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Israel arrests Palestinian officials suspected of abduction: lawyers

Israel arrests Palestinian officials suspected of abduction: lawyersIsrael has arrested two officials from the Palestinian Authority over suspicions they helped abduct a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, their lawyers said on Sunday. The two men taken into custody by Israel were Adnan Gheith, who holds the largely ceremonial post of Palestinian-appointed governor of Jerusalem, and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the head of Palestinian intelligence in the city. The Palestinian Authority condemned what it said was an “abduction” of the two Palestinian officials, but it did not comment on the specifics of the charges.



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Israel delays eviction of West Bank Bedouin village

Israel delays eviction of West Bank Bedouin villageIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday postponed the forced eviction of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, a government official said. The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern after Israel said it planned to raze the village, a ramshackle camp housing 180 residents. Its residents, backed by foreign activists who have gathered at the site, have been waiting for bulldozers to move in at any time after an Oct. 1 deadline from Israel for the villagers to demolish their own homes expired.



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Israel steps up armored deployment on Gaza border

Israel steps up armored deployment on Gaza borderIsrael ramped up its armored forces along the Gaza border on Thursday in a daylight show of force, a day after a Palestinian rocket destroyed a home in southern Israel. With the deployment clearly visible from main Israeli roads near the Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials met leaders of the enclave’s ruling Hamas to try to calm tensions. Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group quickly denied firing the rockets.



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Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli armyA rocket was fired on Israel from the Gaza strip early Wednesday, the Israeli army and police said, causing damage in a southern city. It is one of the first projectiles fired in recent weeks from the Palestinian territory under Israel’s blockade and comes at a time of renewed tensions between Israel and Palestinian armed groups. “At 4:00 AM (0100 GMT) Israelis in the city of Be’er Sheva were running to bomb shelters after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel,” the Israeli army tweeted.



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Germany, Israel agree Iran must never have nuclear weapons: Merkel

Germany, Israel agree Iran must never have nuclear weapons: MerkelGermany and Israel agree that Iran should never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but they differ on how to achieve this goal, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We are very convinced and strongly share Israel’s position that everything must be done to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.



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IAEA fends off Israel pressure over Iran

IAEA fends off Israel pressure over IranThe UN’s nuclear watchdog Tuesday refused to “take at face value” Israel’s claims that Iran is harbouring a secret atomic warehouse, fending off pressure to inspect the allegedly suspect site. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the claim in front of the UN General Assembly last week. Without explicitly referring to Netanyahu’s claim, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano insisted that the agency’s independence was “of paramount importance” for its work.



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UN calls on Israel and Hamas to prevent further deaths

UN calls on Israel and Hamas to prevent further deathsThe UN called Saturday for Israel and Hamas rulers to rein in violence a day after border clashes in which the Gaza health ministry said seven Palestinians were killed. “I am deeply saddened by reports that seven Palestinians, including two children, were killed, and hundreds of others injured, by Israeli forces during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip yesterday (Friday),” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, Jamie McGoldrick, said in a statement.



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Israel PM lashes Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Israel PM lashes Iran, claims secret atomic warehouseIsrael’s prime minister on Thursday accused arch-enemy Tehran of harboring a secret atomic warehouse, making deft use of ample props and vowing that his country would never let Iran develop nuclear weapons. Iran “hasn’t abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,” Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly, where his annual appearance has frequently focused on Israel’s chief enemy, the Islamic republic. “Israel will never let a regime that calls for our destruction to develop nuclear weapons.



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Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran's 'secret atomic warehouse'

Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran's 'secret atomic warehouse'Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Israel had identified a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran, containing nuclear equipment and radioactive material. Israel’s prime minister called for new sanctions against Iran and accused European leaders of “appeasement” for opposing them.



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Iran says Israel will 'regret' further attacks on Syria

Iran says Israel will 'regret' further attacks on SyriaThe secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said Israel will be sorry if it continues to attack Syria’s army and its allies. Iran and Russia have both backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a seven-year war against rebels. “The Zionist regime has been trying to establish a crisis in Syria and has taken steps to directly support terrorist groups and target the Syrian army and forces who are confronting terrorism,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said on Thursday, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.



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