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July 14, 2017

Two Israeli police and three gunmen killed in shootout at holy site

Prayers cancelled at Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex in Jerusalem as attack threatens to raise Israeli-Palestinian tensions

Two Israeli police officers have been shot dead and three gunmen killed during an early-morning shootout in one of Jerusalem’s most holy and sensitive sites.

The attack – involving three Israeli citizens of Palestinian origin – took place just after 7am in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex in Jerusalem. It began near the Lions’ Gate entrance to the compound, which is revered as a holy site by both Muslims and Jews.

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May 22, 2017

Donald Trump focuses fire on Iran’s support for ‘terrorists and militias’

Theme emerges as US president visits Israel during first international trip, saying Iran must cease ‘funding terrorists’ and never obtain nuclear weapons

Donald Trump, on his first presidential visit to Israel and the West Bank, has escalated his war of words against Iran, demanding that Tehran immediately stop its financial and military support for “terrorists and militias” and reiterating that it must never be permitted to possess nuclear weapons.

Trump referred to the Iran issue repeatedly on Monday, expanding on his speech in Saudi Arabia the day before

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May 3, 2017

Trump tells Abbas ‘we will get it done’ on Israel-Palestinian peace deal

  • President welcomes Palestinian leader to White House for meetings
  • Trump wants to ‘prove people wrong’ and achieve lasting peace deal

Donald Trump has committed the United States to helping Israel and the Palestinians reach peace, telling visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas: “We will get it done.”

Trump spoke after welcoming Abbas to the White House for a meeting aimed at relaunching talks that have failed repeatedly to resolve the decades-old conflict. “I’ve always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Trump said. “Let’s see if we can prove them [...]

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February 21, 2017

Israeli soldier jailed for killing injured Palestinian attacker

Elor Azaria’s legal team to appeal 18-month sentence after trial that exposed divisions between military and rightwing nationalists

An Israeli military medic who was filmed killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker last year has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Elor Azaria’s sentence was handed down by a panel of three judges sitting in a military court in Tel Aviv. Prosecutors had demanded a sentence of between three and five years, while Azaria had asked the court to be “merciful” and sentence him to open detention.

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