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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.

Oct 22, 2013

Book Talk-Spying for Mossad, Israeli author never forsook fiction

RAMAT RAZIEL, Israel, Oct 22 (Reuters) – For retired Israeli
spy Mishka Ben-David, writing fiction was a realisation 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.

Oct 15, 2013

Israel urges powers to be tough in nuclear talks with Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel urged world powers that resumed talks with Iran on Tuesday to demand a full rollback of the Iranian nuclear program and not to ease economic sanctions on Tehran prematurely.

A rare statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau’s security cabinet said it had “adopted unanimously” his long-standing call that Iranian uranium enrichment and plutonium facilities be shut down and all fissile material shipped abroad.

Oct 15, 2013

Israel urges tough international nuclear talks with Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel urged world powers resuming nuclear talks with Iran on Tuesday to demand a full rollback of Tehran’s atomic program and not to ease economic sanctions prematurely.

A rare statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, whose deliberations are usually secret, did not repeat his past veiled threats to attack Iran as a last resort to stop it developing a nuclear bomb.

Oct 4, 2013

Netanyahu struggles to set the terms in Iranian dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Iran’s new president was a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, but he himself looked increasingly like a lone wolf as his allies seek to bring Tehran into the fold.

After years of worrying about Iran’s disputed nuclear ambitions, Netanyahu took to the stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and made his most explicit threat yet to attack the Islamic republic unless it ends its atomic program.

Oct 3, 2013

Israel to run for U.N. Security Council seat for 2019-20

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday it plans to run for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council for the time ever for 2019-2020, although U.N. diplomats said it will not be easy for the Jewish state to win.

“We’re going all out to win,” Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor told Reuters. “It’s about time.”

Oct 1, 2013

Netanyahu at U.N.: Don’t trust Rouhani, Iran’s overtures a ruse

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by
Iran’s new president as a ruse concocted by a “wolf in sheep’s
clothing,” and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to
deny Tehran an atomic weapon.

In a combative address to the U.N. General Assembly,
Netanyahu assailed the trustworthiness of Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s
centrist president who has made diplomatic overtures to the
United States and spoke by telephone last week with President
Barack Obama.

Oct 1, 2013

At U.N., Netanyahu calls Iran’s president ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed a charm offensive by
Iran’s new president as a ruse concocted by a “wolf in sheep’s
clothing,” and declared that Israel was ready to stand alone to
deny Tehran an atomic weapon.

In a combative address to the U.N. General Assembly,
Netanyahu spoke harshly about Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new,
centrist president who has made diplomatic overtures to the
United States and spoke by telephone last week with President
Barack Obama.

Oct 1, 2013

Netanyahu to Obama: Tighten sanctions if Iran defies West

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to step up sanctions on Iran if it pursues its nuclear drive even as it exchanges overtures with Washington and restarts negotiations with the West.

Seeking to reassure Israel about the emerging U.S. diplomatic engagement with Iran, Obama said Tehran must prove its sincerity with actions, insisted that Washington would not ease sanctions prematurely and reaffirmed U.S. readiness to resort to military action if all else fails.