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Israel’s Netanyahu warns of rise of “extremist forces”/ Video

Benjamin Netanyahu

Speaking in France, the Israeli prime minister says militants seek to destroy “anyone that stands in their way”.

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“Israel and UK are united against terrorism”

Tzipi Hotovely

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded to the murderous attack, believed to be perpetrated by terrorists, in Manchester Monday night, saying Israel and the United Kingdom were allies in the war on terror.

The bombing, which targeted a pop music concert by singer Ariana Grande, left at least 22 people dead and 59 wounded.

“Deep sorrow on the loss of innocent young life in terrible Manchester attack,” Hotovely wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Israel with the UK in the fight against terror.”

UK police say the attack was apparently a suicide bombing, and that the investigation is treating the attack as an act of terror, though no official statement confirming it as such has yet been released.

The attack was carried out at 10:33 p.m. local time by a lone bomber, police say, though they have yet to determine whether the bomber acted alone or in conjunction with larger terror network.

Grande, whose show was the scene of the attack, wrote to fans that she was “broken” after the bombing.

“[F]rom the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. i [sic] don’t have words.” The singer cancelled the remainder of her overseas engagements.

Vice-President of Interlitq briefly detained by Israeli police

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, Vice-President of Interlitq

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, Vice-President of Interlitq

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the Palestinian diplomat and intellectual who is a Vice-President of Interlitq, has been briefly detained by the Israeli police.

Jerusalem Gay Pride: Israel teenage stabbing victim dies

A candlelight vigil for Shira Banki in Tel Aviv on Sunday

A candlelight vigil for Shira Banki in Tel Aviv on Sunday

A teenage girl who was stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem has died from her wounds, doctors say.

Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people attacked at the event on Thursday.

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, who carried out a similar attack in 2005, was arrested at the scene.

Israel’s government would have “zero tolerance” for Jewish extremists, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a security cabinet meeting on Sunday.

His comments also followed a separate attack in which an 18-month old Palestinian child died when his West Bank home was firebombed by suspected Jewish settlers.

The cabinet approved new measures to tackle ultra-nationalist violence against Palestinians, including detention without trial of Israelis.

The policy of detention without trial has long been used against Palestinians, but observers believe it has rarely been used against Israelis.

No arrests have been made so far in the case.

Jerusalem Gay Pride: Six stabbed ‘by ultra-Orthodox Jew’

A photographer captured the moment the man reached for his knife

A photographer captured the moment the man reached for his knife

Israeli police have arrested a man after six people were wounded in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.

A police spokesperson identified the suspect as the same man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for that attack and was released from prison three weeks ago.

Two of the injured are in a serious condition, medics said.

The attacker emerged behind marchers and began stabbing them while screaming, before being tackled by a police officer.

Dramatic images showed the assailant reaching inside his coat and raising a knife above his head.

Yasmin Yusupov, 20, told the BBC she and her friends were marching when she “started seeing a lot of people running”.

“We didn’t realise what happened but I was pulling the friends who were with me to run away. We just banged on doors of people’s houses. We tried asking them to get us inside.

“When we came back I saw a few bodies on the floor right in front of me. Everyone had blood on their hands because they were trying to help,” she added.