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Israel: Country in the Middle East
Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

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Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty between the two nations, a move that could bolster..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says OIC to convene after Netanyahu annexation plans

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to discuss Israel's announcement of its intention to annex areas of the West Bank, the Turkish foreign..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Israel

Israel election: Palestinian citizens of Israel urged to vote [Video]Israel election: Palestinian citizens of Israel urged to vote

Leaders of Arab Joint List say prime minister’s incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel could backfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Israel elections: Five key things to know [Video]Israel elections: Five key things to know

Israelis head to polls on September 17 as PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledges to annex the Jordan Valley if elected.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published

Former Netanyahu aide Lieberman could be Israeli kingmaker [Video]Former Netanyahu aide Lieberman could be Israeli kingmaker

A former nightclub bouncer with a heavy Russian accent, Avigdor Lieberman used to carry a fresh change of shirt for his political boss, Benjamin Netanyahu. He is now one of Israel's most prominent..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published

Evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex [Video]Evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex

U.S. evangelicals have been a core support base for President Donald Trump since the 2016 election. Many are also staunch supporters of Israel, seeing a biblical connection with the Jewish people and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land [Video]Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land

Palestinians vow to defy Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the Jordan Valley, saying the land isn't his to hold on to. The Israeli prime minister made the pledge ahead of next week's election. Lucy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

EU reacts to Netanyahu's plans to annex Jordan Valley, calls any settlement 'illegal' [Video]EU reacts to Netanyahu's plans to annex Jordan Valley, calls any settlement 'illegal'

The European Union said any "settlement plan" would be considered "illegal" under international law after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he planned to annex parts of the occupied..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:04Published

Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex Jordan Valley [Video]Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex Jordan Valley

Some 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in the area - mostly under Israeli military control.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published

Israel's Netanyahu announces plan to annex Jordan Valley in West Bank [Video]Israel's Netanyahu announces plan to annex Jordan Valley in West Bank

Annexing the large part of the West Bank could contravene international law, especially since many Palestinians live there.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:15Published

Iran Nuclear Deal: 'All sides need to re-commit' [Video]Iran Nuclear Deal: 'All sides need to re-commit'

Iran on Monday rejected a claim by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Tehran had been developing nuclear weapons at a secret site and said Netanyahu was seeking a pretext for war

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:18Published

Israeli PM gets Boris Johnson's name wrong [Video]Israeli PM gets Boris Johnson's name wrong

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has released a video that clumsily tries to edit out a gaffe where he calls the British prime minister the wrong name. Mr Netanyahu misspoke at..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire at Lebanon border [Video]Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire at Lebanon border

Israel's military said it retaliated by firing into southern Lebanon after Hezbollah's claim it destroyed Israeli tank.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Israel, Hezbollah Exchange Border Fire [Video]Israel, Hezbollah Exchange Border Fire

Hezbollah attacked an Israeli army base and a nearby military vehicle on Sunday. According to CNN, tensions remain high along the border between Israel and Lebanon. Israel says there were no casualties..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Israeli army fires into Lebanon after Hezbollah missile attack [Video]Israeli army fires into Lebanon after Hezbollah missile attack

Israel's military said it has fired into southern Lebanon after Hezbollah claimed it destroyed an Israeli tank.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 16:34Published

Hezbollah says it is ready 'for any confrontation, small or big' with Israel [Video]Hezbollah says it is ready 'for any confrontation, small or big' with Israel

Tensions have risen in the last week after Israel allegedly crash-landed two drones in southern Beirut. Hezbollah's leader said in a speech on Saturday that Israel will "pay a price" for the attack.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:45Published

Hezbollah warning: Israel reveals 'intelligence' detail [Video]Hezbollah warning: Israel reveals 'intelligence' detail

Israeli forces near Lebanon have been pulled back from their border positions in recent days, as they wait for a promised attack by Hezbollah, in response to recent Israeli attacks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

Lebanon's Hezbollah pledges to retaliate against Israel [Video]Lebanon's Hezbollah pledges to retaliate against Israel

Declaration comes after Israel accused of a 'suicide attack' by self-destructing drones.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Palestinians face conflict in cave dwelling [Video]Palestinians face conflict in cave dwelling

Palestinian families living in hillside caves in the West Bank complain of difficult living conditions at the hands of Jewish settlers and Israeli regulations. They say it's a choice of a cave or a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Watch: Israel set to open world's first underground cemetery [Video]Watch: Israel set to open world's first underground cemetery

Far below Jerusalem's main cemetery of Har Hamenuchot, a new underground burial site is being built. It will contain 23,000 new graves along a mile of tunnels.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

Explosive judo earns gold for Israel and France at World Championships [Video]Explosive judo earns gold for Israel and France at World Championships

Powerhouse performances from Israel's Sagi Muki and France's Clarisse Agbegnenou lead to historic gold wins on Day 4 of 2019 judo World Championships

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:00Published

Palestinians national day held as Israel withholds victims' bodies [Video]Palestinians national day held as Israel withholds victims' bodies

Families of Palestinians whose bodies have been withheld by Israel have been marking an annual, national day, demanding their return.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:04Published

Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata buried in Jerusalem [Video]Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata buried in Jerusalem

His family fought for rare Israeli permission for him to be buried in East Jerusalem.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

Tensions mount between Israel-Lebanon after drone strikes [Video]Tensions mount between Israel-Lebanon after drone strikes

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said on Monday his country had a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that were like a "declaration of war". Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Israel attacks Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon [Video]Israel attacks Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says Israeli warplanes struck a PFLP-GC base in a village in the Bekaa Valley.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Trump says he thinks a deal between Israel and the Palestinians 'will happen' [Video]Trump says he thinks a deal between Israel and the Palestinians 'will happen'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday (August 26) that both the Palestinians and Israelis want to make a peace deal, despite 'everybody' saying that it is a deal that cannot be made. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

 

Factbox: Where Netanyahu stands on key Israeli policy issues

Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking a fifth term as Israel's prime minister, has played up his conservative, security-first credentials in the face of inexperienced rivals in the run-up to Tuesday's..
Reuters - Published

'King Bibi' fights for his political life in Israeli election

Twenty years after Benjamin Netanyahu's first term as Israel's prime minister ended, the man hailed by supporters as "King Bibi" is again fighting for his political survival in a rerun election.
Reuters - Published

Trump says he does not believe Israelis are spying on the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he does not believe Israel is spying on the United States after a published report said Israel was most likely behind cellphone surveillance devices found..
Reuters - Published

Israel must have freedom to act against Iran, Netanyahu says in Russia

Israel must be allowed to act freely against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a visit to Sochi, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss security..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran's 'aggression' from Syria: Interfax

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Israel will not put up with threats from Iran, which, in his words, was using Syrian territory for..
Reuters - Published

Former Netanyahu aide Lieberman could be Israeli kingmaker

A former nightclub bouncer with a heavy Russian accent, Avigdor Lieberman used to carry a fresh change of shirt for his political boss, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Reuters - Published

Israeli parties vie for Arab vote in bid to oust Netanyahu

Challengers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next Tuesday's election have courted Israel's Arab minority, hoping that a strong turnout from this unlikely source could tip the scales in..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu denies Politico report Israel is spying on US

A Politico report said Israel was likely behind surveillance devices found near the White House.
BBC News - Published

Christian evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex

It's harvest time in vineyards atop the hills of Shilo settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But it's not Jewish settlers picking the grapes, it's evangelical Christians.
Reuters - Published

With Gaza war talk, Russia visit, Netanyahu fights on in election race

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday threatened war in Gaza and then flew to Russia to discuss Israeli freedom of action in Syria with President Vladimir Putin as a frenetic election..
Reuters - Published

Russia raps Netanyahu's Jordan Valley plan before Putin meeting

Russia condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the Jordan Valley ahead of a meeting between the Israeli leader and President Vladimir Putin later on Thursday, warning it..
Reuters - Published

'You will never break our will': Palestinians to Netanyahu after annexation pledge

Palestinians tilling the fertile Jordan Valley said on Wednesday they have been rooted for generations to the West Bank land that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex, and they..
Reuters - Published

Iran slams Netanyahu land annexation pledge as election ploy

Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to annex the Jordan Valley and his frequent accusations against Tehran were ploys to win re-election,..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu sees U.S. staying 'very, very tough' on Iran despite Bolton ouster

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played down the impact of hawkish John Bolton's exit from the post of U.S. national security adviser, predicting on Wednesday that Washington would hold to a..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Netanyahu's West Bank pledge alarms Middle Eastern states

Middle Eastern nations have expressed alarm at a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank if he wins a closely contested election less than a week..
Reuters - Published

Iran denounces 'U.S.-Israeli plot' over nuclear program

Iran has denounced a "U.S.-Israeli plot" to put pressure on the U.N. nuclear watchdog, after the IAEA called in recent days for more cooperation from Tehran following what diplomats say was the..
Reuters - Published

Arab nations condemn Netanyahu's West Bank annexation plan

An Israeli vow to apply sovereignty to part of the West Bank is described as a "dangerous development".
BBC News - Published

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off stage

Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in..
Reuters - Published

Arab League calls Netanyahu plan to annex West Bank areas 'aggression'

Arab foreign ministers condemned a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank as "aggression" undermining any chances of a peace settlement with the..
Reuters - Published

Rocket siren forces Israel's Netanyahu off stage at campaign rally

Bodyguards rushed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election campaign rally in southern Israel on Tuesday after sirens sounded warning of a rocket attack from Gaza.
Reuters - Published

No changes to U.S. position as Netanyahu announces annexation plan: U.S. official

U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian territories remains unchanged, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he planned to annex part of the..
Reuters - Published

Rocket siren, warning of attack from Gaza, forces Netanyahu off stage at campaign rally: Israeli TV

Bodyguards rushed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election campaign rally in southern Israel on Tuesday after sirens warning of a possible rocket attack from Gaza sounded, Israeli..
Reuters - Published

Arab League says Netanyahu's plan will undermine peace process

Arab foreign ministers condemned a plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the head of the Arab League said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Israel's Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley, a large swathe of the occupied West Bank, if he wins next week's election in a closely contested..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Israel's election - will Netanyahu survive?

Israelis vote next week for the second time in less than six months in a election that could see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win a record fifth term - or end his decade-long dominance of Israeli..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu pledges to annex occupied Jordan Valley

Israel's PM vows to apply sovereignty to part of the West Bank under occupation since the 1967 war.
BBC News - Published

Cyber firm NSO vows to tackle human rights misuse

The Israeli-based NSO Group said on Tuesday it would abide by U.N. guidelines to prevent rights abuses, following accusations by cyber experts that its software was used in a number of government..
Reuters - Published

Lebanon hopes U.S. will resume mediation in border disputes with Israel

Lebanon's president said he hopes the United States will resume mediation efforts to resolve a land and sea border dispute with Israel, after the man who had been leading them changed jobs.
Reuters - Published

Hezbollah says it downed Israel drone to boost deterrence

Hezbollah's leader said on Tuesday his Iran-backed movement had shot down an Israeli drone in Lebanon for the first time to strengthen deterrence against attack by arch-foe Israel.
Reuters - Published

Cyber spying firm NSO to follow human rights guidelines

The Israeli-based NSO Group, whose software is alleged to have been used in a number of government surveillance scandals, said on Tuesday it would abide by U.N. guidelines to prevent rights abuses.
Reuters - Published

Hezbollah leader: there are no red lines in defending Lebanon against Israel

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Tuesday there were no red lines left in defending Lebanon from Israeli aggression, a day after the Iran-backed group said it had shot down an Israeli drone in..
Reuters - Published

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