Israeli Police Officer Shot to Death Near Hebron

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On April 15, Israeli media sources reported the shooting death of an Israeli policeman while he was driving near Hebron. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh praised the attack while no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Article Source: Maariv

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Israel Hesitant to Take Public Stance Against Russia

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Haaretz reported on April 13 that Israel fears that if it condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it could hurt its security. Israel expressed its concerns to US officials who told Israel that it if wants to be part of the group of western nations it must act accordingly.

Article Source: Haaretz

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Israeli President Peres Tours the Golan and Comments on Syria

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Israeli President Shimon Peres toured the Golan on Sunday and addressed the civil war in Syria. While speaking with Israeli troops, Peres expressed his belief that Syria will not return to what it once was and also stated that while previous Syrian President Hafez Al Asad was a stubborn leader, he maintained order.

Article Source: Maariv

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Israel Launches New Spy Satellite

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On Wednesday night, Israel launched Ofek 10 into space. As part of the military intelligence unit, this spy satellite gives Israel more consecutive coverage of areas of interest, particularly Iran. The images created from the radar system onboard, are sent back to Israel at the end of the satellite's every orbit.

Article Source: Ynet

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Anti-Semitic Right Wing Parties Gaining Strength in Europe

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Ynet reported on April 9 that right-wing parties within Europe, like Hungary's Jobbik Party, have gained popularity on platforms such as anti-semitism and negative attitudes towards immigrants. Finland's Finn's Party, Austria's Freedom Party, France's National Front Party, and Greece's Golden Dawn Party have all experienced an increase in popularity and publicity in the past couple of years. Each of these parties have negative associations with neo-Nazism, fascism, and anti-religion. France, in particular, is eager to secure its secular strength and pertaining laws.

Article Source: YNET

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Rioters Attack Outpost in West Bank

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An IDF outpost of the Yizhar settlement in the West Bank, was destroyed by settlers after they had warned the reserve soldiers on duty to leave. This attack raises the possibility of building a police station in the area so that responsibility will be transferred from the army. Minister of Defense Moshe Bogi Ya'alon severly criticized the attack on the military forces stating that the settlers "need to obey the law like every Israeli citizen."

Article Source: Mako.co.il

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Hezbollah Claims Responsibility for IED on Israel-Lebanon Border

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Yesterday Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah announced in an interview that the terrorist organization was responsible for planting an IED on the Israel-Lebanon border a few weeks ago. Nasrallah stated that Hezbollah meant to send a message to Israel, which he believes was achieved by the planting the IED.

Article Source: Ynet

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Barghouti Accuses Palestinian Factions of Abandoning the Release of Prisoners

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Maariv reported yesterday that imprisoned Palestinian leader and militant Marwan Barghouti accused the Palestinian factions of abandoning the release of Palestinian prisoners. Barghouti called upon the Palestinian factions to make the release of prisoners a central tenet of opposing the Israeli occupation.

Article Source: Maariv

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Palestinian Officials Believe Peace Talks Have Regressed

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Following late night meeting between Palestinian and Israeli delegates, Palestinian officials came away frustrated that Israeli officials attempted to discuss previously agreed upon items such as the release of the final batch of Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat warned that if Israel escalated the situation and delayed further talks, the Palestinians will take matters to international forums. A senior American official acknowledged the hard decisions that each side must make in order to find an opening for productive dialogue.

Article Source: Haaretz

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Palestinian Lawyers Suspected of Accepting Payments in Mediating Between Hamas and Prisoners

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Haaretz reported yesterday that Palestinian lawyers from an East Jerusalem neighborhood are suspected of mediating between Hamas and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in exchange for payments. The article noted that indictments will be submitted soon.

Article Source: Haaretz

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Kerry Holds Emergency Meeting with Netanyahu

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arranged an emergency meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Monday and Tuesday concerning peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. After Israel stopped the release of the final batch of Palestinian prisoners, reports indicated that the US might include the release Jonathan Pollard, a convicted Israeli spy, if Israel were to re-engage in the peace dialogue. White House Spokesperson Jay Carney responded to these reports stating that there has been no change in Pollard's status and that Pollard is serving his sentence.

Article Source: YNET

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert Convicted of Taking Bribes

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted today of accepting bribes while he was mayor of Jerusalem in a long standing case concerning the Holyland housing development in Jerusalem. Olmert was convicted in a Tel Aviv court for taking about $161,000 in bribes.

Article Source: Maariv

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Israel Orders Investigation into Death of Jordanian Judge

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חיילים סמוך למעבר אלנבי אחרי מות השופט, לפני שלושה שבועות. צילום: אוליבייה פיטוסי Picture and caption published by Haaretz

חיילים סמוך למעבר אלנבי אחרי מות השופט, לפני שלושה שבועות. צילום: אוליבייה פיטוסי

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Israel has ordered an investigation into the death of a Jordanian judge at an Israeli-Jordanian border crossing three weeks ago. Specifically, the investigation will focus on the circumstances of his death and the IDF decision to open fire upon him.

Article Source: Haaretz

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Erdogan May Visit Israel Soon

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Ynet reported yesterday that an Israeli representative traveled to Ankara to meet with his Turkish counterpart concerning a possible reconciliation agreement between the two countries and a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to Israel. Relations between the two nations have been strained since the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. 

Article Source: Ynet

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Israel's Ultra Orthodox Community Opposes Open Shops on Sabbath

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Tel Aviv members of Israel's Ultra Orthodox Jewish community known as the Haredim claimed that a law allowing retail shops to remain open on the Jewish Sabbath is the first of many laws that will desecrate the Jewish holy day. An approved amendment to a new law limits the number of open shops on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays but the amendment must be approved by the Israeli Interior Ministry. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai commented that he understands the delicate balance of a secular city in a religious state.

Article Source: Channel 7

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Tel Aviv Gas Balloon Explosion

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A gas balloon was the source of an explosion in a Tel Aviv apartment building yesterday that injured three people. Paramedics and firefighters were called to the scene to treat the injured and many had suffered from smoke inhalation.  Residents of the building noted that they had reported a gas leak the night before.

Article Source: Maariv

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Ya'alon Apologizes to US for Comments

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Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon called US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday to clarify his comments concerning the United States' response to the events in Ukraine and Crimea. Ya'alon had previously stated that he believed the US was projecting weakness in its foreign policy approach. Ya'alon stressed that believes there is great importance in the US-Israel relationship, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded by reaffirming America's commitment to Israel's security.

Article Source: MAKO

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IDF Chief of Staff Tells Students Israel is Conducting Secret Operations

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Israel's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz spoke to a group of high school students yesterday and stated that Israel has been conducting secret operations against unspecified targets. Gantz claimed that some of the operations are long distance.

Article Source: Haaretz

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