JERUSALEM, May 5:  An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip killed an Israeli man Sunday outside a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon amid a massive wave of attacks, marking the first Israeli casualty from rocket fire since the 2014 war with Hamas militants.

GAZA, May 5: Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 250 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of heavy fighting that broke a month-long lull between the enemies. Six Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby, were killed, while four Israelis were wounded, including an elderly man who was in a critical condition.

Netanyahu means war

April 24, 2019 01:00 am

All those who desire peace in the Middle East should be deeply worried about the consequences of Netanyahu’s policies

Israel and illiberal democracy

April 23, 2019 00:30 am

Israel’s latest parliamentary election has consolidated the country’s position within a growing bloc of illiberal democracies around the world

JERUSALEM, April 9: Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that could hand conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by an ex-general who has pledged clean government and social cohesion.

JERUSALEM, April 2: A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces on Tuesday during clashes with troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said.

GAZA CITY, March 31: Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel early Sunday, the Israeli military announced, following a day of mass protests that saw Israeli troops kill four Palestinians near the territory’s border.

JERUSALEM, March 27: The Israeli army on Tuesday bombed several targets in the Gaza Strip and bolstered its forces along the volatile frontier as a truce with the territory’s Hamas rulers showed signs of unraveling.

KFAR SABA, March 25: An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people, an Israeli rescue service said, in an attack that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election.

GENEVA, March 18: Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage”, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday.

JERUSALEM, March 15: Israeli warplanes on Friday struck some 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv. Rocket fire persisted into the morning, setting the stage for additional possible reprisals.

GAZA, March: Israeli military aircraft bombed Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday, hours after two rockets were launched from the Palestinian enclave at Tel Aviv in the first such attack since a 2014 war.

Israeli authorities have announced they will indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges but Netanyahu labeled the move an opposition scheme intended to force him out of the running in the upcoming election on April 9.

Apartheid is not peace

February 19, 2019 00:30 am

Waiting for a “Trump deal” will do nothing but deepen Israel’s apartheid and foreclose any chance of a political solution

JERUSALEM, Feb 17:  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday handed over his role as foreign minister to intelligence minister Israel Katz, giving up the portfolio he has held since 2015.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The Israel government is positive toward increasing the number of quota for Nepali workers in Israel.

MOSCOW, Dec 15: Australia recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

LONDON, Dec 9: Last month, a Jewish organisation in Argentina launched a petition urging people across the region to boycott Roger Waters concerts and calling the former Pink Floyd leader "one of the great anti-Semites of our time".

Israeli police have recommended indicting Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a catalog of legal troubles that have clouded the Israeli Prime Minister’s prospects for re-election in 2019.

TEL AVIV, Dec 4: A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.

TEL AVIV, Dec 4: Israel has put its forces on the border with Lebanon on a war footing as part of the Northern Shield operation aimed at destroying tunnels of the Hezbollah group.

TEHRAN, Nov 5: Iran says it has successfully thwarted a wave of cyber attacks apparently staged by Israel to target the country's communications infrastructure, saying it will certainly follow up on the “hostile” scheme via international mechanisms.

JERUSALEM, Oct 30: The Palestine Liberation Organization’s central council has voted to suspend its recognition of Israel and terminate all agreements with the regime until Tel Aviv recognizes a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

TEHRAN, Oct 25: Israel’s main firm in developing military and commercial aerospace technology says it has won a $777 million contract to supply Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile system (LRSAM) air and missile systems to seven ships in the Indian navy.

LONDON, Oct 11: Edward Snowden is expected to speak via video link at a closed conference held in Israel. The event, which expects to hear Snowden touching upon US spying on Israel, will be joined by a former top Mossad official.

In Israel, identity over democracy

September 26, 2018 00:30 am

Israel has determined that its Jewish identity is more important than its democracy. This will be bad

MOSCOW, Sept 22: The leader of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, has offered to place the embassy of his self-proclaimed state in Jerusalem, if Israel would recognize the renegade Serbian province as an independent country.

CARACAS, Sept 10: A total of 140 European and international artist, including six Israelis, have called for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision song contest, which will be hosted by Israel, echoing calls by the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to end the “whitewashing” of Israel’s military occupation and apartheid through art.

CARACAS, Sept 4: A total of 15 performers have joined the international campaign to boycott Israel’s Meteor Festival, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) confirmed Monday just a few days after U.S. pop singer Lana Del Rey, the festival's main guest, announced she was not attending the concert in a big victory for pro-Palestinian activists.

CARACAS, Aug 30: Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian laying on the ground immobilized, said in his first interview since being released from prison early that he feels "no remorse for killing a terrorist" and would do the same again.

WASHINGTON DC, Aug 23: Israel’s government has advanced plans to build over 1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, an Israeli watchdog group has said. According to Peace Now, nearly 400 homes received final approval from defense officials for construction to begin, while the rest require further bureaucratic approvals.

TEL AVIV, Aug 18: Israeli forces opened fire on a group of Palestinian protesters, killing at least two and injuring over 40, during a demonstration near the eastern Gaza Strip, the Gaza Health Ministry said Friday.

KATHMANDU, July 30: Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Benny Omer paid a courtesy call on Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Singh Pun here today.

LONDON, July 25: The IDF claims it shot down a Syrian Sukhoi warplane that violated its airspace on Tuesday, a charge Damascus denies. Former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford joined Loud & Clear to discuss. A communication line was used to prevent the possibility of shooting down a Russian-operated aircraft. While operated by the Syrian Army, the aircraft was Russian-made.

JORDON, July 22: Israel has evacuated some 800 members of the controversial Western-backed White Helmets from Syria to Jordan to be resettled later in the UK, Canada, and Germany, according to statements from Tel Aviv and Amman.

GAZA , July 21: Hamas said on Saturday it had agreed a truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a day after clashes killed an Israeli soldier and four Palestinians along the volatile border.

JERUSALEM, July 15: The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border.

LONDON, July 9: The Socialist International, or SI, has endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in their call for the rights of Palestinian people. SI, a global alliance of 140 political parties, as well as 35 parties currently in national governments, urged for a military embargo to be imposed against Israel until it ceases its violations against the Palestinian people.

PALESTINE, June 23: Dozens of Palestinian protesters have been injured by Israeli forces gathered at the Gaza border for the Great Return March, according to the Ministry of Health.

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 20: The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

KATHMANDU, June 6: Argentina made a last minute cancellation in its final friendly game against Israel at the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem on June 9, a 'disastrous day' for the Arab states including Palestinians in its history.

Argentina has reportedly cancelled a World Cup warm-up match against Israel under political pressure over Israel's treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

KATHMANDU, June 4: Nepal and Israel complete 58 glorious years of diplomatic ties since its establishment in June 1960.

Yousef Jabarin says game in Jerusalem 'sends a dangerous message that the world is ignoring Israel's gross violations of human rights'

THE HAGUE, May 22: The Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli “crimes” committed against the Palestinian people.

TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of “genocide” after 59 people were killed in violent clashes which erupted in response to Donald Trump’s move to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres called for an immediate halt to "all hostile acts" to avoid "a new conflagration" in the Middle East after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria.

JERUSALEM, May 10: Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

Kathmandu, May 1: The Israeli envoy stated that his country is ready to work with Nepali farmers.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, March 30: Large crowds of flag-waving Palestinian protesters marched toward the Gaza border fence with Israel on Friday, some of them throwing stones and drawing Israeli fire that officials said killed at least six people.