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  • Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered in Israel 2 days ago

    Tel Aviv: Fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered on a building site in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said. Excavation director Diego Barkan said 17 pits were found that had been used to store produce in the Early...
  • Barack Obama says it is now 'hard to find a path' on Israeli-Palestinian peace March 22, 2015

    Washington: In a fresh rebuke to Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama said the Israeli leader's pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it "hard to find a path" toward serious negotiations to resolve the issue. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Obama also scolded Netanyahu over...
  • UN chief urges Benjamin Netanyahu to renew support for two-state deal United March 20, 2015

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and urged him to renew Israel's commitment to a "two-state solution" to the Middle East conflict. Netanyahu won re-election this week after a close-fought parliamentary campaign in which he toughened his stance, vowing he would thwart the...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu surges to victory in Israeli Vote March 18, 2015

    Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party scored a resounding victory in Israel's election, final results showed on Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. Netanyahu surged ahead after a last-minute lurch to the right in which he opposed Palestinian statehood...
  • Millions of Israelis vote as Netanyahu's fate hangs in balance March 18, 2015

    Jerusalem: Millions of Israelis voted in a general election that has turned into a referendum on the six-year rule of embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is fighting an all-out battle for a record fourth term against a spirited, united opposition. Netanyahu, 65, who has been in power for nine...
  • 'Obama committed to two-state solution for Israel, Palestinians' March 14, 2015

    Egypt: US President Barack Obama is "committed" to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday on the stalled Middle East peace process. "The position of the United States with respect to our long expressed hope, the Republicans and the Democrats alike (and) many...
  • IS shot teen recruit for allegedly spying on terror group for Israel March 11, 2015

    19-year-old resident of Jerusalem, Mohamed Musallam, was reportedly shot and killed by an ISIS child soldier in Syria for allegedly spying on the terror group for Israel. "ISIS lured Mohamed with money and cars. After he trained with ISIS, he discovered they had nothing," said the victim's father. ...
  • Israeli PM stirs controversy, says US will facilitate Iran getting hold of nuclear weapons March 4, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred a controversy after he slammed the US' ongoing talks about Iran's nuclear program, saying this will only facilitate Iran getting their hands on nuclear weapons. Iran has criticised his speech calling it full of lies. ...
  • Former Mossad chief slams Israeli Prime Minister on Iran handling February 27, 2015

    Jerusalem: A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency is slamming the prime minister's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress, Meir Dagan says "the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel on the Iranian issue is the prime minister." The comments...
  • US has sharp differences with Israel on Iran, says Barack Obama February 10, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he has sharp differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the nuclear peace negotiations with Iran, asserting he wants to give diplomacy a chance before thinking about other options which are not attractive for either America or Israel. "I don't want...
  • Israeli selfie from Miss Universe contest causes stir in Lebanon January 19, 2015

    Reuters: A Israeli beauty queen's selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese saying their country's contestant at the Miss Universe pageant should be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy. Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon Saly Greige smiling together...
  • Palestinian minister dies after getting beaten by Israeli forces December 10, 2014

    Ramallah: A senior Palestinian official died on Wednesday after being beaten by Israeli forces during a protest march in the West Bank, medical and security sources said. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned the "barbaric act" and vowed measures in response. Ziad Abu Ein, who was in charge of the issue of...
  • Israel to hold general election on March 17, 2015 December 3, 2014

    Tel Aviv: Israel will hold its general election on March 17, 2015, it was announced after a meeting of the heads of the Knesset factions, media reported. The members will vote on a preliminary reading of a bill Wednesday to dissolve the current Knesset administration, which is expected to pass easily,...
  • UN declares Gaza City emergency for floods November 28, 2014

    Jerusalem: A United Nations agency declared a state of "emergency" in Gaza City today, after two days of heavy rains and flooding in the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave. "Hundreds of residents in the flooded areas around Sheikh Radwan storm water lagoon have evacuated their homes," the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said,...
  • Government launches e-visa facility for 43 countries November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move which will give a major boost to the tourism sector, the Government on Thursday launched the much-awaited electronic visa facility for visitors from 43 countries including US, Germany and Israel. "We want to promote tourism in the country in a big way. The contribution of...
  • Israel cabinet votes on enshrining 'Jewish state' in law November 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Ministers were to vote on Sunday on a controversial proposal to anchor in law Israel's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, at the expense of its democratic character. The proposal would mean Israel would no longer be defined in its Basic Laws as "Jewish and democratic" but...
  • Israel mulls hard-line legislation after attacks November 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli lawmakers on Sunday called for a series of hard-line measures, including a proposal to strip Palestinian attackers of their residency rights, in response to a wave of deadly violence. The measures are billed as a deterrent, but critics view them as racist policies that could further escalate tensions. In Gaza,...
  • Jeruselam: Five people killed in an attack on a synagogue November 19, 2014

    Two knife and ax-wielding Palestinian men broke into a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning and killed four rabbis and a policeman. The attackers were killed in police firing. Six people were injured in this incident. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a strong response for the deaths. Even as Palestinian...
  • Wales hold Belgium; Israel lead Euro Qualifiers Group B November 17, 2014

    Brussels: Israel beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 to restore their lead at the top Group B in their European Championship qualifying campaign. That result, coupled together with Wales' goalless against Belgium in Brussels, sees the top four teams separated by just four points. In Haifa, Israel took another confident step towards qualifying for...
  • Israel, Australia lend support to India's 'Second Green Revolution' quest November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: India's agricultural sector contributes 16 per cent of total GDP & 10 per cent of export earnings in the economy. Despite being largely self-sufficient in food production, Indian agriculture currently faces a slew of problems its growth is much slower than other sectors of the economy; productivity is...
  • Rajnath Singh prays for India's rise as global leader in Jerusalem November 7, 2014

    Jerusalem: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday visited holy sites in the old city of Jerusalem, including Judaism's holiest site, where he customarily placed a prayer note expressing his wish that India regain its leadership position in the comity of nations. A source, who went to pray at the site...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu lauds India's science prowess November 7, 2014

    Tel Aviv: Lauding India's capacity for science and innovation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the best mathematicians always came from India. "My uncle, who was a mathematician, always used to tell me that the best mathematicians came from India", Netanyahu told Singh. The Indian...
  • Turkey deploys heavy weapons on border with Syria November 7, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey has deployed additional heavy weapons, including tanks, along the border with neighbouring Syria, a media report said. Turkish army has increased security measures between southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Mardin bordering Syria since Wednesday, deploying 20 tanks in Nusaybin town of Mardin province, along the Kurdish populated Qamishli town...
  • Israel positive about 'Make in India' campaign, says PM Benjamin Netanyahu November 7, 2014

    Tel Aviv: Responding favourably to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu has told visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh that his country is keen to take advantage of the move. Netanyahu said that Israel is ready and willing to discuss transfer and development of...
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Israel November 6, 2014

    Tel Aviv: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Israel for what would be his first visit abroad to discuss bilateral issues including strengthening security ties and fight against terror. Singh was scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday morning but had to reschedule his plans after his flight from Monaco was...
  • Rajnath Singh to attend Interpol meet today; to visit Israel too November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will represent India at Interpol's General Assembly beginning on Monday in Monaco, where he is expected to seek support for cases having international ramifications, including those related to terror. The Home Minister is leading a four-member delegation comprising CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and two Home...
  • Closure of Gaza crossings violates ceasefire deal: Hamas November 3, 2014

    Gaza: The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday accused Israel of violating the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement by closing the crossings of the Gaza Strip until a further notice. Musa Abu Marzooq, a senior Hamas leader, said in a press statement that closing the crossings is irresponsible and the justification for the closure...
  • Palestinians barred from Israeli West Bank buses: Report October 26, 2014

    Jerusalem: Palestinians will be effectively banned from riding the same buses as Israeli settlers in the West Bank, local media said, with a rights group slamming the plan as "racial segregation". Hundreds of Palestinians travel each day to work in Israel from the occupied West Bank, mainly in the construction...
  • Israeli PM summons coalition leaders amid possible political crisis October 21, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned leaders of the parties in his coalition to a meeting on Wednesday amid what is claimed to be a looming political crisis, his office confirmed. The meeting, to be held on Wednesday, will be attended by Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid party)), Justice...
  • Palestinian unity government holds first Gaza cabinet meeting October 9, 2014

    Gaza City: Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah convened his unity government's first cabinet meeting in Gaza on Thursday, months after it swore oath in the West Bank. The meeting at the Gaza property of president Mahmud Abbas aims to show the international community a united Palestinian front ahead of a donors...