Netanyahu quits Israel election rally as rocket alert sounds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chats with party members after delivering a statement in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Reuters)
Updated 10 September 2019
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Netanyahu quits Israel election rally as rocket alert sounds

  • KAN 11 broadcast footage of Netanyahu’s security detail closing in around him as he was speaking from the podium
  • One of them whispered in his ear before the premier raised a hand in farewell and was hustled from the building

JERUSALEM: Sirens warning of rocket fire from Gaza cut short an election rally by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the southern city of Ashkelon late Tuesday, public television reported.
KAN 11 broadcast footage of Netanyahu’s security detail closing in around him as he was speaking from the podium.
One of them whispered in his ear before the premier raised a hand in farewell and was hustled from the building.
The Israel army said in a brief statement that sirens had sounded in Ashkelon and the port city of Ashdod, but it did not elaborate.
There were no immediate reports of rockets falling in any urban area.
The incident came less than three hours after Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls.


Merkel urges return to Iran nuclear deal to defuse Middle East tensions

Updated 17 September 2019
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Merkel urges return to Iran nuclear deal to defuse Middle East tensions

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a return to an international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities as the only way to defuse tensions in the Middle East.
“We believe that the deal to stop Iran from acquiring military nuclear capabilities is a building block we need to get back to,” Merkel said during a news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah.
“But there is also a long list of other burdens coming from Iran like the ballistic missiles program and its engagement in Syria,” she said. “In recent days tensions in the region rose and Germany will always be in favor of de-escalation and long-term solutions are only possible through a political process.”