Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Leaves Poland After Plane Mishap Delayed Departure

Warsaw: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to spend an extra night in Warsaw after his plane was damaged following an airport mishap shortly before departure. He departed around noon Friday, marking an inauspicious ending to a turbulent visit. The prime minister and his entire entourage were on-board a chartered El Al plane the night before after a two-day visit to a high-profile security conference, when a vehicle towing the aircraft on the runway crashed into it. A photo circulated to travelling journalists showed large scrapes in the underbelly…

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‘What is your excuse?’: Hezbollah Leader Becomes the Face of Israeli Recycling Ad

Above Nasrallah’s head reads the caption: “I don’t recycle bottles.” Beneath him, the poster says: “Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?” A billboard shows Hezbollah militant leader Hassan Nasrallah above a major highway in Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) Jerusalem: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign. A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv’s Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis…

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PM Netanyahu Vows to Freeze Palestinian Funds After Israeli Teen Killed

Jerusalem: Nudged by rightwing political rivals after a deadly Palestinian attack on a young Israeli woman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who seeks re-election pledged Sunday to freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority. Israel collects around $127 million a month in customs duties levied on goods destined for Palestinian markets that transit through Israeli ports and then transfers it to the PA. The Israeli parliament last year passed legislation to partially withhold funds, in response to PA payments to families of Palestinians jailed by Israel for attacks against Israelis. “By…

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PM Netanyahu’s Party Likud Uses Trump Photo in Israeli Election Billboard

A spokesman for Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, whose logo adorns the sign over Tel Aviv’s busy Ayalon highway, did not immediately respond to a Reuters query on whether the White House had authorised it to use the photograph. Reuters Updated:February 3, 2019, 5:29 PM IST Trump is popular in Israel because of his tough policies towards the Palestinians and Iran. (Image: Twitter) Tel Aviv: A giant billboard of a smiling Donald Trump shaking hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loomed over a main entrance to Tel Aviv on Sunday, part…

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Israeli Forces Kill Knife-Wielding Palestinian Girl at West Bank-Jerusalem Checkpoint

According to the Palestinian side, assailants lashed out in frustration at Israeli restrictions while Israelis say that the attacks are fuelled by incitement and sometimes motivated by assailants’ personal problems. Reuters Updated:January 31, 2019, 9:05 AM IST Israeli forces gather near the dead body of a Palestinian woman at the scene of an incident at a checkpoint, east of Jerusalem . Ramallah, West Bank: Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who tried to carry out a stabbing attack at a checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem…

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Even Trump is Building Wall: Malaysia PM Cites US President to Defend His Ban on Israeli Athletes

Vienna: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday defended Malaysia’s ban on Israeli athletes, likening it to US President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Malaysia sparked a row with Israel after saying it would not allow Israeli swimmers to compete in a tournament later this year that serves as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. “Every country has the right to accept or refuse entry of anybody,” Mahathir told a press conference in Vienna on Tuesday. “You can see that in America now…

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Israeli Mystery Man Who Could Challenge Netanyahu Speaks, Briefly

Jerusalem: A former Israeli military chief seen as a potential challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has generated buzz without even campaigning, but on Thursday he took a step towards entering the fray. Benny Gantz opened his social media campaign with a 17-second video clip that pledged “something different” for Israel, but which shed no light on his political beliefs — the source of intense speculation ahead of April 9 elections. He launched himself into politics in December with opinion polls suggesting his new party, Israel Resilience, could win a…

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Amos Oz, Renowned Israeli Writer, Dies at 79

Oz’s writing is widely acclaimed, he is perhaps equally known as one of the earliest and most forceful critics of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands captured in the Six-Day War of 1967. AFP Updated:December 28, 2018, 11:51 PM IST Israeli Writer Amos Oz. (Image: Twitter) Jerusalem: Renowned Israeli writer Amos Oz, a passionate peace advocate whose stirring memoir “A Tale of Love and Darkness” became a worldwide bestseller, died on Friday aged 79, his daughter said. Fania Oz-Salzberger said on Twitter that her father had died of cancer and offered…

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Israeli Army Says It Destroys Another Hezbollah Tunnel

The Israeli military on Wednesday destroyed another cross-border tunnel it says was built by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group. Israel has so far uncovered five tunnels in an open-ended operation to destroy the entire network. Jerusalem: The Israeli military on Wednesday destroyed another cross-border tunnel it says was built by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, sending a loud explosion throughout the volatile area. Israel this month announced the discovery of the tunnels, which it says were part of a Hezbollah plot to sneak across the border and carry out attacks in Israel.…

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Jamal Khasoggi’s Friend Sues Israeli Firm, Says ‘Snooping Software’ Led to His Murder

Jerusalem: An Israeli company known for its sophisticated phone surveillance technology on Monday rejected accusations that its snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The NSO Group has faced similar claims in the past that its products were used to stifle dissent in other countries. But the alleged connection to the Khashoggi killing is the most high-profile case to date, drawing new attention to the secretive company’s business practices and the Israeli government’s oversight of private defense contractors. The latest case against NSO was spelled…

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