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  • Israel cabinet votes on enshrining 'Jewish state' in law 20 hours 11 minutes ago

    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 21 hours 21 minutes ago

    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,...
  • Wales hold Belgium; Israel lead Euro Qualifiers Group B 1 week ago

    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...
  • LoC firings: Bilawal Bhutto taunts Narendra Modi, says 'Pak can retaliate, unlike your victims from Gujarat' October 8, 2014

    Islamabad: Days after he vowed that Pakistan will take back entire Kashmir, the country's 'Gen Next' politician Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Pakistan can retaliate "unlike his victims from Gujarat". Accusing India of adopting "Israel model" against Pakistan, the 26-year-old scion of the Bhutto family...
  • White House rejects Netanyahu's criticism with withering response October 7, 2014

    Washington: The White House rejected criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a withering response on Monday, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge how much help the United States has been to Israel over the years. Long-time strained relations between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu appeared to widen further after...
  • Sweden to recognize Palestine as independent country October 3, 2014

    Stockholm: Sweden's new prime minister on Friday said that his government will recognize a Palestinian state, a move that drew praise from Palestinian officials. In a declaration listing his government's priorities, Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven told lawmakers that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through a two-state solution requiring...
  • Iran must not be 'threshold nuclear power': Netanyahu to Obama October 1, 2014

    Washington: A skeptical Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday directly warned US President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a "threshold nuclear power." Netanyahu and Obama renewed their often prickly relationship in the Oval Office, meeting for the first time since their...
  • Modi meets Isarel PM Netanyahu, discusses defence cooperation, West Asia September 29, 2014

    New York: In a rare meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed a wide range of issues including defence cooperation and the situation created by the Islamic State (IS) in West Asia. During the 30-minute meeting,...
  • Palestinians seek $3.8 billion in aid for Gaza September 24, 2014

    New York: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has said he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Hamdallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and other nations have indicated they...
  • Don't ease up on Iran for help against IS: Israeli Prime Minister September 22, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the West against easing sanctions on Iran to win its support in the fight against jihadists in Syria and Iraq. As the Islamic republic and six world powers started a new round of talks in New York on the Iranian nuclear programme,...
  • Israel drone crashes inside Lebanon: military source September 20, 2014

    Tyre (Lebanon): An Israeli drone on SaTurday crashed inside Lebanon, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source said. "The drone crashed on the Lebanese border, inside Lebanese territory. Lebanese troops are in the area," the source told AFP. There was no immediate comment from Israel,...
  • India to support Israeli firms to set up dairy firms on PPP September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Thursday said that it will extend all cooperation to Israeli companies keen to work in the dairy sector here under the publicprivatepartnership mode. This issue was discussed at a meeting between the Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Israeli ambassador HE Daniel Carmon, an official statement...
  • IMF, World Bank warn of renewed Gaza violence September 17, 2014

    Jerusalem: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund warned that insufficient funding and political efforts to rebuild Gaza would make economic recovery almost impossible and lead to further violence. The warnings came three weeks after Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire to end 50 days of conflict, and as the...
  • Argentina beat Israel in Davis Cup playoff September 15, 2014

    Favored Argentina won both matches on Sunday, rallying to defeat Israel 32 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie. Israel led 21 after Saturday's doubles, making this the first time in 24 years that Argentina have rallied to win a Davis Cup tie. In fact, Argentina have rallied to win...
  • Merkel leads Berlin rally against antiSemitism September 14, 2014

    Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel has led a rally against antiSemitism, telling thousands of people in Berlin that Jewish life is part of Germany's identity. Germany's Jewish community organized Sunday's rally at the capital's Brandenburg Gate after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw antiJewish slogans...
  • Hamas not to hold direct talks with Israel September 14, 2014

    Gaza: Deputy chief of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza, Ismail Haneya, said on Saturday that his movement is not intending to hold direct talks with Israel. "Hamas won't hold direct talks with Israel," Haneya said in a meeting with Palestinian reporters in Gaza. Haneya was reacting to an earlier statement made...
  • Israel take 21 lead against Argentina in Davis Cup September 14, 2014

    Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 21 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a bestoffive Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina's Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 63, 36, 61, 36, 63 in 91degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis...
  • Argentina tied 11 with Israel in Davis Cup September 13, 2014

    Dudi Sela's fourset win over Carlos Berlocq on Friday lifted Israel into a 11 tie with Argentina in their Davis Cup World Group playoff. Leonardo Mayer defeated Bar Botzer 64, 36, 62, 61 in the first match of the day, but Sela responded with a 63, 67 (57), 62, 62 victory...
  • Gaza war is over but Jerusalem violence remains September 10, 2014

    Jerusalem: While the world's attention was focused on the airstrikes and rockets over Gaza and Israel this summer, a wave of violence hit the streets of Jerusalem and is still roiling parts of this divided city at the core of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli...