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Oct 6, 2014

Israel’s anti-rocket hit ‘Iron Dome’ a slow sell abroad

CARMIEL Israel (Reuters) – Normally, an advanced new weapon system with a battle-proven success rate of 90 percent would have global defense procurement agencies on the phone in minutes. But Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor is yet to prove a hit with buyers abroad.

In terms of operational achievement, tested on the Gaza, Lebanese and Egyptian Sinai fronts, Iron Dome is unrivalled in the arms market. However its uniqueness – developed for a particular threat in a particular place – also limits its appeal to countries dealing with more conventional military adversaries.

Oct 5, 2014

Israel criticizes Swedish plan to recognize state of Palestine

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has described a plan by Sweden’s new center-left government to recognize the state of Palestine as being ill-considered in the absence of Middle East peace negotiations.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s announced the move during his inaugural address to Stockholm’s parliament on Friday.

Sep 22, 2014

Israel’s Mossad takes hunt for foreign spies and informants online

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It is already common for intelligence agencies to recruit their officers online, but Israel’s Mossad has gone one further by touting for local agents and informants too.

Israel, which has full diplomatic ties with only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan, lacks embassies elsewhere in the Middle East that would-be informants could turn to, leaving it in need of other local recruitment channels.

Sep 18, 2014

Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians’ surrender of their declared chemical arsenal, the official said they had kept some missile warheads, air-dropped bombs and rocket-propelled grenades primed with toxins like sarin.

Sep 12, 2014

Wiretaps against Palestinians are wrong, Israeli ex-spies tell Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel’s top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, an unprecedented rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security policies.

The protest letter signed by 43 veterans of Unit 8200, sent to Netanyahu and armed forces chiefs and excerpted by Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper on Friday, was dismissed by the military as a publicity stunt by a small minority.

Sep 8, 2014

Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State – Western diplomat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

Once “scrubbed” of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with Arab and Turkish allies, the diplomat said.

Sep 4, 2014

Israel says it gagged reports captive Sotloff was its citizen

JERUSALEM, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday it had
prevented local media from reporting that slain U.S. journalist
Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, in a bid to reduce
the risk to him after he was seized by Islamist insurgents in
Syria last year.

Islamic State, a militant group which has overrun large
areas of Syria and Iraq, released a video this week of Sotloff
being beheaded, calling the execution retaliation for U.S. air
strikes. His Israeli dual nationality was made public after the
White House authenticated the footage.

Sep 4, 2014

Israel says close to cracking Hamas cell behind teens’ slaying

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has arrested eight Palestinians who had supporting roles in the abduction and killing of three Jewish teenagers in June but the two kidnappers themselves remain at large, Israeli officials said on Thursday.

They said interrogation of the suspects, all from the West Bank city of Hebron and linked to Hamas, had turned up evidence of funding from the Gaza Strip, which the Islamist faction controls, but not yet of any direct orders by Hamas leaders.

Sep 3, 2014

Israel lobbies U.S. as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is lobbying the United States against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technology, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for international diplomacy looms.

Iran, the United States and five other world powers hope for a comprehensive agreement by Nov. 24 under which the Islamic Republic, which denies seeking nuclear weaponry, would curb its disputed activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Aug 16, 2014

Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war

CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires.

Israel said it had also not yet accepted any proposals made in the Egyptian-mediated talks but, like the Palestinians, its envoys would continue attending them on Sunday.