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Israeli leader calls for independent Kurdistan

Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel's prime minister on June 29 called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region, and asserted that Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the West Bank to keep a jihadi juggernaut from powering its way to the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
     

The Eden of the Middle East

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became angry because the main opposition leader had called the Middle East a quagmire. “That’s insulting,” the prime minister said. Before a court bans using the words “Middle East” and “quagmire” in the same sentence, this columnist volunteers to call the peaceful, wealthy, healthy and happy region as “the Eden of the Middle East.”

Israel says Hamas militants behind abduction of three teenagers

Israel said on June 15 Hamas militants had abducted three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of "serious consequences" as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians.

The two 16-year-olds and a third man aged 19 disappeared on June 12 night in the West Bank, where they were seminary students in a Jewish settlement.

What will Turkey and the US do after the fall of Mosul?

Last week I was in Israel to attend the Herzliya Conference, a high level international security conference taking place annually in Tel Aviv. On the sidelines of the conference I had a conversation with Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Israel. Since we met right after the Mosul assault, Iraq has been the center of gravity of our conversation.

Bulgarian PM Oresharski to Meet Counterpart Netanyahu in Israel

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski is due to meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to the country.`

Economic ties between Sofia and Tel Aviv and the fight against terrorism are among the main issues to be discussed during their talks.

No specific details have been disclosed around their meeting.

Bulgarian PM to Meet Relatives of Sarafovo Bombing Victims in Israel

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski is on a three-day visit to Israel.

During his visit, Oresharski will meet with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and with President Shimon Peres, Bulgarian National Radio reports.

Among the discussed topics will be the economic relations between the two countries, the fight against terrorism, as well as current political issues.

Israeli Ex-PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced to Six Years for Bribery

Ehud Olmert, Israel's former Prime Minister, was sentenced to 6 years in jail, thus becoming the first head of government in the country to go behind bars.

A fine of ILS 1 M (USD 289 M) was also imposed on him, while another ILS 500 000 (USD 145 M) is to be seized from him, as judge David Rozen ruled according to the Jerusalem Post.

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