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Nov 9, 2015

Israel believes Russian plane that crashed in Sinai was bombed

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel believes the Russian passenger plane that crashed in the neighboring Egyptian Sinai on Oct. 31 was brought down by militants who probably used a bomb, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Monday.

Israel, which closely monitors the Sinai, had previously declined to comment publicly on the cause of the disaster, even as the United States and Britain said they had intelligence assessments that the plane was bombed by Islamist insurgents.

Nov 3, 2015

Israel keeps its own counsel on Assad as big powers wade into Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is no longer taking a public position on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s prospects of staying in power, its defense minister said on Tuesday, citing the opposing goals of the United States and Russia as they intervene in the civil war.

Seeing enemies on all sides of the insurgency that erupted in the neighboring Arab state in 2011, Israel has been formally neutral but initially called for Assad to be toppled, arguing this would deny its arch-foe Iran a key ally in the Levant.

Nov 3, 2015

Israel hints at air force cooperation with Jordan, Egypt

JERUSALEM, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Israeli fighter pilots recently
trained with Arab counterparts in the United States, Defence
Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday, referring to a joint
exercise that a U.S. official described as involving Jordanian
planes.

The remarks by Yaalon followed Israel’s disclosure that its
air force helped locate a Russian passenger plane that crashed
in the Egyptian Sinai on Saturday – both rare departures from a
policy of keeping Israeli-Arab military cooperation under wraps.

Nov 1, 2015

Fate of slain Palestinians fuels new feud with Israeli authorities

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is refusing to return the bodies of Palestinians killed during a month-old surge of violence unless the Palestinian side agrees to keep their funerals “modest”, the Israeli defense minister said on Sunday.

In the latest incidents, a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli soldier during disturbances near Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, on Sunday and was shot dead, the army said. That account could not immediately be confirmed independently.

Oct 31, 2015

Knife-wielding Palestinians strike in West Bank, Jerusalem; two dead

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Knife-wielding Palestinians attacked Israelis in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday and police said they had shot dead two assailants, in a further wave of violence spurred partly by tensions over a Jerusalem holy site.

Four people, including another Palestinian assailant, were wounded in the incidents at an Israeli paramilitary police checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Nablus and at a tram station in East Jerusalem, ambulance officials said.

Oct 30, 2015

Knife-wielding Palestinians strike in Jerusalem, West Bank, one dead: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Knife-wielding Palestinians attacked Israelis in Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday and one assailant was shot dead, police said, extending a wave of violence spurred in part by tensions over a Jerusalem holy site.

Five people, including two suspected Palestinian assailants, were wounded in the incidents at an Israeli paramilitary police checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Nablus and a light rail station in East Jerusalem, ambulance officials said.

Oct 29, 2015
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God actor Morgan Freeman seeks answers in Jerusalem

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(Morgan Freeman in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian )

He may have depicted God in Hollywood films, but Morgan Freeman came to Jerusalem with questions about religion still unsettled.

Oct 27, 2015

For Arab Israeli daredevil, Syria’s civil war only a hop away

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – With a propeller on his back and suspended from a parachute, a 23-year-old Arab Israeli may have blindsided Israeli surveillance by sheer audacity when he buzzed across the fortified northern frontier into Syria at the weekend.

The identity of the man, described by a relative as an enthusiast of extreme sports and a moderately pious Muslim, is barred from publication in Israel, under a court gag order issued at the request of state security investigators.

Oct 25, 2015

Israel says Arab citizen used paraglider to join Syria war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday that an Arab citizen had used a paraglider to fly illegally into neighboring Syria, where he planned to join Islamic State insurgents in the four-year-old rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

The man’s flight on Saturday across the fortified Golan Heights frontier jarred Israel, which has seen dozens of its minority Muslim Arabs or Palestinians from East Jerusalem reach the Syrian civil war through legal destinations such as Turkey.

Oct 22, 2015

Israel quiet over ‘hotline’ with Russia on Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It speaks volumes that Russia, rather than Israel, has been going public with details of a “hotline” and joint air exercises they have launched to avoid an accidental clash in the skies over Syria.

Israel is unusually tight-lipped about the military coordination, a reticence that officials and experts say stems in part from reluctance to signal any significant strategic shift away from the United States, its key ally but one that has reduced Middle East engagements as Russia steps up its own.