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    • Israeli FM Lapid proposes Gaza development plan in exchange of calm

      Israeli FM Lapid proposes Gaza development plan in exchange of calm

      Israel's foreign minister Yair Lapid has proposed improving living conditions in Gaza in exchange for calm from the enclave's Hamas Islamist leaders, aiming to solve "never-ending rounds of violence" as the two sides exchanged fresh fire over the weekend, AFP reported. The plan, which includes infrastructure and employment benefits, aims to show Palestinians in the Israeli-blockaded enclave that Hamas's campaign of violence against Israel is "why they live in conditions of poverty, scarcity, violence and high unemployment, without hope", Yair Lapid said on Sunday.

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    • Israel reports record 10,947 daily Covid-19 cases

      Israel reports record 10,947 daily Covid-19 cases

      Israeli Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that some 10,947 new virus cases were identified on Monday, with 7.65% of people tested screening positive. Only one other time, the country recorded more than 10,000 cases – 10,118. It was on 18 January, during the peak of the third wave, the most virulent and deadliest the country experienced, Jerusalem Post noted.

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    • Biden hosts Israeli PM

      Biden hosts Israeli PM

      US President Joe Biden and Israeli PM Naftali Bennett are set to hold their first face-to-face meeting on Thursday, with Iran nuclear programme high on the agenda, news wires reported. Before arriving in Washington, Bennett made clear the top priority of his visit was to persuade Biden not to return to the nuclear accord, arguing that sanctions relief would give Iran more resources to back Israel’s enemies in the region.

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    • Israeli government introduces new coronavirus restrictions

      Israeli government introduces new coronavirus restrictions

      Facing a rising number of coronavirus infections, Israel’s government on Wednesday advanced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions, including sweeping implementation of a digital vaccine passport and tighter restrictions on mass gatherings, news wires reported. The country that had appeared to put the coronavirus pandemic behind it a few months ago after a world-leading vaccine drive is now re-imposing regulations in a bid to clamp back down on infections.

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    • Israeli defence minister threatens Iran with military strike

      Israeli defence minister threatens Iran with military strike

      Israel’s defence minister Benny Gantz warned on Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, AP reported. The comments come as Israel lobbies countries for action at the United Nations over last week’s drone attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people. The tanker, struck off Oman in the Arabian Sea, is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire.

       

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    • WHO calls for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine boosters

      WHO calls for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine boosters

      The World Health Organization on Wednesday called for a halt on Covid-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens, news wires reported. "I understand the concern of all governments to protect their people from the Delta variant. But we cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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