Israel

    • Israel starts offering 3rd Covid shot to older citizens

      Israel starts offering 3rd Covid shot to older citizens

      Israel’s PM Naftali Bennett on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated, news wires reported. The decision makes Israel, which launched one of the world’s most successful vaccination drives earlier this year, the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale. The move comes at a time of rising infections and signs that the vaccine’s efficacy dwindles over time.

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    • Israel tells France it is taking spyware allegations 'seriously'

      Israel tells France it is taking spyware allegations 'seriously'

      Israel is taking seriously allegations that spyware developed by an Israeli company was used against public figures worldwide, Defence Minister Benny Gantz told his French counterpart during a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Israeli defence chief Benny Gantz met French Defence Minister Florence Parly in part to share initial findings from an Israeli government assessment of exports to France by NSO Group, which sells the Pegasus spyware.

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    • Israel, France to discuss Pegasus scandal

      Israel, France to discuss Pegasus scandal

      Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz will meet his French counterpart in Paris this week for talks that will include an "update" on the Pegasus spyware scandal, AFP reported on Tuesday, citing his office. A ministry statement said Gantz will leave Wednesday for talks with French Defence Minister Florence Parly on topics including the crisis in Lebanon, nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Pegasus malware made by Israeli firm NSO, which was allegedly used to target President Emmanuel Macron.

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    • UAE opens embassy in Tel Aviv

      UAE opens embassy in Tel Aviv

      The United Arab Emirates opened an embassy in Israel Wednesday, housed in Tel Aviv's new stock exchange building, in the latest normalisation move under a deal brokered by Washington last year, AFP reported. The venue in the heart of Israel's financial district highlighted the central role economic cooperation has played since the UAE became only the third majority-Arab country to recognise the Jewish state.

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    • Norway's pension fund takes steps against 16 companies linked to Israeli settlements

      Norway's pension fund takes steps against 16 companies linked to Israeli settlements

      Norway's largest pension fund announced on Monday it had divested assets in 16 companies for their links to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including telecom equipment giant Motorola, AFP reported. "Motorola and other companies risk complicity in international law violations in occupied Palestine," KLP, which manages some $95 bn (€80bn) worth of assets, said in a statement.

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    • Raisi is the most extreme Iran's president yet, Israel says

      Raisi is the most extreme Iran's president yet, Israel says

      Israel on Saturday condemned Iran's newly-elected president Ebrahim Raisi, saying he was its most extreme president yet and committed to quickly advancing Tehran's nuclear programme, Reuters reported. Raisi, a hardline judge who is under US sanctions for human rights abuses, secured victory as expected on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.

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    • Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza after Hamas sends incendiary balloons

      Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza after Hamas sends incendiary balloons

      The Israeli air force launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel, news wires reported. According to Palestinian sources, Israel's air force targeted at least one site east of the southern Gaza city of Khan Younes. The Israeli Defence Force said that in response to the "arson balloons", its "fighter jets struck military compounds belonging to the Hamas terror organisation.

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    • Israeli parliament approves new government, ousts Netanyahu

      Israeli parliament approves new government, ousts Netanyahu

      Israel’s parliament has put an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure as prime minister, approving in his stead a coalition government that has pledged to heal a nation drown in issues, Al Jazeera reported. Naftali Bennett, the head of an ultranationalist party that controls six seats in the 120-seat Knesset is now set to take the role of a prime minister after the parliament backed the new coalition government by a razor-thin margin of 60 votes to 59.

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