Former Israeli premier Olmert convicted of bribery: report

Mar 31, 2014

Former Israeli premier Olmert convicted of bribery: report

Tel Aviv district court on Monday convicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a trial for corruption linked to a major property development in Jerusalem, Israeli media reports said. The ruling marks the first time a former Israeli premier has been convicted of bribery ...

Mar 26, 2014

Arab leaders air deep differences during summit

Arab leaders openly feuded over the region’s most intractable problems at their annual summit on Tuesday, particularly the inability to resolve Syria’s civil war and anger at Qatar for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood. A day of speeches at an opulent Kuwaiti royal ...

Gaza militants fire more rockets on Israel

Mar 14, 2014

Gaza militants fire more rockets on Israel

Gaza militants resumed rocket fire toward Israel on Thursday, striking the outskirts of two major cities a day after launching the largest barrage since an eight-day Israeli offensive in late 2012. Israel has responded with a series of airstrikes on militant targets. Despite the ...

Israel passes law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox

Mar 13, 2014

Israel passes law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox

Israel’s parliament on Wednesday voted to begin drafting large numbers of ultra-Orthodox men into the military, moving to end a contentious system that enraged many secular Israelis by allowing young seminary students to evade army service. The legislation sought to resolve an issue at ...

Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo

Mar 13, 2014

Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo

Israeli warplanes pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state earlier, the military said. Palestinian eyewitnesses said warplanes hit bases of the strip’s Hamas rulers and the armed wing of Islamic ...

Israeli naval raid nabs rocket shipment; Iran accused

Mar 6, 2014

Israeli naval raid nabs rocket shipment; Iran accused

Israeli naval forces on Wednesday seized a ship laden with rockets allegedly bound for militants in the Gaza Strip, and officials accused Iran of orchestrating the delivery in an elaborate 8,000-km journey that included covert stops across the region. The Syrian-made M-302 rockets would ...

Israel doubled settlement construction in West Bank in 2013

Mar 4, 2014

Israel doubled settlement construction in West Bank in 2013

Israel began building more than twice as many West Bank settlement homes in 2013 than it did the previous year, Israel’s central bureau of statistics said Monday, just hours before its prime minster was to face President Barack Obama in Washington for what was ...