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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 »

US Makes Its Biggest Pledge of Military Aid Ever

Deal with Israel follows months of behind-the-scenes negotiations

(Newser) - The United States will provide Israel's military with $38 billion during the next 10 years, officials said Tuesday, the largest batch of military assistance the US has ever pledged to another country. Following months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the State Department said the two countries had reached a 10-year agreement,... More »

Israel Denies That Syria Shot Down Plane

Ceasefire broken by sporadic attacks

(Newser) - A ceasefire allegedly went into effect in Syria at sundown on Monday—though most reports suggest that there are still a lot of people shooting at each other. Amid confusion over which opposition areas could be considered valid targets, there were reports of several attacks late Monday and early Tuesday,... More »

Palestinian President May Once Have Been KGB Agent

Soviet document lists Mahmoud Abbas as agent code named 'Mole'

(Newser) - It appears Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, worked for the KGB during the Cold War, the New York Times reports. It's information that seems relevant now, as Vladimir Putin, a former KGB lieutenant colonel, and Russia are attempting to start new peace talks between Abbas and... More »

Russia May Have Brokered Mideast 'Breakthrough'

Israel, Palestine have agreed 'in principle' to relaunch peace talks in Moscow

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed "in principle" to meet in Moscow to relaunch Mideast peace talks after a two-plus-year hiatus, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, though the AP reports that it's not clear when. "The most important thing is to... More »

Concertgoers Sue Sia for Lame Show

Tel Aviv concert that cost $90 per ticket lasted just 65 minutes

(Newser) - Sia may hide behind her fake bangs when she's performing, but her coif likely won't shield her from the $2.1 million class-action lawsuit just filed against her and an Israeli production company. Disgruntled concertgoers who forked over around $90 for tickets to the Australian singer's Aug.... More »

Egyptian Sent Home After Refusing to Shake Israeli's Hand

IOC also reprimanded El Shehaby

(Newser) - An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday. The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a "severe reprimand" for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout... More »

Handshake Refusal Brings Mideast Tensions to Rio

Egyptian athlete refuses to shake hands with Israeli athlete

(Newser) - Tensions in the Middle East appear to have spilled over into the Rio Olympics, as an Egyptian athlete refused to shake hands with an Israeli athlete following a judo match Friday, Reuters reports. After winning the match, Israel's Or Sasson bowed to Egypt's Islam El Shehaby and went... More »

Huge Find Could Reveal the Truth About Goliath's People

The 3K-year-old Philistine remains could help solve a biblical mystery

(Newser) - Harvard University archaeologist Lawrence Stager has led the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon since 1985, clocking more than 30 years of excavations in a 150-acre site in the ancient seaport 35 miles south of Tel Aviv, reports the Harvard Gazette . Now, a major find related to the little-known Philistines, some... More »

Female Shaman Buried in Strangely Elaborate Grave

Many others were buried nearby, but this woman was treated differently

(Newser) - The 4-foot-9 woman may have been diminutive in height, but the manner in which the 40-something was buried suggests a sizeable social stature. Since researchers discovered her 12,000-year-old grave in Israel in 2005, a team has been piecing together the story behind a woman they are calling a "... More »

Netanyahu: Brother's Death in Famous Raid Still Haunts Me

Yonatan Netanyahu died at Entebbe in 1976

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country's raid on Uganda's Entebbe airport 40 years ago, in which his brother was killed, profoundly "changed the course" of his life. Speaking shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Netanyahu praised Israel's commando raid on the airport that freed... More »

Israeli Girl, 13, Stabbed to Death in Her Own Bed

Assailant was shot dead by guards in West Bank

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Israeli girl is dead after a Palestinian man entered her home and stabbed her in her bed, police say. Hallel Ariel's mother says the girl was "happy" and "sleeping calmly" in her bedroom in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank when... More »

Israel Halts Ramadan Travel After Tel Aviv Attack

Hamas says more 'surprises' are on the way

(Newser) - Israel on Thursday suspended most special permits for Palestinians to visit Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as well as beefed up police patrols in Tel Aviv, after two Palestinians carried out a shooting in Tel Aviv Wednesday night that killed four Israelis. COGAT, an Israeli defense body,... More »

Palestinian Shooters Kill 4 at Crowded Israeli Market

'He was just shooting point blank at people sitting down'

(Newser) - Four people were killed when two Palestinian men opened fire outside a popular market Wednesday night in Tel Aviv, NBC News reports. The BBC quotes the city's police chief, who calls the attack a "pretty serious terrorist incident." A handful of other people were injured—some very... More »

Divers Find Roman-Era 'Trash' Saved by Shipwreck

Merchant ship sank off Israel 1.6K years ago

(Newser) - A Roman-era treasure trove has been retrieved thanks to two strokes of luck. The first happened 1,600 years ago when a merchant ship carrying the statues and coins to be recycled sank in the ancient port of Caesarea in Israel. The second came last month when two divers discovered... More »

Family Says Museum's Priceless Passover Manuscript Is Rightfully Theirs

They claim it was stolen during Nazi rule

(Newser) - The Birds' Head Haggadah—the oldest illustrated Passover manuscript in the world and one of its most intriguing—has been a prized possessions of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the past 70 years, the AP reports. Now the grandchildren of a Jewish lawyer killed by the Nazis say the... More »

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