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Israel election: Netanyahu and Gantz both vow to form next government

Prime minister cancels trip to UN general assembly to deal with political crisis the second in five months, would provide clarity and pull the nation out of a political crisis. But the muddy results that trickled in on Wednesday appeared to deadlock the country instead. With Israeli media reporting more than 90% of the vote counted, Gantzs Blue and White party had 32 seats while its rival Likud had 31. Both leaders have vowed to lead Israels next government, but would need to form unlikely alliances with smaller parties to…

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Netanyahu accuses Iran of hiding evidence of nuclear facility

Israels opposition says prime ministers claims are an election campaign stunt Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled what he claims was a previously undisclosed Iranian nuclear weapons facility and accused Tehran of destroying the site to hide the evidence. This is what I have to say to the tyrants of Tehran, Netanyahu said. Israel knows what youre doing, Israel knows when youre doing it, and Israel knows where youre doing it. Without providing details, he accused Iran of using the facility near the city of Abadeh to conductexperiments to develop nuclear weapons.…

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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to expel al-Jazeera from Israel

Prime minister accuses Qatar-based network of stirring violence in coverage of protests around holy site in Jerusalem Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of al-Jazeera, accusing the Qatar-based television news network of inciting recent violence in the city. Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest against deaths of three Israelis and four Palestinians in violence on Friday and Saturday raised international alarm. Al-Jazeera has also faced government censure in neighbouring Egypt when in…

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