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Aug 11, 2013

Sinai air strike shows hair-trigger Israel-Egypt security ties

JERUSALEM/CAIRO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Just as they were
preparing to launch their rocket across the border into Israel
on Friday, four Islamist guerrillas in Egypt were killed by a
missile.

Al Qaeda blamed Israel for the attack in the Egyptian Sinai
near Gaza, where there has been a decade of fighting between
Palestinians and Israelis. Israel dismissed reports of its
responsibility and said it respected Egypt’s sovereignty.

Aug 10, 2013

Netanyahu tells U.S. mediator Palestinians inciting against Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has complained to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about statements by the Palestinians which it said undermined nascent peace talks, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

“Incitement and peace cannot coexist,” the official quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as telling Kerry, the negotiations’ sponsor, in a letter sent over the weekend.

Aug 9, 2013

Israel seeks to negotiate planned EU curbs over ’67 borders

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel appealed to the European Union on Friday to rethink plans to withhold funds from Israeli organizations in the occupied territories, a shift in tone from earlier recrimination and retaliation.

Under guidelines adopted by the executive European Commission in June, Israeli “entities” operating in the West Bank and East Jerusalem will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans from next year.

Aug 9, 2013

Israel seeks to negotiate on planned EU sanctions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel appealed to the European Union on Friday to rethink planned sanctions against its organizations in the occupied territories and called for talks, a shift in tone from previous Israeli anger and retaliatory measures.

Under guidelines adopted by the executive European Commission in June, Israeli “entities” operating in the West Bank and East Jerusalem will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans from next year.

Aug 8, 2013

Israel gives preliminary approval for 800 settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood, an Israeli official said on Thursday.

The move could complicate U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which resumed last month after an almost three-year freeze over the settlement dispute and whose second round is expected to take place next week.

Jul 29, 2013

Israel, Palestinians dispute format of Washington peace talks

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian officials put forward clashing formats for peace talks due to resume in Washington on Monday for the first time in nearly three years after intense U.S. mediation.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to bring the negotiators together in the evening and on Tuesday to renew talks that broke down in 2010 over Israel’s settlement of occupied land where Palestinians seek a state.

Jul 22, 2013

Israel moves to protect Eilat-bound planes from Sinai jihadis

EILAT, Israel (Reuters) – An airliner full of carefree vacationers dips out of a cloudless sky on a final descent to Eilat and the desert around Israel’s toehold on the Red Sea sizzles with unseen military activity.

The scene repeats every half hour or so, servicing the busy Israeli hotels squeezed into the 11-km (7-mile) sliver of coast between Jordan and Egypt. But with the threat of anti-aircraft missile attacks from Egypt-based militants increasing, security precautions are being stepped up to unprecedented levels.

Jul 21, 2013

Tensions simmer in Israel coalition over possible Palestine talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tentative agreement to revive U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians met skepticism and scorn on Sunday from some members of his rightist coalition government, including within his own party.

With no date yet set for negotiations to begin, let alone a public blueprint for their terms, Netanyahu did not yet appear at risk of a political crisis. Rare praise for him from the center-left opposition suggested they were willing to replace any nationalist allies he might lose over a future peace accord.

Jul 19, 2013

Israel indicts Palestinian seized after vanishing in Egypt

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian secretly held by Israel after he vanished during a visit to Egypt last month was indicted on terrorism charges on Friday, though Israeli authorities kept a lid on how and where he was detained.

Any indication that Wael Abu Rida was seized on Egyptian soil, whether by Israeli undercover agents or in cooperation with Cairo, could fan popular hostility toward the Jewish state in the politically chaotic Arab power.

Jul 8, 2013

Israel jails Arab citizen who briefly joined Syria’s rebels

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel sentenced an Arab citizen to 30 months’ imprisonment on Monday for endangering national security by briefly joining Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Hikmat Massarwa’s case was unprecedented, and the relatively light penalty handed down to him as part of a plea bargain reflected Israel’s indecision about who – if anyone – to back in its northern neighbor’s civil war.