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Mar 13, 2014

Gaza rockets pepper Israel though truce called

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.

Mar 12, 2014

Ukrainian Jewish head raps Israeli reticence on Crimea crisis

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.

Mar 10, 2014

Israel open to joint missile defence with Jordan, Egypt

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.

Mar 5, 2014

Israel says seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran

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.

Feb 28, 2014

No Iran report with new bomb research information: IAEA

JERUSALEM/VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday it had not prepared a report with new information about suspected atomic bomb research in Iran, after Israel urged it to go public with all information it has regarding such suspicions.

Israel’s statement followed a Reuters report on Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had planned a major report on Iran last year that might have revealed more of its alleged activities that could be used for designing a nuclear warhead, but had held off as Tehran’s relations with the outside world thawed.

Feb 25, 2014

Kid gloves seen softening Israeli crackdown on pro-settler vandals

MISHOR ADUMIM, West Bank (Reuters) – Last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a crackdown on crimes that elsewhere might be shrugged off as ugly but sufferable mischief – racist graffiti, slashed tires, hacked orchards and small-scale arson.

Such vandalism takes on a whole different meaning when it is perpetrated by ultranationalist Jews against Palestinian property, risking renewed violence in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, disrupting U.S.-mediated peace talks and further sapping Israel’s image abroad.

Feb 10, 2014
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Israel’s Sephardim abuzz at Spain’s expanded offer of citizenship


(Tourists visit Toledo’s XII century synagogue, Santa Maria La Blanca, in central Spain April 13, 2006. REUTERS/Victor Fraile)

The expansion of Spain’s offer of citizenship to descendants of Jews it expelled en masse in 1492 has sparked interest in Israel, where the so-called Sephardim make up around a quarter of the population.

Feb 10, 2014

Israel’s Sephardim abuzz at expanded Spanish citizenship offer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The expansion of Spain’s offer of citizenship to descendants of Jews it expelled en masse in 1492 has sparked interest in Israel, where the so-called Sephardim make up around a quarter of the population.

While no one predicts an Israeli exodus to economically bruised Spain, a passport granting access to the wider European Union appeals to many in the war-wary Jewish state – especially its disproportionately large Sephardic underclass.

Feb 7, 2014

Israeli foreign minister defends peace-maker Kerry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s right-wing foreign minister on Friday defended U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry whose Middle East peace drive has seen mounting criticism from within the Israeli government.

The conciliatory remarks by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has previously been a vocal critic of international efforts to set up a Palestinian state on Israeli-occupied territory, could help Kerry cobble together consensus for pursuing the peace negotiations.

Jan 31, 2014

Israel wages “war between wars” as Mideast threats simmer

TEL AVIV , Jan 31 (Reuters) – Watching old Arab enemies reel
with sectarian insurgencies and international diplomacy capping
the Iranian nuclear drive, Israel’s military is confounded by a
new challenge: quiet.

The relative tranquility, for Israel at least, poses its own
dilemma for commanders tasked with preparing for an array of
potentially unpredictable future adversaries while trying to
stave off steep cuts to their budget.