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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on August 12, 2018

Netanyahu: It’s ‘Irresponsible’ to Call Early Elections

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will remain defense minister and there will be no early elections at a time when Israel finds itself in a sensitive security situation, the premier said in a highly anticipated speech Sunday night.

Iraq's new President Barham Salih (R) meets Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on his official visit to Tehran

Iraq’s President Visits Iran Weeks After U.S. Renews Sanctions

TEHRAN — Iraq’s President Barham Salih began a visit to Iran on Saturday, where he pledged to improve relations less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Yahya Sinwar leader of the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, speaks during a protest east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018, demanding the right to return -- meaning Palestinian refugees being allowed to go back to the land they fled or were …

Hamas Gaza Chief Threatens Tel Aviv Following Truce

Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar on Friday warned Israel “not to test us again,” saying the next rocket barrage from the territory would target Tel Aviv and other central cities with a potency that would “surprise” Israel.

United Nations peacekeepers observe the Quneitra border crossing with Syria in the Israeli annexed-Golan Heights during its reopening on October 15, 2018. - The only crossing point between Syria and Israeli-controlled territory reopened on October 15, 2018, an AFP correspondent reported, four years after closing due to the civil war …

U.S. Opposes Anti-Israel Golan Heights U.N. Draft Resolution

The United States opposed on Friday for the first time an annual draft resolution at the United Nations calling on Israel to rescind its authority over the occupied Golan Heights, drawing praise from Israeli officials.

Israeli politician former Likud minister and head the Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon, delivers a speech during a debate on economy on March 11, 2015 in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Six days before Israel votes in a snap general election, the centre-left Zionist Union opened a lead of …

Kahlon: Gaza Truce ‘Not A Win’ for Hamas

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Saturday that the Israeli government knew that the truce with Palestinian terror group Hamas in the Gaza Strip would not be a popular decision, but that security chiefs were unanimous in their recommendations that this was the right course of action.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (Olivier Douliery / Getty)

New York Times Jew-shames Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump

The New York Times took aim at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on Saturday in a story citing them as symbols of division within the American Jewish community: “Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?”

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Rhodes: House Dems Should Investigate What Trump Knew About Khashoggi and When

On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Up,” MSNBC Contributor and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes stated House Democrats should investigate whether the White House knew that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong-Un Inspects North Korea’s ‘Newly-Developed Ultramodern’ Mystery Weapon

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported on Friday that dictator Kim Jong-un inspected a “newly-developed ultramodern” tactical weapon system at an undisclosed location. North Korean media clearly intended the report to be provocative, but South Korean analysts shrugged it off as testing for a battlefield rocket launcher that would have little impact on arms control negotiations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Fethullah Gulen (seen) -- a cleric he once regarded as an ally -- for the July 15, 2016 coup plot that saw 250 killed, not including the plotters

Turkey, U.S. Dismiss Report Tying Cleric Gulen to Khashoggi Killing: ‘No Relation’

The U.S. State Department and officials in the government of Turkey both rejected reports Thursday suggesting that Ankara is attempting to tie the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to its crusade against Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who has resided in the United States for decades.

Iranian girls gather around their teacher in the clasroom at Sizdah Abban school in north of Tehran 01 October 2006. Iranian students went back to school a week ago. US President George W. Bush signed into law yesterday a set of sanctions targeting foreign countries that continue nuclear cooperation with …

Iran: Poorly Paid Teachers Go on Second Nationwide Strike in Month

Poorly paid teachers in Iran are participating in strikes that began Tuesday in at least 27 cities across the country this week to demand improvements to their working conditions, according to several news reports citing pictures posted online.

Islamic Jihad released pictures on Thursday of the new rocket with a heavy warhead, which they announced had been fired toward Ashkelon during the escalation of violence earlier this week.

Islamic Jihad Releases Photo of New Terror Rocket

Islamic Jihad released pictures on Thursday of the new rocket with a heavy warhead, which they announced had been fired toward Ashkelon during the escalation of violence earlier this week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening of an exhibition showcasing the 1976 Israeli commando rescue raid that freed hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe, Uganda, as he attends the event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Report: Netanyahu Tells Allies He May Face Early Elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told ministers in his coalition that he will not be able to appoint Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home party to the defense minister post because of opposition to the move from other coalition partners, a development which likely puts Israel on course for early elections.

Israelis protest against a recent cease fire with the Hamas movement, in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on November 15, 2018. The banner in Hebrew reads 'let us grow in calm'. - A truce, announced on November 13 by Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, came after nearly …

Rocket-Battered Israelis Protest Netanyahu over Hamas Truce

Hundreds of residents from southern communities, which were battered by recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, protested in Tel Aviv on Thursday against a truce reached with the Hamas terror group and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. - Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to …

Saudi Arabia Clears Crown Prince of Involvement in Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had absolutely no involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said Thursday, adding that five Saudi officials face the death penalty if found guilty of the crime.