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Israeli troops raid Palestinian news agency for footage

Israeli troops raid Palestinian news agency for footageIsraeli soldiers raided the official Palestinian news agency on Monday in the occupied West Bank, a day after suspected Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israelis outside a nearby Jewish settlement. Wafa, the Palestinian Authority news service, said on its website that troops entered the server room and went through recordings at its main office in West Bank city of Ramallah. “They withdrew from the agency’s office after they took copies of the security camera footage,” it said.



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In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legsGAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli forces deployed along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel's long-running blockade of Gaza began in March.



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Israeli software company 'shared hacked messages' from Khashoggi with Saudi, lawsuit claims

Israeli software company 'shared hacked messages' from Khashoggi with Saudi, lawsuit claimsA friend of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is suing an Israeli software company he believes helped the kingdom intercept messages sent to him from the dissident criticising Mohammed bin Salman. Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi national who now lives in exile in Canada, filed a lawsuit on Sunday against NSO Group alleging its spyware helped the Saudi government gain access to his smartphone. The spyware allows its customers to secretly listen to calls and read messages on a targeted phone. The lawsuit, filed in Tel Aviv, accuses NSO Group of breaking international laws by selling its software to oppressive regimes. "The hacking of my phone played a major role in what happened to Jamal, I am really sorry to say," Mr Abdulaziz said. "The guilt is killing me." Quebec-based Saudi activist Omar Abdulaziz exchanged messages with Khashoggi in the months before his death Credit: YouTube In messages sent to Mr Abdelaziz, Khashoggi called Crown Prince Mohammed, the de-facto ruler of the kingdom, a “beast” and likened him to a “Pac-Man” who devours everything in his path. "The more victims he eats, the more he wants," said Khashoggi in one message sent in May, just after a group of Saudi women’s rights activists were arrested. "I will not be surprised if the oppression will reach even those who are cheering him on." Saudi officials would have been able to see the more than 400 message exchanged between the pair on encrypted apps such as WhatsApp. Khashoggi and Mr Abdulaziz, 27, who sought asylum in Montreal, began to talk about plans to form an “electronic army” of young Saudis living in the country to try to undermine the government’s online propaganda, according to messages seen by CNN. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in Riyadh Credit: Reuters In early August, Mr Abdulaziz discovered the Saudi government was aware of their project. "How did they know?" asked Khashoggi in a message. "There must have been a gap," says Mr Abdulaziz. Three minutes later Khashoggi writes back: "God help us." Khashoggi was killed two months later on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The CIA has concluded that the murder of the Washington Post columnist was ordered by the crown prince himself. Mr Abdulaziz revealed last month that researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab reported his phone had been hacked by military-grade spyware. According to them, the software was the invention of NSO Group, and deployed at the behest of the Saudi Arabian government. NSO Group has previously faced lawsuits from citizens from Mexico and Qatar, who say the technology was used to hack their smartphones. The human rights group Amnesty International has also recently accused the NSO Group of helping Saudi Arabia spy on a member of the organisation’s staff. In a statement, the group says its technology helps governments fight crime, and is fully vetted and licensed by the Israeli government. "Our products have a long track record of assisting governments in preventing suicide bombers, stopping drug lords and sex traffickers, and helping safely return victims of kidnapping," the statement said. "If there is suspicion of misuse, we investigate it and take the appropriate actions, including suspending or terminating a contract.”



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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu 'should be charged' in third corruption case

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu 'should be charged' in third corruption caseIsraeli police on Sunday said they had found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife in the third and most serious corruption case against the Israeli leader. Police said they had evidence to charge Mr Netanyahu and his wife Sara with accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust in what is known as Case 4000. In this long-running scandal, Mr Netanyahu is suspected of passing regulations favouring the Bezeq telecommunications firm in exchange for favourable coverage on the Walla news website, which is owned by Bezeq’s controlling shareholder. Police say Mrs Netanyahu coordinated the coverage. Mr Netanyahu has long framed this investigation as a witch hunt organised by the media and the accusations against him as personal rather than legal in nature. "The police recommendations regarding me and my wife don't surprise anyone," he said in a statement. "These recommendations were decided upon and leaked even before the investigation began." Police say their investigation includes the testimony of at least 60 witnesses and five years'work. They accuse the prime minister and Bezeq boss Shaul Elovitch, who they also recommend be charged, as having shared a “bribe-based relationship” which saw Mr Netanyahu and his associates intervene in news coverage on an almost daily basis. Profile | Benjamin Netanyahu Calls for Mr Netanyahu’s resignations came quickly from Israel’s opposition, with some calling for the country to go to immediate elections. But even if charged, Mr Netanyahu faces no legal requirement to leave office. His ruling Likud party pulled together a right-leaning coalition after the last election but currently only enjoys a small parliamentary minority, making Israel’s government particularly vulnerable to wobbles. This is the third time police have recommended Mr Netanyahu face corruption charges in as many separate investigations. He has so far avoided being charged in either of the other cases, one of which involved accepting gifts from billionaire friends and the other over trading positive media coverage for legislation. Letters from Jerusalem RHS Mrs Netanyahu is also embroiled in separate legal troubles of her own, stemming from accusations of a lavish lifestyle fuelled by misspent public funds, including spending more than $ 100,000 (£78,000) on take-out meals despite the state providing a private chef.



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Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu in telecom case

Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu in telecom caseJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges related to a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant, prompting immediate calls for his resignation.



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Report says Syria shot down Israeli war plane but Israel denies it

Report says Syria shot down Israeli war plane but Israel denies itSyria’s air defense forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles on Thursday, Russia’s RIA news agency said citing a Syrian security source, but Israel’s military said the report was bogus. The area where the incident is said to have occurred is where Hezbollah, a group backed by Iran, has its communications and logistics hub for southern Syria near the Israeli border, according to two senior regional intelligence sources. Israel is concerned that Iran’s growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its own security and has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria over the course of the country’s seven-year conflict.



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Hamas publishes photos of raid 'fugitives'; Israeli censor warns media

Hamas publishes photos of raid 'fugitives'; Israeli censor warns mediaHamas published photos on Thursday of six men and two women who it said were involved in a botched Israeli undercover raid into the Gaza Strip this month and appealed for details about them. Israel’s military censor, without commenting on the credibility of Hamas’s information, urged the media not to disseminate any details about the Nov. 11 incident in which an Israeli colonel, a Hamas commander and six other Palestinian militants were killed. Israel has not released the name of the dead Israeli officer, citing security considerations, and has not commented on the purpose of the undercover mission that Hamas said it interrupted when its men challenged a civilian vehicle.



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14 Palestinian protesters wounded by Israeli gunfire: Gaza ministry

14 Palestinian protesters wounded by Israeli gunfire: Gaza ministryAt least 14 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests along the Gaza border, the enclave’s health ministry said, as a lull in deadly violence held after a truce deal last week. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 14 people were injured by Israeli army fire along the border, including “a child shot in the chest east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp” in the central Gaza Strip.



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Netanyahu says calling Israeli snap polls now would be 'irresponsible'

Netanyahu says calling Israeli snap polls now would be 'irresponsible'Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday calling snap elections now would be “irresponsible” as he vowed to push on despite a coalition crisis. Speaking in an impassioned televised address to the nation, Netanyahu also said he would retain the defence ministry portfolio at least for now and work to convince his coalition partners to remain in the government. “To go to elections now would be irresponsible,” Netanyahu said.



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The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministryJERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local):



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