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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, August 19, 2017


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday there is no substance to reports that Israel and Hamas were close to a preliminary deal on the way to a prisoner exchange.

“There are no contacts with Hamas; there is an ongoing effort to achieve the release of our soldiers and civilians held in captivity by Hamas. There is no breakthrough,” Liberman told the Galei Yisrael radio station.

“We do not negotiate with terrorist organizations, there are various parties that are negotiating with them such as Egypt and others but we have no intention of ever holding direct negotiations with the murderers of Hamas,” Liberman added.

Liberman’s comments followed reports in the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar claiming that the first stage of a deal would be

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a terse statement Tuesday criticizing Ireland’s support for the Palestinians after meeting with visiting Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his dissatisfaction over Ireland’s traditional stance and told the Foreign Minister that his country does not condemn Palestinians for incitement and for glorifying those who commit terrorist attacks,” read a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. “The Prime

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved a “trial run” Sunday allowing MKs to visit the Temple Mount, reversing an October, 2015 decision to block Jewish MKs from using their parliamentary immunity to visit the site. The decision came during a wave of stabbing attacks around the capital and was intended to prevent Arab riots in response to Jewish visits to the Mount.

The decision followed a petition to the High Court of Justice by MK Yehuda Glick, a long-time activist for Jewish prayer

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins a three-day visit to Israel Tuesday to mark 25 years of full diplomatic ties between the countries in what officials in Jerusalem are describing as a trip of “historic” importance.

Mark Sofer, Israel’s former ambassador to Delhi, told a press conference at the Foreign Ministry ahead of the visit that it was “difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the significance of the trip,” adding that it was generating “enormous excitement and expectations on

Israel scored a symbolic victory at UNESCO last Friday when a report by the organization said a Palestinian request to have the Old City of Hebron, including the Jewish holy site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs registered as a Palestinian heritage site, had given “little recognition” to the town’s Jewish history.

The Palestinian request to register Hebron’s Old City will be up for vote this week at UNESCO’ annual World Heritage Committee assembly in Krakow, Poland this week. Israel will find