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German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengersBERLIN (AP) — A German court ruled Thursday that Kuwait's national airline didn't have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did.



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Israeli brass casts doubt on blaming shelling on Hezbollah

Israeli brass casts doubt on blaming shelling on HezbollahBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli military officials were quoted on Monday rowing back from an assertion by the defense minister that Hezbollah was behind a spate of shelling from Syria, which could increase tension on Israel’s northern frontier. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been warning that Israel, which has largely stayed out of the six-year-old Syrian civil war, could step up attacks in retaliation for shelling across the frontier, or to block Damascus’s Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements from setting up bases.



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Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in SyriaThe Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.



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Israeli warning as Palestinians edge closer to reconciliation

Israeli warning as Palestinians edge closer to reconciliationThe Palestinian cabinet met in Gaza for the first time since 2014 Tuesday, as Israel warned it would reject any reconciliation deal between the Palestinian factions unless Islamists Hamas disarm. The meeting comes as part of moves to end a decade-long split between the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority, based in the occupied West Bank, and Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip. The return of the PA to Gaza had been cautiously welcomed by the United States and the United Nations, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it could be a “bogus” reconciliation “at the expense of our existence”.



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Interpol approves membership for State of Palestine over Israeli objections

Interpol approves membership for State of Palestine over Israeli objectionsBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Interpol voted on Wednesday to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organization’s general assembly in Beijing. The decision came despite Israeli efforts to delay a vote and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that the Palestinians’ joining the global police agency contravened signed agreements with Israel. Israel had argued that Palestine is not a state and that it is ineligible to join.



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Mexico accepts Israeli offer to help develop Central America

Mexico accepts Israeli offer to help develop Central AmericaMexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Thursday that his country had accepted Israel’s offer to help it and the United States develop Central America, as Israel and Mexico seek to deepen business ties. Speaking at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pena Nieto added that the two nations had agreed to update their free trade agreement, which was signed in 2000.



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Israeli defence chiefs warn Iran, Syria after air strike

Israeli defence chiefs warn Iran, Syria after air strikeIsrael’s defence minister on Thursday issued a veiled warning to Syria, without confirming or denying what Damascus said was an Israeli air strike on its territory. Syria’s army accused Israel of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack earlier the same day that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons. “We are determined to prevent our enemies harming, or even creating an opportunity to harm, the security of Israeli citizens,” Avigdor Lieberman said in Hebrew, in remarks broadcast on Israeli television.



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Israeli jets hit 'chemical weapons site' in Syria

Israeli jets hit 'chemical weapons site' in SyriaIsraeli jets have bombed a Syrian military facility believed to be linked to President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons programme. The 2am attack on the Syrian Scientific Research Centre, which develops and produces chemical weapons, in the central province of Homs near the Mediterranean coast, left at least two dead. The jets were heard flying over Lebanon overnight, with reports the strikes were carried out over Lebanese air space.  A statement released by the Syrian army warned against the "dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region". Israeli armed forces took part in the largest military drill in 20 years even as reports emerged that a Syrian chemical weapons facility had been attacked. Credit: EPA The US has accused the SSRC of helping to develop the sarin gas used in an attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April that killed 87 people. The strikes came a day after the United Nation Commission of Inquiry announced they had an "extensive body of information" indicating the Syrian regime was responsible.  It was the most concrete finding yet by the body linking the Assad regime to chemical attacks on civilians.  Israel has conducted air strikes on military positions inside Syria and against suspected arms shipments believed to be headed to Lebanon's Shia militia Hizbollah, which is fighting alongside Assad's forces, nearly 100 times during the six-year war. However, experts say the nature of Thursday’s target was “not routine”.  Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, a former national security advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said: “This is the first time that the target which was attacked was a formal Syrian facility,”   He said it had also produced rockets which have been transferred to the Lebanese militia. Amod Yadlin, the former Israeli intelligence chief, said the raid sends three messages: “That Israel won't allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms. That Israel intends to enforce its redlines despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them. And that the presence of Russian air defense does not prevent airstrikes attributed to Israel.” The strikes follow a series of statements by Israel in recent weeks accusing its arch-enemy Iran of seeking to establish itself in Syria and of building a weapons factory. They fear an emboldened Iran and Hizbollah may direct the missiles at Israel once the war winds down in Syria.  The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said strikes also hit a military camp next to the facility that was used to store ground-to-ground rockets and where personnel of Iran and its ally, Hizbollah, are stationed.  "There are Iranian experts using the research centre there. Hizbollah also uses the facility," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Observatory.



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Israeli PM sheds statesmanlike persona as scandals mount

Israeli PM sheds statesmanlike persona as scandals mountJERUSALEM (AP) — With a slew of corruption scandals closing in on him, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dropping what remains of his statesmanlike persona in favor of an angry nationalism that's popular with his base.



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Palestinian woman stabs, wounds Israeli in Jerusalem: police

Palestinian woman stabs, wounds Israeli in Jerusalem: policeA Palestinian woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli man near an east Jerusalem flashpoint on Saturday, before she was arrested, police said. The woman, a Jerusalem resident aged about 30, was arrested at the scene, police added. The Old City is located in east Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.



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