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Netanyahu fights for political survival as Israel goes to the polls

Netanyahu fights for political survival as Israel goes to the polls

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Israelis have begun voting in their second general election of 2019, which will decide if long-time leader Benjamin Netanyahu can stay in power despite corruption allegations.Mr Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in the country's history, and is looking for his fourth consecutive term in office. He was prime minister from June 1996 until July 1999 and has held the post since March 2009. The election comes amid heightened tensions in the gulf after Saudi Arabia's biggest oil facilities were attacked, with Iran being blamed. Tehran denies the claim. Image: Israelis are voting in their second election of the year The Knesset, or parliament, voted to dissolve itself in May, just one month after the election, because nobody co...
Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

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Israel has struck Iranian military sites in Syria to prevent what it said was a pending drone strike by Iran.Israel's military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on Israel "using killer drones".PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his military's "major operational effort". Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since civil war broke out there in 2011, to try to prevent Iran gaining a foothold.An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes on Saturday targeted Iran's Quds force in Aqraba, south-east of the capital, Damascus.A Syrian military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that Syrian anti-aircraft defences "detected enemy...
Giant chicken at Knesset slams ‘cowardice’ of Israel toward Hamas

Giant chicken at Knesset slams ‘cowardice’ of Israel toward Hamas

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Frustrated by the Israeli government's response to the Hamas militant group, advocates set up a large, inflatable chicken outside the parliament building in Jerusalem Wednesday -- with a message that read, "putting an end to fear, demanding an Israeli victory." The Israel Victory Project said the 32-foot tall chicken protests "cowardice" Israeli governments have shown throughout history when facing "Hamas and Palestinian resistance." The bird, the group says, stands defiantly with its wings by its hips ready for a fight. The chicken's appearance coincided with Central Elections Committee debate Wednesday at the Knesset. "Hamas is a terrorist organization of 30,000 thugs who hold 2 million Gazans hostage, and is running rings round Israel," Professor Simcha Goldin, whose ...
Explosions at Baghdad weapons depot blamed on Israel, U.S.

Explosions at Baghdad weapons depot blamed on Israel, U.S.

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Explosions in a Baghdad munitions depot this week were said to be deliberate by a former Iraqi minister who blamed them on Israel. A weapons storage facility at the Saqr military base in southern Baghdad exploded. Adjacent to a mosque, it is used by federal police and the Popular Mobilization Forces, a state-sponsored umbrella group of local militias. Those militias include pro-Iranian forces, including the Iraqi Shiite group Kata'ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada, or the Sayyid of Martyrs Battalion. The blasts on Monday killed one person and injured 37. The incident prompted the firing of short-range Katyusha rockets in several directions and caused panic in areas south of Baghdad. Local civil defense teams closed streets to restore order, and the Iraqi military maintained a high al...