JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians.
Israel’s Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some two percent of the Jewish state’s eight million people, and the expected number of conscripts – now about 100 – will rise in coming months, a senior military officer said.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.
Amongst the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth – the first such disclosure by a senior Israeli official.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has called off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners meant to advance peacemaking and called for the U.S.-sponsored negotiations to be reviewed, an official briefed on the talks said on Thursday.
The official, who declined to be identified, said Israeli negotiators had informed their Palestinian counterparts of the decision in an overnight meeting held at Washington’s behest in an effort to avert a collapse of the troubled talks.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The planned purchase of a second right-wing Israeli newspaper by a major American backer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has some critics seeing a move to shore up his constituency as U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians advance.
A Jerusalem court on Sunday approved the bid to buy Makor Rishon (“First Source”), which caters to religious-nationalist Jews including many in West Bank settlements, by Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor and casino magnate who already owns the free, mass-circulation daily Israel Hayom (“Israel Today”).
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Some U.S. intelligence analysts and Middle East security officials believe that a rocket shipment seized by the Israeli navy in the Red Sea this month was destined for the Egyptian Sinai and not for the Gaza Strip, as Israel says.
A U.S. official and two non-Israeli regional sources said Israel appeared to be insisting on the Gaza destination in order to spare the military-backed interim Egyptian administration embarrassment as it struggles to impose order in the Sinai.
JERUSALEM/GAZA, March 13 (Reuters) – A small armed faction
in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Thursday, drawing
retaliatory air strikes and pushing cross-border violence into a
third day despite a truce called by the more powerful
Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.
The clashes have been the most intense since the Gaza war of
November 2012. This time, however, casualties have been scant
with winter rains keeping many people indoors, and Israel’s Iron
Dome interceptor shooting down some of the Palestinian rockets.
Most Israeli strikes have hit unmanned militant facilities.
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Four rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Thursday despite a Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced by Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad after the most intense cross-border violence since the 2012 war.
No one was hurt by the evening rocket salvo, the Israeli army said. With winter rainstorms keeping people indoors and Iron Dome interceptors shooting down some rockets, the two-day flare-up has been relatively free of casualties.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Ukrainian Jewish leader opposed to the Russian takeover of Crimea failed to drum up support this week from Israel, which is sitting out the crisis pitting its U.S. ally against Moscow.
Edward Dolinsky, head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, made a lobbying trip to Jerusalem with influential Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Alexander Feldman. They were not received by officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.
TEL AVIV, March 10 (Reuters) – A U.S. general proposed on
Monday that Israel upgrade its anti-missile systems to include
neighbouring Jordan and possibly Egypt, and an Israeli official
cautiously welcomed the idea.
The two Arab countries that have full peace treaties with
the Jewish state share some of its concern regarding the
disputed nuclear programme of Iran and the civil war wracking
Syria – both states with long-range missile arsenals.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, the military said.
The disclosure came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the United States to press his case for tougher international action against Iran over its disputed nuclear program and support for Islamist guerrilla groups.