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Aug 3, 2015

Israel says allows harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, and possibly let security services violently shake detainees, following a deadly West Bank arson attack blamed on ultra-nationalists, a minister said on Monday.

The announcement came a day after the government said it would start detaining citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians without trial, another practice previously reserved for Palestinian suspects.

Aug 3, 2015

Israel approves jailing Jewish militants without trial to resolve lethal arson

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s security cabinet approved on Sunday the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown aimed at capturing the perpetrators of a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants.

The extension to Israelis of so-called “administration detention”, a practice commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and condemned internationally, laid bare authorities’ frustration at failing to curb Jewish ultra-nationalist attacks.

Aug 2, 2015

Israel to detain Jewish militant suspects without trial: officials

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel intends to detain without trial citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians, government officials said on Sunday following a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants.

The extension to Israelis of so-called “administration detention”, a practice commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and condemned internationally, laid bare authorities’ frustration at failing to curb Jewish ultra-nationalist attacks.

Jul 30, 2015

Israel’s secret-keeper seeks censorship reform

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Sima Vaknin-Gill may be Israel’s last chief military censor. And she makes no secret of welcoming that.

After 10 years in a role that stirs frequent annoyance and occasional dread among journalists, Vaknin-Gill wants her office, which dates back to the country’s wartime founding, replaced with a streamlined civilian agency more in sync with contemporary media freedoms.

Jul 29, 2015

Israel wary as U.S. paroles ex-spy Pollard

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel offered a cautious welcome on Wednesday to the planned U.S. release of former spy Jonathan Pollard, wary that too warm a celebration might hurt efforts to persuade the Obama administration to let him leave for Israel immediately.

Under parole terms announced on Tuesday, Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who was convicted in 1987 of passing reams of classified information to Israel, will be freed on Nov. 21 but confined to the United States for five years.

Jul 25, 2015
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Israeli far-right radical brothers jailed for Jewish-Arab school arson

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(Israeli prison guards escort far-right activists Yitzhak Gabai, Nahman Twito and Shlomo Twito at Jerusalem District Court December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

An Israeli court has jailed two brothers from a far-right Jewish group for an arson attack on a Jerusalem Jewish-Arab school that had been a rare symbol of co-existence in the riven city.

Jul 17, 2015

Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

JERUSALEM, July 17 (Reuters) – Israel signalled on Friday
that it would ask the United States for increased military aid
to counter any threats that may arise as result of the
international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Israel gets $3 billion in annual military aid from
Washington under a package due to expire in 2017 and has in
recent years secured hundreds of millions of dollars in
additional U.S. funding for missile defence.

Jul 14, 2015

After Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes Congress and counter-measures

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Having failed to prevent an international nuclear deal with Iran, Israel plans to ramp up its lobbying of the U.S. Congress, and look for any sign that Iran is violating the agreement, in the hope of getting sanctions reimposed, officials said.

Responding within minutes to news that six world powers had agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, Israel’s prime minister and other senior officials condemned the pact.

Jul 13, 2015

Jewish woman who helped Kurds fight IS returns to Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Canadian-Israeli who was the first foreign woman to help Syria’s Kurds fight Islamic State has left the front lines and returned to Israel, citing the spread of Iranian influence in the war zones among her reasons.

After eight months in which she was often incommunicado, stirring rumors that she had fallen captive, Israeli media feted Gill Rosenberg’s sudden return on Sunday. But she may still face a legal reckoning for her unauthorized travels.

Jul 7, 2015

Israel says Islamic State’s Sinai assault aimed to help Hamas get arms

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of supporting last week’s assaults by Islamic State affiliates on Egyptian forces in the Sinai in hope of freeing up arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

The remarks followed Israeli allegations that Hamas members provided training and medical treatment for the Sinai insurgents – charges dismissed by the Palestinian Islamist group as a bid to further fray its troubled ties with Cairo.