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Netanyahu Dismisses Iranian President’s Remarks

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has dismissed as “media spin” a flurry of statements by the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, about the goals of his nation’s nuclear program and his willingness to engage in diplomacy regarding it, saying, “There is no need to be fooled by the words.” “The test is not […]

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Netanyahu denies wasting money on Iran attack plans

Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed allegations by predecessor Ehud Olmert that he wasted billions of dollars preparing for a strike on Iran that did not take place. Olmert, who once led the centrist Kadima party, told Israel’s Channel 2 television on Friday that 11 billion shekels […]

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‘Qatar emir located Hamas leaders’

Qatar’s King Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has reportedly located the whereabouts of senior Hamas members during his recent visit to the Gaza Strip, and later provided Israel with the information to assassinate them. According to a report published by the Fars news agency, the emir of Qatar distributed a number of watches and […]

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U.S. Fears a Ground War in Gaza Could Hurt Israel and Help Hamas

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about the escalating violence in Gaza, believing that a ground incursion by Israel there could lead to increased civilian casualties, play into the hands of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and inflict further damage to Israel’s standing in the region at an already tumultuous time.

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War on Gaza is Possible, Israeli officials say

Israel has threatened to escalate its deadly air and ground attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past five years. On Monday, Israeli officials said that they were mulling over various options to punish the Palestinians of the territory and had not ruled out the possibility […]

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning reveals his moments of memory loss

Israeli PM “Bibi” Netanyahu on Guy Fawkes. The super-terrorist plans to blow up parliament and the King; the very nation will be liquidated. Fawkes was a Catholic rather than a Muslim – though Renaissance Europe was pretty good at bestialising both – but what a cartoon! I loved the curly fuse and the “flashy” bit […]

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America’s Inevitable Retreat From the Middle East

The murder of four Americans in Libya and mob assaults on the United States’ embassies across the Muslim world this month have reminded many of 1979, when radical Islamists seized the American mission in Tehran. There, too, extremists running wild after the fall of a pro-American tyrant had found a cheap way of empowering themselves.

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Anti-Islamic advertisements to hit NYC

Anti-Islamic advertisements will go up across New York City’s subway system next week after a federal judge ruled that the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority could not legally refuse to host the signs on the basis of “demeaning” language. As early as next Monday, ten NYC subway stations will showcase adverts declaring, “In any war between the […]

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Israel’s call for red line over Iran nuclear program just noise: Obama

US President Barack Obama says Israel’s call for drawing red line over Iran’s nuclear energy program is just “noise” he tries to ignore. Obama made the remarks in an interview with CBS channel on Sunday, saying the issue concerns US national security decisions, and that he will do what is right for the US people. 

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Catholics call for Israeli hate-crime crackdown

A spate of hate crimes against Christian places of worship in Israel has prompted usually reticent Roman Catholic officials to speak out, hoping that intervention by authorities might bring an end to the vandalism. In the early hours of September 4, vandals set fire to the door of a renowned Trappist monastery in Latrun (outside […]

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