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  • Cyprus and Israel agree to strengthen ties on energy, security

    July 28, 2015 | 10:26 am

    Israel and Cyprus agreed on Tuesday to expand their cooperation on energy issues, including the use of pipelines and electricity grids to link to European markets, as both countries develop natural gas fields off their coasts.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot...

  • Israeli natural gas development mired in contention

    July 16, 2015 | 9:28 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The recently-discovered massive gas reserves found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast can ensure Israel’s economic and political well-being for decades to come. International companies have invested billions of dollars in...

  • Lebanese man pleads guilty in Cyprus ammonium ‘plot’

    June 29, 2015 | 10:17 am

    A Lebanese-Canadian man accused of stockpiling explosives in Cyprus pleaded guilty on Monday in a case that Israel said bore the hallmarks of a failed Hezbollah plot.

    Cyprus's criminal court was expected to sentence Hussein Bassam Abdallah, 26, later on Monday.

    He was arrested...

  • Cyprus says Hezbollah plot against Israelis or Jews likely foiled

    June 15, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    A Hezbollah bomb plot against Israel or Jews “most probably” was foiled last month, the foreign minister of Cyprus said.

    Cypriot police arrested a 26-year-old Lebanon native with a Canadian passport on May 27 after authorities discovered nearly two tons of ammonium nitrate — a...

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  • Cyprus may have foiled major attack after ammonia find

    June 2, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Cyprus believes it may have foiled a major explosives attack, a security source said, in seizing nearly five tons of chemical fertilizer for a planned action Israel says bears the hallmarks of the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

    Authorities detained a Lebanese-Canadian in late May...

  • Hezbollah agent believed to be planning attack on Israelis arrested in Cyprus

    May 29, 2015 | 8:29 am

    Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers reported on Friday.

    The 26-year-old man is Lebanese-born and has a Canadian passport. He...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Married, but not in Israel

    September 18, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Located in the eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus feels very familiar to Israelis, due to its warm climate, arid stretches of mountainous land filled with olive trees and beautiful beaches.

    Not a bad place for a wedding, right?

    Every year, according to Israel’s Central...

  • Cyprus court jails Hezbollah man for plotting to attack Israelis

    March 28, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    A Cyprus court sentenced a member of Lebanon's Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah movement to four years in jail on Thursday on charges of plotting to attack Israeli interests on the island.

    In a case bearing similarities to a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria targeting Israelis last year,...

  • Cyprus verdict could inhibit Hezbollah operations in Europe

    March 28, 2013 | 11:35 am

    The conviction in Cyprus of a Hezbollah operative plotting to attack Israelis could undercut efforts by the terrorist group to carry out additional attacks outside the Middle East.

    Last week's conviction was the second confirmation in recent months that Hezbollah is active on...

  • Hezbollah operative tracked Israeli plane landings in Cyprus

    February 22, 2013 | 9:35 am

    The Hezbollah operative on trial for plotting against Israeli tourists in Cyprus acknowledged passing on Israeli aircraft landing times to his terrorist handlers.

    Hosem Taleb Yaacoub on Thursday said in court that he recorded landing times for Arkia flights between Tel Aviv and...

  • Israelis possibly targeted by bomb-makers in Cyprus

    October 19, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Cypriot authorities discovered a small amount of explosives that may have been intended for use against Israeli targets. 

    A Cypriot tabloid, Alithia, reported on Thursday that agents of Cypriot security services had discovered 100 grams of explosives at the port in Limassol,...

  • Man held in Cyprus for planning attack on Israelis

    July 24, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    A Swedish citizen of Lebanese origin suspected of planning to attack Israeli targets in Cyprus was ordered held over by a court there.

    The Cypriot court on Monday ordered the man, 24, detained after noting the similarities between his actions and those of the Bulgarian suicide...

  • Ayalon: Israel will defend Greek oil drilling in Cyprus

    November 23, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in Greece that Israel will defend Greek oil drilling in Cyprus.

    Asked at a news briefing Tuesday what Israel’s reaction is to a threat by Turkey regarding drilling in Cyprus, Ayalon said, “If anyone tries to challenge these...

  • Erdogan: Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza

    September 8, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.

    Raising the stakes in Turkey’s row with Israel over its refusal...

  • Israel offers aid to Cyprus following killer blast

    July 12, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Israel offered aid to Cyprus in the wake of an explosion at a naval base that killed at least 12 people.

    The accident early Monday morning occurred after arms seized in 2009 from an Iranian shipment to Syria caught fire. More than 60 were injured in the blast, which also destroyed a...

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