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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
US President Barack Obama has made errors in his efforts to advance a diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians that have prevented an agreement from being reached, Clinton administration peace negotiator Dennis Ross said Tuesday.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday on Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was "not sustainable."
Israel reportedly wants the US to increase its annual defense assistance package by half, to an average $4.5 billion.
If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to convince the Europeans of his commitment to a two-state solution, he should declare a construction freeze outside the main settlement blocs, European diplomatic officials said Tuesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini last week that Israel is prepared to resume negotiations with the Palestinians and to define boundaries for the major settlement blocs in the West Bank, the Haaretz newspaper reported Tuesday, quoting an unnamed source.
A Gazan rocket exploded in the Gan Yavne region, east of Ashdod on Tuesday evening, shattering four weeks of quiet and setting of air raid sirens in the Ashdod and Lakhish regions.
Amnesty International accused Hamas militants Wednesday of abducting, torturing, and carrying out summary executions of Palestinians during last year's conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Israel's second annual Midburn festival attracted nearly 7,000 revelers to the Negev Desert over the weekend. They held all-night raves and interacted with giant art installations, all with the aim of exploring the meaning of life and challenging the authority of the Man.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday called the Islamic State an "existential threat" to the Shiite group and touted what he called his Lebanese militia's victory over Israel on the 15th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
Towns located up to seven kilometers from the border of the Gaza Strip will be evacuated according to predetermined, mapped locations which will make room for the proper defense management without harming citizens.
Arabic-language newspaper Rai al-Youm reported on Saturday that Israel has offered Saudi Arabia to use its Iron Dome anti-rocket technology.
A rare glimpse into Hezbollah's underground tunnels was provided on Friday by Lebanese publication As-Safir, which is associated with the militant organization.
A UN conference aimed at preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons has ended in failure after a row over a nuclear-free Middle East proposal.
President Barack Obama defended his fierce criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the March elections in Israel, arguing that such criticism lends him credibility when defending the Jewish state in international arenas, and rejected attempts to equate his censure of the Israeli government with anti-Semitism.
Iranian officials have been thrown into a fit over distorted comments attributed to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon that have swept across the internet and include popular anti-Israel sites.
A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.
Israel has refused a Swiss court order to pay compensation to Iran in an arbitration case, it emerged Wednesday. The court ordered the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company to transfer $1.1 billion to the Islamic Republic in a ruling over oil supply agreements dating back to before Tehran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked back from his controversial election day comments in a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday. "I want peace. I am not for a one-state solution. I support the vision of two-states."
Iran on Wednesday accused Israel of threatening the Islamic Republic with a nuclear strike, telling the UN Security Council that recent comments by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon were proof of "the regime's aggressive nature," according to Iranian media.
France's upcoming bid for a renewed Middle East peace push at the UN sets a timetable of 18 months for a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and threatens French recognition of Palestine should negotiations fail, newspaper Le Figaro reported Wednesday.
Israel and the US were reportedly holding preliminary and unofficial talks over a "compensation" package for Jerusalem that would include the delivery of advanced weapons in exchange for the Netanyahu government's quiet acceptance of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran.
Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
Two police officers - one man and one woman - were wounded Wednesday morning in a suspected vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem.
For Jews seeking eternal rest, the most coveted real estate on Earth lies in the soil of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the city is rapidly running out of room to bury the dead.
Palestinian Authority security forces continued their crackdown on Hamas supporters in the West Bank on Monday.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's pledge during Jerusalem Day that the capital will never be divided again was not well accepted by Palestinian Arabs.
Authority has submitted an official request to the International Criminal Court to set a date to discuss the possibility of two war-crimes lawsuits against Israel, PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki said on Monday.
The US and Europe appear to be moving in different directions regarding the immediate future of the Mideast diplomatic process, with US President Barack Obama scaling back ambitions for a comprehensive deal while the Europeans continue talking in terms of an overarching agreement.
Some 30,000 people, overwhelmingly youths from the national-religious and settler community, participated in the annual Jerusalem Day march through the Old City on Sunday, marred somewhat by outbreaks of scuffles and tense confrontations at the Damascus Gate between the marchers and Arab journalists and observers.
Jordanian King Abdullah II, on Saturday, met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and discussed bilateral ties and the Middle East.
The Palestinian decision to internationalize their conflict with Israel seems to be paying off as Israel is coming under diplomatic pressure on several fronts at the same time. The Vatican decision to recognize "Palestine" as a state, an expected French-sponsored resolution to the United Nations Security Council, and the possible expulsion of Israel from FIFA, the international soccer federation, are creating the sense that Israel is losing the diplomatic battle.
A new poll released in time for Jerusalem Day on Sunday revealed that a full 92% of Israeli Jews believe Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and should remain that way permanently, Israeli daily Maariv reported.
A Knesset plenum on Thursday evening voted 61-59 in favor of swearing in Israel's 34th government.
A Palestinian motorist drove into a group of Israeli civilians in the West Bank Thursday afternoon, in what police and security services are treating as a terror attack.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip plan to mark "Nakba Day" on Friday with a series of protests and marches following noon prayers at mosques.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition stressed its desire Wednesday to achieve peace with the Palestinians and other Arab states as he prepared to present his new government.
A senior Israeli official claimed that should Washington pressure Israel on it's policy concerning the Palestinians, it would be for political reasons and as retribution for Prime Minister Netanyahu's victory in March's elections.
White House National Security Council staffers recently hosted a US-Palestinian teenager who was beaten by Israeli riot police last year to review "pending issues related to his case," CNN reported on Monday.
Israel will not allow unauthorized boats to enter its territorial waters, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday as a trawler left Sweden Sunday intending to break the legal naval blockade of Gaza.
Preventing Iran from opening an additional front against Israel on the Golan Heights, as well as delivering Hamas the blow of its lifetime last summer, were among the outgoing government's chief accomplishments, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the last meeting of the 33rd government.
Here in pockets of the rugged mountains near the Lebanese border, the distinctive yellow flag of Hezbollah now flies where al-Qaeda militants once held sway.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new government is expected to formulate within the next three months a plan to legalize unauthorized West Bank settler construction.
Israel used its humanitarian aid mission to Nepal as a cover for trafficking 25 Nepalese babies, two Spanish-language networks reported.
Finance Ministry officials urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday not to increase the number of ministers in his fourth government, saying the move would cost millions of shekels.
Amid American efforts to allay Sunni Arab concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran, officials are reportedly considering selling Saudi Arabia bunker buster bombs, which are currently only offered to Israel
The Israel Navy took part in a trilateral exercise with the US and Greek navies this week.
After weeks of haggling with potential political partners, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cobbled a governing coalition together Wednesday night. His narrow coalition, dominated by nationalists and religious parties, sets Netanyahu's government on a collision course on many fronts.
The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments.
A Jerusalem court Tuesday authorised rabbi Yehuda Glick, who survived an attempt on his life after calling for Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount, to visit the flashpoint holy site.
The Jewish state was front and center at the April 28-30 annual convention of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL in Houston. On the first day of the gathering, NHCLC/CONEL-- the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, representing more than 40,000 American churches and another 500,000 globally -- launched an initiative called the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), which will seek to galvanize the energy of the world's nearly 150 million Hispanic Evangelicals to drum up support Israel.
Last month, when President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced plans to sell a powerful anti-missile system to Iran before the lifting of international sanctions, Israel was quick to join the U.S. in expressing shock and anger.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry to hold off from visiting Israel earlier this year because the Israeli leader was busy trying to form a coalition, Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
Israel on Thursday conducted a launch of a rocket propulsion system from a military base in central Israel, the Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement. The system is meant to propel ballistic missiles and is capable of launching satellites into space.
Tel Aviv saw intense clashes between police and protesters through the night Sunday, as a rally in support of the Ethiopian community against police brutality and racism turned violent, transforming the center of the city into a veritable war zone.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want a two- state solution, former US president Jimmy Carter charged on Saturday night.
A new report shows that Jewish immigration to Israel from around the world rose more than 40 percent in the first three months of 2015, the UK's Guardian reported on Sunday.
Tensions have flared along Israel's northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive device on the Israeli border, an Israeli air strike killed the four men.
In the latest violent anti-Semitic incident in France, two Jewish residents of Paris last Friday were assaulted on a street in the city in the early afternoon by a gang of no less than 40 people, according to JSS News.
The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.
After foreign sources reported on Wednesday that the IDF began to increase its forces in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border, fears were rising on Thursday that Islamic State-linked fighters are nearing the area.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud negotiating team failed to persuade its Shas and Bayit Yehudi counterparts to compromise Thursday, postponing signing ceremonies with the two parties as well as with Yisrael Beytenu to next week.
The IDF's hospital in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, officially opened on Wednesday morning for treatment of people injured in the earthquake on Saturday that claimed at least 5,000 lives.
Top Hamas commander Muhammad Deif is alive and has returned to active participation in the high command of the Islamist group's military wing, according to Israeli intelligence assessments.
Regardless of whether an agreement is signed between Iran and the world powers or not, Iran will increase its efforts to achieve regional hegemony in the Middle East in any event. For Iran this is also an intermediate objective, as it pursues global hegemony as the leader of the Muslim world. The Iranians have patience, a lot of patience.
Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal vetoed a plan by the Islamist group's military wing to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in an Israeli community near the Gaza border just after the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge, Army Radio is reporting on Wednesday.
Israelis overwhelmingly view Barack Obama as the worst US president for Israel in the last 30 years, a poll has shown. And while that result may come as no surprise, the degree to which respondents viewed Obama negatively is certainly remarkable.
A new proposal for a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has been put forth by Qatar and Turkey, The Times of Israel has learned.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon charged that Palestinian militants had stored weapons in three UN facilities during last summer's Gaza war and that such action was "unacceptable."
Four police officers were hit by a car in Jerusalem near the Mount of Olives in a suspected terror attack on Saturday night. A suspect in the attack, 31-year-old Fadi Saleh from the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, was arrested Sunday morning.
The Israel Air Force struck and killed four terrorists who crossed into Israel from Syria and planted explosives near an abandoned IDF post on Sunday night, said a senior IDF source.
Iran is in the midst of an effort to arm Hezbollah and Hamas, and Israel will not tolerate the transfer of advanced weaponry to its enemies, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Sunday, a day after a report by Al Jazeera said the Israel Air Force struck Assad regime military bases housing long-range missiles in Syria.
Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel's security.
After four months of quiet, a rocket was fired on Thursday evening from Gaza towards communities in southern Israel. The rocket exploded in an open field in the Sha'ar Ha Negev Regional Council. There were no injuries or damages reported. Close to midnight on Thursday, the IDF tanks attacked a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation for the rocket that landed in southern Israel a few hours earlier.
It began as a routine remodeling project: Muslim authorities replacing an old carpet worn thin by masses of worshipers at the Dome of the Rock, the iconic, gold-topped shrine that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.
US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders last week he would not meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until after the June 30 deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Israel made the jarring move from grief to joy on Wednesday evening, welcoming Independence Day with a torch-lighting ceremony at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem.
A Scottish parliament debate on Monday on the recognition of a Palestinian state as a means to revive peace negotiations drew sharp condemnations from Jerusalem. Noting that the debate took place on the eve of Israel's Memorial Day, one Israeli official called the discussion "pointless" and "shameful."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has started getting more personally involved in the effort to form his next government, as the May 6 deadline gets closer.
Former US President Jimmy Carter is expected in the Holy Land sometime in the next two weeks, but he'll only succeed in fulfilling half of his mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Tuesday afternoon at the first official event marking Memorial Day at Jerusalem's Yad Lebanim memorial for fallen soldiers, commencing a day of national mourning ahead of the evening siren.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot stressed Wednesday on Remembrance Day that all Israeli citizens have a duty to commemorate the country's fallen soldiers and uphold their memory while contributing to the future of the state.
Bipartisan legislation to continue funding for the joint US-Israel air defense system known as David's Sling was introduced in the House of Representatives.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu were moving closer to striking a coalition deal Monday night, as the premier continues to lead difficult negotiations to build a new government following the March 17 election.
Israel has agreed to release the NIS 1.85 billion in PA tax fees it withheld for the months of March and April but did not address whether sums would be frozen in future months.
Haunted since last summer's war in Gaza by Hamas' success in infiltrating fighters into Israel through tunnels, Israel announced on Thursday the development of the first effective system for detecting tunneling activity at a distance.
A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip called on Thursday for the abduction of Israelis, who would be swapped for Palestinians held by the Jewish State.
The IDF is set to deploy a revolutionary new tunnel detection system along the Gaza Strip border, in an effort to better protect Israeli citizens from terrorist infiltration.
Hamas has begun using heavy machinery and engineering tools to accelerate the excavation of attack tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip under the Israeli border, sources in the Palestinian enclave told the Times of Israel Wednesday.
Israel reserves the right to defend itself against a nuclear Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday night as he compared its regime with that of the Nazis in his address at the annual state Holocaust commemoration at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Israel reportedly may start sending arms to Ukraine in response to Russia's decision to lift its embargo on the delivery of the S-300 missile system to Iran.
Russia's decision to lift a ban on the sale of the advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran is a "direct result of the framework agreement reached in Lausanne," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday, referring to the recent nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Tehran.
All citizens will have to gradually move to biometric identification, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said Monday, submitting a report on the system's pilot run to the cabinet and Knesset.
Nearly half of Israelis believe another Holocaust is possible, according to a report released Monday by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel.
The Republican US senator behind a letter to the Iranian leadership warning that future presidents may not honor any deal that President Barack Obama signs with Tehran said Monday that he believes pinpoint strikes against Iran could be carried out without leading to a long war for the US or regional fallout against Israel.
"Israel is on its own on Iran and has to find the right time to stop its nuclear program kinetically," Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Sunday.
Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, or CTBTO, is leading an international delegation visiting Israel this week. He will meet with Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, director-general of Israel Atomic Energy Commission Dr. Shaul Horev and other officials.
Germany's Federal Security Council approved the export of yet another submarine to Israel, according to a report in the German Suddeutsche Zeitung paper.
Former Florida governor and expected Republican presidential primary candidate Jeb Bush criticized US President Barack Obama for holding talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro while refusing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the latter's last trip to Washington.
Iran is building an explosive fleet of so-called "suicide kamikaze drones" while also providing know-how on assembling these new weapons to its terrorist allies Hamas and Hezbollah, according to a new report commissioned by the US Army.
The White House on Wednesday appeared to take a swipe at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in its attempt to promote the merits of the framework nuclear agreement with Iran, using an updated revamp of the Israeli leader's diagram of the Iranian bomb to point out the virtues of the emerging accord.
President Barack Obama rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Iran accept Israel's right to exist as part of the emerging nuclear deal, labeling the request a "misjudgment."
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Monday that another war between his organization and Israel may take place in the near future, saying, "The nations in the region must prepare to make sacrifices in any future conflict with Israel."
The framework deal with Iran doesn't even provide safety for a year, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday. He was reacting to a media blitz by US President Barack Obama assuring the public that the agreement would curb Tehran's nuclear program for over a decade.
When Amit Re'em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn't expect anything revolutionary.
Kohanim in authentic attire blessed the excited crowd, Levites sang hymns, and a young lamb was offered up as a Passover sacrifice in keeping with all the dictates of the ancient ritual.
Iran has given Hamas millions of dollars to reconstruct the tunnels in the Gaza Strip that were destroyed by the IDF in last summer's fighting, British newspaper The Telegraph reported Sunday, quoting "intelligence sources".
One of Congress' most prominent Jewish members took aim at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his attempts to prevent a nuclear deal with Iran.
President Obama is defending his administration's recent foreign policy moves including the new nuclear framework with Iran, saying the despite the deal, the U.S. will ensure Israel maintains its "qualitative military edge" and "would stand by" its longtime ally.
A mystic rabbi living in southern Israel is urging all Jews to pray and repent as the third Blood Moon of a tetrad cycle approaches.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a special weekend meeting of the cabinet to discuss the nuclear deal reached Thursday between Iran and world powers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday excoriated world powers over their dogged pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, pointing to recent statements by officials in Tehran -- notably their calls to eliminate Israel -- as evidence of the Islamic Republic's unwillingness to compromise on its nuclear ambitions and campaign of terror, subjugation and conquest.
Rebels backed by Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, on Wednesday seized control of the last border crossing with Jordan that had been under the control of the Damascus regime, a monitor said, according to AFP.
"Palestine" has no right to join the International Criminal Court, because there is no Palestinian state in accordance with international law, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said Wednesday.
As the negotiations over Iran's reported nuclear weapons program were extended into Wednesday, Israel's prime minister and the leader of the Republican-led, U.S. House of Representatives have reiterated their opposition to the deal being negotiated.
The Oslo Accords are dead and the Palestinian Authority leadership is about to ask the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 lines, a senior Fatah official said on Tuesday.
A former head of the Shin Bet security agency said Tuesday that Israel has "good reasons to be worried, even very worried" about a potential nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers known as the P5+1.
Two weeks after the end of a stormy election season, the Knesset convened Tuesday for a festive swearing-in ceremony, during which the lawmakers of the 20th Knesset were to declare their allegiance to the Israeli parliament and its laws.
The commander of the Basij militia of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said that "erasing Israel off the map" is "nonnegotiable," according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday.
A video released this week by the Anonymous hacker collective vowed to inflict an "Electronic Holocaust" on Israel on April 7.
The Palestinian Authority will formally join the International Criminal Court on April 1, but -- following Israel's decision on Friday to release frozen tax revenues -- is not expected at this time to take steps against Israel in the ICC regarding settlement construction.
Just as Hamas was finally beginning to mend ties with its Iranian patrons over its support for rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Gaza rulers are once again testing their limits and risking another rift with Tehran by backing the embattled Sunni leadership in Yemen.
House Speaker John Boehner called the Obama administration's treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "reprehensible."
President Reuven Rivlin tasked incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government on Wednesday night, after receiving the official election results from Central Election Committee chairman Judge Salim Joubran.
In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.
The White House was directly involved in an attempt to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last week's general election, during a nadir in ties between the Israeli leader and US President Barack Obama, a senior Jerusalem official said Tuesday.
The United States will not take the floor at the main UN human rights forum on Monday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories, a US spokesman told Reuters.
Kulanu representatives on Monday met with President Reuven Rivlin, recommending that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be tasked with forming the next coalition. The nomination gave Netanyahu an absolute majority of 61 votes in his favor and prompted Rivlin to announce that the prime minister would be tasked with forming the next government.
President Barack Obama will not support an independent Palestinian diplomatic initiative to declare a state, but may try to advance a joint American-European initiative for a two-state solution, according to Israel's Channel 1 television.
President Obama's role during the Israeli elections was larger than reported, according to a pollster for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.
US Senator John McCain on Sunday accused President Barack Obama of putting personal grievances with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of pressing geopolitical concerns in the Middle East.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership has taken steps to "punish" Israel for the results of the 20th Knesset elections, releasing a document condemning the results in general and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in particular.
Well before this weekís elections, Israel had already become a source of division for American Jews, who bitterly debated the ever-expanding Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories and the acceptable boundaries of dissent from Israeli policies.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday walked back statements made during campaigning rejecting the possibility of a two-state solution, telling NBC's Andrea Mitchell, "I don't want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution."
As the Likud party secured a sweeping win in Israeli elections, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas charged Thursday that the possibility of achieving a two-state solution would be impossible with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power, AFP reported.
"Voter turnout in the Arab sector is three times higher! The threat is real: Abu Mazen's calls and American money are getting the Arab vote out. Go and vote," a message sent by Prime Minister Netanyahu's Likud party informed Israelis during Election Day.
An estimated 71.8 percent of Israel's eligible voters cast their ballots at polling stations throughout Israel on Tuesday, the highest since 1999, meeting forecasts that predicted Israel would cross the 70 percent turnout by 10 pm when polls close.
End-times prophecy watchers are marveling over a news report out of Jerusalem this week that the Altar of the Lord has been reconstructed by the Temple Institute.
At 7 am on Tuesday, 5,883,365 eligible Israelis will turn up to 10,119 ballot boxes across the country to cast their vote and decide whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to lead the Jewish State.
The Zionist Union's Tzipi Livni on Monday night said she decided to give up her rotation agreement with party leader Isaac Herzog since it would better serve the party's goal of replacing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud.
The Zionist Union's Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate's leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party.
Israel's political parties have entered the last stretch of their election campaigns as Israelis prepare to go to the polls Tuesday in an election viewed by many as a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party, which have held power for the last six years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to prevent a group of US Senators visiting Israel from meeting the head of Israel's foreign intelligence service because the two were in disagreement regarding Iran, TIME magazine said in an exclusive report published late Saturday.
A pro-Likud campaign phone call seeking to get out the vote among supporters referred to the US President as "Hussein Obama."
US President Barack Obama is "committed" to a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday on the stalled Middle East peace process.
Israel's role in the cyber-sabotage of Iran's nuclear weapons development could hinder a leaks prosecution.
With polls showing an increasing Zionist Union lead over Likud just six days before the election, the Likud party warned on Tuesday of a "concrete danger" that the Right will be ousted from power.
With Likud polling at least three seats behind the Zionist Union, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced concern Wednesday at the possibility of a left-wing government forming after next week's elections.
Hamas is continuing to incite youths in Gaza towards violence against Israelis. During a Hamas rally held in Gaza on March 6, two boys rapped about fighting "the occupation".
ISIS released a video on Tuesday that it claims shows the execution of East Jerusalem Palestinian Muhammad Musallam, 19, who was taken hostage as an alleged Israeli spy three months ago in Syria, NBC News reports.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks on Tuesday there was a "huge, worldwide effort" to ensure he loses next week's closely contested election.
The US government said it remains committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and expects to have Israeli and Palestinian partners who are committed to that goal as well.
The Zionist Union placed squarely in the lead with 25 Knesset seats in a Channel 2 poll published Tuesday, with the Likud party trailing by four with 21 Ė the widest gap measured in surveys so far.
Dennis Ross, the man allegedly behind the "concessions document" published by Yedioth Ahronoth over the weekend, told Israel Hayom that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "never agreed to Israeli withdrawal to 1967 borders, dividing Jerusalem or the right of return."
Israel's top intelligence officer will visit the United States this week, sources with knowledge of the itinerary said; a sign that security cooperation continues despite disputes between the countries' leaders over strategy over Iran.
The White House named Robert Malley, a US negotiator at the 2000 Camp David talks, to lead the Middle East desk at the National Security Council.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that his country seeks the annihilation of the "Netanyahu regime" but denied that it seeks to wipe out Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to Congress on a holistic approach in talks with Iran over its aggressive behavior is "not in any way a realistic alternative," the Obama administration said on Wednesday.
Iranian officers who lead Shiite volunteers from Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan have taken over the battle against rebels in southern Syria, within six miles of the Golan border, according to a reserve Israeli army general.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Wednesday his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state but said the Palestinians are prepared to return to the negotiating table.
Activists hailed what they labeled as an historic victory on Monday, after the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court issued a ruling ostensibly backing claims that Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry for defending Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Did a major Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruling on Sunday alter the rules preventing Jews from praying on the Temple Mount? The short answer is: no or not yet.
President Obama threatened last year, according to Middle Eastern news outlets Sunday, to use the U.S. military to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities -- reports the administration denounced later Sunday as flatly untrue.
Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu will reveal details from an emerging nuclear deal to "uninformed" US lawmakers during his controversial speech to Congress on Tuesday, a senior official traveling with him said early Monday, as Netanyahu landed near Washington.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "obviously welcome to speak in the US" but added he hoped the prime minister's planned address to Congress would not turn into "some great political football."
Rep. Dennis Ross (R., Fla.) was accosted by several women shouting "Allah Hu Akbar" and "Leave!" while touring the holy Temple Mount area of Jerusalem's Old City last week, according to video of the incident and an interview with the lawmaker.
Bringing an historic deal to fruition, Israeli and Jordanian government officials on Thursday signed a bilateral agreement to exchange water and jointly funnel Red Sea brine to the shrinking Dead Sea.
The Republican leader of the US House of Representatives defended the invitation to the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress about Iran. Meanwhile, another top Republican said that Netanyahu would meet with the Senate leaders from both parties after the speech.
A Greek Orthodox institution in Jerusalem was set fire to early Thursday morning in what police believe is likely an anti-Christian hate crime.
National security advisor Susan Rice gave the starkest White House warning yet against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to speak to a joint session of Congress next month, calling the move "destructive of the fabric of the relationship" between the United States and Israel.
As criticism in both Israel and the US of his planned speech to Congress continues to mount, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu framed the debate over Iran in life-and-death terms on Wednesday.
The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were the catalysts for a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded several Americans, a US jury found Monday at a high-stakes civil trial.
Israeli government officials in Jerusalem are not hiding their concerns about the progress in the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, particularly in light of The Associated Press report on Monday that exposed the details of the emerging agreement.
Nine years after the UN Security Council passed a binding resolution calling on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, the world powers -- according to reports emerging from the nuclear talks in Geneva -- are on the verge of allowing it to retain some 6,500 centrifuges.
Iran is seeking to open a "third front" against Israel using Hezbollah fighters on the Syrian Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
Hamas said on Monday that it would surprise Israel more than it did during last summer's military confrontation.
Security forces arrested 11 Palestinian men on suspicion of belonging to a Hamas terrorist cell in Hebron, which planned suicide bombings, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Monday.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon slammed the emerging deal between "messianic, apocalyptic" Iran and the six world powers on Monday, calling it "a great danger to the peace of the Western world" and "a danger to the security of the State of Israel."
In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is weighing actions to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday accused Iran of concealing its plans to develop nuclear weapons, citing a report by the UN nuclear watchdog which credited Tehran with being in compliance with an agreement it struck with the Western powers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that a UN report critical of Iran's evasiveness over its nuclear program was further proof that the international community should reconsider the direction of its negotiations with Tehran.
The strategic threat posed to Israel by Iran's nuclear program is being augmented by a new and no less ominous threat: the presence of Iranian ground forces adjacent to Israel's northern border.
The Italian parliament was set to vote on a non-binding bill calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state, following similar initiatives last year by France, Britain, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. The Swedish government formally recognized a Palestinian state in October.
A senior UN official warned Wednesday that the lack of available funds for the reconstruction of Gaza and the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants could lead to a renewal of hostilities in the coastal enclave.
Accusing Israeli officials of "selective sharing of information" and "cherry picking" in their public complaints over the diplomatic effort, US spokesmen said they are continuing "routine and frequent" contact with the Israelis.
Three images lauding rocket attacks on Israel and violence against IDF soldiers were posted on the official Facebook page of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party last week.
Israeli-US public sparring over the Iranian issue continued Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking, if the emerging agreement with Tehran is a good one, why hide the details?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged European Jews to move to Israel after a Jewish man was killed in an attack outside Copenhagen's main synagogue.
A Israeli report claims the US administration has stopped updating Israel about developments in nuclear negotiations between world power and Iran, allegedly in response to Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to accept an invitation by Republicans to address Congress on the issue.
Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz warned Thursday that Israel could act unilaterally against Iran over its nuclear drive, saying Tehran has failed to make concessions in talks with world powers.
The IDF and Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency launched an operation in Judea and Samaria overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday to seize illegal weapons and terrorist finances in the possession of Hamas.
Israeli and American political and media scrutiny and focus on US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US-Israel relationship, and Iran's nuclear drive has been intense of late, thanks to the row surrounding Netanyahu's upcoming speech to a joint session of the US Congress. Amid the headlines and commentary, one important voice has not been heard -- that of the Israeli voter.
Iran marked the 36th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday as the country continues negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said for the second consecutive day on Tuesday that he would deliver his speech to Congress, acknowledging profound disagreements with Washington over Iran but stressing that policy differences with US presidents were not uncommon.
The report estimated that there were 3.2 million European Jews in 1960, which fell to 2 million by 1991, and to 1.4 million in recent years.
Top officials at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv met in late January with one of the main progressive groups working to tip the upcoming Israeli elections against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and helped facilitate the organization's visit to the United States this week to learn political organizing techniques.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated once again his promise to stop at nothing to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear capabilities, or maintain the ability to do so quickly through a deal with the west.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon vowed on Friday to help advance LGBT rights in Israel, saying he supported the establishment of a framework for civil marriage in the country which would enable same-sex couples to be recognized as a family unit by the state.
Senior Hamas leader Mahmud Zahar told reporters in the Gaza Strip that Lebanese and Syrian branches of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing, should launch attacks on Israel "to help us liberate Palestine".
Islamic terror group Hamas announced the arrest of "the most dangerous collaborator" with Israel on Tuesday, as an official accused Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority of colluding with Israel to assassinate Hamas officials during Operation Protective Edge.
Congress has sought answers to a reported effort by President Barack Obama to intervene in Israel's elections.
Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday said that the relationship between the United States and Israel is "the worst that I've ever seen in my lifetime".
Amid the ongoing campaigning ahead of the March 17 national elections, in recent weeks several non-profit organizations have launched various campaigns explicitly aimed at unseating incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and bringing about an electoral victory for the Left.
Israel must expect many future rounds of fighting with its enemies, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi has warned.
Israel's air force commander gave an apparently unintended insight into his priorities and preoccupations, when he remarked during comments about the defense budget that Israel might need to send its attack planes to Tehran at very short notice.
Whoever leaked the details of the 2008 joint Mossad-CIA assassination of Hezbollah operational chief Imad Mughniyeh to two US publications, and certainly a newspaper like The Washington Post (the second was Newsweek), did not do so capriciously.
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Sunday called on Iran to provide his movement with additional funds and weapons to enable it to "destroy the Israeli occupation."
Hamas said it conducted a military training course for 17,000 youngsters in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic movement, which despite a formal transfer to the Palestinian Authority continues to control the Gaza Strip, said the cadets, ages 15 to 21, were instructed in firearms, combat skills and infiltration of neighboring Israel.
Hezbollah has conveyed to Israel through the UN force in southern Lebanon that it is not interested in escalating the tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border.
In a sit-down interview at his campaign headquarters down an alley and behind a building off of the posh Rothschild Boulevard in central Tel Aviv, Nimrod Dweck, founder of a new voter mobilization effort making waves here, did not disguise his group's ultimate agenda.
Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, "We must await the hunt of Hezbollah."
For the second time in just 12 hours, air raid sirens sounded in the northern Golan Heights right past midnight early Wednesday morning, but there were no immediate reports of rockets falling. The alarms sounded as Israeli Air Force jets struck several targets on the Syrian side, in response to rocket attacks earlier in the day.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday fingered Lebanon and Syrian President Bashar Assad as responsible for Hezbollah's anti-tank missile strike on an IDF patrol convoy near the Lebanese border.
The United States "strongly condemned" Hezbollah's rocketing of Israeli territory on Wednesday with anti-tank munitions, killing two IDF soldiers and wounding seven others.
Recently released police statistics show that Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, have increased by 92 percent since 2009.
Israeli Air Force warplanes attacked Syrian military targets shortly after midnight on Wednesday, as air raid sirens blared in the northern Golan Heights towns of El Rom, Neve Ativ, and several Druze villages. The IDF said no rockets had landed in Israeli territory and the military was investigating why the alarms sounded.
Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting the country has sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike.
Iran is seeking to open a new front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday during a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to mark Space Week.
Holocaust survivors from around the world concentrated in the Polish city of Krakow on Monday in anticipation of a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in nearby Oswiecim, in what will possibly be the last such gathering of the rapidly aging former prisoners.
With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile.
Israeli officials in Jerusalem told Army Radio on Thursday that a report in Bloomberg highlighting the rift between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the vaunted intelligence agency Mossad over Iran sanctions was "the Obama administration's revenge" over the Republican-controlled Congressí invitation to the premier to speak before a joint session without consulting the White House.
Iran has threatened to attack Israel from the West Bank, in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday that left 12 Iranian and Hezbollah operatives dead. The airstrike has been attributed to Israel and though Jerusalem has not officially confirmed it, anonymous government sources have admitted as much.
Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog may have inadvertently delivered a high-level acknowledgment that Israel was responsible for last week's strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in which top Hezbollah commanders and an Iranian general were killed.
The IDF further bolstered its presence along the Lebanon border Thursday in anticipation of a possible retaliatory attack by Hezbollah for an airstrike on members of the terror group allegedly carried out by Israel on Sunday.
Israeli attempts last summer to construct a ramp to the Temple Mount resulted in heightened geopolitical tensions amid allegations of changes to the contested holy site's status quo, according to a report published Thursday.
A Palestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour Wednesday morning, injuring some 17 people, several seriously, police said.
House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting the White House, an apparent challenge to President Obama's policy on negotiations with Iran.
Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile, capable of delivering a warhead "far beyond Europe," and placed it on a launch pad at a site close to Tehran, an Israeli television report said Wednesday, showing what it said were the first satellite images of the missile ever seen in the West.
The Mossad intelligence agency has warned US officials against a bill that would hit Iran with sanctions if the nuclear talks fail to secure an agreement by the June deadline, diverging sharply from the Israeli government's formal position, Bloomberg reported overnight Wednesday-Thursday.
The Free Syria Army has been monitoring Iranian, Lebanese, and even Russian soldiers on the border with Israel, a Syrian opposition field commander told The Times of Israel on Wednesday, as his forces plan a siege on the government-held regional capital of Quneitra.
A northern section of Route 4, the old coastal road, was closed Tuesday due to its proximity to the border with Lebanon. Farmers from nearby towns were told to stay away from their fields near the border, while armored personnel carriers and tanks were seen travelling towards Israel's north.
"Not for one moment did any of my friends or myself show any hostility towards anyone there. However, this extremist website claims we stormed the mount and that we attempted to fly a drone over the mosque twice," writes tourist Geoffrey Zalter.
After confirming one of its generals was among those killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel in the Syrian Golan on Sunday, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said Tuesday that Israel should expect "devastating thunderbolts" in response to the attack.
The reported Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Sunday, in which an Iranian general and several leading Hezbollah figures were killed, targeted a Hezbollah project to establish missile bases in the area from which to strike at Israel, an Israeli TV report said Tuesday night.
The IDF raised its alert level on the northern front on Monday, in positions along the border with Syrian and Lebanon, as foreign media outlets reported that Iron Dome batteries were being deployed in the north, less than a day after a strike attributed to Israel killed senior Hezbollah officers and Iranian soldiers.
Lebanon and Israel braced Monday for possible retaliation by Hezbollah for the deaths of six of the group's fighters in an alleged Israeli raid in Syria, as Iran confirmed that one of its senior military commanders was also killed in the attack.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard confirmed Monday afternoon that Iranian General Mohammed Ali Allah Dadi was killed in Sunday's attack at Quneitra, which has been widely attributed to Israel.
"We are expecting the mess in the Middle East to continue in 2015," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the outgoing director of the IDF Military Intelligence research division, told Israel Hayom in an exclusive interview this week.
At least five Hezbollah members, including at least one senior commander, were killed in an Israeli helicopter strike in the Syrian Golan Heights on Sunday, sources close to the terror group said Sunday night.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called "Islamisation" in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia.
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Hasan Nasrallah, confirmed Thursday that a spy for Israel infiltrated the group, but he sought to play down recent media reports that described the incident as an unprecedented security breach.
The gap between the center-left Zionist Camp and the ruling Likud party are getting smaller, two new polls published Thursday claim with elections only two months away.
Hezbollah is prepared for military intervention in Israel's Galilee and beyond, deeper into Israeli territory, the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview with Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen TV to be aired Thursday evening.
The Arab League on Thursday authorized its members to seek international support for resubmitting to the UN Security Council the Palestinian resolution calling for establishing a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.
In the next war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based militia will likely attempt sending large ground forces across the border to seize villages inside Israel, according to Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the outgoing head of Israel's Military Intelligence research division.
The IDF must be prepared for three principal security scenarios in the near future, former national security adviser Maj.- Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror has said, naming them as a large-scale ground war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, attrition against Hamas in Gaza, and the possibility of a military operation in Iran.
The Palestinian Authority goes on trial on terrorism-related charges for the first time in the US on Tuesday. It faces claims of liability for terrorism, murder, and wrongful death damages that reach all the way up to the late PA head Yasser Arafat.
The recent wave of anti-Semitism that has swept over Europe in general, and France especially, along with the recent string of terror attacks in Paris that shocked the world over the past week, are expected to lead to a record-breaking number of French Jews making aliyah to Israel in 2015.
"Radical Islam is an enemy to us all," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday night at a memorial service held in Paris for the four victims of an attack on a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday - Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill on Wednesday that would immediately halt US aid to the Palestinians until they halt their effort to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.
The Palestinian Hamas operative convicted of planning and overseeing the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli youths in June was sentenced Tuesday by a military court to three life terms -- equivalent to 75 years in jail.
The Palestinian Authority has arrested dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank in the past two weeks, including the son of a top bombmaker killed by Israel, Palestinian sources said Tuesday.
A senior Hezbollah official acknowledged Sunday for the first time that the Lebanese group's upper echelons had been infiltrated by a spy, two-and-a-half weeks after a man identified as Mohammad Shorbah reportedly admitted he had been in contact with Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a plan Monday that would revolutionize the Israeli multi-party political system and change it to one with two main parties like in the United States.
Four months after Operation Protective Edge, Palestinian support for violence against Israel is at a peak, with most Palestinians believing that Israel has concrete plans to destroy the Muslim structures on the Temple Mount and replace them with a Jewish temple, a new Palestinian poll has found.
Israel is poised to ask Congress to stop funding the Palestinian Authority, a day after the Israeli government froze NIS 500 million ($127 million) in Palestinian tax revenues collected on Ramallah's behalf, in response to the Palestinian Authority filing a request to join the International Criminal Court earlier this week.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will resubmit a statehood resolution to the United Nations Security Council.
Following the UN Security Council rejection on Tuesday of a Palestinian draft resolution calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end to the "Israeli occupation" of Palestinian territories by late 2017, President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday signed a Palestinian request to join the International Criminal Court, seeking a new avenue for action against Israel.
The Palestinian consensus government has failed to meet its commitment to rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday.
One of the world's largest publishing houses is distributing school Atlases in Middle Eastern countries which totally erase any reference to the State of Israel, it has been revealed.
Turkish and Palestinian flags fluttered like angry birds in a crowd of thousands of people chanting "Allahu Akbar!" and "Down with Israel!"
After a failed stabbing attack against two border policemen in Jerusalemís Old City on Friday, Palestinians have published a training video entitled "How to stab right," Israel's NRG News reported Sunday.
The top Likud court instructed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening to temporarily dismiss three of his advisers, who also hold positions in the party management, until after the primary elections, which are scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected a resolution on Palestinian statehood, with the Palestinians failing to get the minimum nine "yes" votes required for adoption by the 15-member council: Eight voted for the resolution and two voted against, with five abstentions.
The Palestinian leadership on Monday presented changes to a UN draft resolution on statehood that could come up for a vote at the Security Council as early as this week.
Islamic State has suffered severe losses as a result of coalition air strikes in the last months. Over 1,000 of its fighters have been killed, and Kurdish peshmerga forces have driven the jihadists back on a wide front between the cities of Erbil and Mosul.
The recent security incidents in southern Israel prompted the Israel Defense Forces to deploy two Iron Dome missile defense system batteries in the area on Thursday, as well as to declare heightened alert levels across the sector.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at the Palestinian Authority's cheif negotatior Saeb Erekat Saturday, slamming him for comparing Israel to the Islamic State group.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has not consulted his governmentís partner Hamas on a draft resolution calling on the UN Security Council to set a binding timetable for ending Israelís presence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a Hamas official charged Saturday.
Visiting US Senator Lindsey Graham threatened Saturday to withhold US funding from the UN, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the Palestinian Authority, a day after a senior Palestinian official said the PA will push for a UN vote on the Palestinian statehood bid by Monday.
Hamas political chief Khaled Mashal praised Turkey and its leader Saturday, saying that a "strong Turkey means a strong Jerusalem, a strong Palestine," and voiced hopes to "liberate Palestine and Jerusalem," state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
The Likud comptroller has disqualified Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from running in the party's internal primaries ahead of the general election, citing illegal use of party resources.
A Hamas commander was killed and an Israeli soldier was seriously injured Wednesday in clashes along the Israel-Gaza border, Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.
The war against ISIS is taking a dangerous, perhaps inevitable turn. The terror organization has been keen to expand to southern Syria and the Syrian capital of Damascus. Now it says it has recruited three Syrian rebel groups operating in the south of the country in an area bordering the Israeli occupied Golan Heights -- that have switched their loyalties to ISIS.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned on Tuesday that his administration would "no longer deal" with Israel if a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a final peace deal fails.
The Israeli Army is boosting and regrouping its forces in the Golan Heights in light of ISIS terrorists overtaking more and more border areas, according to the London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat and Lebanese media.
This year, the Temple Institute, an educational and activist group dedicated to preparing the vessels for a third Temple, has produced pure olive oil fit for use in the menorah of the Temple for what it says is the first time in 2,000 years.
The Israeli Air Force struck a Hamas training facility in the area of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday night in retaliation for a rocket fired at southern Israel earlier in the day. The attack marks the first time Israel carried out an air strike in the Gaza Strip since Operation Protective Edge ended in August. No injuries were reported.
The Hamas terror group has been redoubling its efforts to restore the cross-border offensive tunnels that were destroyed by Israel during last summer's war in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported Friday morning.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday blasted opposition leader Isaac Herzog and former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, saying the West Bank would have turned into a "Hamastan" if the two had been running Israel over the last few years.
Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by the end of 2017.
Israel reacted furiously Wednesday to the European Court of Justice's decision to take Hamas off the EU's list of terrorist organization, rejecting EU explanations that this was just a "technical" step that will be overturned before it is implemented.
The European Union's second-highest court on Wednesday annulled the bloc's decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist organizations, but temporarily maintained the measures for a period of three months or until an appeal is closed.
Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by the end of 2017.
The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle" on Wednesday, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations which have angered Israel.
A super-mole working in the upper ranks of Hezbollah on behalf of the Israeli Mossad has been exposed, according to a Lebanese website, El Nashra, citing informed sources.
A draft resolution calling for Palestinian statehood and a full Israeli withdrawal to the country's pre-1967 lines within two years may be brought to the UN Security Council as early as Wednesday, a Palestinian official told the Times of Israel Tuesday. The official, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to authorize the Palestinian delegation to the UN to launch the diplomatic initiative shortly. The resolution would likely be submitted by Jordan.
Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback for the US-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday angrily rejected a Palestinian bid to set a UN deadline for an end to Israeli "occupation" in the West Bank amid a flurry of talks led by US top diplomat John Kerry on Monday.
On view at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of its "Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age" exhibit running through January 4 -- is its inscription: "the earliest extra-biblical reference to the House of David."
The Hamas terrorist group celebrated on Sunday the 27th anniversary of its founding in a series of showy demonstrations that included parades by its military wing and a display of weapons and ammunition, including a drone manufactured in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will request that the United States continue its policy of vetoing United Nations resolutions aimed at criticizing Israel in his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday. Kerry is set to meet with Netanyahu in Rome, where they are expected to discuss a new U.N. draft resolution by the Palestinian Authority seeking to end the Israeli occupation, according to a report by Haaretz.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Rome on Sunday for a flurry of meetings about a looming showdown at the United Nations amid a European-led drive to push moves towards Palestinian statehood.
Hamas has in recent days stepped up its attempts at psychological warfare against Israel, test firing rockets out to sea, posting leaked videos of IDF investigations - and on Sunday staging a massive military parade in the Gaza Strip to mark the 27th anniversary of its creation.
A sheikh giving a spontaneous sermon at the al-Aqsa mosque recently called for the "slaughter" of the Jews, saying they were "the most evil creatures to have walked this Earth."
Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior intelligence official said on Thursday.
Ecologists said on Wednesday it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million liters of crude oil and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore and neighboring Jordan.
A top member of the Fatah leadership said Thursday that the autopsy of a senior Palestinian official showed he died after being struck and inhaling tear gas during a clash with Israeli forces a day earlier.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has invited Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting ahead of a UN Security Council discussion on the Palestinian-Jordanian and French proposals for declaring a Palestinian state, it was announced Wednesday.
A Palestinian Authority cabinet minister with responsibility for the settlements and the separation fence, Ziad Abu Ein, collapsed and died Wednesday after an altercation with Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, near Ramallah.
An American being held in Israel on weapons charges has told investigators he was considering attacking Muslim holy sites, Israeli police say.
An overwhelming majority of Palestinians support a recent spate of attacks on Israelis amid heightened tensions over the most sensitive holy site in Jerusalem, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.
Russia demanded Monday that Jerusalem provide explanations following reports that Israeli jets had carried out multiple airstrikes on two targets in Syria, reportedly killing two Hezbollah operatives.
Russia on Monday demanded an explanation for Israeli airstrikes on two areas near Damascus, while the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers called it an act of aggression that proves Israel is "in the same trench" with extremist groups fighting the Syrian government.
Syria has reported Israeli air strikes against military facilities and airports around Damascus.
After officially insisting that its nearly 30-year-old ballistic missile program was not targeting any one country, Iran has acknowledged that it was aimed against Israel.
Israeli fighter jets launched airstrikes on two military sites outside Damascus, Syrian state media and local activists reported Sunday. Israel made no official comment on the reports. Israeli media speculated that missiles intended by Syria for delivery to Hezbollah were targeted.
The United States has still not ruled out imposing sanctions on Israel for building Jewish homes in Jerusalem.
With pre-election maneuvering in full swing, reports surfaced that Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz was set to join the Labor party.
After only a two-month hiatus from politics, former interior minister Gideon Sa'ar is reportedly considering running against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the Likud party leadership next month, party sources said Thursday.
The landmark US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 passed its final legislative hurdle and advanced to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature during a Wednesday evening Congressional session.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chances of coasting to an easy victory in the March 17 election took a surprising hit on Thursday when a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma'ariv Sof Hashavua, found that a hefty majority of Israelis want him to lose.
A preliminary reading of a bill to disperse the Knesset passed 84-0 on Wednesday. A final reading of the bill could pass as early as next Monday.
From the moment Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired ministers Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni and announced early elections, furious negotiations began on both sides of the aisle. The center-left factions have considered the option of a joint list, but for the time being settled on a united message -- "anyone but Bibi."
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he hoped newly announced elections in Israel would lead to a government which would advance peace talks with the Palestinians.
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved an Arab-backed resolution Tuesday calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signaling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel.
French lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, following similar moves in Britain and Spain as European countries try to restart the stalled Middle East peace process.
Elections are expected to be initiated soon as a long-awaited meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid ended with sharp disagreement on key issues late Monday night.
The ultra-Orthodox Shas party was first out of the gate overnight Monday-Tuesday to call for setting a date for new elections, following strong indications Monday night that Israelis were heading to the polls for the second time in two years.
A draft resolution demanding an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines by 2016, as part of a wider agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be presented to the UN Security Council by the middle of the month, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said Monday.
Arab League foreign ministers agreed on Saturday to formally present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council that will set a timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state.
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France has a role to play in renewing stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and was seeking to organize an international peace conference for the purpose.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck out at his coalition members during the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, saying recent ultimatums or threats to withdraw from the coalition issued by some ministers were making it impossible to run the country.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that the Palestinians would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and accused Israel of establishing an apartheid government.
Israel's internal security service says it has uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank that was planning to carry out a series of attacks in Jerusalem.
New EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called on Israel and the Palestinians Wednesday to resume direct peace talks, as the European Parliament debated whether to recognize a Palestinian state.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be ready to set up a Palestinian State on what he says is 22 percent of the size he says it should be, Turkey's Anadolu Agency news reported on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may dissolve the government in coming weeks if he can garner guarantees from two ultra-Orthodox parties to support him in a new coalition after elections, Channel 2 reported Wednesday night.
"To get to peace with the Palestinians, Israel needs to go to war against Hamas in Gaza, and fast." That's the view of Mosab Hasan Yousef, better known as the "Green Prince," the son of West Bank Hamas chief Sheikh Hasan Yousef.
The United States on Monday reacted to the controversial nationality law approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet this week, highlighting the importance of Israel maintaining its democratic character.
The European Parliament plans to hold a vote on Thursday on a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, following Sweden's official decision to do so and symbolic votes in Spain, the UK and Ireland.
Israeli official cites "sunset clause" in proposed comprehensive deal, which guarantees Iran a path into the nuclear club and may corner Israel into war.
Since the beginning of the summer, Hamas has been a part of a new Palestinian unity government. Despite the law that requires the United States to cut aid to any Palestinian government in which Hamas holds "undue influence," we still provide millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians. The Obama administration has jumped through hoops to give the terrorist government legitimacy, and over the summer it pledged $47 million in aid to the Palestinians.

So far in 2014, seven U.S. citizens have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists. In comparison, the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been responsible for the death of three Americans, including the recent beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig.
Neanyahu's coalition appeared to be unraveling after the cabinet approved legislation giving legal weight to Israelís Jewish character Sunday.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday night that his Yesh Atid party will not support the "Nationality Law" proposal in a Knesset vote Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present to a full cabinet vote on Sunday a "softened" version of a controversial bill that would enshrine Israel's Jewish status in its constitutional laws.
A day after the deadly terror attack on the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood, residents of Jerusalem on Wednesday expressed their fear over the security situation. Guards were stationed at some kindergartens in the city and while others were locked from the inside. Staff members explained that they had been instructed to do so in meetings with municipal officials and security.
Congressional appropriators pen letter to Palestinian Authority president warning him that aid predicated on PA commitment to countering incitement of violence against Israelis.
Israeli forces foiled a Palestinian plan to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman during the summer war with Gaza, the Shin Bet security service said Thursday night.
The Israel Air Force has launched the construction of a base for its forthcoming Joint Strike Fighter. The air force laid the cornerstone for the F-35A base at the Nevatim base near Beersheba. The facility was designed to contain a squadron, or about 25 JSF fighter-jets from Lockheed Martin.
A senior Hamas official called Sunday to dismantle the Palestinian unity government led by Fatah and Hamas and to set up a new government in its place, citing the Palestinian leadership's failure to advance the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip following this year's summer war between the Islamist group and Israel.
"The intifada has started," a 17-year-old told Ynet. "We won't remain quiet about what happens in East Jerusalem and inside Al-Aqsa. We will continue to struggle and support terror against Israel, that is the only solution we have to save ourselves."
The families of the two terrorists who killed four people in a brutal attack in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning have hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza.
CNN apologized for the headline, writing: "As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers. We erred and regret the mistake." However, in a separate reporting gaffe, CNN superimposed their preliminary coverage of the terror attack with the headline: "Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque."
In response to the gruesome axe murder of four worshippers, including three Americans, at a Jerusalem synagogue today, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank erupted in spontaneous celebrations.
Dozens of Palestinian youths threw tires set on fire and stones at Israeli security forces in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Tuesday night, after violence heightened following the terrorist attack that killed four Israeli Jews at a synagogue in the capital Tuesday morning.
Four people were killed Tuesday morning when two terrorists brutally attacked worshippers in a synagogue and yeshiva in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. Seven people were wounded, including two police officers.
The EU warned on Monday that continued growth of its bilateral ties with Israel and the Palestinian Authority was directly linked to their actions with regard to the peace process.
Hamas released a video threatening acts of revenge after the death of Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, an Egged bus driver who was found hanged in a bu in Jerusalem on Sunday. Members of the Arab sector and al-Ramouni's family refused to accept the death was a suicide despite an official autopsy by the Forensics Institute reporting no foul play.
An Israeli man is in stable condition after being stabbed in the back by a suspected Palestinian assailant in East Jerusalem, the latest in a string of incidents in the city that has some fearing a return of an all out Palestinian uprising in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
The European Union (EU) has sent a secret document to its 28 member states detailing sanctions to be taken against Israel, if it takes moves the EU feels compromises the creation of an Arab state of 'Palestine' inside Israel.
Israel is set to launch new ID cards for the children of same-sex couples. The cards will permit both fathers or mothers to be registered as the child's parents -- regardless of whether they are the biological parent or not.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly set to meet Jordan's King Abdullah II over the next two days for further discussions on tensions surrounding the Temple Mount. The meeting will be the second one in less than a week, after the prime minister attended a trilateral summit Thursday in Amman with the Jordanian monarch and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Fatah officials made repeated statements in recent weeks praising deadly terror attacks on Israelis, and calling for "blood" to "purify" Jerusalem of Jews.
In a sermon carried on state TV, an Iranian cleric threatened that his country will "raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground" and target US bases.
The trilateral meeting in Amman between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan's King Abdullah II and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the recent surge of violence in Jerusalem ended Thursday evening, with Kerry issuing a statement praising the sides for their commitment to reduce tensions surrounding the Temple Mount.
Hezbollah claimed that the 'unknown assailants' that killed five nuclear engineers Sunday while they were on a bus just north of Damascus were Israeli operatives. Iran and its proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, have repeatedly blamed Israel for allegedly kidnapping and murdering top operatives, especially those with links to Iran's nuclear program.
Israeli officials vowed to step up efforts against an ongoing wave of violence, and the prime minister convened an emergency meeting of security heads Monday night, after two stabbing attacks left two people dead and two more injured.
A top Iranian military commander announced Wednesday that Palestinian terrorist groups and Hezbollah received Fateh-class missiles that are able to attack any target in Israel.
French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said a call for Israel's destruction by Iran's supreme leader was "unacceptable and shocking," in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday.
A number of IDF battalions have been sent to the West Bank to reinforce security measures there.
An escalation in current clashes with the Palestinians could see the resumption of low-level rocket fire on Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, a senior defense source warned Tuesday.
A woman was killed and two people were injured in a stabbing attack at the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut Monday afternoon, in the second terrorist attack of its kind in a day.
An approximately 20-year-old IDF soldier was stabbed and critically injured in Tel Aviv near Hahagana train station on Monday in what police say was a terror attack.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that the PA leadership would go to the UN Security Council this month to request a resolution that considers the territories conquered by Israel in 1967 as the lands of the Palestinian state.
]Only days after being released from prison, the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern Israel branch returned to the public eye, giving a fiery sermon about conquering Jerusalem and making it the Muslim-only capital of a Sunni Islamic empire.
Israel's prime minister says Iran remains "unrepentant" and "unreformed," warning the West against rushing into a deal with it on its nuclear program.
The entire European Union seeks the establishment of a Palestinian state, AFP cited the EU's new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini as saying Saturday.
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Saturday once again called for Israel's destruction.
Israel won't tolerate violent rallies within its midst in which the protesters call for the nation's destruction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday.
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that Jerusalem "should be the capital of two states", as tensions gripped the holy city hit by Israeli-Palestinian violence.
The Hamas militant group forced the cancellation Sunday of a memorial on the 10th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death, underscoring the lingering tensions with the rival Fatah movement despite the formation of a unity government meant to end years of hostilities.
Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to prevent civilian casualties during this summer's conflict in the Gaza Strip, the top US military leader said Thursday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally assured Jordanian King Abdullah by phone Thursday afternoon that the status quo on the Temple Mount would remained unchanged.
Israel was feared to be descending into a third intifada on Wednesday night after a police officer was killed and 14 people injured in a car attack, the second such incident in two weeks coming amid continued rioting in Jerusalem's holiest places.
The US Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it considered whether Congress overstepped its authority in passing a law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's weekend appeal for calm on the Temple Mount has some saying he's advocating a long-standing ban on Jewish prayer at the contested site.
In a dramatic development, Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands, Israel's NRG News reported on Sunday.
Top US diplomat John Kerry on Monday was to meet the chief Palestinian negotiator but would not unveil an American peace plan, an official said, adding such a move would be unproductive.
The Knesset on Monday gave final approval to a contentious law to prevent Palestinian prisoner releases for those serving life sentences, effectively removing the option to use prisoners as a bargaining chip with the Palestinians.
Over one hundred high ranking security officials, including two former Mossad heads and three retired police chiefs, issued a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging the Israeli leader to strive for peace and to work towards relaunching negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with the intent of reaching a viable, two state solution.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked his Cabinet and other Knesset Members to tone down their rhetoric regarding the Temple Mount.
Police prepared for possible violence Sunday morning as authorities reopened access to the Temple Mount to Jews after a ban of several days.
This Monday brings a second chapter in the United States Supreme Court's ongoing arguments over the status of Jerusalem.
Egypt is reportedly doubling down on its work to set up a buffer zone with the Gaza Strip, after it discovered hundreds more tunnels running from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave into the Sinai Peninsula.
Police were set to reopen the Temple Mount to visitors on Friday, despite calls from Fatah to hold a "day of rage" in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The Palestinian government has called on its "fighters" to launch a "day of rage" against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.
Washington called for Israeli authorities to reopen the Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers Thursday, while also condemning the shooting of a US-born activist who lobbied for Jewish rights on the holy site.
Ben-Gurion international airport and Haifa port would be closed on the first day of a third Lebanon war and Hezbollah officials would be viable targets for elimination, says a senior officer of the IDF General Staff, a conflict that the Israeli army envisions could well break out in the future.
Officials in the Obama administration are attempting to quell commotion over whether relations with the government of Israel are now in crisis. The US says they are not.
The droughts have already purportedly cost the stateís economy a whopping $2.2 billion and has left more than 500,000 acres of fields fallow in its wake. Being that California is the source for more than 50 percent of US fruit, vegetables and nuts, and almost 90 percent of Americaís strawberries, olives, broccoli, nectarines and garlic, itís vital that the state finds ways to cope with the rainless situation they are faced with.
Yehuda Gilck, a leading advocate for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, has been very seriously wounded after being shot in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, Arutz Sheva has learned.
American anger at the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "red hot" and the relationship between Israel and the US is now in a "full-blown crisis," The Atlantic reported Tuesday.
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, diplomats said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday fervently rejected American and European criticism of his decision to advance plans for 1,060 new housing units in Jewish neighborhoods across the Green Line in Jerusalem.
The mounting tensions between Israel and the US did not dissuade the long-time allies from completing a multi-billion dollar deal for Israel to purchase its second squadron of the advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted a request Monday for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the unrest in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported.
As rioting in neighborhoods of the capital continued, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited the Temple Mount on Monday, where he declared that east Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the advanced stages of negotiations to approve 2,000 new housing units in the West Bank, drastically ramping up development in the West Bank and risking criticism from lawmakers at home and capitals in the West, a report on Israeli TV claimed Sunday night.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent an urgent message to the United States Sunday, asking the administration to stop "Israeli escalations" in East Jerusalem.
Jerusalem saw more unrest Sunday, even as police reinforcements streamed to the city and officials vowed to crack down on the violence.
A land dispute between a Christian church and Arab residents of an east Jerusalem neighborhood has devolved into chronic violence, theft, and harassment against the church's employees, including two disabled orphans living there, its pastor said Sunday.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid warned on Saturday that a crisis exists in Israeli-American relations, after Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was snubbed by the Obama administration during his trip to Washington last week.
Western expectations of Israel to withdraw from territory in Judea and Samaria are "irrational" in light of the recent experiences on the Gaza frontier, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told The Washington Post.
Clashes erupted Sunday between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces at the West Bank funeral of a teenage boy killed by Israeli troops, as an Ecuadorean tourist died of wounds suffered in an attack last week by a Palestinian man who drove his car into a crowded Jerusalem train station.
The London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years.
Israel took a low profile approach Thursday to the passage through the Upper House of the Irish parliament this week of a non-biding resolution calling on Ireland to recognize "Palestine."
Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed Wednesday's terrorist act by an east Jerusalem resident who rammed his car into a crowd of commuters at a light rail station, killing a three-month old infant and injuring seven others.
Jerusalem's alert level was increased after a second violent day in the city, Israel Radio reported on Friday, less than two days after a Hamas terrorist killed a three-month-old baby and injured several others in a violent car rampage.
Jordan is warning that an Israeli plan to allow Jewish prayer at the sensitive Temple Mount area could have disastrous consequences for the region. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Monday accused Israel of inflaming religious tensions over planned Jewish worship at the site.
An IDF jeep on routine security patrol near the community of Ezuz, on the border with Egypt came under cross-border fire on Wednesday afternoon, an army source said.
"The Iranian question concerns us," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon acknowledged, shortly after meeting here with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "The question of whether there will be an agreement and what that agreement is concerns us, and I spoke with them about this," he said. "We are making our opinions known."
A three-month-old girl was killed Wednesday afternoon and eight others were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem in what officials said was a terrorist attack.
Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighbourhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police said Tuesday.
Following East Jerusalem acquisitions, PA ups penalty to hard labor for life; Fatah spokesman calls land solicitors 'traitors destined to die a humiliating death'.
"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.