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Jun 30, 2012

Yitzhak Shamir, hawkish Israeli premier, dies

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Yitzhak Shamir, the hawkish Israeli leader who balked at the vision promoted by the United States of trading occupied land for peace with the Palestinians, died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 96.

The second longest-serving prime minister after Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion, Shamir clung to the status quo. Admirers saw strength and resolve in his position, while critics called him an intransigent naysayer who allowed Arabs to cast Israel as obstructing the road to peace.

Jun 27, 2012

Israel accuses Iran of anti-Semitism after drug speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iranian allegations that Zionists were inciting drug trafficking and Jewish religious law called for annihilation of gentiles prompted a sharp response from Israel on Wednesday which said Iran was governed by fanatical anti-Semites.

The verbal clash highlighted festering tension in an international stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Jun 24, 2012

Israel respects Morsy’s Egypt win, seeks cooperation

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel voiced respect on Sunday for the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential election, calling on the new administration in Cairo to maintain the countries’ landmark peace accord.

“Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects its outcome,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement after the Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsy, was declared successor to the U.S.-aligned Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled last year.

Jun 20, 2012

Israel kills Gaza militant on third day of fighting

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel killed a Gaza militant on Wednesday as a surge of fighting across the border of the Palestinian enclave entered a third day despite what Egypt said were its efforts to broker a truce.

The militant, a Palestinian belonging to one of Gaza’s fringe Islamist Salafi networks, died and a comrade was wounded in an air strike on their motorcycle in southern Rafah, near Gaza’s frontier with the Egyptian Sinai, medical officials said.

Jun 20, 2012

Israeli govt, settlers to cooperate in WBank move

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A cluster of Jewish settlers slated for eviction under an Israeli court order said on Wednesday they would go quietly, sparing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a showdown with a core constituency.

The 30 families living in five unlicensed apartment blocs in Beit El accepted a government proposal to move them, and physically relocate the buildings, while the state would also erect 300 new homes elsewhere in their West Bank settlement.

Jun 20, 2012

Israeli government, settlers to cooperate in West Bank move

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A cluster of Jewish settlers slated for eviction under an Israeli court order said on Wednesday they would go quietly, sparing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a showdown with a core constituency.

The 30 families living in five unlicensed apartment blocs in Beit El accepted a government proposal to move them, and physically relocate the buildings, while the state would also erect 300 new homes elsewhere in their West Bank settlement.

Jun 19, 2012
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Hamas scion turned Christian and Israeli spy making film on Islam

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(Mosab Hassan Yousef poses for a photo before a news conference in Jerusalem June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

A Hamas leader’s son who spied on the Palestinian Islamist movement for Israel, and then wrote about his exploits while in exile, has turned his sights on the religion of his father.

Jun 19, 2012

Hamas scion turned Israel spy making film on Islam

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Hamas leader’s son who spied on the Palestinian Islamist movement for Israel, and then wrote about his exploits while in exile, has turned his sights on the religion of his father.

On a rare visit to Jerusalem, just a short car ride from the family that disowned him in the occupied West Bank, Mosab Hassan Yousef told journalists he was making a film about the Prophet Mohammad that would reveal his “real nature” to Muslims.

Jun 18, 2012

Israel moves to deport Ivorians in migrant crackdown

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel signaled on Monday it would deport migrants from Ivory Coast as part of a crackdown on foreigners without permits that has focused on Africans who enter across the porous desert border with Egypt.

The announcement came a day after Israel launched weekly airlifts to send back South Sudanese, a small community in Israel compared to those from Sudan and Eritrea, who can more easily claim refugee status due to war and other hardships in their native lands.

Jun 17, 2012

Israel launches African migrant deportation drive

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched a high-profile deportation drive against African migrants on Sunday with an airlift of South Sudanese whose government said they would be welcomed back as economic assets.

The planned weekly repatriation flights from Tel Aviv to Juba have been played up by the Israeli government amid uncertainty as to how it might deal with much greater migrant influxes from Sudan, a hostile country, and war-ravaged Eritrea.