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Boats sail on the Mediterranean sea during a cold morning off the coast in Michmoret, Israel.

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Members of a group of trained Santa Clauses from Europe and the USA float in the Dead Sea near the West Bank city of Jericho. Around 50 Santa Clauses and Miss Santas from the USA, Germany, Denmark and Romania visited the Holy land.

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Coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession, in the city of Kerman, Iran. The leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatened on Tuesday to "set ablaze" places supported by the United States over the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. airstrike last week, sparking cries from the crowd of supporters of "Death to Israel!"

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People ride on camels line during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, at a desert near the southern Israeli city of Eilat.

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A new artwork dubbed "Scar of Bethlehem" by the artist Banksy is displayed in The Walled Off Hotel, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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A Palestinian demonstrator burns tires during a protest over an Israeli plan to build a new Jewish neighborhood in the heart of the region's largest city, in the West Bank city of Hebron.

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Israeli army base in the Golan Heights located on the Israeli-Syrian border. Netanyahu looked to project business as usual as he returned to work following his indictment on corruption charges.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an extended faction meeting of the right-wing bloc members at the Knesset, in Jerusalem. Israel's attorney general has formally charged Netanyahu in a series of corruption scandals. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued an indictment Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, charging Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and said he is a victim of a witch hunt.

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A Palestinian youth stands amid the crater of a destroyed house following overnight Israeli missile strikes, in Al-Qarara, east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip.

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Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel. Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza in a resumption of pinpointed targeting that threatens a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.

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Israeli police officers examine the site moments after a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza hit a main free way between Ashdod and Tel Aviv near Ashdod Israel. Israel has killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza in a rare targeted killing that threatened to unleash a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.

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Israelis hold signs calling for the release of Israeli Naama Issachar during a demonstration In Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's prime minister has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon the young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia.

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People enjoy the Mediterranean Sea beachfront during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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People ride their bicycles on a car-free highway during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israelis are marking Yom Kippur, or 'Day of Atonement,' which is the holiest of Jewish holidays when observant Jews atone for the sins of the past year and the Israeli nation comes to almost a complete standstill. Many residents take bicycles onto the streets as no traffic is permitted on the roads.

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A masked Palestinian protester set tires on fire during clashes with Israeli troops during following a demonstration to support of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails at checkpoint Beit El near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Representative of India (ROI) in Palestinian Authority Sunil Kumar and Palestinian Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Dr. Ishaaq Seder release the commemorative stamp to honour Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, in Ramallah, Israel.

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A short letter handwritten by Mahatma Gandhi some 80 years ago, wishing the 'afflicted (Jewish) people' an 'era of peace', has been released for the first time by the National Library of Israel (NLI), in Jerusalem.

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A family votes in the settlement of Tekoa, West Bank.

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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz and his wife Revital vote in Rosh Haayin, Israel.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin and his wife Sarah casts their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem. Israelis began voting in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges.

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Ultra orthodox Jews line up to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel. Israelis began voting in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges.

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Members of Indian disapora in Israel stand beside 'Gandhi Circle', which was inaugurated at a more prominent loaction to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in Kiryat Gat of Israel. The Gandhi roundabout, the first in Israel, was earlier inaugurated in Kiryat Gat in January 2016 to mark 60 years of the establishment of the township.

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This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows an area near Abadeh, Iran, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged was a site where Iran "conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons." Iran has not directly responded to Netanyahu's claim, which comes in the final stages of Israeli national elections, drawing criticism from Netanyahu's opponents that the sudden news conference and release of information about the site was a campaign stunt.

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Lebanese men ride their motorcycle past fields that burned from Israeli army shells in the southern Lebanese border village of Maroun el-Ras, Lebanon. The Lebanon-Israel border was mostly calm with U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the border, a day after the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel, triggering Israeli artillery fire that lasted less than two hours and caused some fires.

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Israeli forces search of Palestinian vehicle near the area of an attack, west of the West Bank city of Ramallah. An explosion near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said.

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Israeli border police arrest an unconscious protester during a rally supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, outside Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli border police said the man was conscious when he was arrested.

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Israeli Arab youths, from the scout youth movement, march during a parade for the Eid al-Adha festival in the mixed Arab Jewish neighborhood of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Israeli troops secure the area where a body of a soldier with stab wounds was found near Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during a visit to H2ID Desalination facility in Hadera, Israel

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Singer J Balvin performs on a stage during a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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A banner showing is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Likud Party's headquarters in Tel Aviv. The Likud Party has also put up Netanyahu's various posters with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of September elections.

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Israeli forces destroy a building in a Palestinian village of Sur Baher, east Jerusalem. Israeli work crews have begun demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. Monday's demolitions cap a years-long legal battle over the buildings, which straddle the city and the occupied West Bank.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and US National Security Advisor John Bolton, back right, come out of a military helicopter after a flight in the Jordan Valley between the Israeli city of Beit Shean and the Palestinian city of Jericho, West Bank.

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Israeli soldiers stand outside a tunnel that the army says crosses from Lebanon to Israel, in Zarit, northern Israel.

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An Israeli soldier walks inside a tunnel that the army says crosses from Lebanon to Israel, in Zarit, northern Israel. The Israeli military says it has finished sealing the last of a series of Hezbollah attack tunnels under the country's northern border with Lebanon, roughly six months after they were found. Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" in December to find and destroy what it said were six Hezbollah tunnels burrowed into Israeli territory for the purpose of attacking soldiers and civilians. Hezbollah has not commented.

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Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final with the song "Arcade" in Tel Aviv, Israel. In rear is Israeli Netta Barzilai the winner in 2018.

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Former participant of the Eurovision Song Contest, Greek singer Eleni Foureira performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Israeli Netta Barzilai, the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest performs "Nana Banana" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Former participant of the Eurovision Song Contest, Greek singer Eleni Foureira performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Katerine Duska of Greece performs the song "Better Love" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Kate Miller-Heidke of Australia performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Katerine Duska of Greece performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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People look statue of Israel's Netta Barzilai, the winner of 2018 Eurovision contest, at the Eurovision village ahead of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Miki of Spain performs during a rehearsal for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Kate Miller-Heidke of Australia performs during a rehearsal for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Tamara Todevska of North Macedonia poses during a presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Anna Odobescu of Moldova poses during a presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Hatari of Iceland poses during a presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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An Israeli soldier stands at a gathering point in Israel Gaza Border. The Israeli army lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern Israel, while the Hamas militant group's radio station in the Gaza Strip reported a cease-fire, signaling a deal had been reached to end the bloodiest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war.

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Smoke rises from an explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 90 rockets into southern Israel on Saturday, according to the Israeli military, triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire against militant targets in the blockaded enclave and shattering a month-long lull in violence.

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Israeli forces blow up Omar Abu Laila family house in the West Bank village of al-Zawiya. Israel says Abu Layla fatally stabbed a soldier and shot and killed another while wounding others near the settlement of Ariel in March. He was killed by Israeli troops after a massive three-day manhunt. Israel often demolishes homes of alleged Palestinian assailants or their families, saying it deters future attacks.

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A Palestinian protester burns a tyre during a clashes with Israeli troops during demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails at checkpoint Bet El near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Israeli border policemen move away from a burning vehicle during clashes with Palestinians at checkpoint Bet El near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Israeli border policemen move away from a burning vehicle during clashes with Palestinians at checkpoint Bet El near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians hold national flags and portraits of Syrian President President Bashar Assad during a protest against President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, in Homs, Syria. Syria's state news agency says thousands of Syrians have held gatherings in the streets of different cities to protest Trump's signing of a declaration reversing US policy on the Golan Heights.

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Israeli soldiers work next to their tanks near the Israel Gaza border, Israel.

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An Israeli man examines the damage to a house after it was hit by a rocket in Sderot, southern Israel. Israeli forces struck targets across the Gaza Strip, including the offices of Hamas' supreme leader, in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory, as the military bolstered its troops and rocket-defense systems in anticipation of a new round of heavy fighting with the Islamic militant group.

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An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen from a Hamas-affiliated insurance company in Gaza City. Israeli forces struck targets across the Gaza Strip in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory, as the military beefed up troops and rocket-defense systems in anticipation of a new round of heavy fighting with the Islamic militant Hamas group.

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Police officers inspect the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel.

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A police officer inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel. An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, an Israeli rescue service said, in an eruption of violence that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election.

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US President Donald Trump holds up a signed proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington.

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A firefighter inspects the damage to a house hit by a rocket in Mishmeret, central Israel. An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding six people, including one moderately, an Israeli rescue service said, in an eruption of violence that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election.

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In this file photo, an Israeli Merkava Mark 4 tank drives close to livestock during an exercise in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria. US President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S. diplomacy and international law and threatens to further inflame regional tensions.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, in Mea Shearim ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem.

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A man wears U.S. President Donald Trump's mask during the Purim festival in Mea Shearim ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Scroll of Esther.

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Palestinians clash with Israeli police outside the Old City after police blocked the entrances to Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem. Israeli police closed the entrances to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, right, visit the border between Israel and Syria at the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Graham says he will push for American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war.

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Members of the Gur Hassidic sect attend a traditional ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding in Jerusalem.

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Members of the Indian diaspora in a group photo during their candle march to condemn Thursday's Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in Tel Aviv.

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Two surfers walk towards the Mediterranean Sea as high school seniors preparing to join the Israeli military later in the year crawl along sand dunes during an exercise at a privately run training camp in Herzliya, Israel.

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Retired Israeli military chief Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign for the April 2019 elections, in Tel Aviv. Gantz launches his long-awaited political campaign, positioning himself as the most viable alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lengthy rule.

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Palestinian medics wheel a wounded youth, who was shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, into the treatment room of Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza as thousands took part in demonstrations along the border, fueled by Hamas' rejection of Qatari fiscal aid after what the militant group described Israeli delays and "blackmail."

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Israeli forces detain a protester during a demonstration against a newly opened Israeli highway that has a large concrete wall segregating Israeli and Palestinian traffic, near Jerusalem.

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A Cristian pilgrim takes part in baptism in the Jordan river during the Orthodox Feast of the Epiphany at Qasr el Yahud, the spot where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus, near the West Bank town of Jericho.

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People escape from waves on a stormy weather in Tel Aviv, Israel. Strong winds, waves and rain whipped across Israel.

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A woman walks on the beach next to a statue of the first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, in Tel Aviv, Israel. A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky. Dusty winds whipped through Israel and the West Bank as well with hail falling near Tel Aviv and meteorologists announcing that snow was expected later in the day in Jerusalem.

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An artwork called "McJesus," which was sculpted by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen and depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, is seen on display as part of the Haifa museum's "Sacred Goods" exhibit, in Haifa, Israel. Hundreds of Christians calling for the sculpture's removal protested at the museum last week.

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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, seated front row forth from left, participates in a virtual reality demonstration at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer are sitting alongside.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, speaks with Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz right, Israeli sports and culture minister Miri Regev center, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan left, and Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis following a vote at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. As snap elections were called in Israel, Netanyahu emerged as the overwhelming early front-runner with rivals and commentators alike pinning their primary hopes of unseating him on a potential corruption indictment.

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Combination images of Palestinians shot in the ­ legs during demonstrations at the Gaza Strip border with Israel.

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Technicians stand next to the SpaceIL lunar module, an unmanned spacecraft, is on display in a special "clean room" where the space craft is being developed, during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries plan to launch their unmanned spacecraft to the moon early in 2019.

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Palestinian wrapped in Hamas flag rides a bike during clashes with Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

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A display of hundreds of red shoes spread as protest against violence toward women in Israel at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel. A nationwide strike in protest of violence against women commemorating the 24 victims of domestic violence with thousands of men and women calling on the government to take action against domestic abuse.

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Protesters gather while others wave their national flags while near the fence of the Gaza Strip border with Israel during a protest on the beach near Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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Protesters take cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops while others try to hit back a teargas canisters near the fence of the Gaza Strip border with Israel during a protest on the beach near Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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Israeli soldiers take position in front of Palestinian protesters as they gather at the Israel Gaza border.

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An Israeli army tank on the Israel Gaza border.

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Israeli border police officers are seen outside a police station in Jerusalem. Police said they arrested an assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded an officer in the station, located in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

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A Palestinian girl walks next to a destroyed residential building hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City.

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Smoke rises from a mortar attack by Gaza militants on Israel, in Gaza City. The Israeli military responded by dispatching fighter jets to strike throughout the Gaza Strip.

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An Israeli soldier stands near a burning bus after it was hit by a mortar shell fired from Gaza near the Israel Gaza border. Israeli media say six people were wounded by Palestinian fire, including a 19-year-old who was critically hurt when a mortar shell hit the bus.

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An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes on the building of Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City. Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel, and the Israeli military responded by dispatching fighter jets to strike throughout the Gaza Strip.

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A masked protester chants while others burn tires and waving their national flags near the fence of Gaza Strip border with Israel during a protest east of Gaza City.

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Protesters sit while Israeli troops fired teargas near the fence of Gaza Strip border with Israel during a protest east of Gaza City.

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A female protester wears burqa and waves her national flag near the fence of Gaza Strip border with Israel during a protest east of Gaza City. Gaza's Hamas rulers said that deadly protests along Gaza-Israel perimeter fence have achieved some goals; $15 million from Qatar to help pay the salaries of civil servants.

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People look at a statue of Israel's Culture and Sports minister Miri Regev in Tel Aviv. Israeli artist Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Regev as a protest of her pushing for legislation mandating "loyalty" in cultural works.

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Palestinians gather during a protest on the beach at the border with Israel near Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian protesters hide behind the border fence during a protest on the beach at the border with Israel near Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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A masked Palestinian protester holds a national flag during a protest on the beach at the border with Israel near Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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