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Nov 14, 2012

Hamas reeling but defiant as Israel pounds Gaza

JERUSALEM, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Israel exchanged the fiercest
fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military
mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip
to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes.

Launched on Wednesday during a deceptive lull in almost a
week of surging cross-border violence, Israel’s air assault had
an intensity recalling the outset of the 2008-09 Gaza war though
this time the Palestinian death toll of 10 was far lower.

Nov 14, 2012

Israel says Syrian rebels hold villages on Golan slopes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are faltering against rebels, some of whom are dug in on the eastern foothills of the Golan Heights, Israel said on Wednesday.

The violence near the Israeli-occupied Golan has jarred the Jewish state, which this week twice shot back after stray Syrian fire hit its side – the old foes’ first armed engagement over the strategic plateau since 1973.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel fires guided missile to warn Syria over shelling

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday in a potent “warning shot” after mortar fire from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the second time in four days.

Israel Radio said it was the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the countries’ 1973 war. It highlighted international fears that Syria’s civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel says may escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other Palestinian factions.

A missile strike wounded four Israeli troops on jeep patrol along the Gaza boundary on Saturday, triggering army shelling that killed four Palestinian civilians and, in turn, dozens of short-range rocket launches out of Gaza that paralysed Israel’s southern border towns.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel fires warning shots at Syria over Golan shelling

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces fired into Syria on Sunday in what the military called a warning, after stray munitions from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The incident, described by Israel Radio as the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the countries’ 1973 war, highlighted international fears that Syria’s civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

Nov 11, 2012

Israel says ready to escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other factions in the Palestinian enclave.

A missile strike wounded four Israeli troops on jeep patrol along the Gaza boundary on Saturday, triggering army shelling that killed four Palestinian civilians and, in turn, dozens of short-range rocket launches out of Gaza that paralyzed Israel’s southern border towns.

Nov 4, 2012

Israel says halted African migration across Egypt border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has stopped the unapproved influx of African migrants across its once porous border with Egypt after months of intensive counter-measures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

More than 60,000 Africans, most of them men, have walked into the Jewish state in recent years seeking work or refuge. They have stirred fear for public order and demographics, coming under occasional racially-motivated street violence.

Nov 1, 2012

Abbas hints has no “right of return” to home in Israel

JERUSALEM, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas made a rare if symbolic concession to Israel on Thursday,
saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was
driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state’s
founding.

Among several disputes deadlocking Middle East peace talks
has been the Palestinians’ demand that as many as five million
of their compatriots be granted the right to return to lands in
Israel that they or their kin lost.

Oct 30, 2012

Lockheed cites good reports on night flights of F-35 helmet

HERZLIYA, Israel, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
said on Tuesday that it was making progress on resolving
technical issues facing the cutting-edge helmet being developed
for use by F-35 fighter pilots, and it cited positive initial
reports from night flight tests of the system.

Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Tom Burbage said
that night vision performance was the “only real question” left
on the helmet, which was designed by a joint venture of Rockwell
Collins Inc and Israel’s Elbit Systems to
display all the information F-35 pilots need to fly the plane.

Oct 29, 2012

Israel to limit cluster bombs in possible war with Hezbollah

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel would use a lot fewer cluster munitions in any future war with Hezbollah than it did in their 2006 conflict, even though it would go into southern Lebanon earlier and harder, a senior Israeli military officer said on Monday.

The disclosure confirms Israel already has detailed planning for an offensive aiming to avoid some controversial tactics used in the 34-day push against the Iranian-backed guerrillas.