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"All the signs indicate that Netanyahu is preparing for elections," a senior Likud official said Monday as the Knesset prepares to reconvene for what is expected to be a busy winter session.
Unknown assailants spray-painted an anti-Semitic image equating a Star of David to a swastika at the Temple Mount, passersby discovered Sunday morning.
Egypt has invited Israel and the Palestinians to resume ceasefire negotiations in Cairo next week, nearly two months after the sides ended fighting in Gaza.
The United Nations, in an annual exercise, voted in five countries last week to begin serving two-year stints on the Security Council, beginning on January 1.
Even as Jerusalem and Washington locked horns earlier this month in a very public spat over construction in Jerusalem, more than three-fourths of the Jewish-Israeli public is opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state if it means dividing Jerusalem, according to a poll released on Sunday.
A Hamas-affiliated website revealed on Sunday that the movement's armed wing was continuing to dig tunnels, even after Operation Protective Edge.
The Palestinians will submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding the end of Israel's occupation by the end of October, a senior official said on Thursday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked him to postpone the Palestinians' request to the UN Security Council to pass a resolution setting a deadline for Israeli withdrawal.
The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashal, called Thursday for Muslims to defend the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, saying Israel was trying to seize the site, which is revered in both Islam and Judaism.
The PA leadership is planning to ask the UN Security Council to issue a resolution requiring Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 lines in the coming weeks, PLO Secretary- General Yasser Abed Rabbo said Thursday.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that he would hand over control of the PA to Hamas if the movement wins a future election.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised increased support for Palestinian terrorists and urged them to stockpile arms in anticipation of a new war on Israel, according to public comments made Thursday following his meeting with members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group.
Israeli police say they have raided a Jerusalem holy site to thwart an attack by Palestinian rioters.
Senior Hamas members said on Thursday that indirect ceasefire talks with Israel in Cairo are set to resume at the end of this month.
Hundreds of Arabs protested Wednesday morning at the entrance to the Lions' Gate in Jerusalem against police decision to limit the age of Muslim worshippers wanting to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray to over 50s.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel on Monday to scrap plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state, and urged both sides to return rapidly to peace talks.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a revival of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative at a Cairo donor conference on Sunday that raised $5.4 billion for Gaza and featured world leaders who urged an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A senior Palestinian official said Monday that the Palestinian Authority has mustered the support of seven of nine UN Security Council members needed to bring to a vote its resolution that would force an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by November 2016.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday blamed "Palestinian extremists" for ongoing clashes at Jerusalem's volatile Al-Aqsa mosque compound, hours after police surrounded dozens of rioters holed up at the hotly contested holy site. The protesters were demonstrating against Orthodox Jews entering the esplanade at the site, which is considered the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest for Jews, as it was the location of two ancient Jewish temples.
The Israeli embassy in London reacted harshly to Monday's non-binding vote in the House of Commons urging "the government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel."
The death of Israeli Arab Ahmad Habashi, who was killed in Iraq after joining the Islamic State group, highlighted a growing, worrying trend of Israeli-Arabs joining the ranks of the radical terror group.
The United States on Sunday promised $212 million in immediate aid to help rebuild Gaza Strip infrastructure devastated by recent fighting between Hamas and Israel.
Following what police are deeming a planned Wednesday morning Arab riot on the Temple Mount against officers and non-Muslim visitors, a police official on Thursday denied accusations by the PA and Jordan of Israeli religious incitement.
The ministers of the Palestinian unity government, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, arrived in Gaza on Thursday morning to hold the government's first meeting in the Strip in seven years.
An attack by Hezbollah on Lebanon's border with Israel which wounded two Israeli soldiers was a message that the group remained ready to confront its old foe despite its engagement in Syria's civil war, the group's deputy leader said.
PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said that Israel, in planning to open a second entrance to the Temple Mount enclosure for use by Jewish visitors, was "violating the sanctity of religious sites," ending the possibilities for peace and provoking "disastrous" regional conflict.
Police and masked rioters clashed on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Wednesday morning, as tensions ramped up ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
In a significant escalation in the already tense North, Hezbollah planted and detonated two bombs in the Mount Dov region along the border with Lebanon on Tuesday, with one device wounding two IDF soldiers.
Thousands of people turned out Sunday to demonstrate in support of Israel in front of Capitol Hill in Washington. The rally was organized by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican who may run for president in 2016.
The U.S. Supreme Court in the next few weeks will hear a case concerning the separation of powers within the U.S. government: whether an American born in Jerusalem can have "Jerusalem, Israel" listed as his birthplace on an American passport.
The White House hit back Monday at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's accusation that US criticism of Israeli settlement construction was "against American values,"
Israel's Tourism Ministry is considering opening a second entrance to Jerusalem's Temple Mount for non-Muslims.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli construction in East Jerusalem, saying in comments broadcast on Sunday that the criticism goes "against American values."
The IDF said Sunday that troops opened fire at a number of suspects who crossed into Israeli-controlled territory from neighboring Lebanon, while reports in Lebanon said the group was Lebanese soldiers. One person was wounded during the altercation with the IDF.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Radio late Thursday that he had agreed to an American framework proposal whereby Israel would negotiate peace with the Palestinians on the basis of the '67 cease-fire lines with territorial swaps.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for talks overshadowed by unusually blunt United States criticism of the Jewish state's latest settlement plans.
The Palestinians are pushing a United Nations resolution that makes stiff demands against Israel and could put the Obama administration in a difficult position should it come to a vote.
With a display of mutual empathy and support, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama held their first meeting Wednesday since the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the summer's 50-day Israel-Hamas war.
Abba Eban, Israel's legendary representative to the United Nations, once famously remarked that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved Eban's point Friday, in an incendiary speech to the UN General Assembly in which he accused Israel of "a new war of genocide" against the Palestinian people.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed Tuesday to join the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the event that his efforts at the UN Security Council to set a timetable forcing the withdrawal of Israel to the pre-1967 lines should fail.
Barely a month after the end of a bloody confrontation with Israel in Gaza, which was touched off by the kidnapping of three Israeli youths, Hamas officials this week called for further abductions in order to leverage prisoner exchanges with Israel.
The chief rabbinate published on Monday an open letter written on September 16 by Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef in which they called on relevant authorities to prevent a Christian prayer service from being conducted at the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak with US President Barack Obama about the possibility of involving Arab states in attempts to rekindle the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the prime minister told a group of American Jewish leaders late Tuesday morning.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday with Iran and the Palestinians on the agenda.
The world's largest bloc of Islamic countries has been lobbying the Palestinians to join the International Criminal Court so it can prosecute Israeli politicians and military leaders for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the bloc's leader said Saturday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York on Sunday morning to "refute the slander and lies" in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's "deceptive speech" and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' "inciteful speech" at the UN General Assembly.
The United States has rejected a speech given by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations Friday, saying it included "offensive characterizations."
As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu departed to address the UN General Assembly in New York on Sunday, and to meet with US President Barack Obama, the fear in Israel was mounting with regard to the warming ties between Iran and the United States.
Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on Thursday by which the Palestinian Authority will take control over the Gaza Strip. The deal also includes Hamas' consent for a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a Fatah official.
Amid rising tensions and developing crises across the world, US President Barack Obama addressed the UN General Assembly ministerial meeting Wednesday afternoon, saying that "too many Israelis" seem prepared to surrender to failure in the peace process with the Palestinians.
Riots broke out on the Temple Mount shortly after the complex was opened for visitors on Wednesday morning, the eve of Rosh Hashanah.
There are no surprises expected when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas takes to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday even if different parties come away with vastly different reactions. While many will be looking for an indication that the Palestinian position has softened following fifty days of warfare between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, for their part the Palestinians will be looking to Washington for some indication that the American administration has its back, can be trusted to be the honest broker, and will be willing to pressure Israel into making commitments long talked-about but never agreed-to or implemented.
On Tuesday, Israeli security forces in Hebron shot and killed the two suspected killers of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted on June 12 and whose bodies were later found in a field outside Halhoul, in the West Bank.
A leading Middle East financial institution, liable to huge damages, has been deemed a supporter of Hamas.
Officials said the interception reflected an alert of Syrian infiltration over the Israeli portion of the Golan. They said this marked the first Israeli downing of a Syrian warplane since 1985.
US President Barack Obama will welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House on October 1, a US official said in a statement Monday.
Hamas's al-Aqsa TV aired footage on Wednesday of M-75 rocket production somewhere in the Gaza Strip in what it said was the course of the current conflict. The report said the clip was shot on August 7.
Israeli jets struck targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning shortly after midnight as a response to rocket attacks on southern Israel throughout Wednesday night.