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Israel makes moves to improve relations with Turkeyupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 10:02:00

In an effort to mend a relationship gone sour, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written a letter to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sonia Peres, wife of Israeli president, dead at 87updated: Thu Jan 20 2011 13:34:00

Sonia Peres, the wife of Israeli President Shimon Peres, died at her Tel Aviv home Thursday morning, a president's spokeswoman said. She was 87.

Israeli defense minister bolts Labor, forms new partyupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 09:19:00

Israel's defense minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak and four other members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, are leaving the Labor faction and forming a new, independent party.

Israeli police look at whether slaying of American was 'nationalistic'updated: Mon Dec 20 2010 12:54:00

Israeli authorities are investigating whether the attack that left an American woman dead and her friend injured was "nationalistic," a police spokesman said Monday, using a term for crimes in which a victim is targeted based on an Arab or Israeli background.

American tourist's body found in Israelupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 11:12:00

The body of an American female tourist missing since Saturday was found outside Jerusalem on Sunday.

Object shot out of sky above Israeli nuclear plant, military saysupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 15:16:00

The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified flying object over the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev Desert Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Flotilla activists return to Turkeyupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 20:17:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports from Istanbul, Turkey, where flotilla activists have returned to the country.

Israel launches air strikes on Gazaupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 14:27:00

Israeli jets launched eight air strikes early Friday on Gaza, Palestinian officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Mosab Yousef: 'I was confused'updated: Wed Mar 03 2010 22:00:00

The son of a Hamas founder claims in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he spied for Israel.

Report: Hamas founder's son worked for Israelupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 22:00:00

The son of a Hamas official worked for Israeli intelligence and was the Jewish state's "most valuable source in the militant organization's leadership," a news report said Wednesday.

Intriguing people for March 2, 2010updated: Tue Mar 02 2010 14:50:00

Jerry Brown: California's attorney general on Tuesday launched his bid to regain the top office in Sacramento. Brown was California's governor for two terms from 1975 to 1983. His father, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr., was also a two-term governor.

Israel disciplines officers over Gaza shellingupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 10:58:00

The Israeli military has disciplined two officers for allowing artillery shells to be fired into a "populated" area of Gaza during Israel's three week war against Hamas last year.

10 Israeli police officers held in alleged abuse of Palestinianupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 19:40:00

Ten Israeli police officers were detained for questioning Sunday about the alleged abuse of a Palestinian man, an Israeli Justice Ministry spokeswoman said.

Intriguing people for December 22, 2009updated: Tue Dec 22 2009 08:02:00

Rudolph Giuliani The New York Daily News and New York Times are reporting that the former mayor of New York City is expected to announce today that he is not running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, or governor or any other office -- and this might be the end of his ambitions as a political candidate. Giuliani, 65, became a national figure for the way he led New York and spoke to the world after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2007 he was a Republican presidential candidate. During his years of public service he's taken pro-choice and pro-gay stands. "I have always said that he was a good mayor -- just a terrible person," former Mayor Ed Koch told the Daily News. "And by terrible person, I mean he didn't respect anyone else's opinion. But he delivered essential services."

Ex-Australian FM: Israel, Iran held nuclear meetingupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 02:11:00

A former Australian foreign minister said Wednesday he was encouraged by exchanges "across the room" between Israeli and Iranian representatives during a meeting both attended last month.

Israel strips 'catastrophe' of nation's birth from booksupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 12:49:00

Israeli textbooks for Arab school children will no longer say that Arabs refer to the period surrounding the birth of Israel as al-Nakba, or "the catastrophe," Israel's education minister said Wednesday.

Israel removes illegal settler outpost on West Bankupdated: Thu May 21 2009 08:41:00

In what could be a goodwill gesture to the Obama administration, Israeli security forces removed an illegal settler outpost Thursday in the West Bank.

Israeli military rejects Gaza abuse claimsupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 12:22:00

The Israeli military on Monday rejected allegations that its soldiers committed atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli general: Soldiers did not act in 'cold blood'updated: Mon Mar 23 2009 13:10:00

Israel's top general said Monday he did not believe the country's soldiers "hurt civilians in cold blood" after newspaper reports quoted soldiers who said the army had treated Gaza as a free-fire zone during its offensive this winter.

Israeli military to probe Gaza campaign allegationsupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 12:10:00

The Israeli military plans to investigate claims by Israeli soldiers that Palestinian civilians were killed and Palestinian property intentionally destroyed during Israel's recent 22-day offensive in the Gaza Strip.

UAE denies visa to Israeli tennis playerupdated: Sun Feb 15 2009 18:02:00

The United Arab Emirates has refused to grant a visa to a female Israeli tennis player, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, the WTA said in a statement Sunday.

Olmert blasts 'damaging' reports on kidnapped Israeli soldierupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 18:49:00

Recent media reports about the negotiations to secure the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier are "exaggerated and damaging," outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday.

Israeli tank fire 'killed doctor's daughters'updated: Wed Feb 04 2009 16:17:00

The Israeli military took the blame Wednesday for the deaths in Gaza of three daughters of a prominent Palestinian doctor during fighting in mid-January between Israeli troops and Hamas militants, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Commentary: Both sides wrong in Gazaupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 16:24:00

The recent carnage in Gaza has left little doubt that within the tortured dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both the chicken and the egg have completely and utterly lost their minds.

Israel bombs as tanks wait on outskirts of Gazaupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 19:23:00

Israeli warplanes continued to pound Hamas targets in Gaza on Friday as the world waited to see whether Israel would launch a ground attack.

Nanny credited with tot's daring rescueupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 07:29:00

A 2-year-old survived an attack that took the lives of his parents, thanks to a quick-thinking nanny who grabbed the boy and dashed past gunmen to safety.

Rabbi mourned in Israelupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 07:29:00

Thousands of Israelis attend the furnerals of the victims that died during the Mumbai attacks. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports. Farber: Phelps owes a lot to his anchor man, Jason Lezakupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 11:09:00

The newspaper headline of 2008: Two Jews and a Black Man Help Phelps fulfill Olympic Dream.

Rabbi, wife 'spread Jewish pride' in Mumbaiupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 17:52:00

Chabad House served as both a Jewish center and a rabbi's home, in Mumbai, India, but the building turned into a scene of carnage this week after five hostages held by gunmen inside were found dead.

Rabbi killed in Mumbaiupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 17:52:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports on a Rabbi who made Mumbai his home before being killed in this week's attacks.

Report: Israeli security chief warns of assassinationupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 08:28:00

Israel's internal security agency is "very concerned" that extremists in that country might assassinate an Israeli leader to disrupt the peace process with the Palestinians, Shin Bet's director said Sunday, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. What Olmert's Resignation Means for Israelupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 07:00:00

Although he remains as head of an interim government, the task of forging a new coalition falls to Tzipi Livni, Olmert's replacement as head of the Kadima party Paul McCartney Gig Revives Israeli Beatles Taleupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 16:00:00

An upcoming concert by Paul McCartney has revived memories of the 1960s, when an Israeli official supposedly called off a Beatles concert for fear it would corrupt the nation's youth

Police raid Israeli ministerial building in Olmert inquiryupdated: Tue May 13 2008 15:59:00

Israeli police investigators raided a ministerial building Tuesday and seized documents related to a fraud investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a police spokesman said.

Olmert fraud probeupdated: Tue May 13 2008 15:59:00

American Businessman Morris Talansky denies that he tried to bribe Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israeli police raid city offices in Olmert fraud probeupdated: Mon May 12 2008 18:34:00

Authorities raided municipal offices in Jerusalem on Monday as part of a fraud investigation involving Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, police said.

Police investigate whether Israeli PM received money illegallyupdated: Thu May 08 2008 18:07:00

Police are investigating whether Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received money illegally while he was mayor of Jerusalem and the nation's minister of industry, trade and labor.

Palestinians battle for stock market success updated: Wed May 07 2008 14:28:00

After a troubled start to the decade, 2005 proved a golden year for the Palestinian Securities Exchange.

Palestinian Securities Exchangeupdated: Wed May 07 2008 14:28:00

What happened to the Palestinian Securities Exchange, after a surprisingly golden year in 2005? MME investigates.

Mideast peace by year's endupdated: Tue May 06 2008 11:25:00

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is hopeful that peace can be reached soon. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Foreign witness may be deposed in Israeli leader probeupdated: Tue May 06 2008 11:25:00

Authorities continue to investigate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and a former top aide, and a court said Tuesday it may question a foreign national in connection with the probe.

Row as German chancellor to address Israeli parliamentupdated: Tue Mar 18 2008 07:52:00

Germany's Angela Merkel will make history Tuesday when she becomes the first German chancellor to address Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Palestinian: Settlement expansion 'a stick in the wheels' of peaceupdated: Sun Mar 09 2008 13:39:00

A Palestinian official said Sunday that Israel's plan to expand settlements in the West Bank was "like putting a stick in the wheels of the peace process."

Airstrike hits Gaza ministry buildingupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 23:01:00

At least three Israeli missiles hit the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza early Thursday, hours after Palestinian militants fired more than 40 Qassam rockets into southern Israel.

Gaza airstrike aftermathupdated: Sun Feb 17 2008 11:11:00

People gather around the rubble made by a possible Israeli airstrike in the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza.

Israel kills 4 Palestinians in Gaza operationupdated: Sun Feb 17 2008 11:11:00

An Israeli airstrike killed at least three Palestinians and wounded 16 others Sunday in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Goods, people cross freely in Gaza border bazaarupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 13:58:00

Tens of thousands of Palestinians jammed the Egypt-Gaza border region Thursday, picking up everything from camels to cigarettes in Egypt, a day after overrunning the border wall.

New rocket attack in Israeli townupdated: Thu Dec 13 2007 14:56:00

A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza on Thursday struck near a synagogue in the Israeli town of Sderot, injuring a woman and damaging a home, an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman said.

Rockets, settlements raise concerns at Mideast peace talksupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 22:40:00

Israelis complained about rocket attacks from Gaza while Palestinians questioned Israeli plans for West Bank settlements during peace talks Wednesday.

Fierce fighting in Gazaupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 22:40:00

Israeli tanks and bulldozers plow into Gaza in the biggest incursion in years. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports

Israeli police to recommend not charging Olmertupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 13:53:00

Israeli police will recommend not charging Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for any involvement in the privatization of Bank Leumi, Israel's second-largest bank, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told CNN Thursday.

Bombed reactor?updated: Fri Nov 23 2007 01:47:00

CNN's Barbara Starr looks at just-released photos appearing to show the site of a suspected nuke reactor Israel attacked

Report: Plot to kill Israeli PM foiledupdated: Sun Oct 21 2007 12:01:00

A Palestinian militant cell planned to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a recent visit to the West Bank city of Jericho, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Israel turns away Darfur refugeesupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 01:00:00

Israel on Sunday rejected 50 Africans -- most of them reportedly from Sudan's Darfur region -- who had illegally entered the country from Egypt, a government official said.

Rockets fall on northern Israelupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 10:41:00

At least two Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon landed near the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona on Sunday, police and Israel Defense Forces said.

Israel: Hits on Hamas leaders an option to stop violenceupdated: Tue May 22 2007 07:15:00

As it ponders how to stop Hamas militants from launching rockets into Israel, the Jewish state is keeping all of its options open -- including assassination attempts on Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, a top Israeli defense official said Tuesday.

Death toll hits 18 as Palestinians fightupdated: Sat Jan 27 2007 10:18:00

Three Palestinians were killed Saturday during a clash outside the Islamic University of Gaza, bringing the death toll to 18 in three days of fighting between rival Palestinian factions.

Israel military chief quits under fire over war performanceupdated: Tue Jan 16 2007 18:02:00

The Israel Defense Forces' chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, has resigned, the Israeli Defense Ministry said early Wednesday.

Israel PM: 'I'm sorry if civilians injured' in raidupdated: Thu Jan 04 2007 11:25:00

Four Palestinians were killed and 25 wounded, including two journalists, Thursday during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian girl, 12, killed by Israeli sniper fireupdated: Sat Nov 04 2006 01:48:00

Israeli sniper fire accidentally killed a 12-year-old Palestinian girl in Beit Hanoun on Saturday, Israel Defense Forces said.

Gaza militants flee siege by hiding among womenupdated: Fri Nov 03 2006 03:58:00

Palestinian militants who had been in a firefight with Israeli soldiers escaped Friday, many of them slipping away in a crowd of women who had come to join what had begun as a standoff.

Highlights from the world's pressupdated: Fri Oct 27 2006 05:19:00

Iraq continues to be the issue that dominates the world's press.

Highlights from the world's pressupdated: Tue Oct 17 2006 05:44:00

News of sectarian violence in Iraq covers the pages of most U.S. newspapers.

Israel hits Palestinian Interior Ministryupdated: Tue Jul 04 2006 01:56:00

An Israeli airstrike hit the building housing the Palestinian government's Interior Ministry early Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian sources told CNN.

Beach strike shakes Hamas cease-fireupdated: Fri Jun 09 2006 12:16:00

An Israeli navy gunboat fired shells onto a northern Gaza beach Friday, killing at least seven people and prompting the military wing of Hamas to call off a 16-month-old cease-fire with Israel.

Six dead in second day of Gaza strikesupdated: Sat Apr 08 2006 16:42:00

In a second day of attacks in Gaza, an Israeli airstrike Saturday targeted a training camp, killing at least six militants, Palestinian security and medical sources said.

Israeli airstrike kills militant and daughterupdated: Fri Apr 07 2006 15:55:00

An Israeli airstrike on a vehicle in southern Gaza killed six Palestinians, including a senior militant and some of his family members, Palestinian security and medical sources said Saturday.

U.S., Canada close door on Hamas updated: Wed Mar 29 2006 15:50:00

On the day Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and his 24-member Cabinet were sworn in to take the Palestinian helm, the United States and Canada on Wednesday formally cut ties with the government.

Polls: Sharon's party still politically strongupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 09:19:00

Two opinion polls published Friday suggest that Israelis voting in upcoming elections would strongly support the Kadima political party founded by ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, even without its gravely ill leader.

Russian will invest in Portsmouthupdated: Tue Jan 03 2006 03:05:00

English Premier League club Portsmouth are to bring in millionaire Russian businessman Alexandre Gaydamak as joint owner in a move which could turn the club into one of the wealthiest in the country.

Bullets fly over hang glider incursionupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 11:11:00

An Israeli civilian crashed his hang glider just inside Lebanon on Wednesday, sparking a clash between Hezbollah and Israeli forces, Israeli and U.N. officials said.

Sharon suspends contacts with Palestinian Authorityupdated: Fri Jan 14 2005 08:56:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the suspension of all contacts with the Palestinian Authority on Friday, following an attack by Palestinian gunmen that killed six Israelis civilians, Israeli officials said.

Israeli army commander arrested updated: Wed Oct 27 2004 13:08:00

Israeli military police have arrested a previously-cleared army commander after additional investigation indicated he may have lied about repeatedly shooting a 13-year-old Palestinian girl.

Israeli commander suspended in death of Palestinian girlupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 05:29:00

After launching a criminal investigation into the shooting death of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, the Israel Defense Forces have suspended an army commander for his involvement in the incident.

Girl, 10, shot as she sat in her class, say Palestiniansupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 15:26:00

A 10-year-old girl is critically ill after being hit by a bullet while attending school in Gaza, Palestinian security and hospital sources said.

Tel Aviv blast kills 1, wounds 20 updated: Sun Jul 11 2004 00:46:00

An explosion at a Tel Aviv bus stop Sunday has killed one woman and wounded more than 20 other people, according to Tel Aviv police and Israeli emergency services.

Scattered violence in Mideast kills 4updated: Sun Jul 04 2004 04:45:00

Palestinian militants ambushed an Israeli couple traveling early Sunday in the northern West Bank, killing the man, Israeli military officials said.

Helicopters fire into media building in Gaza Cityupdated: Mon Jun 28 2004 02:05:00

Israeli helicopter gunships launched rockets into the building that houses the Palestinian news agency Ramattan and struck a workshop suspected of making weapons in a southern Gaza refugee camp Monday, witnesses and Israeli military officials said.

Soldiers' photo exhibit strikes nerveupdated: Fri Jun 25 2004 19:15:00

A photographic exhibit called "Breaking the Silence" has struck a nerve in Israel where critics say the images cast Israel in a poor light.

Sharon dismisses 2 rightist ministers from Cabinetupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 03:54:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Friday dismissed two rightist ministers from his Cabinet as he works to win approval for his plan to pull Israeli forces and settlements from Gaza and sections of the West Bank.

U.N. official: Rafah residents 'living in hell'updated: Tue May 18 2004 10:02:00

Israeli tanks, bulldozers and helicopter gunships launched an offensive in southern Gaza Tuesday in what one Israeli commander called an operation aimed at the "gateway of terrorism."

Suicide bomber kills 8 in Jerusalemupdated: Sun Feb 22 2004 01:47:00

A suicide bomber on Sunday killed at least eight passengers on a crowded bus in Jerusalem at the height of rush hour, according to police in the city and Israeli ambulance services.

Report: Israel to shorten West Bank barrierupdated: Sun Feb 08 2004 16:15:00

An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Israel would shorten the barrier along its border with the West Bank, but a government official refused to confirm the information.

Israelis conduct second day of West Bank raidsupdated: Sat Jan 31 2004 07:22:00

Israeli forces entered Bethlehem early Saturday for the second day in a row, arresting three suspects and conducting house-to-house searches before pulling out, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Sharon backs envoy's art attackupdated: Sun Jan 18 2004 07:53:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has praised his country's ambassador to Sweden for damaging an art exhibit depicting a Palestinian suicide bomber.

Sweden objects to Israeli diplomat's action over artworkupdated: Sat Jan 17 2004 11:25:00

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs says it plans to scold the Israeli ambassador to Sweden for damaging artwork depicting a Palestinian suicide bomber.

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