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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces have arrested dozens of Hamas members suspected of planning attacks and trying to build up the Palestinian militant group in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday.
The Islamist group dismissed the accusations against its members, saying Israel was just trying to sabotage its relationship with other Arab powers.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Monday it had conditioned humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country’s civil war.
Druze Arabs in Syria have long been loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and their brethren in Israel and the Golan Heights, which Israeli forces captured in 1967, have been lobbying the Netanyahu government to safeguard the community.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel arrested nine Druze Arabs on Wednesday over two attacks, one of them fatal, on ambulances bringing casualties from Syria’s civil war to Israeli hospitals, security sources said on Wednesday.
Monday’s attacks in northern Israel and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights drew strong censure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government is trying to prevent a spillover of sectarianism from Syria while offering limited humanitarian aid.