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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A more powerful version of the interceptor system that Israel said downed 90 percent of rockets fired by Gaza militants before a ceasefire last week should be ready for deployment within three years, an aerospace official said on Monday.
He said Israel would need only one or two batteries of the “David’s Sling” system, touted as its answer to the longer-range missiles of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and Syria, after word on Sunday that it has passed its first live trial.
JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air shield
against rockets more powerful than those intercepted by Iron
Dome in the Gaza conflict passed its first field test last week
after being rushed through development, officials said on
They said that David’s Sling, billed as Israel’s answer to
the longer-range missiles of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and
Syria, shot down a target rocket in a secret Nov. 20 desert
trial that coincided with fierce shelling exchanges between
Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost $25 million to $30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the U.S.-backed system was well worth the money.
“Were Iron Dome traded on the (Tel Aviv) stock exchange or Nasdaq, it would have multiplied its share value several times over,” Civil Defense Minister Avi Dichter told Israel Radio in an interview where he outlined the system’s outlay.