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Israel’s gross domestic product “grew strongly” at a rate of 4 percent in 2016, which was “higher than growth in most advanced economies,” the Bank of Israel said in its annual report on Wednesday. Israel’s labor market is “robust,” with an economy near full employment and an increase in real...

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Diplomacy

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Israel and Nicaragua restored diplomatic ties on Wednesday, seven years after Nicaragua severed relations following the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010. News of the reconciliation followed an announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night that the Jewish state would be reestablishing ties with an unnamed nation within a week, The Jerusalem...

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Diplomacy

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The United Kingdom’s international trade minister is in Israel for the first meeting of the new UK-Israel Trade Working Group, on the same day Britain chose to notify the European Union of its intention to leave. Lord Price will meet Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen on Wednesday,...

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At the Israel Innovation Showcase at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC earlier this week, more than 18,000 Israel advocates learned about a technology to extract water from air; an Arab-Israeli business accelerator; a touch-free smartphone; a user-friendly security system for public venues; and a dance program breaching...

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The Texas Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday barring the state from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel, placing increased pressure on a Dallas-based banking giant to cut ties with an activist group that targets Israel for economic warfare, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL),...

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The Israeli navy will add an extra Iron Dome battery to each of its four new surface ships in order to guard its natural gas fields from Hezbollah, Defense News reported Tuesday. A senior naval officer explained that due to Hezbollah’s growing arsenal of 122mm Grad-type rockets and longer-range weapons systems, Israel will...

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Iran

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Iran on Sunday sanctioned 15 American companies over their alleged ties to the “Zionist regime” and support for terrorism, the Associated Press reported. The sanctions prohibit the targeted businesses from engaging with Iranian firms and subject their assets to possible seizure. The measure is considered to be “symbolic,” the AP noted,...

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MidEast

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A judge on Spain’s national court agreed on Monday to hear a complaint that could hold senior members of the Syrian regime accountable for severe human rights abuses. The suit was filed by the sister of a Syrian delivery van driver who was jailed, tortured, and killed in one of...

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The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has acquired new, more powerful rockets that could severely threaten Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip, Army Radio reported Tuesday. The rockets carry hundreds of kilograms of explosive material and have a short range of a few kilometers, similar to the range of mortar shells, according...

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Diplomacy

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When it comes to combating anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, “there’s a new sheriff in town,” United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley proclaimed on Monday at the AIPAC Policy Conference. Haley cited two episodes that demonstrated her commitment to protecting Israel from unfair attacks. First, she recalled...

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