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Israel lifts age restriction on worshippers at Temple Mount mosque

By Naomi Firsht, November 14, 2014

Age restrictions on Muslims praying at Temple Mount have been lifted for Friday prayers.

Due to the violent clashes in recent weeks, entry to the Dome of the Rock mosque was limited to men over the age of 35 and women.

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Threat of intifada as terror hits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israel and the West Bank were on a knife edge this week as both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were hit by terror attacks and Palestinian leaders raised the spectre of a third intifada.

Security forces struggled to restore calm as violent demonstrations spread throughout the West Bank and threatened to erupt among Arabs living within the Green Line.

Monday saw two terror attacks on Israelis in what

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Knesset rounds on Bibi's paper

November 13, 2014

The Knesset's approval of a bill this week that will outlaw free newspapers is being seen as a move to curtail the power of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The controversial bill will realistically apply only to Israel Hayom, the pro-Netanyahu paper owned by his major supporter and donor Sheldon Adelson, who also funds Republican campaigns in the US.

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Palestinians say rockets still work

By Nathan Jeffay, November 13, 2014

Palestinians remain convinced that launching rockets is good for their national cause - four months after such attacks sparked the seven-week conflict that brought death and destruction to Gaza.

Six out of ten believe that the attacks help "Palestinian goals", according to a poll released by the Jerusalem media and Communications Centre (JMCC).

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No flotilla war crimes inquiry

By Marc Goldberg, November 13, 2014

The International Criminal Court has said it will not launch a war crimes investigation into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship in 2010, in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

The Turkish law firm that submitted the case said it would apply for a review of the decision.

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that although there was a "reasonable basis" to believe that Israel commi

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Horror over killing of 'loving' Dalia

By Shira Rubin, November 13, 2014

The 26-year-old woman stabbed to death near a West Bank settlement on Monday has been described by her neighbour as the "epitome of kindness".

Dalia Lamkus, a children's occupational therapist, was attacked at a bus stop near Alon Shvut, in Gush Etzion. Two others were injured in the attack.

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Israel fears worst in Iran nuclear talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israeli leaders remain deeply sceptical of US intentions on the eve of the deadline to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Despite repeated US assurances that Iran will not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon and reports that no progress was made in the round of talks this week, the current assessment in Jerusalem is that the Obama administration is determined to reach a deal at

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Soldier critical after stab attack in Tel Aviv

By JCReporter, November 10, 2014

An IDF soldier has been stabbed near a train station in Tel Aviv in what Israeli police are describing as a terror attack.

The soldier, who is 20 years old according to initial reports, was taken to Sheba Medical Centre, Tel Hashomer, in a critical condition.

The attacker was arrested after a struggle with police. He is reportedly a Palestinian from Nablus who entered Israel illegally.

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Outrage over Amnesty 'war crimes' report

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Israel has forcefully rejected claims by Amnesty International that its army committed war crimes in the latest Gaza conflict, alleging that the NGO "serves as a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups".

The Israeli Embassy in London condemned Amnesty for its "extreme bias" and for "producing no evidence" to back up allegations in a new report, entitled 'Families under the Rubble: Isr

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Likudniks welcome US midterm election result

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

The resounding success of the Republican Party in the US mid-term elections was greeted with quiet satisfaction by the Likud government this week.

Many in Israel believe that the Republicans' new-found control of the Senate and enlarged majority in Congress will have a significant impact on US foreign policy in the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

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