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Dec 9, 2013

Israeli top leaders not attending Mandela funeral

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel, once an ally of South Africa’s former apartheid rulers, will not be represented by its prime minister or president at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, officials said on Monday, citing costs and health reasons.

Palestinians, who hail South Africa’s first black leader as an inspiration in a conflict with what they call Israeli “apartheid”, will be represented by President Mahmoud Abbas – one of about 70 world leaders South Africa expects to welcome.

Dec 6, 2013

Israel clears soldier in Palestinian’s death from tear-gas shot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s army has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of a Palestinian protester with a rifle-fired tear gas canister, and an Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, was struck in the head by the canister while chasing an army jeep during a stone-throwing demonstration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Media photographs showed one of the jeep’s rear doors slightly ajar with smoke coming out of it as Tamimi collapsed on the road.

Nov 28, 2013
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In Israel, an Arab village builds a mosque with Chechen help

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(A new mosque with four minarets is seen in the Israeli-Arab village of Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem November 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

In a Holy Land rich with religious sites, the new Abu Ghosh mosque is rare – as is the hilly village from which it rises.

Nov 24, 2013

Israel denounces Iranian nuclear deal as historic mistake

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the world powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach.

A grim-faced Netanyahu, who had strongly opposed any easing of economic sanctions against Iran – in a rift with Israel’s main ally, the United States – told his cabinet his government would not be bound by the Geneva deal.

Nov 24, 2013

Israel denounces Iranian nuclear deal, says assessing options

JERUSALEM, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu’s government denounced world powers’ nuclear
agreement with Iran on Sunday as a “bad deal” to which Israel
would not be bound.

Yet Israeli officials stopped short of explicitly
threatening military action that could further isolate the
Jewish state and imperil its alliance with Washington, saying
more time was needed to assess the accord.

Nov 24, 2013

Israel denounces Iranian nuclear deal, says it will review options

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government denounced world powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran on Sunday as a “bad deal” to which Israel would not be bound.

Yet Israeli officials stopped short of threatening unilateral military action that could further isolate the Jewish state and imperil its bedrock alliance with Washington, saying more time was needed to assess the agreement.

Nov 20, 2013

Netanyahu visits Russia to lobby against Iran deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Russia on Wednesday to appeal for tougher terms in a nuclear accord with Iran after failing to convince the United States that world powers are pursuing a bad deal.

Netanyahu was due to meet President Vladimir Putin as envoys from Russia, the United States, China, France, Britain and Germany began a third and possibly conclusive round of talks with Iran in Geneva on easing economic sanctions in return for curbs on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Nov 20, 2013

Israel says David’s Sling missile interceptor passes new test

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A new Israeli interceptor being developed in partnership with the United States to counter missiles held by Syria and Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas passed its second live trial on Wednesday, officials said.

David’s Sling, which Israeli officials say could be ready for deployment next year after being rushed through production, is designed to shoot down missiles with ranges of between 100 km and 200 km (63 miles and 125 miles).

Oct 28, 2013

Israel shoots down Gaza rocket, readies prisoner release

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at a southern Israeli coastal city on Monday and Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor shot down one while the other fell into the sea, a military spokeswoman said.

Within hours, Israel’s air force bombed what a military spokesman described as two concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza. There were no casualties.

Oct 22, 2013

Spying for Mossad, Israeli author never forsook fiction

RAMAT RAZIEL, Israel (Reuters) – For retired Israeli spy Mishka Ben-David, writing fiction was a realization of artistic aspirations he had long suppressed.

Ben-David had a doctorate in Hebrew literature and four books published when the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad recruited him in 1987. He agreed to avoid the authorial limelight as he embarked on a career of surveillance and subterfuge, including a role in Israel’s botched assassination of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Jordan in 1997.