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Republicans Slam Rep. Tlaib for Holocaust Remarks

She accuses them of twisting her words

(Newser) - The first Palestinian-American woman in Congress is taking flak for remarks she made about Israel and the Holocaust in a podcast over the weekend. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, discussing her position on a one-state Israeli-Palestinian solution, told the Skullduggery podcast that "there’s a kind of a calming feeling, I... More »

Gaza Fighting Ends After Dozens Killed

At least 27 die in worst clash since 2014

(Newser) - The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern Israel on Monday, while the Hamas militant group's radio station in Gaza reported a ceasefire, signaling a deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war. The escalation had killed 23... More »

For a Month, a Lull. Then Came the 90 Rockets

Reports out of Israel of rockets fired from Gaza Strip, retaliatory airstrikes against Palestinians

(Newser) - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 90 rockets into southern Israel on Saturday, per the Israeli military, triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire against militant targets in the blockaded enclave and shattering a monthlong lull in violence. Gaza's Health Ministry said a 22-year-old Palestinian, Emad Nassir,... More »

Trump Could Be Getting His Own Settlement in the Golan

Netanyahu wants to name a neighborhood after him

(Newser) - President Trump recently made a massive shift to the US' policy on Israel, and in return, he might be immortalized in the Levant. Newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was touring the Golan Heights with his wife and sons Tuesday, a month after Trump said the US would recognize Israeli... More »

Israel's Ambitious Moon Landing Attempt Fails

It was supposed to be the first privately funded lunar mission

(Newser) - An Israeli spacecraft lost contact with Earth and crashed just moments before it was to land on the moon late Thursday, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission . The spacecraft lost communication with ground control as it was making its final descent... More »

'It Is a Night of Colossal Victory'

Election victory would make Netanyahu Israel's longest-serving PM

(Newser) - Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu looks headed for victory after Israel's election Tuesday night, in a tight race that initially pointed to a dead heat. Both Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz declared victory, but Netanyahu is seen as the leader more likely to succeed: the... More »

This Is the 'Biggest Drama' Facing Israel Elections

Arab turnout is extremely low: reports

(Newser) - A prominent Israeli pollster says that Israel has never seen such a decline in Arab turnout, calling it "the biggest drama" facing the national election. Camil Fuchs told Israel's Chanel 13 TV that exit polls revealed startling low turnout throughout the day, the AP reports. Prominent Arab politicians... More »

Netanyahu Makes Stunning Vow on Settlements

Israel's prime minister offers dramatic policy shift

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race, the AP reports. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms... More »

Netanyahu's US Visit Just Got Shorter

He'll meet Trump, then skip AIPAC and return home after projectile from Gaza strikes home

(Newser) - A rocket attack will shorten Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the US. The Israeli prime minister arrived in the US on Sunday and met with President Trump as planned on Monday in the White House. But Netanyahu will skip a planned address to AIPAC and immediately return home instead of... More »

Trump Tweet Signals Big Change to US' Israel Policy

Netanyahu, facing re-election, welcomes recognition of Israeli control

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that it's time for the US to recognize Israel's control over the disputed Golan Heights, signaling a shift in policy ahead of the Israeli prime minister's visit next week to the White House . The administration has been considering recognizing Israel's sovereignty over... More »

Netanyahu Will Be at the White House Monday

President Trump to host Israeli prime minister for two days

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the White House for two days next week, the White House announced Wednesday. "The president and the prime minister will discuss their countries' shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25," says a... More »

Gal Gadot Not Happy With Netanyahu's Israel Comments

She comes to defense of fellow Israeli celebrity who called for equal rights for Arab Israelis

(Newser) - Gal Gadot is going all Wonder Woman on Israel's prime minister. As NBC News explains, the issue started with Israeli model and actor Rotem Sela calling for equal rights for Israel's Arab minority. Benjamin Netanyahu responded by taking to Instagram to address the "slightly confused people" who... More »

Moon Lander Snaps Amazing Selfie

Earth was the backdrop

(Newser) - An Israeli spacecraft has taken the ultimate selfie on its roundabout journey to the moon, the AP reports. Organizers for the privately funded mission released the photo on Tuesday, 12 days after its launch. It shows the spacecraft Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis, orbiting some 23,300 miles away, with the... More »

Israel's AG Delivers Huge Blow to Netanyahu

Recommends indicting the prime minister on bribery and other charges

(Newser) - Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that will shake up Israel's election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister's political career. Attorney General Avichai... More »

It's Blast Off for Israel's Mission to the Moon

'Uber-style' mission will share rocket with 2 other spacecraft

(Newser) - Israel launched the first private spacecraft to the moon late Thursday, in a takeoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral on the back of one of Space X's Falcon 9 rockets. An unmanned craft weighing in at 1,300 pounds, Beresheet's name is Hebrew for "in the beginning,... More »

First Private Spacecraft Is Headed to the Moon

Israel is aiming to launch an unmanned lander this week

(Newser) - An Israeli nonprofit says it'll launch what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon this week, reports the AP . SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told reporters on Monday that the landing craft, dubbed Beresheet, or Genesis, will ship from Florida, where, propelled... More »

House Dems' Rebuke of One of Their Own Called 'Remarkable'

At issue is Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'use of anti-Semitic tropes'

(Newser) - As far as rebukes go, Politico called it "extraordinary"; Vox went with "remarkable." The House Democratic leadership on Monday called on one of their party's own—Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar—to apologize for her "deeply offensive ... use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’... More »

Barr Has New Theory on Roseanne Cancellation

She say it was because she supports Israel

(Newser) - Comedian and divisive former television star Roseanne Barr says her sitcom was canceled last year because of backlash against her support for Israel. Barr spoke Monday at an event in Tel Aviv and said she had been "BDS-ed" by television network ABC, the AP reports. BDS refers to a... More »

Israel Makes Rare Move After Syria Airstrikes

Military confirms that it hit Iranian targets

(Newser) - In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. The statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in... More »

Israeli Teens Arrested in Stoning Death of Palestinian

5 accused of 'serious terror offenses'

(Newser) - Five Jewish teenagers have been arrested in connection with "serious terror offenses," including the stoning death of a Palestinian woman in October, Israeli authorities revealed after a news blackout was lifted over the weekend. The Shin Bet security agency says the five, who were detained a week ago,... More »

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