JERUSALEM (Reuters) – On a backstreet in Jerusalem sit the sparse offices of B’Tselem, an Israeli organization that has long been a bane of successive governments, tirelessly flagging military abuses in occupied Palestinian territory.
Set up by a group of academics, lawyers and politicians more than 25 years ago, the NGO – whose name means “in the image of” and is a synonym in Hebrew for human dignity – has at times portrayed itself as the conscience of the nation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Islamist Hamas movement that dominates Gaza has gained in popularity among all Palestinians since last year’s war with Israel, but most feel the devastation caused by the conflict outweighs its achievements, a new poll shows.
Pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey also reported what he called “the highest number ever recorded” — 50 percent — of Palestinians in the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip considering emigration.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – When Sendeku Belay thinks about how his life has turned out, the 36-year-old believes he would have been better off staying in Ethiopia than moving to Israel.
“Had I known Israel would work out like this, I would have preferred to die in Africa of starvation,” says Belay of his 13-year struggle to integrate into Israeli society.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.
In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a paramilitary Israeli border police patrol after stabbing one of its men in the head and chest, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The injured policeman was taken to hospital.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Concerns over Iran’s nuclear negotiations and the need to repair relations with the White House may push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek to form a national unity government with his center-left rivals.
Political analysts pointed on Monday to a new position paper from the main challenger that Netanyahu beat in last month’s election, the Zionist Union, that echoed his criticism of the April 2 agreement between world powers and Iran.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel must try to repair relations with the United States no matter who wins Tuesday’s election, said Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington and a potential foreign minister if his party joins the next government.
“We have to do a major reach-out. There’s some work to be done,” Oren said, citing strained ties after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress assailing a potential nuclear deal with Iran sought by President Barack Obama.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For decades, the identikit for a top Israeli politician has been a tough-talking man with a decorated military past who’s big on security. The exceptions have been rare, but now women are filling senior positions in parties across the spectrum.
Whether on the left, in the center or on the secular right, women are influencing the style, tone and manner of Israeli politics, even though it remains a male-dominated game.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In the past, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party could count on Israelis like 50-year-old shopkeeper Yossi Levy when it came to election day.
Levy, who describes himself as a lifelong Likud voter, is a member of Israel’s Sephardic community – Jews of Middle Eastern descent who, attracted by a tough stance toward Arab enemies, have traditionally been the party’s backbone.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Dozens of Israeli social activists pitched tents in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on Sunday protesting about a housing shortage which is a key issue in campaigning for a March 17 election.
The protest on a main boulevard erupted four days after the nation’s auditor published a report finding “significant deficiencies” that have pushed up housing prices – a problem dogging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for re-election.
WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgment and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations.
In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on the threat from Iran, the Israeli leader accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb.