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Israel’s Lapid: From TV anchor to coalition architect – Times of India
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Israel’s Lapid: From TV anchor to coalition architect – Times of India

JERUSALEM: Yair Lapid, the architect of an improbable coalition that unseated Israel's longest-ruling prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, is a former opposition leader and television anchor. When Lapid founded his centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party in 2012, some dismissed him as the latest in a series of media stars seeking to transform his celebrity status into political success. But his fiercely secularist party finished second with 17 seats in March elections, Israel's fourth inconclusive national vote in less than two years. He was mandated last month to form a government after the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, failed in his own efforts to build a post-election coalition. And after pulling off what many had thought was impossible -- cobbling together a coali...
Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 3 in West Bank raid – Times of India
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Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 3 in West Bank raid – Times of India

JENIN: Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin during what appeared to be an Israeli arrest raid overnight, Palestinian officials said on Thursday. Israel and the Palestinian Authority coordinate security operations in the territory against Hamas and other militant groups seen as a threat to both of them. The coordination has contributed to mounting anger at the PA among Palestinians. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called a "dangerous Israeli escalation," saying the three were killed by Israeli special forces who disguise themselves as Arabs during arrest raids. The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, called on the international community and the...
Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence
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Mixed city of Arabs and Jews remains on edge after violence

Israeli security forces guard the streets of Lod, weeks after rioters torched patrol cars, synagogues and homes. Attackers who killed an Arab and a Jewish resident are still at large. And a mayor whom some blame for setting the stage for some of the worst domestic unrest in Israeli history remains in office. Israel and Hamas reached a truce two weeks ago to end 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip. But the roots of the upheavals that wracked Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab cities during the war have not been addressed, leaving those communities on edge. “It’s hard for me to say what tomorrow will be like. To say that I will have the same trust, it’s hard to say,” said Rivi Abramowitz, a Jewish resident of Lod’s predominantly Arab Ramat Eshkol neighborhood. Lod, about 16 kilomet...
Israel’s Yair Lapid: From TV anchor to PM hopeful – Times of India
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Israel’s Yair Lapid: From TV anchor to PM hopeful – Times of India

JERUSALEM: Yair Lapid, who edged closer on Sunday to forming a coalition cabinet to oust long-term premier Benjamin Netanyahu, is Israel's centrist opposition leader and a former television anchor. When Lapid founded his Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party in 2012, some dismissed him as the latest in a series of media stars seeking to parlay his celebrity into political success. But Yesh Atid finished second with 17 seats in March elections, Israel's fourth inconclusive vote in less than two years, and earlier this month Lapid was tasked to form a government after Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition. On Sunday, Lapid convinced nationalist hardliner Naftali Bennett to join him in building a coalition cabinet they hope will end Netanyahu's 12 consecutive years in office. Deter...
Israel, Egypt talk truce with Hamas, rebuilding Gaza Strip – Times of India
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Israel, Egypt talk truce with Hamas, rebuilding Gaza Strip – Times of India

CAIRO: Egypt and Israel are holding high-level talks in both countries Sunday to shore up a fragile truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group, and rebuild the Gaza Strip after a punishing 11-day war that left much of the seaside enclave in ruins. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry was meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, who landed in Cairo on Sunday. It was the first public visit by an Israeli foreign minister in over a decade, according to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. The Israeli Embassy in Cairo said on Twitter that Ashkenazi's visit is the first for a top Israeli diplomat since 2008. It wrote that the two ministers would discuss topics including the cease-fire and the release of Israeli soldiers and citizens being held by Hamas. ``We will discuss estab...
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli strikes on Gaza may be war crimes – Times of India
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UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli strikes on Gaza may be war crimes – Times of India

GENEVA: The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday that Israel's deadly strikes on Gaza may constitute war crimes if they are shown to be disproportionate. Bachelet, opening a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, called at the request of Muslim states, said she had seen no evidence that civilian buildings in Gaza hit by Israeli strikes were being used by for military purposes. "If found disproportionate, such attacks might constitute war crimes," she told the 47-member Geneva forum. She also urged Hamas Islamist rulers in Gaza to refrain from firing indiscriminate rockets on Israel. Source link
UAE and Israel press ahead with ties after Gaza cease-fire
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UAE and Israel press ahead with ties after Gaza cease-fire

Israel’s top diplomat to the United Arab Emirates attended a ceremony in Dubai on the grounds of the Arabian Peninsula’s first permanent exhibition to commemorate the Holocaust. Hours earlier, he’d attended an event establishing a joint venture between an Israeli and Emirati company. The receptions on Monday were the clearest indication since a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip came into effect last week that the devastating 11-day war between Hamas and Israel and the violence that gripped Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque in the days preceding it have had no visible impact on the UAE’s commitment to establishing deep ties with the state of Israel. “What we see here is the exact opposite of what we see in Gaza… What we see here in the whole normalization process is a departure from th...
Biden speaks with Egyptian counterpart on Israel-Palestine conflict – Times of India
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Biden speaks with Egyptian counterpart on Israel-Palestine conflict – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the two leaders discussed the peace process in the Middle East and the urgent need to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip. Biden thanked Egypt for its successful diplomacy and coordination with the United States to end the recent hostilities in Israel and Gaza and ensure violence does not reoccur, the White House said in a readout of the call on Monday. The two leaders consulted on the urgent need to deliver humanitarian assistance to those in need in Gaza and to support rebuilding efforts in a manner that benefits the people there and not Hamas. Biden on Monday asked his top diplomat Blinken to travel to the Middle East to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders, among other regiona...
Benjamin Netanyahu hails Gaza operation as ‘exceptional success’ – Times of India
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Benjamin Netanyahu hails Gaza operation as ‘exceptional success’ – Times of India

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Israel's 11-day bombardment of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. AP PhotoJERUSALEM: Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed Israel's 11-day bombardment of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza as an "exceptional success", after a ceasefire to end the deadly conflict took effect. "We achieved our goals in the operation," Netanyahu said of the campaign primarily targeted at Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, and Islamic Jihad, the second largest armed group in the enclave. The hawkish premier said "the public doesn't know everything" about Israel's gains in the operation "and neither does Hamas." Gaza's health ministry has put the death toll from Israel's air strikes at 243. Netanyahu said Israel's strikes had killed "more than 200...
On the sidelines, Hezbollah looms large over Gaza battle – Times of India
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On the sidelines, Hezbollah looms large over Gaza battle – Times of India

File photo: Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah BEIRUT: Ever since their last war in 2006, Israel and Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militia have constantly warned that a new round between them is inevitable. Yet once again, a potential trigger has gone unpulled. Hezbollah's shadow loomed large during Israel and Hamas' two-week battle, with the possibility it could unleash its arsenal of missiles - far more powerful than Hamas' - in support of the Palestinians. Instead, Hezbollah stayed on the sidelines. And if a ceasefire that took effect early Friday holds, another Israel-Hamas war will have ended without Hezbollah intervention. For now, both sides had compelling reasons not to clash, including - for Hezbollah - the bitter memory of Israel's punishing 2006 bombing campaign that turn...
Hamas to keep finger on trigger after ceasefire, says official
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Hamas to keep finger on trigger after ceasefire, says official

A Hamas official said that Israel must end its violations in Jerusalem and address damages fromthe bombardment of Gaza following a ceasefire that began on Friday, warning the group still had its “hands on the trigger.” “It is true the battle ends today but (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and the whole world should know that our hands are on the trigger and we will continue to grow the capabilities of this resistance,” said Ezzat El-Reshiq, a member of the Hamas political bureau. He told Reuters in Doha that the movement’s demands also include protecting Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and ending the eviction of several Palestinians from their home in East Jerusalem which Reshiq described as “a red line.” Aerial bombardment of densely populated Gaza has killed 232 Pa...
Israel, Hamas End 11 Days Of War, Begin Truce; Celebrations In Gaza As People Seek Normalcy
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Israel, Hamas End 11 Days Of War, Begin Truce; Celebrations In Gaza As People Seek Normalcy

Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire Thursday, halting a bruising 11-day war that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip, brought life in much of Israel to a standstill and left more than 200 people dead.At 2 am local time, just as the ceasefire took effect, frenzy life returned to the streets of Gaza.People went out of their homes, some shouting Allahu Akbar" or whistling from balconies. Many fired in the air, celebrating the truce.Like the three previous wars between the bitter enemies, the latest round of fighting ended inconclusively.Israel claimed to inflict heavy damage on Hamas but once again was unable to halt the Islamic militant group's nonstop rocket barrages.Almost immediately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced angry accusations ...
Israel unleashes strikes after vowing to press on in Gaza – Times of India
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Israel unleashes strikes after vowing to press on in Gaza – Times of India

An Israeli soldier stands nearby as an artillery unit fires near the border between Israel and the Gaza StripGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several, as it pushed ahead despite US calls to wind down the offensive against Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, who have fired thousands of rockets at Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure from his country's closest ally but appears determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career. Still, diplomatic efforts to negotiate a cease-fire gathered pace, and a senior Hamas official said he expected a truce soon. Explosions shook Gaza City and orange flares lit u...
Rockets from Gaza rain havoc on Israeli cities in latest war – Times of India
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Rockets from Gaza rain havoc on Israeli cities in latest war – Times of India

Gaza: Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel.JERUSALEM: Sirens wailed just before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot began on Sunday evening, sending Chen Farag and her family once again running for cover as they have dozens of times over the past week since the latest war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and the Israeli military erupted. The Farags live in Ashdod, Israel's largest port on the Mediterranean coast. The city of about 225,000 people is around 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the Gaza Strip. Six adults, two dogs and a parrot huddled in their home's reinforced safe room - a routine precaution for hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the country's south. After an explosion shook the building, they rushed outside to see cars on fire, including their own. Their home's ...
Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza as war rages on – Times of India
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Israel, Hamas trade fire in Gaza as war rages on – Times of India

GAZA CITY: Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Tuesday. Palestinians across the region observed a general strike as the war, now in its second week, showed no signs of abating. Explosions from the airstrikes echoed through the pre-dawn darkness in Gaza City, sending flashes of orange across the night sky. The strikes toppled the Kahil building, which contains libraries and educational centers belonging to the Islamic University. Clouds of dust hung over the site, which had been reduced to piles of concrete rubble and tangled power lines. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the overnight strikes. Heavy fighting broke out May 10 when Gaza's ...
Israeli strikes hit Gaza tunnels as diplomats work for truce – Times of India
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Israeli strikes hit Gaza tunnels as diplomats work for truce – Times of India

Israeli soldiers fire a 155mm self-propelled howitzer towards the Gaza Strip from their position along the border with the Palestinian enclave, on May 17, 2021. (AFP Photo)GAZA CITY: The Israeli military unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Monday, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers (9 miles) of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders, as international diplomats worked to end the weeklong war that has killed hundreds of people. The latest attacks killed a top Gaza leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group whom the Israeli military blamed for some of the thousands of rocket attacks launched at Israel in recent days. Israel has said it intends to press on for now with its attacks against Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the United Stat...
Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu speak about Mideast conflict – Times of India
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Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu speak about Mideast conflict – Times of India

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP, file photo)BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the current escalation in the Mideast conflict and emphasised Germany's solidarity with Israel and the country's right to self-defence. She condemned the continued rocket attacks from Gaza into Israeli and voiced her hope for a swift end to the fighting in light of the loss of civilian life on both sides. Merkel's office said she also stressed that the government will "continue to act decisively against protests in Germany at which hatred and antisemitism is spread." One of the leading contenders to succeed Merkel in Germany's national election this fall, Annalena Baerb...
A tough sell: In Dubai amid clash, Israel promotes tourism – Times of India
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A tough sell: In Dubai amid clash, Israel promotes tourism – Times of India

DUBAI: As violence flares within Israel and on a day in which Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City killed at least 42 people, it was business as usual for a senior Israeli tourism official in Dubai as she promoted the country as a must-see destination for Muslim visitors. It might seem an odd proposition at an odd time given that major airlines have suspended flights to Israel amid the flare-up in violence and while the spread of coronavirus remains a threat. But at Dubai's Arabian Travel Market on Sunday, billed as the first travel and tourism event to happen in person since the global coronavirus outbreak, a small Israeli booth — tucked behind Slovenia's — marketed the country as the “Land of Creation.” Promotional videos advertised Israel's vegan culinary scene, its beaches and urged: “Bo...
Gaza attack: Israeli air strikes hit Gaza as fighting enters second week | World News – Times of India
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Gaza attack: Israeli air strikes hit Gaza as fighting enters second week | World News – Times of India

Smoke and flames rise above a building during Israeli air strikes amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence in Gaza City GAZA/TEL AVIV: Israel bombed what it said were underground tunnels used by Hamas and Palestinian militants fired rocket barrages at Israeli cities as fighting spilled into a second week on Monday and international calls for a ceasefire mounted. After a night of heavy Israeli air strikes on areas across the Islamist Hamas-run enclave, Israel's military said Gaza militants had fired about 60 rockets towards Israeli cities overnight, down from 120 and 200 the two previous nights. A Palestinian sponge factory in northern Gaza was hit in a morning air strike and firefighters battled to quell the blaze, which sent plumes of smoke into the air. After rockets were fired...
‘Attack On  Al Jazeera Building Was Perfectly Legitimate Target’: Israel PM On Airstrike
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‘Attack On Al Jazeera Building Was Perfectly Legitimate Target’: Israel PM On Airstrike

New Delhi: Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, medics said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza would continue despite international efforts to broker a cease-fire.In a televised address, Netanyahu said Sunday evening the attacks were continuing at “full-force” and will “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” from Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, he said."Here's the intelligence we had," Netanyahu told CBS News. "An intelligence office for the Palestinian terrorist organization (was) housed in that building that plots and organizes the terror attacks against Israeli civilians.""So it is a perfectly legitimate target. I can tell you...