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Netanyahu to dissolve Israeli parliament and call election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would dissolve parliament and seek early elections. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu, who is embroiled in a cabinet crisis, also said he has ordered the dismissal of his Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who both head centrist parties.

Netanyahu to dissolve Israeli parliament and call election. Credit: PA

His coalition, dominated by the right-wing, is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy towards the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say discriminates against Israel's Arab minority. The divisions had prompted speculation that Netanyahu would bring forward an election that is not scheduled until 2017.


Israel arrests four over alleged Hamas plot

Israel has arrested four Palestinians on suspicion of planning to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Credit: Reuters

The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the war in Gaza that left more than 2,100Gazans and 73 Israelis dead and 100,000 people homeless.

Israeli authorities said the Palestinians, who live near the Nokdim settlement where Liberman has a home, had carried out surveillance on his convoy and tried to obtain a rocket-propelled grenade with which to attack it.

Two Palestinians shot dead after 'terror attack'

At least three people have been wounded in an attack near a synagogue in Jerusalem. Credit: APTN

Two Palestinian men armed with axes and knives wounded at least three people in a Jerusalem synagogue before they were shot dead by police officers, an Israeli police spokesman said.

A spokesman for Israel's ambulance service said medics were treating three people, and one person was critically wounded.

Media reports said more people at the scene were wounded.

Israeli Defence Forces confirm soldier's death

Members of the Israeli Zaka emergency response team work at the scene of the stabbing. Credit: Reuters

Israel Defence Forces spokesman Peter Lerner has confirmed that a soldier, named as Sergeant Almog Shiloni, has died in hospital after being stabbed earlier today at a train station in Tel Aviv.


Israeli soldier stabbed in Tel Aviv dies from his injuries

An Israeli soldier who was stabbed at a Tel Aviv train station earlier today has died, ITV News has learned.

A suspect was arrested at the scene and is currently under police interrogation.

Israeli police said a woman in her mid-20s was killed while two other people were wounded during a further stabbing attack in the West Bank today.

One dead after stabbing attacks targeting Israelis

Attackers identified as Palestinians carried out two separate stabbing attacks in Israel today which left one woman dead and a soldier injured.

The female victim in her mid 20s died after being stabbed at a bus stop - two other people were also hurt. The Israeli soldier was stabbed in a separate attack at a train station in Tel Aviv.

ITV News' Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:

Israeli woman killed, two wounded in West Bank attack

Israeli police said a woman was killed by an attacker at a bus stop in the West Bank. Credit: RTV

Israeli police said a woman in her mid-20s was killed while two other people were wounded during a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

The woman was killed when a man stepped out of a car at a bus stop in front of the Alon Shvut settlement, then stabbed three people before he was shot by a security guard. The attacker is in a serious condition.

'Israeli girl killed' after stabbing attack in West Bank

Security officials at the scene of the stabbing in the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut. Credit: RTV

A teenage girl has been killed in a stabbing attack in the West Bank in which the suspected Palestinian attacker was shot, according to Israel's national rescue service.

The girl was stabbed along with two other Israelis at a bus stop outside the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut. The attacker was shot and wounded by a security guard at the scene.

Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Peter Lerner said on Twitter it was a "sad day".

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