A statement made by an Iranian official yesterday directly rejecting Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman’s insistence that key figures in the current Iran administration would be involved in the bilateral truth commission into the 1994 AMIA attack provoked outrage from politicians and the Jewish community yesterday.
AMIA case special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has said he will summon former Israeli ambassador to Argentina Itzhak Avirán to explain his recent comments about the bombings of Israel’s embassy in 1992 and of the AMIA Jewish community center back in 1994. Avirán had said Tel Aviv “has killed most of those who had carried out the attacks."
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman met with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, who assured he was not aware of the Israeli Embassy’s communiqué which harshly criticized Argentina's talks with Iran.
The National Government rejected Israel’s decision to summon the Argentine ambassador in Tel Aviv to discuss recent agreement between Argentina and Iran, saying it considered it an “improper” move that goes “against the traditional, friendly relationship” between both nations.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman commemorated the 19th anniversary of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina that left 29 dead, assuring "it was an attack on all the people of Argentina."
Federal Judge Daniel Rafecas said he is “certain that many local organizations are being funded by the Iranian embassy” in Buenos Aires, and warned that social movements’ leader Luis D’Elía “is aware of it.”
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman said that “Argentina and Israel are two countries that are friends with each other, who cooperate between them and hold an unbreakable bond,” before he is due to start an official visit to that country.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the US president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers today not to allow Iran to retain the ability to enrich uranium, saying it must be stripped of all nuclear technologies with bomb-making potential.
A pending US framework proposal to propel stumbling Israeli-Palestinian peace talks forward chipped away at a troubled alliance between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an ultranationalist ally in his governing coalition.
Israel's finance minister halted the transfer of government funds to West Bank Jewish settlements, and ordered a probe into allegations that money meant to support municipalities had been funnelled to a pro-settler political group.
Iran's military has successfully test-fired two new domestically made missiles, one of them a long-range ballistic missile, the defence minister said today.
Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation over reports he had denounced Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
Israel's hawkish defence minister apologised to US Secretary of State John Kerry after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed today that Israel carry out a gradual three-year withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of any future peace deal, an offer that fell short of Israeli demands.
President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon's commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional US support for Israel's security.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's body lay in state outside parliament in Jerusalem, where thousands of Israelis waited to bid farewell to the maverick warrior-statesman who reshaped the Middle East.
Israel paid homage to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the first of two funeral services being held for a man celebrated as a war hero at home but seen by many in the Arab world as a war criminal.
The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, has deteriorated sharply in recent hours and he is close to death, the hospital treating him told today.
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail gave birth to a boy born from sperm smuggled into Gaza, her family said, the first successful pregnancy of its kind in the embattled coastal enclave.
Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.
US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted today that Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, slipped closer to death after a sharp decline in the condition of the ex-general who long symbolized Israel's military might.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is close to death as his health continues to decline, the head of the hospital treating him has said.
The Israeli government's Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied the statements made by former ambassador Itzhak Avirán, who assured yesterday that Israel had already killed the terrorists responsible for the bombing of the Israeli embassy in 1992 and the AMIA attack in 1994.
Senior Israeli, Lebanese and United Nations military officers met today to defuse tension a day after a "rogue" Lebanese soldier shot dead an Israeli soldier on the border.
British and US spies targeted a senior European Union official, German government buildings, and the office of an Israeli prime minister, according to the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden published today.
Israeli officials said they were not surprised by allegations the United States and Britain had spied on the country's leaders and played down the importance of any information its allies may have gleaned.
Senior Iranian officials indicated today that progress was being achieved in expert-level talks between Tehran and six world powers over the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal.
Shrugging off gloomy predictions of failure, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to peace talks and were on course to wrap up a full deal by April.
An Israeli soldier was killed when a Lebanese sniper opened fire in a normally quiet area of the border between the two countries, and a UN peacekeeping force said it was working with both sides to keep the incident from escalating.
President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner publicly prodded him to show "historic courage" and reach a peace deal with the Palestinians even at the risk of his government's collapse.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the United States and other world powers to demand that Iran change what he called its "genocidal" anti-Israel policy as part of negotiations with Tehran on a final nuclear deal.
Israel's top security adviser plans to go to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal that the United States and five other powers hope to negotiate with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.
A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria's civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon in an attack which the militant Shi'ite group blamed on Israel.
A member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and former defence chief flew to Istanbul, becoming the first Israeli cabinet minister to visit Turkey since ties ruptured in 2010 over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Russia to insist world powers set tough terms for Iran in any deal reached in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the big powers' nuclear deal with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran's reach, and he said Israel would not be bound by it.
Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas said his delegation of peace negotiators has resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks with Israel.
Since Hassan Rouhani became president, Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity, a UN inspection report showed, in a potential boost for diplomacy to end the Tehran-West nuclear dispute.
President Francois Hollande has assured Israel that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had given up any pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case against a nuclear accord with Iran directly to the US public today, denouncing "a very bad deal" that he feared the Obama administration was pursuing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a reassessment of plans to build nearly 24,000 settler homes, saying he feared an international outcry that would divert attention from Israel's lobbying against a nuclear deal with Iran.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by Israeli settlement building.
Israel issued tenders for construction of more than 1,700 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank today, moving ahead with projects opposed by the United States and others ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.
US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today met with Pope Francis and invited him to visit the Holy Land, matching a standing invitation from Israel.
Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered officials to press ahead with plans to build 3,500 more homes for Jewish settlers, hours after Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama today to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West.
Israel urged Western powers not to give up economic sanctions on Iran until Tehran proves it is dismantling its nuclear program that the United States and its allies believe is aimed at developing atomic weapons.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a television interview, said his country is not seeking war but harshly criticized Israel for bringing "instability" to the Middle East and for questioning his government's intentions toward nuclear arms.
Israel said a US television interview in which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged that Tehran would never develop nuclear weapons was an Iranian attempt to deceive the world.
Kenya said its security forces had taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist fighters killed at least 62 people, and that police were doing a final sweep of shops after the last of the hostages had been rescued.
An Israeli cabinet panel decided today to free 26 Palestinian prisoners over the next few days under a deal that led to a resumption of US-brokered peace talks last month after a three-year hiatus, an official statement said.
Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners to keep US sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state.
Russia detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea but Israel said it had carried out a joint missile test with the United States.
Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a "positive" first round of talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.
Iran's president-elect today said Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands was a "wound" on the Muslim world, in remarks shown on state television that differed sharply from an earlier local news agency report on his comments.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talk in Jerusalem on August 14, the US State Department said.
Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart peace talks with the Palestinians and end nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators plan to resume peace talks in Washington this week after nearly three years, according to the US State Department.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for Israel and the Palestinians to make "reasonable compromises" for peace as he prepared to preside over their first direct negotiations in nearly three years.
Israel and the Palestinians have laid the groundwork for resuming peace talks after an almost three-year stalemate, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, though he cautioned the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.
Israel has agreed to a long-standing Palestinian demand to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield on other central issues, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials today and acknowledged there was considerable scepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders are nearing crunch time, when they must decide whether to revive long-dormant peace negotiations to end their decades-old conflict, US John Kerry said.
Russia will not scrap plans to deliver an air defence system to Syria despite Western opposition because it would help deter "hotheads" intent on intervention in the two-year-old conflict, the deputy foreign minister said today.
Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.
Israel played down weekend air strikes close to Damascus reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbour's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants.
Israeli troops shot at a target across the Syrian frontier today in response to gunfire that struck its forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said.
President Barack Obama warned Syria that its use of chemical weapons would be a "game changer" for the United States but made clear he was in no rush to intervene in the Syrian civil war on the basis of evidence he said was still preliminary.
Pope Francis urged Israelis and Palestinians to resume talks and make "courageous decisions" to bring peace after his first meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres and accepted an invitation to visit the Holy Land.
Explosions shook Damascus early and Syrian state television said Israeli rockets had struck a military research center on the outskirts of the capital.
Rebels seized an air defence base near Syria's strategic southern international highway, activists said, bolstering access to supply routes to the capital Damascus.
Israel said it fired into Syria and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war along a tense front.
Israel pressed Hamas to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since the ceasefire that ended an eight-day war in November.
Iran's most powerful authority said the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a military attack against it.
US President Barack Obama visited Israel's most powerful national symbols, paying homage at the Holocaust memorial and the graves of the founder of modern Zionism and assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman before flying to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he seeks ways to revive long-stalled peace talks.
Israeli President Shimon Perez congratulated Pope Francis on his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church and officially invited him to Israel in order to promote peace in a “stormy region."
Making his first official visit to Israel, President Barack Obama pledged unwavering commitment to the security of the Jewish State where concern over a nuclear-armed Iran has clouded US-Israeli relations.
US President Barack Obama said today he had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace."
Syrian rebels have captured the site of a suspected nuclear reactor which Israeli warplanes destroyed six years ago, opposition sources in eastern Syria said.
Israeli building on occupied land poses the most serious threat to the creation of a Palestinian state, EU diplomats said in a report leaked on Wednesday, urging Europe not to fund any settlement activities.
Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran's disputed nuclear program have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Iran told Israel it would regret its air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned any military response.
The Iranian people are ready to march on Israel to "wipe it out" if the Jewish state attacks the Islamic republic, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in statements published today by Egypt's state news agency.
Israel gave final approval for 90 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, driving another wedge into a rift with Washington ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama.
Any sign that Syria's grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel's vice premier said.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry communicated to be “surprised” by the deal signed between Argentina and Iran to establish an independent international “truth commission” in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
Syria warned of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.
A car exploded near a bus in Tel Aviv today, injuring several people. Police suspect it was an attempt to kill an alleged criminal kingpin.
Israeli security forces evacuated about 100 Palestinians early from tents pitched in an area of the West Bank as a protest against Israeli plans to build a settlement there.
Hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers.
Syria's chemical weapons are still secure despite the fact that President Bashar al-Assad has lost control of parts of the country, a senior Israeli defense official said.
Israel eased its blockade of Gaza, allowing a shipment of gravel for private construction into the Palestinian territory for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to hold back an opinion-poll surge by a far-right party, appealing in rare radio interviews for his supporters to stand by him in the January 22 election.
Sales of a citrus-scented perfume marketed in Gaza have soared since it was named in honour of the rockets that Palestinians shot at Israel during a war last month, the manufacturer said.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned today after being charged with fraud and breach of trust, in a move that could have repercussions on next month's election.
Israel charged an Israeli Arab citizen today over a bomb explosion on a Tel Aviv bus during Israel's November military offensive in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the Justice Ministry said.
Germany's Angela Merkel and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to disagree on the question of Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements, the chancellor said.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in an uncompromising speech during his first ever visit to Gaza after decades of exile, told a mass rally he would never recognise Israel and pledged to "free the land of Palestine inch by inch"
Hamas's vow to vanquish Israel after claiming "victory" in last month's Gaza conflict vindicates Israel's reluctance to relinquish more land to the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Israel rejected concerted criticism from Europe over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.
European Union states struggled to agree on a common response to Israel's plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, highlighting the divisions within the bloc over how to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Israel remains committed to a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today, despite worries among the Jewish state's European allies over its plans to build more settlements.
Hours after the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to grant de-facto statehood to Palestine, Israel responded today by announcing it was authorising 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Hamas accused Israel of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of Nov. 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave's border fence.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a UN vote on the Palestinians' status.
Israel eased restrictions on Gaza fishermen and farmer Palestinian officials said, advancing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a week of fierce fighting.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on Sunday that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities if Israel attacked Lebanon.
The 193-nation UN General Assembly today overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue "birth certificate."
Following is the verbatim English text of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza that was reached with Egyptian mediation. The text was distributed by the Egyptian presidency.
Israel began withdrawing the army that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle.
Israeli gunfire at the Gaza border killed one Palestinian today and wounded several others, medics said, two days after a ceasefire between the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel took hold.
A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv today, wounding at least 10 people in what officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold today after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.
The UN chief called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip today and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the conflict was in nobody's interest.
Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip today and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip targeted Tel Aviv today in the first attack on Israel's commercial capital in 20 years, raising the stakes in a showdown between Israel and the Palestinians that is moving towards all-out war.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi denounced Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip as "a blatant aggression against humanity" and said Cairo "would not leave Gaza on its own", the state news agency MENA reported.
Israel's army fired tank shells into Syria today and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeated an offer today to restart peace talks with Israel after a UN vote to recognise Palestine as an observer state later this month.
Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip today, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.
Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit.
Israel killed a Hamas gunman it accused of preparing to fire a rocket from the Gaza Strip and a separate Palestinian salvo struck a southern Israeli city, causing no damage.
Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other factions in the Palestinian enclave.
Israel killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, a day after two men identified as the most senior al Qaeda affiliates in the enclave died in an Israeli air strike as they rode a motorcycle.
The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday to prevent it breaching its blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said.
Israeli forces killed two Palestinian militants during an incursion in the northern Gaza Strip that touched off clashes with gunmen from the governing Hamas movement, local officials said.
Israeli forces shot dead an American man who opened fire in a seaside hotel packed with tourists today, killing one person.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his defence minister, Ehud Barak, on Saturday to discuss allegations he had undermined the premier during recent trips to the United States, raising further speculation of an early election.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an early election, seeking to strengthen his political position after signalling that any military action against Iran could be months away.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb - and voiced confidence that the United States shares his view.
US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a show of unity on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, seeking to tone down the acrimony between the two leaders that has become an issue in the final stretch of the US presidential race.
Iran's economy is edging towards collapse due to international sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel if it was sure the Jewish state were preparing to attack it, a senior commander of its elite Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disregarded a UN warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric and declared ahead of the annual General Assembly session that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the "door may be closing, for good" on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the continued growth of Jewish settlements undercuts peace.
Arab states said they had decided as a "goodwill gesture" to refrain from targeting Israel with a resolution over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the UN atomic agency's annual assembly this week.
Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Saturday.
A senior Iranian lawmaker accused the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog of passing confidential information about Iran's nuclear activities to Israel.
An influential Israeli rabbi has called for prayers for Iran's destruction, a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to court his support for a possible attack on a nuclear program Israel sees as an existential threat.
Iran makes no distinction between US and Israeli interests and will retaliate against both countries if attacked, an Iranian military commander said.
US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program and reaffirmed their united determination to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the White House said.
Hezbollah said it could kill tens of thousands of Israelis by hitting targets with what it described as precision-guided missiles in a declaration that seemed aimed at deterring Israeli strikes on Lebanon or its regional backer Iran.
The EU foreign policy chief said that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a "cancerous tumour" with no place in a future Middle East, were "outrageous and hateful".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran today of making "accelerated progress towards achieving nuclear weapons", adding that it was "totally ignoring" Western demands to rein in its atomic programme.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose a former security chief as his new civil defense minister amid heightened public debate over a possible strike on Iran.
War with Iran would probably turn into a month-long conflict on various fronts with missile strikes on Israeli cities and some 500 dead, Israel's civil defense minister said in an interview published.
Many thousands of Iranians shouted "Death to America, death to Israel" during state-organized protests and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East.
The Palestinians will next month renew a bid to upgrade their status at the United Nations, their foreign minister said on Saturday, a move which could strengthen their statehood claims after talks with Israel stalled.
Israel is upgrading its Arrow II ballistic missile shield in a US-backed "race" against Iran, Syria and other regional enemies, a senior Israeli defense official said.
Islamist gunmen killed at least 15 Egyptian policemen and seized an army tank in an assault on a Sinai police station near the border with Israel on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the region in at least two decades.
An Islamic Jihadi group based in Egypt's Sinai has posted a video showing it carried out a cross-border attack in June, killing one Israeli at a border barrier construction site and raising doubts over Egypt's security control over the desert peninsula.
US Republican candidate Mitt Romney, presenting himself as Israel's best friend in the Nov. 6 presidential election, said that "any and all measures" must be used to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Palestinians accused US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of undermining peace prospects by calling Jerusalem "the capital of Israel", ignoring their own claims to the city and most world opinion.
Iran has threatened to destroy US military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported, as Revolutionary Guards extended test-firing of ballistic missiles into a third day.
Gunshots fired across the border from Egypt hit an Israeli army bus but caused no casualties, a military spokeswoman said.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of weakness in the face of US adversaries and promised he would be firm against Iran and China as he prepares to head overseas to boost his foreign policy credentials.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to hold dialogue with Israel if it freed prisoners and re-armed his police, but there could be no full peace talks without a freeze on West Bank settlements.
Gaza militants said on Wednesday they were ready to sign up to an Egyptian-brokered truce to end three days of cross-border fighting after Israeli air strikes killed a Palestinian militant and a 14-year-old boy.
A beauty contest for Holocaust survivors stirred deep emotions in Israel, with organizers hailing it an affirmation of life and detractors calling it a macabre spectacle.
Israeli archaeologists said they had discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament accounts of Bethlehem's existence centuries before the town became revered as the birthplace of Jesus.
International nuclear talks with Iran have achieved nothing, a senior Israeli official said, suggesting that some Western nations were happy to see the negotiations drag on.
Israel will pay the salaries of non-Orthodox rabbis for the first time, the Justice Ministry said, a move hailed by reformed Jews as "historic", but one that keeps the Orthodox in control of much of the country's religious services.
Israeli naval forces intercepted a cargo ship in the Mediterranean on Sunday then boarded the vessel to search for suspected weapons, military officials and media reports said.
In a surprise move, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a unity government today which has been negotiated secretly over the past days and sealed at a private meeting overnight.
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails agreed to an Egyptian-brokered deal aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that challenged Israel's policy of detention without trial and raised fears of a bloody Palestinian backlash if any protesters died.
US President Barack Obama spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in six months to discuss the long-stalled Middle East peace process, the White House said.
The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers will meet later this month, officials said on Wednesday, but the rare talks may only sharpen differences that have brought peace negotiations to a standstill.
The Palestinian prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.
US President Barack Obama issued his most direct threat yet of US military action against Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in a message to Israel's leader ahead of White House talks he also cautioned against a pre-emptive Israeli strike.
Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran's nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.
Israel killed four Gaza militants as violence sparked by the death of a militant leader a day earlier escalated with gunmen firing more than 90 rockets at Israel, injuring four people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.
Bombers targeted staff at Israel's embassies in India and Georgia today, wounding four people, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being involved in the attacks. Israel had put its foreign missions on especially high alert.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held on March 4-6.
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinians who threw rocks and firebombs towards them in a West Bank clash that erupted after a funeral for a protester killed a day earlier.
Israeli-Palestinian talks aimed at reviving peace negotiations ended in Jordan without achieving any progress and President Mahmoud Abbas plans to consult fellow Arabs on his next move, Palestinian officials said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer Palestinians goodwill gestures to keep peace talks alive.
US President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet in Jordan alongside international mediators trying to revive their stalled peace talks, but neither side is raising hopes they can end more than a year of deadlock.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators made no breakthrough during their first high-level discussions in more than a year, but agreed to hold further talks in Amman on a confidential basis, Jordan's foreign minister said.
Israeli soldiers arrested senior Hamas official, Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian parliament on suspicion of involvement with terrorist groups, the Israeli military and Hamas said.
Israeli archaeologists said today they had found a 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem's Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblical Jewish Temple.
Israel killed the leader of an al Qaeda-inspired faction in the Gaza Strip, accusing him of involvement in firing rockets and a planned attack on the Jewish state from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet this week after more than a year of deadlocked peacemaking, officials said, but both sides played down prospects of any imminent resumption of talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the full extent of Iran's nuclear programme was not reflected in a recent UN report, which said that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb.
Saboteurs blew up Egypt's gas pipeline to Jordan and Israel, witnesses and security sources said, a few hours before the country holds its first free election since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Egypt's future rulers to preserve a peace treaty with Israel after Islamists took the lead in the Arab country's first round of elections.
Israeli authorities began deporting pro-Palestinian activists who tried to breach the Jewish state's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Envoys of the "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators will meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials on November 14 in Jerusalem, their latest effort to jump-start the stalled peace process, the US State Department said today.
The White House sought to limit damage to US-Israel relations following revelations that French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama.
Egyptians crossed the border home today and some bowed down in prayer during a prisoner exchange involving an American-Israeli man who Egypt charged with spying and who was on his way by plane to Tel Aviv.
Israeli forces attacked an Islamic Jihad camp in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a commander of the Palestinian faction and four other militants, officials on both sides said
Israel decided to accelerate Jewish settlement building and withhold Palestinian Authority funds, moves likely to further hold up international efforts to revive peace talks.
A deal between Israel and Hamas to exchange hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was on course for Tuesday after Israel's highest court rejected petitions to block it.
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions as a thousand-for-one prisoner swap brought joy to families but did little to ease decades of conflict.
Israel's security cabinet approved unanimously the freeing of 25 Egyptian prisoners to secure the release of an Israeli-American held by Cairo on suspicion of espionage, the government said.
Israel and Gaza's Hamas Islamist rulers agreed to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.
Israel bused 430 Palestinian prisoners under heavy guard to a holding facility in the Negev desert in preparation for them to be exchanged on Tuesday for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, officials said.
Egypt expects to swap US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, detained in June on spying charges, for Egyptian prisoners held in Israel, an Egyptian security source said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he expected the Security Council to finish debating his nation's application for full UN membership within weeks, not months.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for "bold action" today from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.
A spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas confirmed today a prisoner swap deal had been reached with Israel in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit.
A last-ditch international push began in New York today to try to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and avert a crisis over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Turkey to "keep the door open" to better ties with Israel, a US official said, seeking to prevent relations between two US allies from deteriorating further.
President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations' top official he would seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state, a move the United States and Israel warn could lead to disaster and shatter chances for resuming peace negotiations.
US President Barack Obama is concerned about the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo by protesters and told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is taking steps to help resolve the situation without further violence, the White House said in a statement.
Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the building housing Israel's mission in Cairo and threw embassy documents and its national flag from windows, while airport sources said that Israel's envoy was set to fly out of the country.
Egypt's army rulers vowed today to try those behind the violence that drove Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, struggling to contain public fury against the Jewish state while fending off US criticism
Israeli aircraft struck Hamas outposts in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel as violence escalated following deadly gun attacks along Israel's porous border with Egypt.The first of more than 20 dead were eight Israelis killed on Thursday in assaults on a normally tranquil desert road.
Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said.
A long-awaited UN report on an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks declares that Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal but that the Jewish state used unreasonable force.
Israeli leaders holed up in a new underground nuclear bunker today as part of annual nationwide maneuvers to prepare for a possible missile war with Iran, Syria and their Lebanese and Palestinian guerrilla allies.
Israel backtracked today on a threat to bar foreign journalists from entering the country for 10 years if they board a new international aid flotilla that plans to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said it was "unthinkable" to normalise ties with Israel unless the Jewish state apologised for the killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists aboard a Turkish ship bound for Gaza last year.
President Barack Obama sought to soothe Israeli fury over his new Middle East peace proposals by making clear that the Jewish state would likely be able to keep some settlements in any final deal with the Palestinians.
Israel is prepared to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, including the handover of land they seek for a state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the US Congress.
Israel accused Syria today of orchestrating lethal confrontations on the once-quiet ceasefire line between the two countries as a distraction from Damascus's bloody crackdown on an 11-week-old revolt. Syria said 23 people, including a woman and a child, were killed.
Israel said a Palestinian unity deal would sabotage prospects for peace and stemmed from panic by Hamas and Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas over popular uprisings in Syria and Egypt.
Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, killing at least 13 people on the day Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel in 1948.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told President Barack Obama his vision for the borders of a future Palestinian state would leave the Jewish state with an "indefensible" frontier.
A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
Robert Gates became the first US Defense Secretary to visit the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leaders keenly aware of every little nod to their hopes of achieving statehood.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel after a brief lull in violence along a frontier where tension has risen this week.
The United States vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory after the Palestinians refused to withdraw the Arab-drafted text.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would continue to cooperate with the United States despite Washington's veto of a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied land.
.Israel has given preliminary approval for renovations at a contested holy site in East Jerusalem where rebuilding has triggered violence in the past, a city official said.
"I welcome this American decision. It is good for Israel. It is good for peace," Netanyahu, who resisted US, Palestinian and international calls for a construction moratorium, told an economic forum hours before the arrival of a US peace envoy.
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian who approached them at a West Bank checkpoint holding a bottle, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.
An envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington next week to discuss ways to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a statement from Netanyahu's office said.
Chile said it had recognized a Palestinian state, joining an endorsement by Latin American peers the United States has called premature and Israel has warned is harmful to the Middle East peace process.
The Europa League match between Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and Athletic Bilbao, postponed on Thursday for security reasons, has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, UEFA said in a statement today.
Justin Bieber is not getting much spiritual peace on his eagerly anticipated visit to Israel.The Canadian teen idol bitterly complained that paparazzi had ruined his visits to holy sites, saying on Twitter that he was "super frustrated" by the intrusions.
An Israeli university awarded Oscar-winning filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen a million-dollar prize, as the duo made their first visit to a country their mother had long urged them to see.