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Apr 22, 2013

Hosting US defence chief, Israel hints at patience on Iran

TEL AVIV, April 22 (Reuters) – Israel suggested on Monday it
would be patient before taking any military action against
Iran’s nuclear programme, saying during a visit by U.S. Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel there was still time for other options.

With Iran’s presidential election approaching in June there
has been a pause in hawkish rhetoric by Israel, which has long
hinted at possible air strikes to deny its arch-foe any means to
make an atomic bomb, while efforts by six world powers to find a
negotiated solution with Tehran have proved fruitless so far.

Apr 17, 2013

Israel hopes Turk deal defuses “friendly fire” risk over Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Not only Syrian air defenses worried Israel when its warplanes bombed a suspected Hezbollah-bound arms convoy near Damascus on January 30. Also probing the skies were the potent radars of an unfriendly NATO member close by: Turkey.

That helped persuade Israel to end its almost three-year rift with Ankara in a U.S.-brokered reconciliation on March 22.

Apr 11, 2013
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Israel weighs liberalising access to Jewish prayer site at Western Wall

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(Women pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City February 11, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner )

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalising access to Judaism’s Western Wall, officials said on Wednesday, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad.

Apr 10, 2013

Israel indicts Arab citizen for joining Syria’s insurgency

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel charged a member of its Arab minority on Wednesday with security offences for joining the Syrian insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, saying he had associated with radical Islamist fighters.

An Israeli official said Hikmat Massarwa’s case was the first of its kind. Indicted for unlawful military training, travel to a hostile country and contacts with foreign agents, he could be jailed for up to 15 years if convicted.

Apr 10, 2013

Israel weighs liberalizing access to key Jewish prayer site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalizing access to Judaism’s Western Wall, officials said on Wednesday, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad.

A compromise proposed by a Netanyahu envoy would expand the Jerusalem prayer site’s plaza, where worshippers are segregated by sex in accordance with Orthodox ritual practice, to add a mixed-gender section for other denominations of Judaism.

Apr 5, 2013

Israel: U.N. observers failing mandate to track Hezbollah arms

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hezbollah guerrilla armaments as required, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security.

The remarks underscored the conservative strategies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as instability rocks Israel’s neighbours and world powers urge it to roll back its West Bank occupation to make way for a Palestinian state.

Apr 4, 2013

U.N. observers failing mandate to track Hezbollah arms: Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hezbollah guerrilla armaments as required, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security.

The remarks underscored the conservative strategies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as instability rocks Israel’s neighbors and world powers urge it to roll back its West Bank occupation to make way for Palestinian state.

Mar 24, 2013

Israel says fence-mending with Turks does not end Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM, March 24 (Reuters) – Israel did not commit to
ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey
and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if
security is threatened, Israeli officials said on Sunday.

After a U.S.-brokered fence-mending announcement on Friday,
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel had met his
demands to apologise for killing nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound
activist ship in 2010, pay compensation to those bereaved or
hurt and lift the blockade by allowing in more consumer goods.

Mar 24, 2013

Israel says deal with Turks does not require Gaza blockade end

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel did not commit to ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if security is threatened, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday.

After Friday’s U.S.-brokered fence-mending announcement, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel had met his demands it apologize for killing nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound activist ship in 2010, pay compensation and ease the blockade.

Mar 22, 2013

Hamas appeals to Egypt after Israel halves Gaza fishing zone

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas complained to Egypt on Friday after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce agreement by halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

Thursday’s salvo at the Israeli border town of Sderot, which caused no casualties, coincided with a visit to Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank by U.S. President Barack Obama.