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Israeli brass casts doubt on blaming shelling on Hezbollah

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JERUSALEM Israeli military officials were quoted on Monday rowing back from an assertion by the defence minister that Hezbollah was behind a spate of shelling from Syria, which could increase tension on Israel's northern frontier.

Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

World, Syria, 21 Oct 2017

Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say.

World, Iraq, 20 Oct 2017

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran's influence in Syria.

World, Syria, 18 Oct 2017

Israel: No peace talks with Palestinian government reliant on Hamas

JERUSALEM Israel said on Tuesday it would not hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian government dependent on the Islamist Hamas group, responding to a new reconciliation agreement between the two main Palestinian factions.

World, 18 Oct 2017

Israel approves building plans for 31 settler homes in West Bank's Hebron

JERUSALEM Israel on Monday approved building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, a spokeswoman said, a first such move in the Israeli-occupied area for some 15 years.

World, 17 Oct 2017

Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

JERUSALEM The Israeli air force attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon.

Ruins of Jerusalem hall shed light on Roman-era gatherings

JERUSALEM A small, half-built and roofed amphitheatre from 2nd-century Jerusalem has been unearthed during excavations below Judaism's Western Wall, the first such Roman-era find in the city, Israeli archaeologists said on Monday.

World, 16 Oct 2017

Israeli minister says was misunderstood on war remarks with Iran

JERUSALEM An Israeli minister was not suggesting U.S. President Donald Trump's words could lead to war with Iran when he reacted to the U.S. leader's speech concerning the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, the minister's spokesman said on Saturday.

World, 14 Oct 2017

Israel buoyed by Trump tack against Iran atom deal but sees long way to go

JERUSALEM Israel was upbeat about U.S. President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement on Friday of major steps against the international nuclear deal with Iran, but voiced doubt that the tougher tack by Washington could turn around Tehran.

World, 13 Oct 2017