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Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law

JERUSALEM: Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The “nation-state” law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Some Arab lawmakers shouted and ripped up papers after the vote. “This is a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the history of the state of…

Police again quiz Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces three investigations over alleged corruption, was questioned again by police over a case involving Israel’s largest telecoms firm on Tuesday. The authorities allege Benjamin Net­­­anyahu awarded regulatory favours to Bezeq Tele­com Israel in return for favourable coverage of him and his wife on a news website ow­­n­ed by the company. Netan­yahu, Bezeq and its owner have all denied wrongdoing. Benjamin  Netanyahu has been questioned over the case before and…

Erdogan calls Netanyahu ‘terrorist’ as insults fly after Gaza deaths

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist” on Sunday, escalating an exchange of insults that started after he criticized Israel’s lethal military response to a demonstration on the Gazan border. Israel has defended the killing of 15 Palestinians during Friday’s demonstration and Netanyahu tweeted that the Israeli army “will not be lectured by those who have indiscriminately bombed civilian populations for years”, referring to Turkey. Erdogan told…

Israeli police question Netanyahu in telecom corruption case

JERUSALEM: Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday over his alleged dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company, Israel Radio said, in one of three corruption cases weighing on the leader’s political future. It was the second time the prime minister had been questioned in the investigation. He is suspected of awarding regulatory favors to Bezeq Telecom Israel in return for favorable coverage on a news site the company’s owner controls. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing…

Saudi gives Air India overflight rights for its Israel routes: Netanyahu

WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Saudi Arabia had granted Air India permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Tel Aviv. There was no immediate confirmation from either Saudi officials or Air India. Netanyahu made the announcement during a briefing in Washington to Israeli reporters after he had met U.S. President Donald Trump. Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel and lifting the 70-year-old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties…