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Israel Arrests 13 on Suspicion of Arson Over Mass Wildfires

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Nov 25 – Israeli police arrested 13 people on Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as “terrorism”. Firefighters kept battling the flames in wooded hills around Jerusalem and in northern areas on Friday,

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Netanyahu Hit By Conflict of Interest Allegations over German Submarines

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov 21  – A deal to buy three German-made submarines has come under public scrutiny in Israel after Israeli media discovered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s personal lawyer represents the local agent of the German conglomerate set to build the vessels. Both Netanyahu and his attorney, David Shimron, have denied any impropriety,

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Netanyahu Attacks Israeli Media, Singles Out Investigative Journalist

By Maayan Lubell Nov 8 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an unprecedented vilification of the Israeli media on Monday, accusing a leading television journalist of being part of a plot to bring down his right-wing government. After declining to be interviewed by Channel Two anchorwoman Ilana Dayan for a piece investigating the workings of

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U.S., Israel Close Many Gaps in Defense Aid Talks, Hope for Deal Soon

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Aug 3 – The United States and Israel have closed many of the remaining gaps in negotiations over a new multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington’s top Middle East ally, and the two sides hope to reach a deal soon, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Jacob Nagel, acting head

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U.S., Israel Narrow Differences for New Talks on Defense Aid

By Patricia Zengerle and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, Aug 1 – The United States and Israel have narrowed their differences over what could be decisive negotiations this week to seal a multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington’s top Middle East ally, officials said on Monday. Raising hopes for removal of a key sticking point, Israel has

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Egypt Foreign Minister to Talk Mideast Peace in Rare Visit to Israel

CAIRO/JERUSALEM, July 10 – Egypt’s foreign minister will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday during a rare visit to Israel aimed at reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Sameh Shoukry’s visit to Israel — the first by an Egyptian foreign minister in nine years — follows a similar meeting with Palestinian officials in

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Turkey Mends Fences with Israel, Russia in Foreign Policy Reset

By Nick Tattersall, Jack Stubbs and Jeffrey Heller ISTANBUL/MOSCOW/JERUSALEM, June 27 – Turkey announced the restoration of diplomatic ties with Israel on Monday after a six-year rupture and expressed regret to Russia over the downing of a warplane, seeking to mend strained alliances and ease a sense of isolation on the world stage. The deal

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Palestinian Gunmen Kill Four in Tel Aviv, Assailants Held: Police

By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV, June 9 – Two Palestinian gunmen killed four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in an attack that sent diners, some clutching small children, running for their lives just outside Israel’s Defence Ministry. Both gunmen, identified by police as Palestinians from a village

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Israeli Police Recommend Charges Against Netanyahu’s Wife: Reports

JERUSALEM, May 30 – Israeli police on Sunday recommended bringing criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, Israeli media said, on suspicion she misused state funds at their official and private residences. Mrs Netanyahu, who has denied any wrongdoing, was questioned by the police fraud squad in December. Any significant political fallout for

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Netanyahu Signs Coalition Deal, Names Far-Right Lieberman Defence Chief

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, May 26 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his choice for defence minister, ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday and issued assurances that the most right wing government in Israel’s history would act responsibly. Once Lieberman is sworn in, Netanyahu will have a government of 66 legislators, widening

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