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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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U.N. Envoy Accuses Israel Coalition Partner of 'Killing' Peace Hope

The U.N.'s special coordinator for the Middle East peace process on Wednesday accused a key ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of "killing hope" for a settlement.

Nickolay Mladenov spoke after a minister from the Jewish Home party, which holds several portfolios in Netanyahu's rightwing government, declared the party would never support a two-state solution.

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Israel Frees Jewish Extremist from 10 Months of Internment

Israel released a Jewish extremist from 10 months of detention without trial on Wednesday, the longest a Jew has ever been held under the controversial powers usually reserved for Palestinians.

Meir Ettinger, 24, was one of a number of Jewish extremists interned by Israel last year after a firebombing in the West Bank killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, triggering an outcry over the apparent impunity of the perpetrators of such attacks.

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Palestinian Teens Held over Attack on Israeli Women

Israeli authorities have arrested three Palestinian teenagers over the stabbing of two Israeli women in their 80s earlier this month, police said on Monday.

"Three Arab suspects have been arrested, minors, residents of Jabal Mukaber" in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, a police statement said.

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Police Send Netanyahu Spending File to District Attorney

Israeli police said Sunday they had completed a probe into allegations Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife used public funds for their private villa, with the findings now passed on to prosecutors.

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Netanyahu's Newly Expanded Coalition already Threatened

A key party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly expanded right-wing coalition threatened to bring it down on Sunday over a demand related to the military.

The Jewish Home party, whose leader Naftali Bennett is a political rival to Netanyahu, said it would vote against the expanded coalition in parliament if its demand was not met.

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Israeli Minister Quits Netanyahu's 'Extremist Government'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second cabinet resignation in a week on Friday when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the "extremist government".

Environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation in a strongly worded statement that accused Netanyahu of putting the country on a path to ruin.

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Israel's Lieberman: Bouncer-Turned-Political Firebrand

Avigdor Lieberman, set to become Israel's defense minister, worked as a nightclub bouncer as a young man before embarking on a political career marked by anti-Arab tirades and strident populism.

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New Israeli Government Threat to Regional Stability, Say Palestinians

The appointment of a hardline right-winger as Israel's defense minister represents a "real threat" to regional stability, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

"The existence of this government brings a real threat of instability and extremism in the region," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP, adding that the appointment would "result in apartheid, racism and religious and political extremism."

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