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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns France it would be making a "grave mistake" its parliament votes to recognise a Palestinian state

Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Israel PM Netanyahu

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A Spanish court has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials for their role in the 2010 attack on the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza, local media reported on Friday.

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said that the Supreme Court in Madrid ordered the arrest of ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defence minister Ehud Barak, the then-deputy prime ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, and former state minister Benny Begin, as well as Netanyahu. It also ordered the arrest of Israeli Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, who is among the co-defendants found guilty by the Spanish judge.

According to YaniSafak website, the investigation into this case was launched after Spanish activists on board the main vessel in the flotilla, the Turkish-registered Mavi Marmara, filed a criminal complaint against Israeli officials involved in the raid. YaniSafak said that in June a Spanish court dropped a five-year-old investigation into the raid, but it left open the possibility that the case could be reopened if the specified Israeli officials visited Spain.

Although the case was sent to the Supreme Court, continuous Israeli pressure slowed down the investigations. Nevertheless, said the news website, the judge has sent the list of defendants to the Spanish police, demanding the start of the legal process to issue a red notice for their arrest.

Israeli naval commandos killed nine Turkish peace activists, including one with dual American citizenship, and injured dozens more on board the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara. Spanish activists also took part in the flotilla, which was attempting to break Israel’s illegal blockade of the territory.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has shot down an Israeli spy drone

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has shot down an Israeli spy drone over the Iranian sky before the unmanned aerial vehicle reached Natanz nuclear facility. The IRGC’s Aerospace Force has intercepted and shot down an Israeli spy drone, the … read more

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza ceasefire

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has called for an open-ended cease-fire in Gaza, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The foreign ministry statement Saturday came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah … read more

Israel to develop ‘Iron Spade’ to counter Hamas

Israel is developing a new system that will detect and destruct tunnels as they are dug by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, Britain’s weekly The Sunday Times reported. The new system, which was developed by a consortium led by … read more

The U.K.’s first female Muslim Cabinet member has resigned

FILE - This is a Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 file photo of Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, British senior minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, listens to a reporter during a joint news conference with Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad, Pakistan. Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet member Sayeeda Warsi has resigned in protest of British government policies on Gaza.Sayeeda Warsi, a Foreign Office minister, says that she wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014 saying she could "no longer support" government policy. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash/File)

The U.K.’s first female Muslim Cabinet member has resigned in protest of British government policies on Gaza. Sayeeda Warsi, a Foreign Office minister, wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday saying she could “no longer support” government policy. Cameron … read more

Gaza war claims victim after victim, Death is daily life

The airstrike that crushed the Najam family home in this refugee camp set in motion a grim but increasingly familiar process as the Gaza war claims victim after victim. A search through the rubble for bodies and body parts. Relatives … read more