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Truck Plows Into Group of Israeli Soldiers; Kills 4

At least 15 injured in attack that shattered relative lull in violence

(Newser) - A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers who were disembarking from a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, Israeli police and rescue services said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the truck veered off course and rammed into the group in the Armon... More »

In Rare Case, Israeli Soldier Guilty in Death of Palestinian

Elor Azaria fatally shot assailant in March

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, capping a nine-month saga that has deeply divided the country, reports the AP . The verdict, which marks an extremely rare instance of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal... More »

Israeli Cops Question Netanyahu for 3 Hours

Corruption probe now a full criminal investigation: Israeli AG

(Newser) - Israeli police investigators descended on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home Monday to continue a corruption probe, and while officials are being tight-lipped on what was discussed, a police spokesman revealed that questioning revolved around Netanyahu being "under caution on the suspicions of receiving benefits," CNN reports. The... More »

Israel PM Rejects Kerry's 'Parting Shot'

Bill Clinton offered very similar solution in 2000

(Newser) - John Kerry fired what was widely seen as a frustrated parting shot at Israel amid rising tensions Wednesday, warning, as "a friend," that the country needs to hear some "hard truths" about its settlement policy, which he believes is jeopardizing any hope of a two-state solution. The... More »

Trump Adds Bush-Era Figure to National Security Team

Trump Organization lawyer named as adviser for international deals

(Newser) - Donald Trump has appointed an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era to his national security circle and a figure from the Trump Organization to make international deals. Thomas Bossert will become an assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. A statement from Trump's transition team... More »

Israel: We've Got Proof Obama Set Up UN Resolution

Says it's ready to hand 'evidence' right over to President-elect Trump

(Newser) - Israel has been voicing its displeasure about the United States' abstention from a UN Security Council vote Friday that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements. So has Donald Trump, who's vowed "things will be different after Jan. 20th." Now Israel is offering the president-elect what... More »

Netanyahu Fumes Publicly at Obama Over UN Rebuke

'The Obama administration initiated it'

(Newser) - The Israeli government's furious reaction to the UN Security Council's adoption of a resolution opposing Jewish settlements in occupied territory underscores its fundamental and bitter dispute with the international community about the future of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, writes Josef Federman at AP . Prime Minister Benjamin... More »

A Fake News Story Leads to Nuclear Threat

Pakistani official lashes out at Israel after bogus online post

(Newser) - If 2016 is the year of the fake news story, then it's ending in appropriate fashion: One bogus story has just led to a veiled threat of nuclear retaliation. As the Times of Israel explains, the craziness began when a fake news site, AWD News, ran a fake story... More »

Graham Wants to Defund UN Over Anti-Israeli Resolution

Meanwhile, Israel is punishing the countries that sponsored the resolution

(Newser) - The US' surprising decision to allow a resolution condemning Israeli settlements to be passed by the UN Security Council on Friday continues to have immediate ramifications. CNN reports Sen. Lindsey Graham says he'll propose a measure to cut off US funding to the UN unless the resolution is repealed.... More »

Trump Promises Change as UN Passes Anti-Israel Resolution

Meanwhile, the US shocks by not vetoing it

(Newser) - The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, the BBC reports. The resolution passed the Security Council 14-0 with the US abstaining from the vote. Israeli settlements are seen as a major sticking... More »

Trump's Pick for Israel Envoy Angers Liberal US Jewish Groups

Hard-liner David Friedman backs moving embassy to Jerusalem

(Newser) - Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate attorney David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel, selecting an envoy who supports Israeli settlements and other changes to US policies in the region, reports the AP . Friedman says he looks forward to carrying out his duties from "the US embassy... More »

Carter: Time for US to Recognize Palestine Is Now

America should grant diplomatic recognition to Palestine before Obama leaves WH: Jimmy Carter

(Newser) - Time is running out before the Oval Office changes hands, and in Jimmy Carter's mind, that leaves a limited window for one major thing on America's to-do list: helping Palestine receive UN membership by granting diplomatic recognition before President Obama leaves the White House. In his opinion piece... More »

Israel Blames 'Terror' for Massive Wildfire

Police believe Haifa blaze was 'politically motivated'

(Newser) - A wildfire roared through parts of Israel's third-largest city on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes as the country's leaders raised the possibility that Arab assailants had intentionally set the Haifa blaze. While there were no serious injuries, several dozen people were hospitalized... More »

The Only Intact Stone Copy of Ten Commandments Could Be Yours

But you'll have to fork over at least $322K

(Newser) - Not content with your Bible? For $322,000, you could perhaps own a marble slab bearing the only complete stone inscription of the Ten Commandments. Heritage Auctions is now auctioning the 2-foot-long, 200-pound slab engraved in a Samaritan script, though the commandments aren't exactly as you know them today.... More »

Bill Clinton, Obama Join Dozens of Leaders at Peres Funeral

It was Israel's biggest gathering of leaders since 1995

(Newser) - Shimon Peres was laid to rest in Jerusalem Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries—a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a... More »

Shimon Peres Dead at 93

Israeli elder statesman had 7-decade career

(Newser) - Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died early Wednesday. He was 93. His son, Chemi, confirmed his death Wednesday morning... More »

To Thwart Hamas' Tunnels, Israel Goes Underground

Official says 40-mile structure will be finished in months

(Newser) - A senior Israeli military official on Sunday said a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be finished in a matter of months, dealing what he said would be a serious blow to Hamas, reports the AP . The Southern Command official said... More »

Trump Tells Netanyahu of Major Shift If He's Elected

GOP nominee says he'd recognize the city as Israel's capital

(Newser) - Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set up Sunday meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the eve of their first big debate, the AP reports—and Trump, who met with Netanyahu first in New York City, made a big promise to the PM that would mark a "... More »

8 Chinese Tourists Walk Into Israeli Hummus Joint, Rack Up $4.4K Tab

Israel investigating whether they were gouged

(Newser) - How did eight Chinese tourists rack up a tab worth about $4,400 at an Israeli hummus restaurant? That's what the Israeli Foreign Ministry is asking after the group was charged a hefty 16,500 shekels for dinner, the New York Daily News reports. "By behaving this way... More »

Ex-Israel President Peres in Serious Condition After Stroke

Israeli media says he's 'fighting for his life,' but doctors say he's out of the woods, stable

(Newser) - Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was in "serious but stable" condition after suffering a major stroke, doctors treating him said Wednesday, as the nation rallied in prayer and support for the 93-year-old elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Dr. Yitzhak Kreiss, director of the Sheba Medical Center near... More »

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