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Abbas Rejects 'Violence against Civilians' after Tel Aviv Attack

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' office said Thursday it rejected violence against civilians after Palestinian gunmen killed four people in Tel Aviv, but stopped short of condemning the attack outright.

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Israel Charges Four over $10 mn Scam of Major Firms

Israel charged four French immigrants with fraud on Wednesday over a $10 million scam of major companies in which they are accused of posing as representatives of firms including Chanel and Bosch.

The defendants are accused of building "a worldwide network of fraud based in Israel," with apartments, technological equipment and European bank accounts, the justice ministry said.

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Permits Approved for 82 Settler Homes in East Jerusalem, Says NGO

Building permits have been approved for 82 settler homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem under a plan that previously drew strong criticism from the United States, an NGO said Tuesday.

The 82 units in two buildings are part of plans announced in 2010 to build 1,600 settler homes in Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

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Israel Army Denies Claim Second Wounded Palestinian Shot Dead

The Israeli army denied on Tuesday that a second Palestinian killed in March was shot dead while already wounded, after claims by a human rights group.

A previous such case has led to widespread controversy and rocked Israeli politics, with the far right defending the soldier involved and the military putting him on trial for manslaughter.

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Palestinian Shot in Clashes with Israeli Forces Dies from Wounds

A Palestinian wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers escorting Jewish pilgrims at a holy site in the occupied West Bank died from his injuries on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Jamal Dweikat, 20, was shot in the head on Friday near Joseph's Tomb on the outskirts of Nablus. The tomb is the site of regular clashes.

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Netanyahu Admits Contributions from Frenchman on Trial for Fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged on Monday that he had received $40,000 from a French tycoon on trial for alleged fraud, but said the contribution was not political and was used for promoting Israel.

During his trial in France, Arnaud Mimran said he had given one million euros ($1.1 million) in campaign contributions to Netanyahu in 2001, when the Israeli leader was not in public office.

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Israel Says Paris Meeting 'Distances Peace' as Palestinians Hail 'Very Significant Step'

The international community committed Friday to try and push Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks under a French-led initiative, despite a decidedly lukewarm reaction from Washington and hostility from Israel.

Indirect peace talks between the two sides collapsed more than two years ago, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned that the diplomatic void meant the prospect of a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict was in "serious danger."

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Trying to Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Paris meeting Friday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the latest attempt to tackle one of the world's most stubborn diplomatic issues.

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Israel Minister Says Turkey Deal near Completion

An Israeli minister close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that nearly all outstanding issues for a reconciliation agreement with Turkey had been finalized by both sides.

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Israel Arrests Correspondent for Iran State Media

Israel has arrested a correspondent for Iran's Arabic-language television in the annexed Golan Heights, police said on Wednesday.

Al-Alam news channel identified the journalist as Bassam al-Safadi.

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