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Israel, Gaza Trading Heavy Fire

Militants are shooting rockets, mortar shells as Israel responds with airstrikes

(Newser) - Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. The Israeli military said most of the projectiles were intercepted, but three soldiers were wounded,... More »

US Gives Iran New List of Demands

Secretary of state Pompeo wants Tehran to pull all troops out of Syria, among other things

(Newser) - Now that the US has withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, what would it take to strike a new deal? A lot, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed Monday in a speech outlining US demands, reports the Wall Street Journal , the AP , CNN , and Al Jazeera . Pompeo... More »

President of a 'Nation,' His Death Cuts Population in Half

Eli Avivi's death leaves wife as sole permanent resident of Achzivland

(Newser) - The founder and president-for-life of one of the world's smallest unrecognized nations has died. Eli Avivi—who gained fame when he declared independence from Israel in 1971 and created the 3.5-acre micronation of Achzivland, populated by himself and his wife—died Tuesday, with his sister citing severe pneumonia,... More »

More Than 50 Dead as US Opens Embassy

Violence continues in Israel

(Newser) - The US formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, and the historic move triggered a new wave of violence. At least 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops as they demonstrated near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, reports the AP . The Washington Post reports that... More »

Romney: 'Bigot' Shouldn't Pray at Jerusalem Embassy Opening

City soccer team names itself after Trump

(Newser) - One of Israel's biggest sports teams has given itself a new name in honor of the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem —and the man who made it possible. Soccer club Beitar Jerusalem says it is now called Beitar Trump Jerusalem and the change will be... More »

Israelis Lose It After Eurovision Win

It was the first win for the country since 1998

(Newser) - Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate their country's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Fans flooded Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in front of City Hall, with some euphorically jumping into a public fountain, after Netta Barzilai was announced the winner in Portugal with... More »

Direct Strikes Raise Risk of an Israeli-Iranian War

Vladimir Putin may play a central role in what happens next

(Newser) - First, Iranian forces in Syria fired 20 rockets at Israel. Then Israel retaliated with a much larger show of force, with fighter jets striking dozens of Iranian targets in Syria. Iran and Israel have been fighting what the New York Times calls a "shadow war" in Syria, but the... More »

Israel Hits 'Nearly All' Iranian Targets in Syria

It was biggest-ever confrontation between Israel, Iran

(Newser) - Israel's defense minister says the military has struck "nearly all" of the Iranian infrastructure sites in Syria. Avigdor Lieberman says Israel responded fiercely to an unprecedented rocket attack by Iranian forces in Syria against Israel. He says no one was harmed in Israel and all the rockets were... More »

Israeli Military: Iran Just Set Off Event of 'Great Severity'

IDF says Iranian forces fired 20 'projectiles' directly at Golan Heights from Syria

(Newser) - Residents in the Golan Heights are taking shelter after a report from Israel's Defense Forces that Iran on Thursday fired about 20 "projectiles" from Syria directly at the Israeli military in the occupied territory—the first time Israel has accused Iran itself (not one of its proxies) of... More »

Netanyahu Hosted Japan's PM for Dinner. The Dessert Stunned

Not in a good way, though, as shoes are looked down upon in Japanese culture

(Newser) - On Monday, Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe proudly posted a pic on Instagram showing off his latest creation: what looked to be a man's shoe filled with a "chocolate selection from the world." Per the Washington Post , it was Moshe's dessert offering for a May 2... More »

Netanyahu: 'Iran Lied, Big Time'

Israeli leader says Tehran pursued nuclear weapons despite denials

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu went on Israeli TV Monday night and issued a blunt accusation against the nation he sees as an arch-nemesis: "Iran lied," he declared. "Big time." Netanyahu said Israel had obtained a "half ton" of documents proving that Iran had been trying to develop... More »

Natalie Portman Causes Ruckus in Native Israel

She won't attend prestigious award ceremony in protest of 'recent events'

(Newser) - Israeli-born Natalie Portman has set off a controversy in her native country with a decision to skip a prestigious award ceremony there for political reasons. Portman had been scheduled to travel to Israel in June to receive the Genesis Prize, which NBC News notes is known as the "Jewish... More »

Russia Says Israel, Not US, Hit Syria Base

Strike was initially blamed on 'American aggression'

(Newser) - Syria initially denounced "American aggression," but Russia says Israel, not the US, was to blame for a missile strike on a Syrian air base early Monday believed to have killed at least 14 people, including Iranian fighters. Syria now also accuses Israel of being behind the strike on... More »

Saudi Prince Makes Rare Concession to Israel

Mohammed bin Salman says Israelis have right to live on their own land

(Newser) - The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a long US trip looking to drum up business and support for the kingdom he may inherit soon, and Mohammed bin Salman has made headlines with a newly published interview in the Atlantic on two points:
  • Israel: The prince,
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Israel Plans Greater Response if Gaza Clashes Go On

15 Palestinians are dead

(Newser) - Israel will target militant groups inside Gaza if violence along the territory's border with Israel drags on, the chief military spokesman warned on Saturday, a day after 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the area's deadliest violence in four years, the AP reports. The violence significantly... More »

Deadliest Day in Gaza Since Autumn: 12 Dead, 1K Hurt

It started with the pre-dawn death of a farmer before Palestinian sit-ins

(Newser) - The Palestinian Health Ministry says the death toll in Gaza has risen to 12, with 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire along the border with Israel and a farmer killed by pre-dawn tank fire in a separate incident. In the deadliest day in Gaza since last fall, the ministry... More »

Palestinians Stage Mass Sit-Ins Along Border

Israel tank fire kills man before Friday protests

(Newser) - A Palestinian farmer was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip early on Friday, hours before Palestinians were to stage mass sit-ins along the border with Israel, a health official and a witness said. Ahead of the protests, called for by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, Israel'... More »

Truth of One of Most Daring, Mysterious Airstrikes Revealed

Israel confirms it was behind 2007 Syria strike

(Newser) - The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory. Although Israel was widely believed to have been behind the... More »

1 Dead After Palestinian Boat Sails Beyond Fishing Zone

Israeli navy fired on boat

(Newser) - The Israeli military says it has opened fire on a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, killing one man who was on board, the AP reports. The military says the boat sailed beyond an Israeli-imposed designated fishing zone, ignoring verbal warnings and warning shots. It says naval forces then opened... More »

Report: Surprise Date Set for Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Supposedly May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence

(Newser) - May 14th is the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence, and it appears it will serve as another big day: the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Per the Jerusalem Post , Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made the surprise announcement on Twitter Friday, tweeting... More »

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