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Nov 30, 2012

Defiant Israel to boost settlements after UN’s Palestine vote

JERUSALEM, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Israel plans to build
thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West
Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday,
defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognised Palestinian
statehood there.

The United States, one of Israel’s few allies in Thursday’s
battle at the world forum, called “counterproductive” the
construction blueprint, which included a stretch of land east of
Jerusalem that Palestinians fear would bisect much of the West
Bank and choke off their access to the holy city.

Nov 30, 2012

Israel to expand settlements after U.N.’s Palestine vote

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government had authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units and ordered “preliminary zoning and planning work for thousands” more.

Nov 27, 2012

Israeli opponents of Iran strike sidelined in vote

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – At least two key advisers helping hold Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu back from a threatened war with Iran have been sidelined in a party primary to pick candidates for a January 22 election, political sources said on Tuesday.

Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, two of eight cabinet ministers who form Netanyahu’s inner council, were trounced in an internal election by more hawkish members of the ruling Likud party on Monday, raising doubts over their return to the next government.

Nov 26, 2012

Israel’s Barak, architect of Iran policy, quitting politics

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, a leading strategist in confronting Iran over its nuclear program, said in a surprise announcement on Monday that he would quit political life after the January 22 national election.

Some commentators speculated Barak was trying to duck a trouncing for his tiny centrist party in the ballot, after which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads the front-running, right-wing Likud, might return him to defence and military headquarters as a professional appointee.

Nov 26, 2012

Longer-range Israel rocket interceptor seen ready within 3 years

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A more powerful version of the interceptor system that Israel said downed 90 percent of rockets fired by Gaza militants before a ceasefire last week should be ready for deployment within three years, an aerospace official said on Monday.

He said Israel would need only one or two batteries of the “David’s Sling” system, touted as its answer to the longer-range missiles of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and Syria, after word on Sunday that it has passed its first live trial.

Nov 25, 2012

Israel says successfully tests more powerful rocket interceptor

JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air shield
against rockets more powerful than those intercepted by Iron
Dome in the Gaza conflict passed its first field test last week
after being rushed through development, officials said on
Sunday.

They said that David’s Sling, billed as Israel’s answer to
the longer-range missiles of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and
Syria, shot down a target rocket in a secret Nov. 20 desert
trial that coincided with fierce shelling exchanges between
Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Nov 22, 2012

Iron Dome shootdowns of Gaza rockets cost $25 million-$30 million: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost $25 million to $30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the U.S.-backed system was well worth the money.

“Were Iron Dome traded on the (Tel Aviv) stock exchange or Nasdaq, it would have multiplied its share value several times over,” Civil Defense Minister Avi Dichter told Israel Radio in an interview where he outlined the system’s outlay.

Nov 22, 2012

Iron Dome shootdowns of Gaza rockets cost $25mln-$30mln – Israel

JERUSALEM, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Israel’s Iron Dome
interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza
fighting cost $25 million to $30 million, the government said on
Thursday, arguing the U.S.-backed system was well worth the
money.

“Were Iron Dome traded on the (Tel Aviv) stock exchange or
Nasdaq, it would have multiplied its share value several times
over,” Civil Defence Minister Avi Dichter told Israel Radio in
an interview where he outlined the system’s outlay.

Nov 21, 2012

Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Clinton seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes shook
the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border
as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in
Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that
can hold back Israel’s ground troops.

Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza, and Egypt,
whose new, Islamist government is trying to broker a truce, had
floated hopes for a ceasefire by late Tuesday; but by the time
Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it was
clear there would be more argument, and more violence, first.

Nov 20, 2012

Clinton meets Netanyahu, seeking Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on
Tuesday and pledged to work for a truce in the Gaza Strip “in
the days ahead”.

As the two began late-night talks in Jerusalem, Palestinian
rocket fire and Israeli air strikes continued. Netanyahu said he
would prefer a “long-term” diplomatic solution but repeated his
readiness to step up an offensive against Gaza’s rocket crews.