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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.

Aug 21, 2015

Israel says kills 5 militants in Syrian Golan strike

AMMAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it killed at least five Palestinian militants in an air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights on Friday, after cross-border rocket fire from Syria prompted the heaviest Israeli bombardment since the start of Syria’s four-year-old civil war.

An Israeli defense official said the people killed in Friday’s air strike were Palestinian militants from the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad. “We now know of five or six Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists killed,” the official said.

Aug 20, 2015

Israel says rockets that hit village were fired from Syria

By Dan Williams

(Reuters) – Rockets hit an Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday and Israel struck back in the Syrian Golan Heights, saying the rare salvo had been launched there by a Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group.

The group, Islamic Jihad, denied the Israeli allegation. It had previously threatened reprisals should one of its activists in Israeli detention, Mohammed Allan, die of a hunger strike. Allan ended the fast on Wednesday after an Israeli court intervention.

Aug 19, 2015

A year after Gaza war, Israel tests new anti-tunnel measures

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A year after Hamas used cross-border tunnels to launch deadly attacks during the Gaza war, Israel is testing new techniques to detect the hidden passages as a “top priority”, sources say, but has yet to announce the system fully operational.

Beyond standard military secrecy, the reticence to trumpet the measures may be to mask lingering short-falls in the system and avoid giving Israelis a false sense of security as they return to homes near the Gaza Strip abandoned during the war.

Aug 4, 2015

First Israeli jailed without trial in sweep over West Bank arson

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a government-ordered crackdown following the lethal torching of a Palestinian home.

The suspect, Mordechai Meyer, a resident of a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, was arrested and placed under so-called “administrative detention” for six months, Israel’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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.