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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.

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.