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Israel extends COVID-19 lockdown

Israel has extended its third COVID-19 lockdown to Sunday, at which point nationwide curbs will be eased slowly, it announced in a government statement. The decision was made on Friday hours before the lockdown was due to expire, …

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Israel bans passenger flights to curb COVID-19 spread

Israel on Sunday decided to ban incoming and outgoing passenger flights from Monday at 22:00GMT until the end of January in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and new coronavirus strains, Israel's Haaretz news website reported. …

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Israeli parliament dissolved, early elections set

The 23rd convocation of the Knesset (the parliament of Israel) was automatically dissolved at 01:00 Moscow time on Wednesday after the deadline for approving the country’s annual budget expired, the state-run Kan Radio reported. …

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Turkey poised for reset in relations with Israel

Relations between Israel and Turkey could be on the verge of a breakthrough, with a Turkish presidential adviser confirming bilateral talks and that full diplomatic relations could be restored by March. Relations between the once close allies all but collapsed with Turkey withdrawing its ambassador in 2017, amid escalating tensions

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Israel tightens coronavirus lockdown

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet decided to tighten the coronavirus lockdown. Israel went back into lockdown, its second during the pandemic, on Sept. 18. But over the past week, the number of daily new …

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Israel approves 'Trump Heights' settlement

Israel began preparations for a new settlement in the Golan Heights named after US President Donald Trump, following Israeli government approval on Sunday. "We will start today with practical steps to construct Ramat Trump in …

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Netanyahu invited to Moscow for Victory Day march

The Russian Embassy in Israel presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an invitation on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to attend the June 24 Victory Day march in Moscow marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany …

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Pompeo travels to Israel amid coronavirus outbreak

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo has arrived in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic to discuss U.S.-backed plans to annex large parts of the Palestinian territories. The single-stop visit – Pompeo’s first in nearly …

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Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government. Rivlin formally informed Netanyahu in a letter that he has two weeks to put together a new coalition government. …

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Israeli president asks Knesset to choose PM

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin asked the Knesset to choose a new prime minister, giving the parliament three weeks to agree upon a leader or plunge the country into an unprecedented fourth consecutive election in just …

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