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Israel and hamas in ceasefire talks

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

Four the past four months, indirect talks have been taking place between Israel and Hamas. The negotiations, which have been conducted through a variety of intermediaries, including Qatar, the UN and Europe, have focused on securing a long-term ceasefire.

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Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.

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A coalition is born

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.

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Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.

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Anti-police riots erupt in Tel Aviv

By JCReporter, May 5, 2015

A mob overturns a car in Tel Aviv after protests by Israelis of Ethiopian descent turned violent on Sunday night. The protests broke out when a video of an Ethiopian IDF soldier being beaten by police in Holon went viral.

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Lieberman resigns at 11th hour

By Rosa Doherty, May 5, 2015

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned and said that his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, would not join the new coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

With the deadline for forming a coalition due to expire tomorrow night, Mr Netanyahu is now likely to have to govern with a thin 61-seat majority.

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Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted

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Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.

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Israel’s Arab diplomat tells StandWithUs guests why he backs the Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots group StandWithUs UK held its first annual reception on Thursday, with Arab-Israeli diplomat George Deek telling the 270 guests that Arab and Jews in Israel shared common goals and fears.

Mr Deek, who was guest of honour at the event at St Johns Wood Synagogue, was making his first official visit to the UK.

He explained why he champions the Jewish state.

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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