Stephen Farrell

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1 Jun 2019 | 12:09 AM

In Jerusalem, thousands pray at Al-Aqsa on last Friday of Ramadan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Muslims attended prayers at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem amid tight security on the last Friday of Ramadan, hearing a message of defiance against Israeli control of one of the most sensitive venues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

30 May 2019 | 7:29 AM

Explainer: The main players in Israel's next election, the second this year

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition government despite weeks of trying and Israel will vote on Sept. 17 in the second election within months.

10 May 2019 | 7:01 PM

Israel counters Eurovision boycott campaign with Google ads

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, using Google ads which refer to the boycott but lead to a glossy website extolling Israel.

10 May 2019 | 12:36 AM

In Israel, members of Arab minority embrace Palestinian identity

KHUBBAYZA, Israel (Reuters) - Loudspeakers blared nationalist Arabic music across hillsides in northern Israel on Thursday as children ran across a field waving Palestinian flags.

3 May 2019 | 2:08 PM

In Tel Aviv, Eurovision songfest braces for pro-Palestinian boycott protests

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - As 'Eurovision Song Contest 2019' banners go up across Tel Aviv, behind the glitz of the songfest is the latest manifestation of a bitter row between Israel and an international pro-Palestinian boycott movement.

5 Apr 2019 | 11:32 PM

Netanyahu falls behind in Israel polls but still holds path to stay in power

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen behind his main challenger in opinion polls ahead of next week's Israeli election but still has an easier path to form a government that would keep him in power for a record fifth term.

23 Mar 2019 | 2:42 AM

Israeli PM Netanyahu will sue political rivals for libel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would sue two of his main political rivals for libel over remarks relating to a graft scandal involving a German submarine deal.

22 Mar 2019 | 10:15 PM

Druze on Golan Heights reject Trump backing for Israeli sovereignty

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (Reuters) - Druze Arabs and Israeli settlers on opposite sides of the dispute over U.S. President Donald Trump's support for Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights agree on one thing - it won't change matters on the ground.

1 Mar 2019 | 11:11 PM

Graft accusation piles pressure on Israel's Netanyahu as election looms

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Protesters waved black flags outside Benjamin Netanyahu's residence on Friday, sensing vulnerability in the Israeli prime minister weeks before an election where he will face looming corruption charges as well as a surging new rival.

12 Feb 2019 | 11:15 PM

Two tales of a city: Jerusalem tour guided by a Palestinian and an Israeli

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - On a Jerusalem plaza looking up at the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, a crowd gathers in front of two guides, listening attentively, a common sight in a city packed with pilgrims and tourists visiting its religious landmarks.