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Biden says US will 'act' if Iran missile tests confirmed

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on March 9 that the United States would take action against Iran if long-range ballistic missile tests Tehran said it carried out were confirmed.

"I want to reiterate, as I know people still doubt, if in fact they break the [nuclear] deal, we will act," Biden said during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on March 9.

ISIL, PKK make Israel-Turkey ties 'urgent'

Malcolm Hoenlein, the vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and considered to be a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has told daily Hürriyet that the problems caused by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have created an "urgency and responsibility" to mend ties

Gas from Israel's Leviathan could reach markets by late 2019: Company

Partners in Israel's Leviathan natural gas field could reach a final investment decision by the end of 2016 if government and regulatory approvals are granted as hoped, an official of the companies involved said.

That would enable the first gas from the field to reach markets by the last quarter of 2019, Bini Zomer, the Israel country manager for Noble Energy, said on Jan. 31.

Ex-Israeli president Peres hospitalized after heart attack

Former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, 92, was hospitalized Jan. 14 for cardiovascular problems and is in stable condition after a medical procedure, his spokesman said.

The elder statesman, who has towered over Israeli politics for decades, was hospitalized near Tel Aviv "after experiencing chest pains," the spokesman said in a statement.

Greek airline accused of discrimination

The Palestinian leadership demanded yesterday the Greek government act after two Arab passengers were expelled from an Israel-bound flight, saying the decision to remove the pair was "reminiscent" of apartheid.

Two Arab passengers with Israeli documents were forced off an Aegean Airlines flight before it set off from Athens on Jan. 3 after Israeli Jews protested about their presence.

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