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Mar 19, 2013

Netanyahu’s new security cabinet may hesitate on any Iran war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has streamlined his security cabinet but its crop of untested politicians and a member who has rankled at saber-rattling could hamper any decision to strike Iran.

The seven-minister forum was unveiled on Monday as part of a new centre-right government whose “paramount task”, Netanyahu said, is to “stop Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons”.

Mar 19, 2013

Obama’s Israel itinerary skirts settlements but not symbolism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will embrace Jewish history while skirting the morass of West Bank settlements when he visits Israel this week – a selective itinerary laden with diplomatic signals.

The tour, running from Wednesday to Friday, is meant to warm Israelis to the cool-tempered, second-term Democratic leader who is prodding their rightist prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to hold fire on Iran and make way for a Palestinian state.

Mar 17, 2013

Netanyahu’s pick for defense minister cautious on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Although Benjamin Netanyahu’s next defense minister shares his deep distrust of the Palestinians, the two could yet clash about when – and whether – Israel should go to war with Iran.

Ex-general Moshe Yaalon is a loyalist of Netanyahu’s Likud party who, as a senior if sometimes sidelined member of the outgoing coalition government, routinely boosted the rightist prime minister and his strategic outlook.

Mar 15, 2013

Obama won’t trip over Netanyahu’s Iran “red line”

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama visits Israel next week at the onset of spring – the “red line” previously drawn by his host, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to trigger an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.

But an Israeli-Iranian war, Washington’s nightmare as it tries to scale back defense commitments abroad and avoid a draining Gulf oil crisis, does not appear trip-wire imminent.

Mar 15, 2013

Analysis: Obama won’t trip over Netanyahu’s Iran “red line”

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama visits Israel next week at the onset of spring – the “red line” previously drawn by his host, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to trigger an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.

But an Israeli-Iranian war, Washington’s nightmare as it tries to scale back defense commitments abroad and avoid a draining Gulf oil crisis, does not appear trip-wire imminent.

Mar 7, 2013

Israel warns of Lebanon pain in next war with Hezbollah

REVIVIM, Israel (Reuters) – Wary of a spillover from the conflict in Syria, Israel is preparing to take on the Hezbollah militia that it suspects is getting advanced weapons from a distracted Damascus.

The Jewish state believes the Lebanese Shi’ite guerrillas also stand ready to retaliate if it carries out long-threatened strikes on the nuclear sites of Iran, another Hezbollah patron.

Mar 3, 2013

Netanyahu says Iran using nuclear talks to “buy time” for bomb

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran’s disputed nuclear program have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

His remarks on the inconclusive February 26-27 meeting between Iran and six world powers signaled impatience by Israel, which has threatened to launch preemptive war on its arch-foe, possibly in the coming months, if it deems diplomacy a dead end.

Mar 1, 2013

Netanyahu seeks more time to build new Israeli coalition

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Deadlocked talks with potential coalition partners have forced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to seek more time to build a new government and avert a possible snap election, officials said on Friday.

They said Netanyahu would meet President Shimon Peres on Saturday to ask for a two-week extension after his right-wing party, the narrow victor in Israel’s January 22 ballot, exhausted the standard four weeks allotted to build a coalition.

Feb 25, 2013

Israel fears prisoner death may spark Palestinian uprising

EER, West Bank (Reuters) – Masked Palestinian gunmen fired in the air on Monday as thousands marched at the West Bank funeral of a prisoner whose death in an Israeli jail has raised fears in Israel of a new uprising.

Arafat Jaradat’s death on Saturday and a hunger strike by four other Palestinian inmates have raised tension in the occupied territory after repeated clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers in recent days.

Feb 25, 2013

Israel says it successfully tests new missile defense

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel carried out a successful test of its upgraded Arrow interceptor system on Monday, which is designed to destroy in space the kind of missiles held by Syria and Iran, the Israeli Defense Ministry said.

The U.S.-backed Arrow III system deploys “kamikaze” satellites that target ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, hitting them high enough to allow for any non-conventional warheads to disintegrate safely.