signals Free Hand in Syria as US, Russia Expand Truce

Israel has been lobbying both big powers to deny Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other Shi‘ite militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them away from the Golan, as they gain ground while helping Damascus beat back Sunni-led rebels.

In televised remarks opening Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not speak about the new U.S.-Russian arrangement for Syria.

“There’s reflection here of the understanding that Israel has set red lines, and will stand firm on this,” Tzachi Hanegbi said.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Mossad Agent’ Sentenced to Death Over Scientist Killings

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Mossad Agent’ Sentenced to Death Over Scientist Killings

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told the judiciary’s news agency: “The person had several meetings with (Israeli intelligence agency) Mossad and provided them with sensitive information about Iran’s military and nuclear sites in return for money and residency in Sweden.”

Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi did not identify the person, but Amnesty International said on Monday that Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian doctor who studied and taught in Sweden, had been sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges.

Amnesty said the court verdict states that Djalali worked with the Israeli government which subsequently helped him obtain a residency permit in Sweden.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Sold Arms to Myanmar During Violence Against Rohingya: Israeli Report

MYANMAR POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Sold Arms to Myanmar During Violence Against Rohingya: Israeli Report

The Haaretz report said Myanmar has “in the past” purchased Israeli air-to-air missiles and cannons as well.

“An Israeli company, TAR Ideal Concepts, has noted on its website that it has trained Myanmar military forces. Now the site makes no specific reference to Myanmar, referring only to Asia,” it said.

Rohingya Muslims, recognized by the UN as the world’s most persecuted minority group, are denied Myanmarese citizenship as the country’s leadership brands them illegal “Bangladeshi immigrants.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Abdel al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif Killer Elor Azaria Jail Sentence Reduced

ISRAEL POLITICS: Abdel al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif Killer Elor Azaria Jail Sentence Reduced

Human rights groups and Palestinian leaders have reacted to the new decision, saying it is further proof that “Palestinian lives mean nothing” to Israelis.

“We are in a system of apartheid. The reduction of the sentence is an encouragement for Israeli soldiers to commit violations” against Palestinians, Mustafa Barghouti, senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), told Al Jazeera.

Palestinians had from the started no trust in Azaria prosecution process, denouncing the case as “a show trial” aimed at distracting attention from the regime’s wider culture of immunity for its criminal soldiers.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

Ronald Lauder, president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, called Chancellor Angela Merkel a “true friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and decried the AfD’s gains at a time when anti-Semitism was increasing across the globe.

“It is abhorrent that the AfD party, a disgraceful reactionary movement which recalls the worst of Germany’s past and should be outlawed, now has the ability within the German parliament to promote its vile platform,” Lauder said.

“A party that tolerates right-wing extremist thinking in its ranks and incites hatred against minorities …will now be represented in parliament and nearly all state legislatures,” Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster said in a statement.

“I expect our democratic forces to expose the true nature of the AfD and its empty, populist promises,” he added.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Endorses Independent Kurdish State

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Endorses Independent Kurdish State

“Israel supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, in remarks sent to foreign correspondents by his office.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

Chief of Palestinian group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh was elected Hamas leader in May. The group maintains a sizeable armed wing in Gaza since seizing the enclave from Fatah in 2007.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Israel Hits Syria Target Reportedly Tied to Chemical Weapons: Syrian Army

SYRIA POLITICS: Israel Hits Syria Target Reportedly Tied to Chemical Weapons: Syrian Army

The Observatory reported a total of seven people killed and wounded in the strike. Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, said the reported attack was not routine and targeted a Syrian military scientific centre.

“The factory that was targeted in Masyaf produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians,” Yadlin said in a tweet.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Russia Dismisses Israeli Concerns of Iranian Expansion in Syria

ISRAEL POLITICS: Russia Dismisses Israeli Concerns of Iranian Expansion in Syria

“Whatever area of cooperation between Iran and Syria, my position is that if their cooperation in whichever field does not violate the basic provisions of international law, it should not be cause for question,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a press briefing in the Qatari capital Doha on Wednesday.

“We do not have any information that someone is preparing an attack on Israel,” Lavrov added.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Forces Fired Live Bullet at 60-Year-Old Palestinian Woman

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Forces Fired Live Bullet at 60-Year-Old Palestinian Woman

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the ongoing tensions since October 2015.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Vie With Israel Over Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Vie With Israel Over Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem

At the height of tensions in Jerusalem last month over Israeli controls on access to Al-Aqsa, Turkey’s Islamist-rooted president, Tayyip Erdogan, urged his compatriots to flock there in solidarity with the Palestinians.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Lawmakers Aqsa Visits Spark Palestinians, Jordan Anger

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Lawmakers Aqsa Visits Spark Palestinians, Jordan Anger

Another Israeli legislator, Ahmad Tibi, also accused the right-wing Israeli lawmakers of seeking to change the status quo of the site.

“The Arab MKs come to their home, to their mosque. But the right-wing extremist MKs storm the mosque with the protection of … police, and they are the same ones who want to change the status quo to allow them to pray in the courtyard of the mosque,” he added.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Plans to Change Jerusalem al-Quds Demographic Make-Up

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Plans to Change Jerusalem al-Quds Demographic Make-Up

According to the report, the first part of the plan involves the deployment of 1,250 new policemen to Jerusalem al-Quds and the installation of thousands of cameras there, including in the Old City.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said:

“Britain … and the rest of the world have to obligate the Israeli government to accept the principle of [the so-called] two states based on the June 4, 1967 borders, that is an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital … and a halt to all Israeli colonial activities.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 50% of Gaza Patients Exit Permits Delayed By Israel: WHO

ISRAEL POLITICS: 50% of Gaza Patients Exit Permits Delayed By Israel: WHO

“There must be a drastic change in Israeli policy toward the exit of patients and toward Gaza in general. The fact that patients sometimes don’t get answers for months is cruel and the weakest population pays the price,” Ran Goldstein, the director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes in West Bank

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes in West Bank

According to local residents, some 50 Israel military vehicles raided the village, alongside Israeli bulldozers, while Israeli drones were flying above the village. The punitive demolition attack in Deir Abu Mashaal left a total of 22 people homeless, despite the fact that they had not been charged with any wrongdoing, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal: Netanyahu Household Under Scrutiny

ISRAEL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal: Netanyahu Household Under Scrutiny

Court filings revealed Netanyahu was now officially a suspect in bribery, breach of trust, and fraud cases. It’s not just the prime minister — his whole household is under scrutiny: The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported on Monday that his wife, Sara Netanyahu, will likely be indicted soon for misuse of government funds.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel to Revoke Media Credentials of Al Jazeera Journalists and Close the Network’s Office in Jerusalem

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel to Revoke Media Credentials of Al Jazeera Journalists and Close the Network’s Office in Jerusalem

“Censoring Al Jazeera or closing its offices will not bring stability to the region, but it would put Israel firmly in the camp of some of the region’s worst enemies of press freedom. Israel should abandon these undemocratic plans and allow Al Jazeera and all journalists to report freely from the country and areas it occupies,” CPJ Middle East and North Africa Programme Coordinator Sherif Mansour said in a statement.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 75-Year-Old Palestinian Woman and Her Family to be Evicted By Israel from their Age-Old House

ISRAEL POLITICS: 75-Year-Old Palestinian Woman and Her Family to be Evicted By Israel from their Age-Old House

Fahamiya Shamasneh said, “Fifty-three years here means leaving is not easy — it is a lifetime. I was a young girl when I came to this house. The police are threatening us. We don’t know what to do. We will not leave of our own will. Maybe if they force us, carry us and throw us on the streets, then we’ll go.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Saeb Erekat: ‘US Silence on Settlements, Two-State Solution Encouraging Israel’s Apartheid Policies’

PALESTINE POLITICS: Saeb Erekat: ‘US Silence on Settlements, Two-State Solution Encouraging Israel’s Apartheid Policies’

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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