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Apr 8, 2012

Talks in Istanbul to target Iran’s purer atom fuel

JERUSALEM/DUBAI (Reuters) – Talks this week on Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West will resume in Istanbul, Iranian media said, while the U.S. and its allies look set to demand an end to high-level uranium enrichment and the closure of a facility built deep under a mountain.

Friday’s return to negotiations after a year of tightening sanctions over what the West believes is a program to develop nuclear weapons had been in doubt after Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – released conflicting statements about the venue.

Apr 8, 2012

Israel bars German writer Grass from visiting over poem

JERUSALEM/BERLIN (Reuters) – Israel declared Nobel Prize-winning German author Guenter Grass “persona non grata” on Sunday over a poem in which the former SS soldier described the Jewish state as a threat to world peace.

Grass would be barred from visiting for his “attempt to inflame hatred against the State of Israel and people of Israel, and thus to advance the idea to which he was publicly affiliated in his past donning of the SS uniform,” Interior Minister Eli Yishai said in a statement.

Apr 8, 2012

Israel accepts focus on curbing Iran’s purer atom fuel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has signaled it would accept, as a first priority, world powers focusing on persuading Iran to stop higher-level uranium enrichment when they resume stalled nuclear negotiations this week with Tehran.

Israel, which has threatened last-resort attacks on its arch-foe’s nuclear facilities if diplomacy fails, demanded last month that any negotiated resolution should end all uranium enrichment, high and low level, and remove all fuel already stockpiled by Iran.

Apr 4, 2012

Israel to make do with fewer Iron Dome interceptors

TEL AVIV, April 4 (Reuters) – Israel is expanding the reach
of its Iron Dome rocket interceptors to make do with fewer given
the prospect of reduced financial support from a cash-strapped
United States, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Congress approved $205 million for Iron Dome in
fiscal year 2011, which ended on Sept. 30, and President Barack
Obama’s administration said on March 27 it would seek “an
appropriate level of funding” for further acquisitions.

Apr 3, 2012

Netanyahu delays eviction of West Bank settler house

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overruled the planned eviction on Tuesday of Jewish settlers from a building in an occupied West Bank city that is flashpoint of tensions with Palestinians.

Some 20 settlers moved into the Hebron building last Thursday at night, seeking to expand a settlement of some 500 families in the heart of a biblical city overwhelmingly populated by Palestinians who regard Israelis as interlopers.

Mar 28, 2012

Insight: In secret unit, clues to top Israeli duo’s chemistry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Forty years before becoming Israel’s top decision-making duo, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak first made news on the blood-stained wing of a hijacked Belgian airliner.

Disguised as toussle-haired mechanics, with slim pistols concealed beneath their white overalls, Israel’s future prime minister and defense chief had stormed the Sabena jet at Lod airport near Tel Aviv as part of Sayeret Matkal, the secret special forces regiment which Barak, then aged 30, led.

Mar 28, 2012

Insight: In secret force, clues to Israeli duo’s chemistry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Forty years before becoming Israel’s top decision-making duo, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak first made news on the blood-stained wing of a hijacked Belgian airliner.

Disguised as toussle-haired mechanics, with slim pistols concealed beneath their white overalls, Israel’s future prime minister and defense chief had stormed the Sabena jet at Lod airport near Tel Aviv as part of Sayeret Matkal, the secret special forces regiment which Barak, then aged 30, led.

Mar 28, 2012

In secret force, clues to Israeli duo’s chemistry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Forty years before becoming Israel’s top decision-making duo, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak first made news on the blood-stained wing of a hijacked Belgian airliner.

Disguised as toussle-haired mechanics, with slim pistols concealed beneath their white overalls, Israel’s future prime minister and defence chief had stormed the Sabena jet at Lod airport near Tel Aviv as part of Sayeret Matkal, the secret special forces regiment which Barak, then aged 30, led.

Mar 27, 2012

Israel says sabotage may stretch Iran atom timeline

JERUSALEM, March 27 (Reuters) – Israel on Tuesday played
down the prospect of an imminent attack on Iran, saying its
arch-foe’s controversial nuclear programme could still be set
back by sanctions and sabotage.

Six world powers are expected to renew efforts next month to
talk Tehran into curbing its uranium enrichment, which can yield
fuel for atomic warheads as well as for civilian projects. Iran
denies having any hostile designs.

Mar 20, 2012

Israel to phase out civilian atomic reactor by 2018

SOREQ, Israel, March 20 (Reuters) – Israel is phasing out a
civilian nuclear reactor to which it has admitted foreign
inspectors while keeping a second reactor, widely believed to
have produced atom bombs, off-limits, officials said on Tuesday.

The small facility at Soreq, which began operations in 1960
with a one-time stock of uranium fuel from the United States,
will be replaced by 2017 or 2018 by a particle accelerator
fulfilling many of the same research and medical functions.