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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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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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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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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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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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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Former Aide Ari Harow to Testify Against Him in Corruption Case

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Former Aide Ari Harow to Testify Against Him in Corruption Case

The police have been interrogating Netanyahu, over allegations that he unlawfully accepted lavish gifts from wealthy supporters and separately held talks with the publisher of a top-selling Israeli newspaper for positive coverage in exchange for diminishing the impact of a free pro-Netanyahu daily.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu ‘Ready to Set Region On Fire’: Ehud Barak Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu ‘Ready to Set Region On Fire’: Ehud Barak Says

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak says, “We received a glimpse of the depths to which Netanyahu’s behavior can fall. He is a man who panics.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Dismantling Controversial Metal Detectors From Temple Mount

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Dismantling Controversial Metal Detectors From Temple Mount

The detectors “will be replaced by advanced technological means” that will enable “smart inspection” in the Old City of Jerusalem, a senior Israeli official who was present at the meeting told Haaretz.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay: Israel Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Jerusalem Mosque Metal Detectors to Stay: Israel Says

“If they (Palestinians) do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque,” Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli minister for regional development and a senior member of the ruling Likud party, told Israel’s Army Radio.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Trying to ‘Deny Palestinian Heritage’: Shakdam, Director of Shafaqna Institute

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Trying to ‘Deny Palestinian Heritage’: Shakdam, Director of Shafaqna Institute

Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Middle Eastern Studies, Israeli regime is trying to “exacerbate hatred and divisions” within religious communities.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Muslim World Denounces Israel’s Closure of al-Aqsa Mosque

ISRAEL POLITICS: Muslim World Denounces Israel’s Closure of al-Aqsa Mosque

“We insist on reaching al-Aqsa mosque and performing prayers there. The occupation preventing us from praying marks an assault against our right to worship in this pure Islamic mosque,” Sheikh Muhammad said.

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ISREAL POLITICS: Israel Not Bound By US-Russian Ceasefire Deal in Syria: Liberman

ISREAL POLITICS: Israel Not Bound By US-Russian Ceasefire Deal in Syria: Liberman

“Israel reserves its complete freedom of action, regardless of any understandings or developments,” minister of military affairs Avigdor Liberman said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Freeze on Western Wall Plan Backfires

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Freeze on Western Wall Plan Backfires

Ultra-Orthodox parties in Netanyahu’s coalition administration and the religious authorities that manage the site protested the agreement.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Secretary General Guterres to Israel: End Half-Century Occupation in Palestine

ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Secretary General Guterres to Israel: End Half-Century Occupation in Palestine

Guterres said: “Generations of Palestinians have grown up in crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Deal With Saudi Arabia Prerequisite to End Conflict With Palestine: Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs

ISRAEL POLITICS: Deal With Saudi Arabia Prerequisite to End Conflict With Palestine: Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs

“The only light at end of the tunnel is complete regional agreement. Full diplomatic and economic relations. Not under the table, but on table,” Lieberman added.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: EU Slams Israel’s Plans for Thousand of New Settler Units

ISRAEL POLITICS: EU Slams Israel’s Plans for Thousand of New Settler Units

“Israel’s continued policy of settlement expansion is illegal under international law,” said Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, in a statement on Friday.

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