Israeli security forces are importing horses, water cannons, tear-gas launchers and a nauseating noise machine to control crowds if they become violent at Palestinian protests planned next month to support their bid for U.N. endorsement of statehood. Israel hopes the measures will avoid casualties among demonstrators.
Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in Gaza early Thursday, retaliating for rocket attacks on Israeli cities, as tension peaked over the first deadly bombing targeting Israelis in Jerusalem in several years.
The militant Islamic Hamas group that rules Gaza has recovered from a war against Israel two years ago and looks “much like an army,” thanks in part to direct assistance from Iranian and Hezbollah agents operating in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli military official has told The Associated Press.
The U.S. has given Israel a written guarantee that it won't pressure the Jewish state for additional settlement freezes if it accepts a limited 90 day construction moratorium to revive Mideast peace talks, a top Israeli official said Saturday.
A former Israeli military officer wanted in Colombia for training illegal right-wing militias employed by drug lords that were responsible for hundreds of killings was released from Russian custody Friday, news reports said.
Jewish settlers released balloons and broke ground on a kindergarten in celebration Sunday as a 10-month construction slowdown expired, while U.S. and Israeli leaders tried to figure out how to keep Palestinians from walking out of peace talks over the end of the restrictions.
A rescue official said four bodies have been found in a mountainous area where a helicopter carrying a Romanian and six Israelis crashed Monday during military training exercises, a Romanian news agency reported.
Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian driver who fled after hitting two other officers in disputed east Jerusalem, police said.
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