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Israel names new Golan Heights community after Donald Trump

Israel names new Golan Heights community after Donald Trump

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June 17 (UPI) -- Israel announced that it has named a new community in the disputed Golan Heights after President Donald Trump for his recognition of Israeli rule over the area. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Ramat Trump, or Trump Heights, during an unveiling ceremony Sunday for the new, yet-to-be-built community. "This is a historic day," Netanyahu said during the ceremony. "We are about to approve construction of a new town in the Golan, something that hasn't happened in quite a long time ... and we'll be honoring a great friend of Israel, President Donald Trump." Trump took to Twitter to thank the Israeli prime minister and Israel for "this great honor." Netanyahu proposed the idea to name a community after Trump in April, two weeks after he won re-election as prime mini...
Israel to hold fresh election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israel to hold fresh election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

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Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve parliament after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government.The decision triggers a fresh election, to be held on 17 September.Mr Netanyahu was unable to reach a deal for a fresh right-wing coalition following last month's election.At the heart of the impasse was a military conscription bill governing exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students.It is the first time in Israel's history that a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition. Parliament voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving itself after Mr Netanyahu missed a midnight local time (21:00 GMT) deadline on Wednesday. Netanyahu: Commando turned PM What are the corruption allegations? Mr...
Madonna to perform at Eurovision in Israel despite boycott calls

Madonna to perform at Eurovision in Israel despite boycott calls

Entertainment
Madonna will perform during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, it has been confirmed, despite calls for her and other stars to boycott the event.She will sing two songs in Tel Aviv on Saturday night including her 1989 hit Like A Prayer, with a 35-strong choir. The US pop superstar will also showcase her new single Future, featuring American rapper Quavo.There had been speculation about whether she would sing but has now signed a contract this week to appear on the TV show, despite her publicists announcing last month that she would be there.It will be the first time 60-year-old Madonna has performed on the Eurovision stage, and the third where she has visited and sung in Israel. Advertisement ...
Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza

Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 200 rockets into Israel, the army says, prompting air strikes and tank fire on the Palestinian territory.Three Israelis were wounded by the rockets, while Israeli fire killed four Palestinians. including a mother and her baby daughter, Gaza officials say.Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed on Friday after an attack injured two Israeli soldiers.The flare-up followed a truce in the run-up to Israeli elections in April.It marks yet another increase in hostilities despite attempts by Egypt and the United Nations to broker a longer-term ceasefire, says the BBC's Tom Bateman in Jerusalem.Life in the Gaza StripPalestinian territorie...