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Jan 27, 2013

Israel threatens Syria strike if rebels get chemical arms

JERUSALEM, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Any sign that Syria’s grip on
its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels
could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel’s vice premier
said on Sunday.

Silvan Shalom confirmed a media report that Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu had last week convened a meeting of security
chiefs to discuss the civil war in Syria and the state of its
suspected chemical arsenal.

Jan 27, 2013

Israel vows Syria strike at any sign of chemical arms transfer

JERUSALEM, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Any sign of Syria’s grip on
its suspected chemical weapons slipping as it battles an armed
uprising could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel’s vice
premier said on Sunday.

Silvan Shalom confirmed a media report that Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu had last week convened security chiefs to
discuss the civil war in nearby Syria and the state of the
country’s chemical arsenal.

Jan 23, 2013

Narrow Netanyahu win has Israeli right asking what went wrong

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lacklustre election campaign only got into top gear one hour before polling stations closed.

With bleak grassroots reports flowing into his Likud party headquarters, it was clear that Netanyahu risked being outflanked by a centrist newcomer, setting up the possibility of the biggest electoral upset in Israeli history.

Jan 16, 2013

Obama’s alleged criticism of Netanyahu enlivens Israeli election

JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Long-strained ties between
Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of
Israel’s election campaign on Wednesday after the U.S. president
was quoted as criticising the prime minister’s character.

Less than a week before a Jan. 22 ballot that opinion polls
predict the right-wing Netanyahu will win easily, Israeli media
highlighted a U.S. commentator’s column on Obama and questioned
whether the Democratic president was trying to sway the vote.

Jan 11, 2013

Syria may hold uranium stash, Western and Israeli experts say

VIENNA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Western and Israeli security experts suspect Syria may have tons of unenriched uranium in storage and that any such stockpile could potentially be of interest to its ally Iran for use in Tehran’s own disputed nuclear program.

They say natural uranium could have been acquired by the Arab state years ago to fuel a suspected nuclear reactor under construction that was bombed by Israel in 2007.

Jan 11, 2013

Israeli women soldiers have “right stuff” for border watch

ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN BORDER (Reuters) – Breaking cover from a lookout point disguised as a dune, four soldiers storm into the open, ploughing through the sand with rifles aloft. Their battle cries are like seagull calls, and from under their helmets, ponytails flap.

Team Mor is a spotter unit on Israel’s fenced-off border with Egypt, deployed at night to intercept would-be infiltrators from the lawless Sinai desert. Like dozens of others along the tense divide, it is all-female.

Jan 8, 2013

Israel muted over Obama’s Pentagon pick

JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The Israeli government kept
clear on Tuesday of a brewing battle in Washington over U.S.
President Barack Obama’s choice for defense secretary, Chuck
Hagel, whose record on Iran and Israel is under scrutiny.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud
Barak offered no immediate comment on the pick, announced on
Monday after being rumoured for weeks in which some pro-Israel
figures pilloried the former Republican senator.

Jan 8, 2013

Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as U.S. defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in bedrock ties with Washington.

U.S. President Barack Obama named the former Republican senator for the Pentagon post on Monday, setting the stage for a confirmation battle with critics who question his commitment to Israel in its struggle with Iran and other regional adversaries.

Jan 5, 2013

Netanyahu’s rivals eye centre-left pact for Israel vote

JERUSALEM, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Three Israeli parties on
Saturday proposed forming a centre-left opposition bloc to try
to topple conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the
Jan. 22 election, but disagreements over the terms suggested any
pact could be elusive.

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist
Hatenuah party, said on Twitter that she and leaders of the
centrist Yesh Atid and left-leaning Labour parties would
“discuss the creation of a ‘united front’ to work together to
replace Netanyahu”.

Jan 5, 2013

Netanyahu rival moots centre-left alliance for Israeli election

JERUSALEM, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Israel’s main centre-left
parties may join forces against conservative Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jan. 22 election that he is currently
forecast to win easily, one of the challengers said on Saturday.

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist
Hatenuah party, said on Twitter that she would meet counterparts
from the kindred Yesh Atid and left-leaning Labour “to discuss
the creation of a ‘united front’ to work together to replace
Netanyahu”.