Avigdor Lieberman - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Avigdor Lieberman Intel spat adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit JERUSALEM (AP) — When Donald Trump was elected president, Israeli nationalists rejoiced that a reputed strong ally would be moving into the White House. But as Trump prepares to visit the region this weekend, apprehension reigns instead. A diplomatic blowup over the status of Jerusalem, followed by revelations Trump had shared highly classified Israeli in... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:46:00Z US Defense Sec'y Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft. The implication is that Syria may be concerned about additional U.S. st... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:12:00 GMT 2017-04-21T18:12:00Z Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons JERUSALEM (AP) — Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month. The estimate came as the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog said laboratory tests ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-04-20T00:02:00Z The Latest: US calls for transparency in UN Syria summit BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. insisted that an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. missile attack on Syria be held in the open so that "any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do in full public vie... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-04-07T16:31:00Z Israel warns Syria after exchange of fire JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has warned Syria not to fire at its jets when they carry out missions over its territory aimed at destroying weapons bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke Sunday, days after Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes that had carried out airstrikes on its territory against a weapons convoy, saying if ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:48:00 GMT 2017-03-19T15:48:00Z Israel blacklists Palestinian fund as US envoy visits JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel declared the Palestine Liberation Organization's main financial body a terrorist organization on Thursday, infuriating the Palestinians as U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy wrapped up his first visit to the region. The fund makes monthly payments to about 35,000 families of Palestinians killed and wounded in its long-running conf... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:58:00 GMT 2017-03-16T20:58:00Z The Latest: White House denounces North Korea missile tests WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The White House is denouncing North Korea's latest missile tests and warning of "very dire consequences" in response. The White House says President Donald Trump spoke Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and acting South Ko... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:17:00 GMT 2017-03-07T03:17:00Z US warning to Israel signals new backpedaling by Trump JERUSALEM (AP) — The Trump administration has explicitly warned Israel against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it would trigger an "immediate crisis" between the two close allies, Israel's defense minister said Monday. It was the latest indication that President Donald Trump is returning to more traditional U.S. policy and will not give I... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:37:00 GMT 2017-03-06T18:37:00Z Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissures JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground, in a landmark decision that deepened fissures in Israeli society and drew Palestinian criticism for being too lenient. Leading nationalist Israeli politicians called any jail time unfair and urged an i... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-02-22T00:32:00Z Israeli opposition head: Netanyahu caved on peace initiative JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's opposition leader said Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank and reach out to regional Arab nations but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power. Isaac Herzog, head of the opposition Zionist Union, said he was prepared to join Netanyahu... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:52:00 GMT 2017-02-20T13:52:00Z Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. Netanyahu ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-02-19T21:42:00Z With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlements JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement. "We are building — and we will continue to build," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu w... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-01-24T21:34:00Z The Latest: Settler leader welcomes new West Bank homes JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Israel announced the construction of 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank (all times local): 6 p.m. A leader of the West Bank settlement movement has welcomed Israel's approval of 2,500 West Bank housing units. Oded Revivi, the chief foreign en... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-01-24T16:02:00Z Syria says Israeli missiles struck near military airport BEIRUT (AP) — Syria accused Israel of firing missiles early Friday that landed near a major military base west of Damascus, in the third such reported attack in nearly six weeks to hit near the capital. The Syrian government was quick to respond, warning Israel of the repercussions of such attacks. But it refrained from saying whether it would retaliate. ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:09:00 GMT 2017-01-13T18:09:00Z The Latest: Israel PM says attacker was IS supporter JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on a truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem that killed at least four Israelis (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister says the Palestinian attacker in a deadly Jerusalem truck ramming was a supporter of the Islamic State extremist group. Speaking at the scene of the attack, Benjami... Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:15:00 GMT 2017-01-08T15:15:00Z After verdict, Israeli military at odds with politicians JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military, which has battled foes on all of the country's borders, is now facing a challenge from within: nationalist politicians who are openly disagreeing with army commanders and bickering with the security establishment. This growing rift was underscored by angry reactions from inside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coa... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:04:00 GMT 2017-01-06T00:04:00Z Israeli soldier's manslaughter conviction divides country TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The rare manslaughter conviction Wednesday of an Israeli soldier who fatally shot a badly wounded Palestinian attacker exposed a deepening rift between proponents of the rule of law and a burgeoning nationalist movement. The military court verdict against Sgt. Elor Azaria marked a victory for commanders seeking to preserve a code o... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:07:00 GMT 2017-01-04T20:07:00Z The Latest: Netanyahu supports pardon for convicted soldier TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of an Israeli soldier on charges of manslaughter over the death of a wounded Palestinian attacker (all times local): 8 p.m. Israel's prime minister has called for a pardon for a soldier convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a badly wounded Palestinian assailant. ... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-01-04T18:59:00Z Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave. Facing a punishing and brutal defeat, rebel factions proposed a five-day cease-fire ... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:43:00 GMT 2016-12-08T01:43:00Z Trump win could give Israel freer hand with Palestinians WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's presidential victory has dimmed hopes for reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and analysts say Israel may be given carte blanche from his administration. American presidents have long struck a delicate balance in the conflict, stressing the close U.S. friendship and lavishing the Jewish state with aid. But recent presidents also have ... 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