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Israeli Christian wins first 'Miss Trans Israel' pageant
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country's first transgender pageant....

Israeli ex-officers issue peace plan, condemn gov't inaction
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A group of more than 200 Israeli military and intelligence officers are criticizing the government for a lack of action in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and have issued a detailed plan they say can end the impasse....

West Bank outpost's impending evacuation a test for Israel
AMONA OUTPOST, West Bank (AP) -- The fate of 50 white caravans perched atop a West Bank hill in the Amona settler outpost is emerging as a key test for Benjamin Netanyahu's newly-expanded hard-line government....

AP PHOTOS: Israeli transgender contestants ready for finals
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Contenders in Israel's first transgender pageant have been polishing their moves this week ahead of Friday's competition....

Israeli airstrike hits Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attacks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza on Thursday in response to rocket fire toward Israel, the Israeli military said....

British academic rejects Israeli prize in "political choice"
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A prominent British academic said Thursday she had turned down a prestigious Israeli award for political reasons, in what looked to be the latest attempt by Western activists to boycott the Jewish state....

Israel's Netanyahu adds hard-liner to coalition
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military - and clouding already slim hopes for a resumption of peace efforts....

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