December 14, 2018

Russia warns Israel over attacking Iran

Military action against Iran would be a "very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences", Russia's foreign minister has warned. Sergei Lavrov said diplomacy, not missile strikes, was the only way to solve the Iranian nuclear problem. His comments come after Israeli President … [Read more...]

Hamas to free Gilad Shalit in prisoner swap with Israel

Israel and Hamas have agreed a deal for the release of Sgt Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held hostage by Palestinian militants for five years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal had been reached after arduous talks, and that Sgt Shalit would be back with his family "within … [Read more...]

Israel approves 1100 new settler homes in West Bank

Israel has approved a plan to build 1100 new homes in the southern Jerusalem settlement of Gilo. "The Israeli interior ministry announced on Tuesday that the plan for 1100 new housing units in Gilo had passed its district planning committee, and will now be available for public objections for 60 … [Read more...]

Israeli air strikes hit Gaza militants following Eilat attack

The Israeli air force has carried out an air strike in Gaza on a house in Rafah, in retaliation for attacks in Israel. Israeli officials had warned that there would be trouble after militants attacked vehicles near Eilat in southern Israel killing seven people. The Israeli army killed seven of … [Read more...]

Massive protests in Israel over cost of living

Unprecedented protests in Israel have seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets to demand government action over the rising cost of living. The largest protest was in Tel Aviv where police said at least 200,000 people were on the streets, while another 30,000 marched in Jerusalem. Some … [Read more...]

Crime boss gunned down in Israel

Francois Abutbul - one of Israel's most prominent organized crime gangters has been gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Police say two men on a motorcycle opened fire (newswarped thinks that maybe one of them was steering the bike and one shooting) on Francois Abutbul early Sunday as he stopped … [Read more...]

Israel captures ‘weapons’ boat in the Dead Sea

Israeli authorities say they have seized a boat carrying arms in the Dead Sea and are questioning two Palestinians who were on the vessel. The boat was carrying assault rifles, ammunition and other weapons, according to an Israeli military statement. The military say the weapons were being … [Read more...]

Israeli commandos board Gaza protest boat

Israeli commandos have intercepted and boarded the Dignite-al Karamaa - a boat trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Dignite-al Karama, was part of Freedom Flotilla II - a 10-vessel flotilla, that has been trying to breach the blockade for several weeks. Dignite-al Karama was … [Read more...]

Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza

Egypt is to permanently open the Rafah border crossing into Gaza permanently to most Palestinians from Saturday, the Egyptian state news agency Mena is reporting. Gaza has been under blockade since 2007, when the Islamist Hamas movement took control of the territory. The Mubarak regime in Egypt … [Read more...]

Obama wants Israel to return to pre-1967 borders

United States President Barack Obama has officially announced that it is U.S. policy that a future Palestinian state should be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in the so called 'six day … [Read more...]

Israeli soldiers fire on palestinian protesters

Israeli soldiers have fired on groups of palestinian protesters on Israel's border Palestinian territories, Syria and Lebanon. Reports say that at least 12 people have been killed and dozens injured. Clashes have been taking place at four separate borders or crossing points - at Erez in Gaza, … [Read more...]

Nazi death camp guard convicted then released

The trial of Sobibor, concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk in Germany has ended in controversy with his conviction and immediate release. 91 year-old Demjanjuk was found guilty for his role in the killing of 28,000 Jews in the Sobibor Nazi death camp during World War Two. Holocaust … [Read more...]

Israeli Judge in Eichmann Nazi trial dies at 99

Moshe Landau, the chief judge in the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, died on Sunday at the age of 99, the Israeli government has announced. He died on the eve of the annual memorial day for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Landau was already an Israeli … [Read more...]

Hamas and Fatah agree Palestinian reconciliation deal

Egypt has brokered an agreement between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party and Hamas, to bury their differences and form an interim unity government. The deal will once again unite the Fatah controlled West Bank, and the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip. A date will be fixed … [Read more...]

Insurgents attack Egypt gas pipeline severing supplies to Israel

A major pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has exploded after an attack by armed insurgents in the northern Sinai. With flames shooting high in the air, the pipeline has had to be shutdown until the fire can be extinguished and repairs made. The attack happened south of the … [Read more...]