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Israel: Country in the Middle East
Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

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Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. position on Israeli settlements: SPA

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it completely rejected Washington's statement on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, state news agency SPA reported.
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Arab League to meet over U.S. support for Israeli settlements

The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers on Monday to discuss Washington's change of position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Egypt's state news agency MENA said on..
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Videos for Israel

Israeli military hits Iranian targets in Syria [Video]Israeli military hits Iranian targets in Syria

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Israel braced for third elections in a year as Benny Gantz coalition deadline looms [Video]Israel braced for third elections in a year as Benny Gantz coalition deadline looms

Israel braced for third elections in a year as Benny Gantz coalition deadline looms

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'US policy on Israeli settlements is intended to benefit Trump' [Video]'US policy on Israeli settlements is intended to benefit Trump'

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Timeline: Trump's foreign policy towards Israel [Video]Timeline: Trump's foreign policy towards Israel

Since Trump took office in 2017, the White House has taken a series of steps that have outraged the Palestinians and delighted Israel. Here are some of the key events.

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The Brief: EU's role in the Palestine's dream of statehood [Video]The Brief: EU's role in the Palestine's dream of statehood

Ahead Israel's deadline to form a new government, Euronews traveled to the West Bank by invitation from the EU. The bloc's role in the region is in question, after the US policy shift away from the..

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How did the Israeli settlements come to be? [Video]How did the Israeli settlements come to be?

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US no longer views Israeli settlements as 'inconsistent with international law' [Video]US no longer views Israeli settlements as 'inconsistent with international law'

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President Trump turns away from years of US policy on Israel [Video]President Trump turns away from years of US policy on Israel

President Trump turns away from years of US policy on Israel

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US says Israeli settlements in West Bank not illegal in dramatic reversal [Video]US says Israeli settlements in West Bank not illegal in dramatic reversal

US says Israeli settlements in West Bank not illegal in dramatic reversal

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Late Messi penalty sees Argentina draw 2-2 with Uruguay [Video]Late Messi penalty sees Argentina draw 2-2 with Uruguay

Lionel Messi netted a late penatly as Argentina salvaged a 2-2 draw against Uruguay in a friendly in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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U.S. softens position on Israeli settlements [Video]U.S. softens position on Israeli settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:24Published

Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements [Video]Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were "inconsistent with..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

Argentina and Uruguay prepare for friendly in Tel Aviv [Video]Argentina and Uruguay prepare for friendly in Tel Aviv

Argentina and Uruguay prepare for friendly in Tel Aviv that will pit Lionel Messi against his Barcelona team mate Luis Suarez.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:38Published

Israel-Gaza ceasefire continues to hold [Video]Israel-Gaza ceasefire continues to hold

A shaky ceasefire has been tested after two rockets were fired towards an Israeli town and Israeli warplanes struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Israeli army to probe 'unexpected' Gaza civilian deaths [Video]Israeli army to probe 'unexpected' Gaza civilian deaths

Israel's military has pledged on Friday to investigate the death of civilians in Gaza after attacks targeting the Islamic Jihad group killed 34 Palestinians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:03Published

Microsoft Hired Former Attorney General Eric Holder To Investigate Facial Recognition [Video]Microsoft Hired Former Attorney General Eric Holder To Investigate Facial Recognition

Microsoft hired US Attorney General Eric Holder to audit an Israeli facial recognition company called AnyVision. Microsoft's investment was met with backlash by the ACLU. News reports suggest..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air attacks [Video]Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air attacks

Truce between Islamic Jihad and Israel came into effect on Thursday morning after 34 Palestinians were killed in raids.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:42Published

Calm skies over Gaza as truce declared [Video]Calm skies over Gaza as truce declared

Israel and Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad declared a truce on Thursday, after 48 hours of bloodshed that has killed dozens of people. David Doyle reports.

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Items from Israeli settlements to be labelled as produced in 'territory of origin' [Video]Items from Israeli settlements to be labelled as produced in 'territory of origin'

Items from Israeli settlements to be labelled as produced in 'territory of origin'

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:38Published

Palestinian death toll from Israeli air raids rises [Video]Palestinian death toll from Israeli air raids rises

A new wave of Israeli air attacks in Gaza has killed seven people. Air raid sirens are also sounding in southern Israel.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Israel-Gaza clashes escalate after Islamic Jihad commander killed [Video]Israel-Gaza clashes escalate after Islamic Jihad commander killed

Islamic Jihad promises to retaliate after Bahaa Abu al-Ata and his wife were killed by an Israeli air attack on Gaza City.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:06Published

 

Urging Iran against destabilizing Syria, France says backs Israeli security

The French government urged Iran on Wednesday to refrain from destabilizing actions in Syria and said it remained committed to Israel's security.
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Another Israeli election looms as deadline to form government nears with no accord reached

Israel moved closer towards a new election on Wednesday after kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman declined to back either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or challenger Benny Gantz with a deadline on building..
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Vatican says Israeli-Palestinian peace process at risk after U.S. move

The Vatican said on Thursday the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians had been put at risk after the United States backed Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
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Russia says Israeli air strikes on Syria a wrong move: Ifax

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday that Israeli air strikes on Syria were a wrong move, and Moscow had contacted its allies about the incident, Interfax reported.
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Israel launches air strikes in Syria, Damascus says two killed

Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel a day earlier.
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Syria says two civilians killed, others wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus

Two civilians were killed and a number of people were injured in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Wednesday.
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Two killed, some wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus: Syrian state media

Two civilians were killed and some wounded in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, state media said on Wednesday.
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Israel says attacks military targets in Syria in retaliation for Tuesday rockets

Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the day before, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay..
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Israel says strikes dozens of Iranian, Syrian targets in Syria

Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, in what it described as a retaliatory attack.
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Syrian air defences thwart Israeli attack over Damascus - SANA

Syrian air defences thwarted an Israeli attack early on Wednesday over the capital Damascus and downed several missiles fired by Israel, Syrian state news agency SANA reported, quoting a military..
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Trump shift on Israeli settlements fulfills wish list of evangelical base

A U.S. decision effectively backing Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, long a cherished item on conservative Christians' wish list, is expected to strengthen evangelicals'..
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U.N., Red Cross say Israeli settlements are still unlawful

The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory remain in breach of international law, rejecting the..
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U.S. support for Israeli settlements renews focus on core issue in Mideast conflict

Israel's ruling right-wing government on Tuesday moved swiftly to embrace Washington's backing for Israeli settlements, even as Palestinians and Arab leaders condemned the step as a threat to the..
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Russia calls U.S. backing for Israeli settlements blow to peace process

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to effectively back Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank undermined the legal basis for a..
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Israel's settlers and the Palestinians they live among

His people's link to the land goes back to biblical times, says the comics illustrator. His neighbor, a farmer, says the land belonged to his ancestors and has been stolen. One is an Israeli settler,..
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Israel says intercepts rockets fired from Syria

Israel's military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday.
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Sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sound in Golan: Israel's military

Sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded on Tuesday in the area of the Golan Heights, Israel's military said in a statement.
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U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with..
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EU says Israeli settlement on Palestinian territory is illegal

The European Union said on Monday that it continued to believe that Israeli settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory was illegal under international law and eroded prospects for lasting..
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U.S. softens stance on Israeli settlements, draws Palestinian outrage

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with..
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U.S. embassy in Jerusalem issues travel warning after Pompeo's settlement announcement

The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday warned Americans about traveling in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, soon after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was softening its..
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Jordan warns of 'dangerous consequences' of U.S. shift on West Bank settlements

Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, warned that a U.S. change of position on Monday on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would have "dangerous consequences" on the prospects of..
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Israel welcomes U.S. settlement move, Palestinians outraged

Israel praised a U.S. decision on Monday to soften its position on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that upset the Palestinians who said it contradicts international law.
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Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were "inconsistent with..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo expected to announce U.S. softening position on Israel's Jewish settlements : administration official

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce on Monday the United States is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a Trump administration official said on..
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Palestinian rockets, Israeli airstrikes jolt tenuous Gaza truce

Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets, shaking an already tenuous..
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Renewed rocket fire into Israel jolts tenuous Gaza truce

Israeli missile defenses on Saturday intercepted two Palestinian rockets that were fired deep into southern Israel overnight on Saturday from the Gaza Strip, Israel's military said.
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Israel says it is probing 'harm to civilians' from deadly Gaza air strike

Israel's military said on Friday it was investigating "harm caused to civilians" from an air strike it carried out in Gaza that Palestinian medics said killed eight members of one family including five..
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Khamenei: Iran not calling for elimination of Jews, wants non-sectarian Israel

Iran is not calling for the elimination of Jewish people, but it thinks people of all religions should decide Israel's future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday in a speech..
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Tenuous truce in Gaza as Islamic Jihad, Israel differ on terms

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms.
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Islamic Jihad, Israel halt hostilities in Gaza, 34 Palestinians dead

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel halted hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday following Egyptian- and U.N.-mediated efforts to end the worst surge in fighting in..
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Tenuous calm in Gaza as Islamic Jihad says truce reached with Israel

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, calming the worst surge in fighting in months.
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Israel says holding fire in Gaza as long as militants do

Israel will follow suit if Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip stop cross-border attacks, an Israeli official said on Thursday, denying that Israel had changed open-fire policy as demanded by the..
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Islamic Jihad says truce agreed with Israel, Gaza quiet

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, in a possible end to the worst surge in fighting in..
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Israeli strike in Gaza kills six civilians: medics, residents

An Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip killed six members of a Palestinian family on Thursday, all of them civilians, medical officials and residents said, bringing the death toll in the territory..
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Islamic Jihad offers Israel truce as Gaza toll hits 26

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Israel, saying if these were not met it was prepared to keep up cross-border rocket salvoes..
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Gaza death toll reaches 23 in second day of escalation

Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday, medical officials said, raising the Palestinian death toll to 23 over a two-day escalation in violence since Israel launched strikes to..
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Israel kills nine Gazans, say Palestinians, as Islamic Jihad launches rockets

Israeli air strikes killed nine Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday, medical officials said, raising the Palestinian death toll to 19 over a two-day escalation in violence since Israel launched strikes..
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Moscow accuses U.S. of hunting Russians after Israel extradites suspected hacker

Russia on Wednesday accused Washington of hunting its citizens across the world and said it had made a formal diplomatic protest after Israel extradited a Russian man to the United States where he..
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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day.
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Gaza militants fire rockets into Israel

Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel on Wednesday, the second day of a spike in cross-border violence, sending people rushing to shelters as sirens sounded, although there were no reports of..
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Germany condemns Gaza rocket fire

Germany condemned the bombardment of cities in Israel by rockets launched from the Gaza strip on Tuesday, calling for de-escalation and saying there could be no justification for violence against..
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EU court rules goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled

The EU's top court ruled on Tuesday that goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled as produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians and condemned by Israel, which said it would..
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Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander, rockets rain from Gaza

Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing retaliatory rocket salvoes that reached as..
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Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said fighting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants that erupted after Israel killed their top field commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday could prove..
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Jordan foils plot against U.S., Israeli diplomats and American soldiers: newspaper

Jordanian intelligence recently foiled a plot by two suspected militants to mount terror attacks against U.S. and Israeli diplomats alongside U.S. troops deployed at a military base in the south of the..
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Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, another targeted in Damascus

Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, accusing him of carrying out a series of..
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