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French firm Orange plans to sever ties with Israel's Partner

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Stéphane Richard, the chief executive and chairman of the French telecommunications corporation Orange. The French telecommunications group Orange plans to end its cooperation with Israeli operator Partner Communications Company over the latter’s illegal activities in the Palestinian territories. “Our intention is to withdraw from Israel. It will take time… [but] for sure we will do it,”... 

Tony Blair to head European council on anti-Semitism

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Following his decision to stand down as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced he is taking up the position of chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR). The council’s aim is to tackle prevailing anti-Semitism in European countries, ultimately making Holocaust denial a criminal offense, defining racism and anti-Semitism and... 

​Netanyahu demands 'up to $45 bn' from US to stop Iran

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Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News Under a 10-year deal signed in 2007, Israel receives just over $3 billion a year in American aid, with stipulations that over 70 percent of that aid... 

Israel thanks US for blocking UN nuclear disarmament move

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Israel’s nuclear weapons facility in the Negev desert viewed from satellite. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the United States for blocking a UN measure that could have forced Israel to disclose its arsenal of nuclear weapons. More than 150 countries participated in a month-long conference in New York reviewing the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) aimed at preventing... 

'This land is ours, All of it is ours' - New Israeli Minister

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Tzipi Hotovely gives speech to Israeli diplomats in which she says she will try to achieve global recognition for West Bank settlements. Israel’s new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people. The... 

Israel ordered to pay Iran $1.1 billion

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An Israeli oil company has been ordered by a Swiss court to pay $1.1 billion to Iran in compensation in a long-standing legal battle related to a joint venture before the Islamic Revolution, the IRNA news agency says. Citing an “informed source” at Iran’s Presidential Center for Legal Affairs, IRNA said the ruling relates to the Israeli company’s sale of Iranian oil and withholding the money. Iran... 

Israel threatens African migrants to leave or face "indefinite jail time"

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Israel is offering illegal immigrants $3,500 and a one-way ticket home as it begins to crack down on refugees, who face prison if they don’t take up the deal. Rights groups are appalled at the move, saying Israel should be doing more to protect them. Israel says the tough move is necessary to send a message to migrants that making the journey is not worthwhile in the first place. As deterrents it... 

EU criticizes new Israeli settlement plan

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The European Union (EU) has criticized the Israeli regime for its new plan to continue illegal settlement expansion on the occupied Palestinian lands. The criticism came two days after Israel approved the construction of 900 new illegal settler units in Jerusalem. The 28-member EU said in a statement on Saturday that the Tel Aviv regime’s plans are in fact an obstacle to the so-called peace process... 

Israeli court OK's demolition of Palestinian village

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An Israeli soldier guards an area as an army bulldozer pulls down the house of the Palestinian Raba’ai family in Al-Dirat, south of Yatta Village near the West Bank town of Hebron (al-Khalil), January 20, 2015. Israel’s supreme court has authorized the regime’s authorities to demolish a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. The high court approved on Monday a request from the Israeli... 

IDF soldiers assault press in West Bank

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A video has emerged showing Israeli forces assaulting photojournalists near the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh. Despite being clearly marked as members of the press, the soldiers push the photographers to the ground and proceed to hit them. One of the troops also throws a stone at a journalist. The assault begins with soldiers shouting “Get out of here!” One of the soldiers is then seen pushing... 

UK Green Party MP candidate calls Israel "racist apartheid state"

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A Green Party parliamentary candidate is facing a backlash after reportedly calling Israel “a racist and apartheid state.” Tanya Williams, the Green candidate for Twickenham, South West London, made the remarks during an Amnesty International hustings on Tuesday. According to the news website SW Londoner, she said: “It needs to be pointed out that they [Israel] are a racist state and an apartheid... 

GOP Congress takes marching orders from Netanyahu

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The GOP Congress takes its marching orders from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ensure there will be no nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1, an ex-US congressional staffer says. The Republican-dominated Congress is taking its marching orders from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make sure there will be no deal between Iran and the P5+1 over Tehran’s nuclear energy program,... 

McCain mad at Obama over Netanyahu

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John McCain speaks during a press conference at the US Capitol on February 5, 2015. Republican Senator John McCain has censured US President Barack Obama for his response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s divisive victory in Tuesday’s elections. On Thursday, Obama told Netanyahu on phone that Washington will “reassess” its ties with Tel Aviv after the Israeli premier rejected... 

Israelis vote against pretence of peace

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Despite the predictions, the Israeli left has been soundly beaten in Tuesday’s elections by its more honest ‘right wing’, whose commitment to the total eradication of the Palestinians as any kind of political entity is openly stated. The defeat of the Zionist Union, ostensibly committed to negotiations and a two-state solution, should not, therefore, be read as the defeat of any genuine desire... 

Israel has 'true puppets in US Senate' - Scott Rickard

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American Republican senators who “put together a really ridiculous position” by writing a letter to Iran are true puppets of the Zionist regime in the Senate, says a political commentator. “What you have here is a clear influence by the right-wing Zionist community and Zionist influencers in American politics that have true puppets within the American senator seats,” said Scott Rickard, an... 
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