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  • Hamas uses people to protect its missiles: Israeli Prime Minister Yesterday

    Washington: Defending the military strike inside Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that his country uses missiles to protect its people and alleged that Hamas uses people to protect its missiles. "We use missiles to protect our people. They (Hamas) use their people to protect their missiles," Netanyahu...
  • John Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700 4 days ago

    Jerusalem: The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said. The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist group...
  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza 1 week ago

    Gaza: The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price on Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli...
  • Israeli PM accuses Hamas militants of using civilians as human shields July 20, 2014

    The death toll in Gaza over 12 days has crossed 300. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas militants of using civilians as human shields and said his troops did not want to harm a 'single innocent person'. But the UN has estimated that more than 70 per cent of...
  • John Kerry calls Netanyahu to avoid further escalation July 18, 2014

    Washington: As Israeli soldiers launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas' rocket- firing abilities, US Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid further escalation. "The Secretary emphasised the need to avoid further escalation and to restore the 2012 cease-fire as soon as...
  • Israeli PM orders ground offensive in Gaza: official statement July 18, 2014

    Jerusalem:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border. "The prime minister and defence minister have instructed the IDF to begin a...
  • Getting ready for every possible scenario, says Israeli Prime Minister July 13, 2014

    Hostilities between Israel and Gaza have escalated again, following the killings of three Israeli teenagers and one Palestinian teenager in last one week. The UN Security Council called for a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants on Saturday. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the ...
  • Israeli bombing of Gaza continues on Day 5 as toll touches 121 July 12, 2014

    Gaza/Jeruselam: Israel defiantly pressed on with its bombardment of Gaza for the fifth day on Saturday as the Jewish state vowed to keep up its military offensive to counter rocket attacks by Palestinian militants with the death toll reaching 121. 16 Palestinians died in a wave of Israeli air strikes as...
  • No surrendering to Iran's nuclear ambitions: Israeli PM June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the P5+1 countries not to surrender to Iran ahead of a deadline for a permanent nuclear deal, media reported on Monday. Netanyahu said in a statement that Iran should be stripped of its uranium enrichment capacities, Xinhua reported. According to the statement, Netanyahu said that...
  • 'In the Middle East, my enemy's enemy is still my enemy': Netanyahu June 30, 2014

    As the civil war in Iraq rages on - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that it would be unwise for the United States to create an alliance with Iran to repel the ISIS onslaught. ...
  • Don't 'hurry' to back Palestinian government, Israel PM warns June 1, 2014

    World governments should not rush to approve the new Palestinian government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned today after the Palestinians accused Israel of looking to punish them over a unity deal. "I call on all responsible elements within the international community not to hurry to recognise the Palestinian government that...
  • Indian Jewish couple reunite in Israel after seven years May 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: In an emotional reunion, an Indian couple separated more than seven years ago since their engagement have been reunited in Israel after a group of Bnei Menashe Jews from Manipur immigrated to the Jewish state. Edna, a young woman whose fiance Gamliel had migrated to Israel in 2007, had to...
  • Israel PM slams Iran President's speech at UN September 25, 2013

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday night, saying it is "cynical" and "full of hypocrisy". "Rouhani spoke of human rights even as Iranian forces are participating in a large-scale slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria,"...
  • John Kerry reassures Israel on bid to rid Syria of chemical arms September 15, 2013

    US Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israel on Sunday a US-Russian deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons would be effective, addressing concern that a lack of resolve would embolden Iran in its nuclear drive. "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs, because that affects all other issues,...
  • Netanyahu gives guarded response to US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical weapons September 15, 2013

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a guarded response on Sunday to US-Russian deal on Syria's chemical weapons, saying it would be judged on whether it achieved "complete destruction" of the arsenal. "We hope the understandings reached between the United States and Russia regarding the Syrian chemical weapons will yield results," he...
  • Israel ready for every possible scenario in Syria, says PM Natanyahu September 1, 2013

    Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, said that the Jewish state was prepared for "every possible scenario" in Syria after US President Barack Obama postponed a military strike. "Israel is calm and self-assured. Israeli citizens know very well that we are prepared for any possible scenario," Netanyahu told his...
  • Israel's Prime Minister holds urgent security meeting August 28, 2013

    Amid speculations of an impending US strike on Syria, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday held an urgent security consultations with his top officials and said the Jewish nation was "prepared for any eventuality". Israel was not involved in the Syrian Civil War, but if it discerns any attempt at...
  • Palestinian President ready to meet Israeli PM August 25, 2013

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that he does not mind meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should newly-resumed peace talks proceed. "There are no obstacles or barriers for us to meet in the time that we think we should meet," Abbas told reporters in Ramallah, according to Xinhua. He was...
  • Rockets from Lebanon fired at northern Israel; no casualties August 23, 2013

    A rare rocket barrage from Lebanon on Thursday deepened Israeli concern that al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants are opening a new front for confrontation with Israel. The Israeli military said four rockets were fired from southern Lebanon. Two struck Israeli communities without causing casualties, a third was intercepted by the "Iron Dome"...
  • Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements August 14, 2013

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the city...
  • Israeli-Palestinian talks begin amid deep divisions July 30, 2013

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over an...
  • US President Barack Obama hails resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks July 30, 2013

    US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as "a promising step forward", but said "hard work and hard choices" lie ahead. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, as his special envoy to...
  • Israel approves prisoner deal to clear way for peace talks with Palestine July 29, 2013

    Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians after nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation. Thirteen ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition cabinet voted in favour of the prisoner release, seven voted against and two abstained, a government...
  • Israel says 'no winds of war' despite Syria air strikes May 7, 2013

    Amman: Israel played down weekend air strikes reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers close to Damascus, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbour's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants. Oil prices spiked above $105 a barrel, their highest in nearly a...
  • Air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels, says Israel May 6, 2013

    Jerusalem: Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion. Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria's civil war for fear its actions would...
  • Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu silent on Syria attack May 6, 2013

    JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no mention at a public appearance on Sunday of Israeli air strikes on Syria in recent days but spoke pointedly about a commitment to keeping Israel secure. "(My father) taught me that the greatest responsibility we have is to ensure Israel's security and guarantee its...
  • Israel and Turkey to restore diplomatic ties March 23, 2013

    Jerusalem: Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic relations on Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized in a phone call for a deadly naval raid against a Gaza-bound international flotilla in a dramatic turnaround partly brokered by President Barack Obama. Joint interests between the two countries, including fears...
  • Israel and Turkey agree to restore diplomatic ties March 23, 2013

    Jerusalem: Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic relations on Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized in a phone call for a deadly naval raid against a Gaza-bound international flotilla in a dramatic turnaround partly brokered by President Barack Obama. Joint interests between the two countries, including fears that...
  • Obama warns of 'Enclave for extremism' in Syria March 23, 2013

    Amman: President Barack Obama warned on Friday that an "enclave for extremism" could fill a leadership void in war-torn Syria, a chilling scenario for an already tumultuous region, especially for Jordan, Syria's neighbor and a nation at the crossroads of the struggle for stability in the Middle East. In a significant...
  • US committed to create sovereign Palestine state: Obama March 22, 2013

    Jerusalem: Warning Israel that it was at a "crossroads", US President Barack Obama on Friday voiced his opposition to Tel Aviv's controversial settlement activities and said America was "deeply committed" to create an independent, sovereign state of Palestine. In a speech in Jerusalem addressed to the Israeli people, Obama asked...