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Dec 11, 2014

Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks’ June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

Intelligence Ministry Director-General Yuval Wollman’s remarks suggested cautious confidence Washington will stick to demands that Iran curb its atomic work, although any deal is unlikely to meet Israel’s original call that Tehran’s nuclear program be dismantled.

Dec 10, 2014

Israel moots security cooperation with Lebanese military

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel’s military said on Wednesday it was exploring the possibility of cooperating with the Lebanese army to counter Sunni Islamist militants, even though the two countries remain technically at war.

Any public coordination was almost certain to be rejected in Beirut, where dealing with neighboring Israel is considered a crime.

Dec 9, 2014

Rattled by wartime rockets, Israel plans alternate airport

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An airport planned for Israel’s southern desert is being billed as a wartime alternative to Tel Aviv, which was briefly shunned by most foreign carriers in July because of Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

The targeting of Israel’s main Ben Gurion airport was a heavy blow to its tourism industry and to the hi-tech hub’s aim of proving itself capable of carrying on business-as-usual even amid conflict.

Dec 8, 2014
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Leave or let live? Arabs quietly move into Jewish settlements


(Palestinian Abu Steve who resides in Pisgat Ze’ev, an urban settlement in an area Israel annexed to Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Middle East war, poses for a photo outside his store (on L) in the East Jerusalem settlement December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Little noticed amid the furore over one of Israel’s most contentious policies, a small but growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem, drawn by cheaper rent and better services.

Dec 7, 2014

Leave or let live? Arabs move in to Jewish settlements

JERUSALEM, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Little noticed amid the furore
over one of Israel’s most contentious policies, a small but
growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements on
occupied land in East Jerusalem, drawn by cheaper rent and
better services.

For decades, Israel has encouraged Jews to settle in East
Jerusalem, changing the population balance, provoking
Palestinian anger and drawing international condemnation.

Nov 23, 2014

Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth’s death

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets for the live round that killed the youth.

The prosecutors’ decision to level a charge of manslaughter rather than murder drew criticism from the boy’s father, who said there was ample proof the killing was premeditated.

Nov 21, 2014

Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say.

The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza. Its disclosure comes as ties fray between Israel and U.S.-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank, over a contested Jerusalem shrine.

Nov 17, 2014

Israel to halve second order of F-35 fighter: minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will place a second order for between 10 and 15 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets, around half the number previously mentioned by defence sources in both countries, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday.

A reduced Israeli purchase may dent international confidence in the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plane and manufacturer efforts to lower the unit price because of advance orders.

Nov 11, 2014

Turbulent path for Syrian Kurd fighters’ ‘first foreign female recruit’

ARBIL Iraq/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Canadian-born immigrant to Israel has become the first foreign woman to join Kurds battling Islamic State in Syria, a Kurdish source said on Tuesday, as details of the volunteer’s turbulent past surfaced.

Gill Rosenberg, 31, is a civil aviation pilot who enlisted in an Israeli army search-and-rescue unit before being arrested in 2009, extradited to the United States and jailed over an international phone scam, one of her former lawyers said.

Nov 4, 2014

Israel, US say it’s business as usual as warplane plant unveiled

LOD, Israel, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Israel and the United States
used the inauguration of a joint warplane project on Tuesday to
stress it was business as usual in an alliance hit by acrimony
over Israeli settlement building and strategy against Iran.

At a ceremony at the Israeli manufacturer of wings for
Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 jet fighter, Israeli Defence
Minister Moshe Yaalon described his country’s participation in
the project as evidence that bilateral ties were bulletproof.