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Trump says another country could join Israel-UAE accord

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible another country could soon join a diplomatic accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Trump is to host a signing ceremony next Tuesday that will include delegations with Israel and the UAE. His negotiators have been trying to get other Gulf […]

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Iranian commander says Tehran's approach to UAE will change after Israel deal

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s approach to the United Arab Emirates will change, the country’s armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying on Sunday, after a deal between the Arab state and Tehran’s arch foe Israel on normalising ties. “Tehran’s approach to the UAE will change … If something happens […]

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UAE, Israel normalise ties: All the latest updates

Israel and the United Arab Emirates agree to normalise relations in a deal brokered by US President Donald Trump. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a historic deal that will lead to a full normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations. The deal came after a phone call between US […]

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'Last Supper' artwork of feasting Netanyahu irks Israeli leader

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – A statue in a Tel Aviv square of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a “Last Supper” feast added new bite on Wednesday to mounting protests against his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu, whose popularity has plunged in opinion polls amid 21.5% unemployment, said his depiction in a mock tableau […]

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Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The deputy leader of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement on Sunday dismissed the prospect of an escalation of violence between the Iran-backed movement and Israel despite increased tensions in the last week. “The atmosphere does not indicate a war … It’s unlikely, the atmosphere of war in the next few months,” Sheikh Naim […]

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No New Year pilgrimage to Ukraine for Israeli Jews this year

KYIV (Reuters) – Israeli Hasidic Jews will have to forego an annual pilgrimage to the central Ukrainian town of Uman this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the town’s mayor has said. Every Jewish New Year, tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who revived the Hasidic movement […]

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Two rockets fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel: Army

Incident comes a day after warning that annexation of parts of occupied West Bank would amount to ‘declaration of war’. The Israeli military says two rockets have been fired from the besieged Gaza Strip towards Israel amid rising tensions as the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to announce its first steps in a […]

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Israelis protest Netanyahu's annexation plan

TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuters) – Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to extend sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank, de-facto annexation of land that the Palestinians seek for a state. Protesting in face masks and keeping their distance from each other under new coronavirus restrictions, the demonstrators […]

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Israeli court: Alleged child sex abuser to face extradition trial

Australia requested the accused’s extradition in 2014 on 74 charges of child sex abuse but the case has dragged on. An Israeli court on Tuesday ruled a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, capping a years-long battle that strained relations and angered Australia’s pro-Israel […]

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Israel temporarily opens crossings for Palestinians seeking work

Despite COVID-19 fears, some 40,000 workers in occupied West Bank are expected to enter Israel for a three-week period. Israel has reopened a number of crossings following an agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA), in a move that allows thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank seeking employment opportunities to return to work despite […]