Middle East

‘Arab Divas’ at the Arab World Institute: Singers Who Took Center Stage

'Arab Divas' at the Arab World Institute: Singers Who Took Center Stage

‘Arab Divas’ at the Arab World Institute: Singers Who Took Center Stage ‘Arab Divas’ at the Arab World Institute: Singers Who Took Center Stage PARIS — The diva sings of love and unmitigated lust. Dressed in a scarlet evening gown with her hair pulled high, she cries out to her beloved, longs for a night of undying passion and yearns …

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Israel’s Arab neighbors predict little change in relations.

Israel’s Arab neighbors predict little change in relations.

Israel’s Arab neighbors predict little change in relations. Israel’s Arab neighbors predict little change in relations. If the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year reign as prime minister is a political earthquake inside Israel, its tremors stop clearly at Israel’s borders. The political drama has solicited barely a shrug from Israel’s Arab neighbors, who do not expect it to lead to …

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Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence

Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence

Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence JERUSALEM — The paparazzi eagerly snap shots of random moving trucks in the vicinity of the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem. Political cartoonists are portraying Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s former prime minister, his wife, Sara, and their elder son, Yair, …

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Israel’s Parliament Chooses Mickey Levy as New Speaker

Israel's Parliament Chooses Mickey Levy as New Speaker

Israel’s Parliament Chooses Mickey Levy as New Speaker Israel’s Parliament Chooses Mickey Levy as New Speaker Parliament selected Mickey Levy, a lawmaker from Yair Lapid’s centrist party, Yesh Atid, to be its new speaker on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Levy’s election was considered a sign that the new government would likely pass the vote of confidence. He beat out Yaakov Margi, …

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Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes

Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes

Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes GAZA CITY — International mediators stepped up efforts Wednesday to broker a longer-term truce between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that dominates the Gaza Strip, after the first armed exchange between the two sides since the end of an …

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Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures “Bibi, King of Israel!” That is a shout from his fervent supporters that might have given pause to King David, let alone King Solomon. But Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, has finally lost his job, unable to cobble together a final majority in the Knesset …

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Israel Ends Its Indoor Mask Mandate

Israel Ends Its Indoor Mask Mandate

Israel Ends Its Indoor Mask Mandate Israel Ends Its Indoor Mask Mandate Israel will no longer require people to wear masks indoors, removing one of the country’s last remaining coronavirus restrictions as infections continue to decline there, Israel’s health ministry announced on Tuesday. Hezi Levi, the ministry’s director general, delivered the news as he removed his mask on a morning …

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New Israeli Coalition Survives a Test From a Far-Right March

New Israeli Coalition Survives a Test From a Far-Right March

New Israeli Coalition Survives a Test From a Far-Right March New Israeli Coalition Survives a Test From a Far-Right March “They open for their people and they close for mine,” said Samer Barusi, a 67-year-old Palestinian living near the route of the march, which he said showed how there was little difference between the new government and the one it …

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Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

Shift in Israel Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties WASHINGTON — President Biden waited more than three weeks after his inauguration to place his first call to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister at the time. It took Mr. Biden less than three hours after the swearing in on Sunday …

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Far-Right March Tests New Israeli Coalition, Amid Hamas Threats

Far-Right March Tests New Israeli Coalition, Amid Hamas Threats

Far-Right March Tests New Israeli Coalition, Amid Hamas Threats Far-Right March Tests New Israeli Coalition, Amid Hamas Threats JERUSALEM — Israel’s fragile new coalition government faced a first test of its unity after it gave permission for far-right Jewish activists to march through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem on Tuesday evening, angering parts of the alliance and prompting threats from the …

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