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May 6, 2013

Israel to Assad: air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria’s civil war for fear its actions would boost Islamists who are even more hostile to Israel than the Assad family, which has maintained a stable stand off with the Jewish state for decades.

May 3, 2013

Taking sides in Syria is hard choice for Israel

LOD, Israel (Reuters) – The dilemma Israel faces in trying to formulate a strategy on Syria two years into its civil war is symbolized by a case being heard in a small courtroom near Tel Aviv.

The state is prosecuting an Arab Israeli who briefly joined the rebel forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Apr 28, 2013

Israeli credibility on line over Iran nuclear challenge

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel risks a loss of credibility over both its “red line” for Iran’s nuclear programme and its threat of military action, and its room for unilateral manoeuvre is shrinking.

After years of veiled warnings that Israel might strike the Islamic Republic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out an ultimatum at the United Nations last September.

Apr 28, 2013

Analysis: Israeli credibility on line over Iran nuclear challenge

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel risks a loss of credibility over both its “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program and its threat of military action, and its room for unilateral maneuver is shrinking.

After years of veiled warnings that Israel might strike the Islamic Republic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out an ultimatum at the United Nations last September.

Apr 26, 2013

Israel urges U.S. action over Syrian chemical weapons

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States should consider military action to curb Syrian chemical weapons after Washington went public with suspicions they have been used in the country’s civil war, Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Friday.

The challenge by Zev Elkin, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, underscored tension this week over the allies’ assessments on Syria, as well as longer-running disputes about how aggressively to confront Iran’s nuclear program.

Apr 22, 2013

Hosting US defence chief, Israel hints at patience on Iran

TEL AVIV, April 22 (Reuters) – Israel suggested on Monday it
would be patient before taking any military action against
Iran’s nuclear programme, saying during a visit by U.S. Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel there was still time for other options.

With Iran’s presidential election approaching in June there
has been a pause in hawkish rhetoric by Israel, which has long
hinted at possible air strikes to deny its arch-foe any means to
make an atomic bomb, while efforts by six world powers to find a
negotiated solution with Tehran have proved fruitless so far.

Apr 17, 2013

Israel hopes Turk deal defuses “friendly fire” risk over Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Not only Syrian air defenses worried Israel when its warplanes bombed a suspected Hezbollah-bound arms convoy near Damascus on January 30. Also probing the skies were the potent radars of an unfriendly NATO member close by: Turkey.

That helped persuade Israel to end its almost three-year rift with Ankara in a U.S.-brokered reconciliation on March 22.

Apr 11, 2013
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Israel weighs liberalising access to Jewish prayer site at Western Wall

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(Women pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City February 11, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner )

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalising access to Judaism’s Western Wall, officials said on Wednesday, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad.

Apr 10, 2013

Israel indicts Arab citizen for joining Syria’s insurgency

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel charged a member of its Arab minority on Wednesday with security offences for joining the Syrian insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, saying he had associated with radical Islamist fighters.

An Israeli official said Hikmat Massarwa’s case was the first of its kind. Indicted for unlawful military training, travel to a hostile country and contacts with foreign agents, he could be jailed for up to 15 years if convicted.

Apr 10, 2013

Israel weighs liberalizing access to key Jewish prayer site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalizing access to Judaism’s Western Wall, officials said on Wednesday, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad.

A compromise proposed by a Netanyahu envoy would expand the Jerusalem prayer site’s plaza, where worshippers are segregated by sex in accordance with Orthodox ritual practice, to add a mixed-gender section for other denominations of Judaism.