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Palin to meet Netanyahu in Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Sarah Palin will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel this weekend for a "private visit", Israel media has reported.

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate is due to arrive on Sunday with her husband Todd for a two-day visit, according to Yediot Aharonot. She is also expected to meet with other right-wing Knesset members.

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Abbas 'will not seek reelection'

By Jessica Elgot, March 16, 2011

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has announced he will not seek re-election.

Palestinian Authority elections are expected to take place in the next six months.

Mr Abbas said he was making plans to travel to the Gaza Strip to reconcile the territories in order to conduct elections for a united government.

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Netanyahu to answer your questions live on YouTube

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be grilled by a global interview panel when he appears on the virtual series YouTube World View next week.

Mr Netanyahu will be only the third world leader after Barack Obama and David Cameron to answer questions put to him on the YouTube programme.

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Honourary MBE for Israel Youth Awards director

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

A woman who runs the Israeli equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh awards for Israeli youth of all religions has been given an honorary MBE.

British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould announced Aviva Ben Raphael’s award at an annual ceremony marking the achievements of 200 young Israelis on the Israel Youth Awards scheme.

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Snake has kiss of death with Israeli model

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

An Israeli glamour model is recovering after a boa constrictor bit her chest and died of silicon poisoning as a result.

Orit Fox needed a tetanus injection after the creature attacked her while she was filming a scene for a Spanish television programme. Ms Fox, who once told an Israeli interviewer that she was “obsessed” with her breasts, was trying to lick the snake at the time.

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Itamar was 'valley of death': murdered baby's grandfather

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

The 12-year-old sister of the three Israeli children slaughtered at home last Friday has vowed to protect her remaining family members.

Tamar Fogel, who discovered the bloodied bodies of her three-month-old baby sister, parents and two other siblings, told Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom: “I will be strong and succeed in overcoming this.”

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Netanyahu: Solid basis seized weapons were for terrorists

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

The weapons on board a ship seized near to the Gaza Strip this morning were “destined for terrorist forces”, Israel’s Prime Minister has said.

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Israel seizes ship with tons of weapons near Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

A freighter carrying a significant amount of weaponry believed to be for use by terrorists in the Gaza Strip has been intercepted by the Israeli navy.

The Victoria, which set sail from Syria and went via Turkey, was bound for Egypt but intelligence suggested it was carrying weapons from Iran for Hamas to smuggle across the border.

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Palestinians celebrate terrorist who killed 37 Israelis

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Palestinians have named a town square after a female terrorist who killed 37 Israelis in 1978.

The official dedication of the Dalal Mughrabi square near Ramallah took place just two days after a Palestinian terrorist group claimed responsibility for the brutal murder of five Israelis from the same family, three of whom were children.

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Bloodied toys, smell of death after Itamar slaughter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Rescue volunteers have described seeing toys and clothes lying in pools of blood at the home of the Israeli family brutally murdered on Friday night.

Five members of the Fogel family, including a three-month-old baby girl and two other children were stabbed as they slept on Shabbat.

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