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Oct 12, 2015

Smartphones lend new dynamic to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

JERUSALEM, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Surrounded by Israeli police,
Israa Abed holds a knife in one hand and a cellphone in the
other before shots ring out and she falls to the ground.

The incident, filmed by passersby on their smartphones, has
been viewed thousands of times since it was posted online last
Friday, one of dozens of such videos encapsulating a new dynamic
in what looks like a third Palestinian uprising, or intifada.

Oct 8, 2015

Netanyahu cancels German visit as violence spreads across Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s prime minister canceled a visit to Germany on Wednesday after a spate of attacks that included the stabbing of an Israeli soldier by a suspected Palestinian militant who police said was then shot dead by special forces.

A steady rise in street violence, which Israeli and Palestinian leaders have sought to calm, has been fueled by confrontations around Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque complex, Islam’s third holiest shrine which Jews also revere as the vestige of their two ancient temples.

Oct 7, 2015

After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria. Israel has been worried that Russia’s deployment there, which includes advanced anti-aircraft units and warplanes, could lead to unwanted confrontation.

Oct 7, 2015

Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel’s prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany.

Hours earlier, police said an 18-year-old Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli near a contested shrine in Jerusalem, and was then shot and wounded by the injured man, the third knife attack in the city in less than a week.

Sep 21, 2015

Netanyahu to quiz Putin on Russia’s reinforcement of Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to seek reassurance from President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s military deployment in Syria and to lay out Israel’s concerns about the risk of weapons reaching militants on its borders.

With fighter planes part of the rapid Russian build-up, Israel is worried about the threat of fire accidentally being traded with Russian forces, especially since it has carried out air raids against militants in southern Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters suspected of smuggling arms.

Sep 11, 2015

Russia sending advanced air defences to Syria: sources

By Dan Williams

(Reuters) – Moscow is sending an advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Syria, two Western officials and a Russian source said, as part of what the West believes is stepped-up military support for embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

The Western officials said the SA-22 system would be operated by Russian troops, rather than Syrians. It was on its way to Syria but had not yet arrived.

Sep 10, 2015

Israel casts makeshift Cairo embassy as buttress to ties with Egypt

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has opened its new Cairo embassy inside its ambassador’s residence, saying on Thursday that holdups in finding separate premises as is customary had encumbered an already challenging relationship with Egypt.

Egypt was the first of a handful of Arab countries to recognize Israel, with a U.S.-sponsored 1979 peace accord but Egyptian attitudes to their neighbor have often been hostile.

Sep 8, 2015

Israel wary of Russian military build-up in Syria

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – Indications of increased Russian involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad are prompting a reassessment in Israel about how to handle fall-out from the conflict without risking a clash with Moscow.

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Israel has occasionally fired across the Golan Heights in response to spillover shelling or bombed advanced arms it suspected were to be transferred to Assad’s Lebanese guerrilla allies, Hezbollah.

Sep 3, 2015

Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

Instead, she considers “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, her screen adaptation of Israeli novelist Amos Oz’s grimy, erotic and bitter-sweet work, a meditation on the shortfalls of national ideals in a land riven by the Palestinians’ rival claims.

Sep 3, 2015

Exclusive: Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel’s barrier with Egypt.

Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary inquiries about buying the Israeli-designed fences, according to an Israeli business source who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the discussions.