Israel passes nationality bill into a law

Knesset passes controversial law seeking to enshrine the status of the State of Israel as the nation state of the ...
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Egypt presents new Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement

New initiative includes removal of Gaza sanctions, reinstatement of Palestinian Authority officials, report says.

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Minister Elkin to run independently for J’lem mayor

Likud officials: Coalition chairman Amsalem acted to torpedo Elkin's standing as Likud's candidate.

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Why do we love to hate so much?

TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate - and how we can fight it.

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Israel passes controversial nation-state law defining country as Jewish national homeland

62 MKs vote in favor of the bill after a stormy debate and changes to problematic clauses ■ Arab lawmakers ...
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Israel approves controversial ‘Jewish nation state’ law

Prime Minister Netanyahu hails a "defining moment" as Israeli Arab MPs condemn the legislation ...
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Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a meeting of his new cabinet, in honor of Jerusalem day, at the Israeli Museum in JerusalemIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election. Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on her first visit to the region, and a week after his new government took office, Netanyahu said: "We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all … I don't support a one-state solution, I don't believe that's a solution at all, I support the vision of two states for two peoples." He reiterated Israel's longstanding demand that any Palestinian state established in land Israel captured in a 1967 war should be demilitarized, and said he hoped to discuss with Mogherini "how we can advance that vision forward".


Bin Laden bent on spectacular US attack until the end: files

Pakistani policemen stand guard outside a burnt compound at the hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 3, 2011Hunkered down in his Pakistani compound, Osama bin Laden pleaded with his followers to stay focused on attacking the United States instead of being dragged into Muslim infighting. Documents that were declassified on Wednesday shed new light on the mindset of Al-Qaeda's founder, his debates over tactics, his anxiety over Western spying and his fixation with the group's media image. "The focus should be on killing and fighting the American people and their representatives," the late Al-Qaeda figurehead wrote.


Syria’s Palmyra in peril after IS overruns most of city

A Syrian soldier fires artillery shells towards Islamic State group jihadists in northeastern Palmyra, on May 17, 2015Islamic State group fighters overran most of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, in a blow to efforts to repel the advancing jihadists after the fall of Iraq's Ramadi. The jihadists, notorious for demolishing archaeological treasures since declaring a "caliphate" last year straddling Iraq and Syria, appeared to have fought their way into Palmyra on foot after breaking through in the city's north. It was unclear if they had reached Palmyra's UNESCO-listed heritage site, including ancient temples and colonnaded streets, and its adjacent museum housing priceless artefacts located in the city's southwest.