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Israel firm NSO says Macron not targeted by Pegasus spyware

HERZLIYA: An official at Israeli cybersecurity company NSO Group said Wednesday that the firm’s controversial Pegasus spyware tool was not used to target French President Emmanuel Macron. The comments came as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged Israel to suspend exports of the spying technology after heads of state — including Macron — and scores of […]

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Israel Arrests Dozens Of Palestinian Students Over Alleged “Terror”

The Israeli army said it had arrested between 20 and 30 Palestinian students. Ramallah: The Israeli army said Thursday it had arrested between 20 and 30 Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank it accused of being “terror operatives” of Islamist group Hamas. Palestinian sources told AFP that dozens of students from Birzeit University were […]

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Living with Covid-19: Israel changes strategy as Delta variant hits

JERUSALEM: Four weeks ago, Israel was celebrating a return to normal life in its battle with Covid-19.After a rapid vaccination drive that had driven down coronavirus infections and deaths, Israelis had stopped wearing face masks and abandoned all social-distancing rules. Then came the more infectious Delta variant, and a surge in cases that has forced […]

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Jordan King, Israel President Isaac Herzog Hold Middle East Peace Talks After Water Deal

King Abdullah II “stressed on working towards comprehensive peace” between Israel and the Palestine Amman, Jordan: Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Saturday received a telephone call from Israel’s new President Isaac Herzog and they discussed Middle East peace efforts, state-run Petra news agency said. King Abdullah II “stressed the importance of working towards a just and […]

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Israel sees drop in Pfizer vaccine protection against infections, still strong in severe illness

JERUSALEM: Israel reported on Monday a decrease in the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in preventing infections and symptomatic illness but said it remained highly effective in preventing serious illness. The decline coincided with the spread of the Delta variant and the end of social distancing restrictions in Israel. Vaccine effectiveness in preventing both […]

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Israel Govt Seeks Renewal of Controversial Family Unification Ban

Israel’s government faced internal divisions Monday as it sought to renew a controversial ban on its Arab residents and citizens extending rights to their Palestinian spouses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. The measure first enacted in 2003 during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, is justified by supporters on security grounds but critics […]