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TEL AVIV, Israel | Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

TEL AVIV, Israel— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely. Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was “irresponsible” of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for … Continue reading TEL AVIV, Israel | Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas and other militant groups said Tuesday they had accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies to the brink of a new war. The sudden announcement brought relief to a region that had been paralyzed by hundreds of … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas

United States | Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates

United States – Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook will travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates November 12-20. In both countries, Special Representative Hook will meet with officials to discuss cooperation on countering Iranian threats. In Abu Dhabi, he will participate in the Sir Bani Yas Forum. Special Representative Hook’s trip aims to … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Syria’s key border crossings with Jordan, Israel to reopen

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan and Syria have agreed to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted. Israel also said on Sunday that the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen on Monday to U.N. observers, four years after it … Continue reading Syria’s key border crossings with Jordan, Israel to reopen

JERUSALEM | Israeli court: NZ activists must pay for Lorde cancellation

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court has ordered two New Zealand women to pay over $12,000 in damages for allegedly helping persuade the pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel. The suit was filed under a law that allows civil lawsuits against anyone who calls for a boycott against Israel. Wednesday’s ruling is believed … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli court: NZ activists must pay for Lorde cancellation