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Israel Sees 'many Problems' with French Peace Initiative

A top Israeli official on Friday reiterated the country's opposition to a French attempt to resurrect the peace process with the Palestinians, ahead of a visit by France's foreign minister.

Paris will hold an international ministerial meeting on May 30 to try to revive peace talks that have been frozen since a U.S.-brokered initiative collapsed in April 2014.

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Venezuela's U.N. Envoy Apologizes to Israel over 'Final Solution' Remarks

Venezuela's U.N. ambassador has apologized to Israel's envoy over remarks suggesting that Israel was seeking a "final solution" for the Palestinians, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday.

Ambassador Rafael Ramirez made the remarks during a Security Council informal meeting on Friday on the protection of Palestinians.

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French PM to Visit Israel in Bid to Relaunch Peace Process

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories this month in a bid to relaunch the peace process following the worst flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip for two years, his office said Tuesday.

His visit, from May 21-24, comes as France seeks to engineer a peace deal based on a two-state solution.

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Conflicting Reports Emerge on Israeli Strike on Hizbullah Convoy

Conflicting claims have been made over the nature of the Israeli strike against an alleged weapons convoy to Hizbullah, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Wednesday.

Syrian rebels said that the strike targeted a Hizbullah rockets convoy on the Lebanese-Syrian border on Tuesday.

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Israel Court Convicts Palestinian Boy of Attempted Murder

A Jerusalem court convicted a 14-year-old Palestinian on Tuesday of the attempted murder of two Israelis in a knife attack last October that was one of the most high-profile of a recent wave of violence.

The Jerusalem District Court also found Ahmed Manasra guilty of inflicting severe injury in the attack he carried out at the age of 13 along with a 15-year-old cousin, officials said.

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Israel Boycott Campaigner 'Prevented from Travel'

Israeli authorities have refused to renew the travel documents of a leader of a campaign to boycott the Jewish state, officials said Tuesday.

Omar Barghouti is one of the most prominent campaigners in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which campaigns for a global boycott of Israel until, amongst other demands, the country withdraws from all occupied Palestinian territories.

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Hamas Says Not Seeking War but Will Fight Israeli Incursions

Hamas's leader in Gaza said Friday his Islamist movement did not seek war with Israel but would resist incursions into the Palestinian enclave, following the worst cross-border violence since 2014.

Three days of mortar and tank fire between Israel and Palestinian militants, as well as Israeli air strikes, have raised concerns of a new war in the Hamas-run territory.

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Israeli Shelling Kills Gaza Woman in First Clashes since 2014

Israeli tank fire killed a Palestinian woman in her Gaza home on Thursday, the second day of the worst clashes between the army and Hamas fighters since the devastating 2014 war.

The confrontation came as a new tunnel was discovered reaching into Israel from the Palestinian enclave.

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Army Says Finds New Hamas Tunnel Reaching into Israel from Gaza

Israeli forces uncovered a Hamas tunnel stretching across the border from Gaza on Thursday, the army said, the second such discovery in recent weeks.

"About four hours ago the IDF exposed a second tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip," army spokesman Peter Lerner said.

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Israel Clashes with Palestinians on Gaza Border

Israeli troops fired at a Hamas base in Gaza on Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said, with the Israeli army saying it was responding to mortar fire.

"A mortar round was fired at forces during operational activity adjacent to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip," the Israeli army said in a statement.

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