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Jan 5, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu rival moots centre-left alliance for election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s main centre-left parties may join forces against conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the January 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”.

Jan 4, 2013

Israel’s ex-security chief says Netanyahu wavering and weak

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The former head of Israel’s internal security service said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday was wavering and weak in an unusually personal condemnation of the right-winger, who enjoys a strong lead in polls ahead of the January 22 election.

Yuval Diskin, who retired as Shin Bet chief in 2011, last year warned that Netanyahu sought a “messianic” war with Iran.

Dec 18, 2012

Israel presses on with plans for 6,000 new settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli officials said they would press on with plans this week to build 6,000 homes for settlers on land claimed by Palestinians, defying criticism from Western powers who fear the move will hit already faint hopes for a peace accord.

Stung by the de facto recognition of Palestinian sovereignty in a U.N. General Assembly vote last month, Israel announced it would expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Dec 18, 2012

Israel sees new US poise, including military, to curb Iran

JERUSALEM, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S.-led efforts to curb
Iran’s nuclear programme have resumed since President Barack
Obama’s re-election and include preparation for possible
military action, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday.

The remarks by Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon suggested
cautious optimism at prospects for an international resolution
to the decade-old standoff with Tehran, though Israel says it
remains ready to attack its arch-foe alone as a last resort.

Dec 16, 2012

Israel’s Lieberman says turns focus to election campaign

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Avigdor Lieberman formally tendered his resignation as Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday and said he would focus on campaigning for next month’s election on a joint ticket with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Although Netanyahu’s rightist party alliance is expected to easily win the January 22 ballot, an opinion poll showed a dip in electoral support after Israeli prosecutors said on Thursday they would charge Lieberman with breach of trust.

Dec 14, 2012

Hamas subdued despite Gaza victory claim-Israeli military

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s offensive on Gaza has deterred Hamas from new hostilities despite its claims of victory and the front is now at its quietest in 20 years, a senior Israeli military officer said.

Vastly lopsided shelling exchanges over eight days killed 170 Palestinians and 6 Israelis before the November 21 truce brokered by Egypt.

Dec 12, 2012

Israel green agency backs Palestinian farmers on West Bank wall

JERUSALEM, Dec 12 (Reuters) – An Israeli government
environmental agency challenged the Defence Ministry in court on
Wednesday over a section of the controversial West Bank wall
that threatens an ancient Palestinian farming community.

A letter of support from the Nature and Parks Authority was
part of a petition heard by the High Court to order the ministry
to reroute the planned barrier away from Battir village, south
of Jerusalem.

Dec 9, 2012

Netanyahu: Hamas’s Gaza jubilation proves Israel is at risk

JERUSALEM, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Hamas’s vow to vanquish Israel
after claiming “victory” in last month’s Gaza conflict
vindicates Israel’s reluctance to relinquish more land to the
Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Islamist Hamas movement,
made a defiant speech before thousands of supporters in the Gaza
Strip on Saturday, promising to take “inch-by-inch” all of
modern-day Israel, which he said he would never recognise.

Dec 7, 2012

HRW demands Israel justify Gaza strike that killed 12 civilians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch urged Israel on Friday to provide a full account of its air strike on a house in the Gaza Strip that killed 12 civilians last month, saying the action appeared to have been illegal.

The November 18 attack on the three-storey home of the Dalu family was the bloodiest of the eight days of fighting between the Jewish state and Gaza’s Islamist Hamas-led armed factions, in which around 170 Palestinians and six Israelis died.

Dec 1, 2012

UK and France pile censure on Israel’s new settlement plan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Britain and France condemned on Saturday a plan by Israel to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying international confidence in its desire to make peace with the Palestinians was at risk.

Stung by a UN vote according de facto recognition to a Palestinian state, Israel on Friday said it would build thousands of new settler homes, including in a wedge zone between Jerusalem and the West Bank, known as E1, which Washington considers especially sensitive.