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Arab states reject Nauru recognition of Jerusalem

The switch from Tel Aviv was announced last month by Nauru and follows a controversial 2017 decision by US President Donald Trump.

The Arab Parliament, which represents 22-member states, on Monday rejected the move as a violation of international law.

Xinhua reports Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami calling on Nauru to respect UN resolutions on the legal status of East Jerusalem.

Palestinian officials have also condemned Nauru's decision.

 

     

No clear winner in Israeli election, exit polls indicate

The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz was projected to win 36 or 37 seats, with the Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 33 to 36.

Both men have claimed victory.

Two exit polls predicted that right-wing parties allied to Mr Netanyahu were more likely to be able to form a governing coalition.

But a third exit poll predicted that the bloc would be tied with centre-left parties allied to Mr Gantz.

Israel-Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings

Militants fired 300 rockets and mortars at Israel. One hit an empty bus, seriously injuring a soldier nearby.

Israel responded with more than 70 strikes on what it said were targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Three Palestinians, two of them reportedly militants, were killed.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said nine Palestinians were injured.

Meanwhile, Israeli medics said 10 people in Israel were injured.

Israel carries out Gaza strikes as soldier dies from gunshot

The Israeli military announced that one soldier had died from his wounds, the first in the most recent clashes.

Gaza officials said four Palestinians were killed in the strikes, three of them members of militant group Hamas.

They said a fourth Palestinian was shot dead during protests along the border. Hamas, who run Gaza, later said a ceasefire had been agreed with Israel.

"With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between (Israel) and Palestinian factions," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters news agency.

Netanyahu and Modi praise 'new era' in India -Israel ties

The deals were announced after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Delhi on Monday.

Mr Modi said he wanted Israeli defence companies to invest in India.

Mr Netanyahu's visit comes a year after Mr Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

He arrived in Delhi on Sunday for a six-day visit along with a 130-member business delegation.

The two countries also signed deals where they agreed to cooperate in areas including cyber-defence, security and science.

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as "brave and moral", a statement said.

The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria's Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.

Unesco head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of "profound regret".

The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 - until then, the US will remain a full member. The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said.

Al Jazeera: Israel seeks to shut offices and take network off air

Communications Minister Ayoub Kara alleged that the channel supported terrorism, and said both its Arabic and English-language channels would be taken off air.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the broadcaster of "incitement".

Al Jazeera has condemned the decision.

The Israeli government said it was basing its decision on a similar ban by several Sunni Arab states, amid their diplomatic rift with Qatar, which hosts and funds Al Jazeera.

Israel thanks Nauru; offers water and agri-training

Hotovely offered to bring a delegation from the Micronesian nation to Israel to train in agriculture and water. It should be noted that Israel is allocating 20 scholarships to Nauru in the framework of the activities of the international aid agency MASHAV in various fields. 

Israel sends Nauru medical training in the field of kidney medicine.

President Waqa spoke about the great importance his country sees in the state of Israel in the framework of religious faith regarding the return of the Jewish people to its land.

Netanyahu: Nauru has been a wonderful friend to Israel

During their conversation, Waqa asked Netanyahu that Israel assist his country in medical training, water, waste management and innovation.

"You have been our wonderful friend," Netanyahu said. "It's a pleasure to receive you in the land of Israel and the State of Israel."

"I hope you have an excellent visit that reflects our excellent relations."

On Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) thanked Waqa for his country's longstanding support for Israel at the United Nations, according to a report on israelnationalnews.com

Israel welcomes Nauru’s President

Such epithets can usually be taken with a grain of salt, except when it comes to the smallest island states in the South Pacific.

When President Reuven Rivlin welcomed Nauru’s 14th President Baron Waqa and his delegation on Sunday, he was absolutely sincere in all the compliments he heaped on Nauru, because Nauru is Israel’s most unconditional and uncritical friend, invariably voting for and with Israel in every public forum in which they are both members – including the United Nations.