REF: Polls have opened in Israel in a crucial election seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ruled out a Palestinian state as part of a last-ditch appeal to right-wing voters.
Around six million Israelis are eligible to take part in the vote on Tuesday to elect 120 deputies for the Knesset, or parliament, with polling stations opening at 7:00am (0500 GMT). Read more →
REF: Israel has revoked the residency rights of the widow of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue earlier this month, drawing condemnation from human rights groups.
Wednesday’s move came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would seek broad powers to rescind the residency and welfare rights of any Palestinian resident of Israel or occupied East Jerusalem if they, or their relatives, participated in unrest.
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REF: Israel has demolished the home of a Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem who it says carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, warned of strict security measures in response to Tuesday’s synagogue killings in Jerusalem.
The house demolished on Wednesday in the Silwan neighbourhood near the Old City belonged to Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who last month killed two people among a crowd standing on a light rail platform in Jerusalem.
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Ref: Israeli police have detained a stone-throwing boy who was struck by a car driven by a settler in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighbourhood earlier this month, police said yesterday.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Imran Mansur, 12, had been brought in on Saturday for questioning about the stone-throwing, adding that he was accompanied by his father at all times and would likely be released “soon.”
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Ref: Israel`s mainly rightwing government on Sunday voted overwhelming in favour of controversial legislation requiring non-Jewish new citizens to swear allegiance to the country as a Jewish state.
The measure has been widely condemned as racist by Israel`s Arab minority but could placate hardline ministers ahead of a decision to extend a settlement moratorium seen as key to US-backed peace efforts with the Palestinians. Read more →
Ref:Palestinian Authority has threatened to walk out of the talks if building work resumes when the restrictions expire on 30 September.
Negotiations began in Washington only two weeks ago, after a 20-month gap.
No news emerged of any compromise on settlements after the trilateral negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh. Read more →
Source:Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the purchase of 20 F-35 fighter planes for the Israel Air Force on Sunday. The planes, manufactured by the American company Lockheed Martin, are expected to be delivered to Israel between 2015 and 2017.
Barak’s approval of the $2.7 billion deal came after more than two years of tough talks between the Israeli defense establishment, the U.S. Pentagon, and Lockheed Martin. Read more →
Source: A former Israeli soldier has been sharply criticised for posting images of herself on Facebook posing next to Palestinian prisoners. Eden Aberjil had put the images in an album on the site entitled “The army: the best days of my life”.
Army officials have condemned her behaviour as “shameful” and said they would investigate the matter further. Palestinian groups said the images were humiliating and revealed the “mentality of the occupier”. Read more →
Source:Al Qaeda’s No. 2 urged the Turkish people in an Internet message posted on Sunday to pressure their government to sever ties with Israel and withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
The audio recording, whose authenticity could not be verified, coincides with deteriorating Turkish-Israeli relations after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned an Israeli offensive in Gaza Read more →