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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.

Oct 26, 2012

Netanyahu’s hard-right alliance could backfire in ballot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tie-up with far-right coalition partner Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman could backfire by eroding their lead ahead of Israel’s January 22 ballot, a poll said on Friday.

The findings flew in the face of Netanyahu’s prediction that, by merging with his fiery rival for nationalist votes, he would muster a “big, cohesive force” of support for winning a third term as premier.

Oct 25, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu, Lieberman merge parties for ballot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he was merging his Likud party with that of his ultra nationalist coalition ally Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a hard-right tack ahead of Israel’s January 22 election.

Though the conservative Likud already led opinion polls, its joint list with Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu (“Israel is Our Home”) could win over wavering voters for a ballot sweep that Netanyahu saw empowering him to push through major policies.

Oct 25, 2012

Sudan: a front for Israel’s proxy war on Sinai jihadis?

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – If Israel bombed a Sudanese munitions factory, as Khartoum alleges, the raid was part of its widening proxy war against Islamist militants in neighboring Egypt which the Jewish state is reluctant to confront directly.

A huge explosion ripped through the factory near the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday, killing two people, with Sudan swiftly accusing Israel of sending four military planes to take out the complex.

Oct 25, 2012

Israel’s Netanyahu, ally Lieberman merge parties

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main coalition partner, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, plan to merge their right-wing parties ahead of Israel’s January 22 election, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

“The fact they reached agreement should be welcomed by all of us,” Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, a stalwart from Netanyahu’s Likud party, told Israel’s Channel Two television. “There will be a really clearly defined nationalist, rightist camp here.”