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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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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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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.

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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..

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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.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

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

Israeli forces kill top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza air raid [Video]Israeli forces kill top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza air raid

Killing of Bahaa Abu al-Ata in Gaza comes as Palestinian group says its political leader was also targeted in Damascus.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

Rockets fired at Israel in retaliation for death of senior militant commander in Gaza [Video]Rockets fired at Israel in retaliation for death of senior militant commander in Gaza

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Netanyahu says Israel-Gaza fighting 'could take time' [Video]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..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange rocket attacks as tensions escalate [Video]Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange rocket attacks as tensions escalate

Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange rocket attacks as tensions escalate

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:30Published

Islamic Jihad commander among four killed in Israeli air raids [Video]Islamic Jihad commander among four killed in Israeli air raids

At least four people, including a commander of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, have been killed in the besieged Gaza Strip in overnight Israeli raids.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 13:18Published

Israel claims killing of Palestinian armed group's commander [Video]Israel claims killing of Palestinian armed group's commander

Israel's military says one of its air attacks has killed a commander of the Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:33Published

Jordan reclaims borderlands as Israel ties under strain [Video]Jordan reclaims borderlands as Israel ties under strain

Amid mounting domestic public pressure last year, Jordan's king said he would not renew land deal with Israel.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires [Video]Israeli farmers in limbo as Jordan-Israel land lease deal expires

Jordan decides against renewing a 25-year deal over special land access for Israeli farmers and tourists.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Hundreds of Palestinians protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza [Video]Hundreds of Palestinians protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians protest against Israel's blockade of Gaza

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:58Published

Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car sparks Palestinian anger [Video]Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car sparks Palestinian anger

An Israeli plan to run a cable car over Jerusalem to the walls of the Old City has angered Palestinians who say it would erase their heritage in areas they seek for a future state. Emily Spychal..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:31Published

At the next tomb, turn left: GPS for graveyards [Video]At the next tomb, turn left: GPS for graveyards

Have you ever become lost in a graveyard? Just in time for Halloween, there's an app to help you avoid that in the future. It's called "Gravez." Matthew Larotonda reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:45Published

Occupied East Jerusalem cancer hospital faces financial crisis, shortages [Video]Occupied East Jerusalem cancer hospital faces financial crisis, shortages

Running out of money and medicine, Palestinian cancer patients suffer after severe cuts by Israel and United States.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Bernie Sanders Gains Endorsement From Freshmen Congresswomen [Video]Bernie Sanders Gains Endorsement From Freshmen Congresswomen

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar all endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. The three cited Sanders’ policy platform and his call for a “political revolution.” Yet Sanders has..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Israel's Benny Gantz: Political novice trying to oust Netanyahu [Video]Israel's Benny Gantz: Political novice trying to oust Netanyahu

If former military chief also fails to form a government within the next 28 days, Israel may face another election.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:20Published

 

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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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Israel targets Damascus home of Islamic Jihad official, group says

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said Israel targeted the house of one of its officials in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing one of his sons.
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Sirens sound in central Israel, warning of rockets from Gaza

Sirens sounded in central Israeli towns on Tuesday, the military said, warning of possible rocket launches from the Gaza Strip after Israel killed a top Palestinian militant there.
Reuters - Published

Israeli forces kill Islamic Jihad field commander in Gaza strike

Israeli forces killed Baha Abu Al-Atta, a field commander for the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, in a predawn strike on his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, officials on both sides said.
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Israeli troops kill West Bank Palestinian, U.N. demands probe

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said, drawing a U.N. demand for the..
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Jordan's king tours enclave along Israel border after end of lease deal

Jordan's King Abdullah paid his first visit on Monday to an enclave fringing its northern border with Israel a day after the expiry of a 25-year special regime that allowed Israeli farmers access to..
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Jordan committed to peace treaty with Israel despite ending land deal

Jordan said on Monday it was committed to its landmark peace treaty with Israel despite ending a 25-year deal that allows its neighbor to use two parcels of land along its border under its sovereignty,..
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Israeli gunfire kills a West Bank Palestinian: medics

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said.
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Jordan's king arrives in border area after end of lease deal with Israel

Jordan's King Abdullah arrived on Monday in an enclave that straddles its northern border with Israel a day after the end of a 25-year special regime with its neighbour that allowed Israeli farmers..
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Israeli farmers lament the end of Jordan land deal

It has been a bitter harvest for some Israeli farmers on the border with Jordan. On Sunday, a 25-year-old deal between the two countries that has allowed them to cultivate land there formally expires.
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Iran rejects reports of IAEA finding traces of uranium at unnamed site

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected as a "trap" reports that the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, found traces of uranium at an Iranian site that Israel called a..
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Indian family to be deported from Israel


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Israel's Netanyahu appoints far-right Bennett as defense minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed the head of a far-right political party as defense minister of his caretaker government, a spokesman for the premier's right-wing Likud party said on..
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Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car irks Palestinians

An Israeli plan to run a cable car over Jerusalem to the walls of the Old City has angered Palestinians who say it would erase their heritage in areas they seek for a future state.
Reuters - Published

Israel aiding Syria's Kurds, advocating for them with U.S.: official

Israel is assisting Syrian Kurds battered by a month-old Turkish incursion, seeing them as a counterweight to Iranian influence and advocating for them in talks with the United States, the deputy..
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Two Jordanians detained by Israel return home after handover deal

Two Jordanians, whose detention without charge by Israel led Jordan to recall its ambassador, returned home on Wednesday in a handover deal that defused a diplomatic crisis, officials said.
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Mexican president says his government does not use Pegasus spyware

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that his government does not use spy software known as Pegasus, which Israeli company NSO Group allegedly sold to the country's previous..
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Israel's top court clears way for deportation of Human Rights Watch official

Israel's Supreme Court upheld a government decision to deport a Human Rights Watch (HRW) official accused of backing an international pro-Palestinian boycott campaign, an edict he said was aimed at..
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Jordan says two citizens held in Israel to return 'before end of week'

Israel will soon release two Jordanians whose months-long detention without charge, after crossing into the occupied West Bank, had led Jordan to recall its ambassador, the two countries said on..
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Asaduddin Owaisi attacks Centre over WhatsApp snooping allegations

"We have learnt that there is a company from Israel that can get access to your WhatsApp account. They can listen to the conversations you have in your homes. The government should summon Israel's..
IndiaTimes - Published

Palestinian killed, 2 wounded in Israel-Gaza counter strikes

Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets at Israel and the Israeli military responded with a wave of pre-dawn air strikes in Gaza killing one man on Saturday, Palestinian and Israeli officials..
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From ‘Pricklypear’ in US to ‘Ganges’ in India

Israel's NSO Group, whose spyware was behind the cyber-attacks that infected mobile phones, allegedly used ’operators’ with codenames such Pricklypear, Ganges and AK-47 for their targets in 45..
IndiaTimes - Published

No Israeli government involvement in alleged NSO-WhatsApp hack: minister

The Israeli government on Friday denied any involvement in an alleged cyber- hack by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group.
Reuters - Published

Israeli military says attempt to down one of its drones over Lebanon failed

Israel's military said an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Lebanese territory on Thursday at one of its drones but the unmanned aircraft was not hit.
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Israeli drone downed in southern Lebanon: al-Mayadeen TV

An Israeli drone was brought down near the town of Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon on Thursday, al-Mayadeen TV said without giving further details.
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Iran criticizes foreign interference in Lebanon and Iraq, calls for calm

Iran on Wednesday accused the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel of stoking unrest in Lebanon and Iraq, and called for calm in both countries.
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Jordan recalls envoy to Israel to protest detention of two citizens

Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations in protest at Israel's refusal to heed its demands to release two citizens it said were illegally detained for months without charges, the..
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