Palestinian kills teenage girl in Israeli settlement

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl inside her home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, before guards shot him dead, the military and hospital officials said. A member of the response team that killed the assailant was also wounded in the incident, said an official from the Kiryat Arba settlement, near the city of Hebron. Over the past eight months, Palestinians have killed 33 Israelis and two visiting US citizens in a wave of street attacks, mostly stabbings. Israeli forces have shot deadRead More

Madhya Pradesh keen to collaborate with Israel in agriculture sector

Bhopal. A 5-member delegation led by Israeli Consul General Shri David Akov met Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen here today. Shri Bisen said that Madhya Pradesh is keen to collaborate with Israel in agriculture sector. Shri Bisen said that the state government has chalked out a roadmap to double farmers’ income and work is progressing at a rapid pace in this regard. He desired for Israel’s cooperation in production of fruits and flowers. Besides, he also wished to hold discussion with Israel on collaboration in seedRead More

Israel, Turkey reach an ‘understanding’: Officials

Jerusalem: An Israeli official says that Israel and Turkey have reached ‘an understanding’ that could lead to a rapprochement between the former allies whose relations broke down in 2010. The breakdown followed an Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American. In the aftermath of the raid, Turkey became one of the strongest critics of Israeli actions in Gaza. The Israeli official said today the two sides agreed that Israel would compensate the families of the flotilla victims. Turkey would waive legal claimsRead More

Obama calls for efforts towards Israel Palestine peace process

Washington: US President Barack Obama has called for continued efforts towards a peace process between Israel and Palestine. There is need for Israelis and Palestinians to find mechanisms in which to dialogue and arrive at peace, Obama said in Oval office in the presence of the visiting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. And although, obviously, this is a time at which the prospects of serious peace may seem distant, it’s important that we continue to try, Obama said. Obama said he had been clear in condemning the violence that is recurringRead More

Palestinians keep up attacks in Israel as Kerry seeks to calm violence

Jerusalem: Israeli police shot two Palestinians who stabbed a resident of a town near Jerusalem yesterday, in a wave of violence that will be the focus of talks later in the day between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A police spokeswoman said the Palestinians were seriously wounded in the incident and that the man they attacked at a bus stop in the town of Beit Shemesh was also wounded. All three were taken to hospital. Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootingsRead More

Israel’s Gaza blockade violates rights of population: UN probe

Geneva: Israel’s blockade of Gaza has impeded the realisation of every right of the population there and strangulated its economy, a UN investigator told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today. “Three major conflicts in six years and the blockade have strangled Gaza’s economy and impeded the realisation of virtually every right of the population of Gaza, hampering access to education, housing, health, food, water and sanitation,” Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Mary Mc Gowan Davis, said while presenting her report atRead More

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket lands near Ashdod

GAZA: Israeli aircraft struck a number of sites in the Gaza Strip from the air early on Wednesday. residents and the Israeli military said, after a rocket that Palestinian militants fired from the enclave landed near the Israeli port city of Ashdod. The Israeli military said it struck four “terror infrastructures” in the southern Gaza Strip and that hits were confirmed. There were no reports of any casualties or damage. Gaza residents said missiles struck several locations throughout the Gaza Strip, including places used as training camps by Islamic JihadRead More

Israeli PM Netanyahu calls up Modi to condole loss of lives in quake

New Delhi: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convey condolences over the loss of lives in “My gratitude to Prime Minister Netanyahu for his kind words on India’s relief and rescue efforts in Nepal including help extended to Israeli nationals,” he added. Also, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to condole the loss of lives in India in the recent earthquake. “Got a call from PM Nawaz Sharif. He expressed condolences on the loss of livesRead More

Israeli Prime Minister to gather security chiefs after Iran nuclear deal

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead talks with senior security officials on Friday,an aide said, following the striking of a framework nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Local media reported that Netanyahu had called a meeting of his security cabinet, including ministers, as well as senior officials from Israel’s security services. The outline agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear drive was clinched Thursday after marathon talks in Switzerland and marks a major breakthrough in a 12-year standoff between Iran and the West, which has long feared TehranRead More

Canada blames Hamas for Gaza strikes

Ottawa: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has blamed Hamas for the recent deaths caused by Israel’s deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip. At least 110 people were killed on Thursday alone in Gaza, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, as the Palestinian death toll from 23 days of unrelenting Israeli attacks soared to 1,360. Canada’s conservative government has long supported the Jewish state and stressed its recognition of Israel’s right to defend itself. Last week, hundreds of academics, lawyers, community activists and others criticised the governmentRead More