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Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre shut in protest against Israeli policy

In a rare move, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been indefinitely shut in protest against what church leaders say is "discriminatory" Israeli policy aimed at weakening Christian presence in the holy city. In a statement released on Sunday, church leaders said Israel was violating the status quo at the

Pilots of Israeli F-16 jet downed by Syria made “professional error”- IDF

Israeli army said Sunday that its pilots made "professional error" as their fighter jet was downed by Syrian missile on February 10, 2018. The crew of an Israeli F-16 jet downed by Syrian anti-aircraft missile made "professional error," according to the conclusions of a probe issued by the Israeli Defense Forces

Israel@70: US to open controversial Jerusalem Embassy in May

The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital, and

Israel jails African asylum seekers refusing deportation

By Bethan McKernan Hundreds of detained Eritreans go on hunger strike as state begins much-criticised expulsion programme to third countries. Seven Eritreans who have had their asylum petitions rejected have been jailed indefinitely by Israel after refusing deportation to Rwanda. The men are the first to be detained since the Israeli authorities announced a initiative last November

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Israel says it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere. The Defense Ministry says Monday's successful mission test of the Arrow-3 interceptor is "a major milestone" in Israel's ability to defend itself "against current and future threats in the region."

Israel, Iran trade barbs at Munich Security Conference

Carl Schreck The Israeli Prime Minister and the Iranian Foreign Minister have traded sharp words at a high-profile security conference, with Benjamin Netanyahu likening Iran to Nazi Germany and Mohammad Javad Zarif calling the Israeli leader's speech a "cartoonish circus." Speaking for the first time ever at the Munich Security Conference on

Turkey urges US to remove YPG from Washington’s military coalition in Syria

The Turkish defense minister says he has urged his American counterpart to stop supporting the People's Protection Units (YPG) militant group and to remove the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria. Nurettin Canikli made the remarks during a televised

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