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Turkey to recognise Jerusalem as capital of PALESTINE in challenge to US and Israel

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement yesterday just days after slamming Donald Trump at a summit of Muslim leaders. Mr Trump sparked anger across the Muslim world and beyond with his controversial move to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognising it as Israel’s capital. And now Turkey has responded with a similar plan for east Jerusalem in what looked like a direct response to the US. Mr Erdogan told his AK Party: “God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy…

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BREAKING: Israel bomb Palestine Gaza strip in retaliation to ‘red siren’ attack

Red sirens were heard in the Southern town of Negev as thousands rushed for cover from two rockets launched from the Gaza strip. In a statement cited by local media, Head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council Tamir Idan said: “We expect and demand that the security forces will respond strongly and make it clear to the terrorist that the state of Israel is determined not to allow such firing of rockets to continue.” More to follow…

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Palestinian protesters set pictures of Mike Pence on fire

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A small group of Palestinian protesters on Sunday set fire to placards printed with images of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt outside Jesus’s traditional birthplace, days before their arrival in the region. With Bethlehem’s illuminated Christmas tree behind them, about 30 people stood quietly holding candles at Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, the site Christians believe marks Jesus’s birthplace, before setting the placards alight. “Bethlehem welcomes the messengers of peace, not the messengers of war”, read…

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Space 

SpaceIL making final fundraising push for lunar lander mission

WASHINGTON — SpaceIL, the Israeli team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, says it needs to raise $7.5 million in less than a week in order to complete its lander and retain its launch contract. The nonprofit organization says it has identified $22.5 million of the $30 million of total funding it needs to raise to complete and launch its lunar lander in the form of matching funds, but those funds are contingent on raising $7.5 million by Dec. 20, the end of the Hanukkah holiday. “We’ve made good…

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Christmas cancelled: Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth SCRAPS celebrations because of Trump

The Israeli Arab city said it had cancelled some Christmas celebrations in protest at the US President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr Trump announced the move last week, reversing decades of US policy and recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, jeopardising Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike. Nazareth, the largest Arab town in Israel with a Muslim and Christian population of 76,000, is one of the Holy Land’s focal points of Christmas festivities. City spokesman Salem Sharara said: “We…

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Watch: Deadly incoming rocket fire DESTROYED when intercepted by Iron Dome defence system

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that two rockets fired from the strip flew over the nearby city of Sderot last night as reports emerge the country has launched its most aggressive set of attacks in the region since 2014. In response to the provocative act, Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said: “I expect the prime minister, the defence minister and the chief of staff to strike at the terror organisations mercilessly. “We will not tolerate continued firing at Sderot. This drop in the bucket in response is not a viable…

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Screen Actors Guild nominations DESTROY main Oscar predictions with huge snubs

The nominees were revealed today for the 2018 ceremony which will be hosted for the first time in its history. Actress and filmmaker Kristen Bell will do the honours. As the name suggests, this is one awards ceremony that only recognises the talent in front of the camera. Unusually, it also has a category recognising an entire cast for a particular movie. The hugely prestigious award has also been used as an Oscar’s predictor. No movie has won a Best Picture Oscar without first being nominated for the SAG Outstanding…

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Turkey WAR THREAT against ‘terror state’ Israel over Donald Trump Jerusalem move

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a hard-hitting attack on the country and demanded Washington reverse last week’s controversial move. Addressing a summit of Muslim leaders in Istanbul, Mr Erdogan described the development as a reward for Israeli “terror acts” and said the city was a red line. And he described Washington’s move as a reward for Israeli actions including occupation, settlement construction, land seizure and “disproportionate violence and murder”. He raged: “Israel is an occupying state. Israel is a terror state.” Mr Erdogan went on: “I invite all countries supporting…

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Turkey calls for East Jerusalem to be recognised as the capital of a Palestinian state

“Firstly the Palestinian state must be recognised by all other countries. We must all strive together for this,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said as foreign ministers convened ahead of the full summit meeting.  “We must encourage other countries to recognise the Palestinian state on the basis of its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Mr Cavusoglu said.  Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third holiest site and has been at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.  Israel captured Arab East…

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Why Trump’s provocative Jerusalem move hasn’t sparked an intifada

Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian protests have largely fizzled out. Trump’s move broke with decades of precedent and U.S. policy, sparked uproar among world leaders and triggered accusations that it jeopardized the prospects of Middle East peace. Protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday. Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA The announcement prompted the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas to call for a new intifada — or uprising — against Israel….

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