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Jun 7, 2012

Israel court clears deporting South Sudan migrants

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli court upheld on Thursday the planned deportation of South Sudanese deemed to have entered Israel illegally, though government pledges of wider crackdowns on African migrants remained in question.

Rejecting a petition by human rights groups that had delayed the Interior Ministry’s April 1 deportation order, Jerusalem District Court ruled the state was not obligated to extend de facto asylum to the estimated 1,500 migrants from South Sudan.

Jun 4, 2012

Israel “supportive” on future Iran sanctions: U.S.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States is conferring with Israel about new sanctions planned against Iran should international negotiations this month fail to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

The comment offered a strong hint that Washington is continuing to apply the brakes on any plan by Israel to attack Iranian nuclear facilities preemptively.

Jun 4, 2012

US: Israel “supportive” on future Iran sanctions

JERUSALEM, June 4 (Reuters) – The United States is
conferring with Israel about new sanctions planned against Iran
should international negotiations this month fail to curb the
Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, a U.S. official said on
Monday.

The comment offered a strong hint that Washington is
continuing to apply the brakes on any plan by Israel to attack
Iranian nuclear facilities preemptively.

May 31, 2012

Kicking off tour, Madonna shows she’s no lady (Gaga)

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Pop superstar Madonna kicked off a new world tour on Thursday wishing peace on the Middle East even as she showcased grim dance routines depicting violence and bloody gunmen among her more colorful numbers.

Madonna, 53, mixed hit songs over three decades in music with tunes from her recent album, “MDNA,” before a packed audience, and she took a sly dig at younger diva, Lady Gaga.

May 29, 2012

Insight: Israel gas finds launch navy into troubled waters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – When Israeli economists contemplate their country’s untapped natural gas finds far out in the Mediterranean, they dream of energy independence and lucrative export deals.

Those charged with Israel’s defense, however, worry that the navy – small and long a middling priority in budgets – may be hard put to protect the multinational drilling platforms and rigs out at sea.

May 29, 2012

Israel gas finds launch navy into troubled waters

TEL AVIV, May 29 (Reuters) – When Israeli economists
contemplate their country’s untapped natural gas finds far out
in the Mediterranean, they dream of energy independence and
lucrative export deals.

Those charged with Israel’s defence, however, worry that the
navy – small and long a middling priority in budgets – may be
hard put to protect the multinational drilling platforms and
rigs out at sea.

May 29, 2012

Israel pours cold water on big-power talks with Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – International nuclear talks with Iran have achieved nothing, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday, suggesting that some Western nations were happy to see the negotiations drag on.

Israel, which has threatened to go to war to prevent its arch-foe going nuclear, has fretted on the sidelines as six world powers press for a curb on Iranian uranium enrichment.

May 24, 2012

Anti-African street violence surges in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Surging street violence against African migrants, including a rampage that an Israeli broadcaster dubbed a “pogrom”, drew empathy for the rioters from the interior minister on Thursday.

Waving Israeli flags and chanting “Deport the Sudanese”, residents of a low-income Tel Aviv neighborhood where many of the border-jumpers from Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan live held a march late Wednesday that turned violent.

May 18, 2012

“Homeland” heroine turns Mideast sleuth in season 2

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Though booted from the CIA as psychologically unfit, the heroine of the hit TV thriller “Homeland” will return for the second season pursuing leads in the Middle East, the show’s producer said on Friday.

During a Tel Aviv visit to shoot new scenes and pay homage to the Israeli hostage drama on which Homeland is based, Howard Gordon drew links with “24″, another U.S. television series of his about a renegade counter-terrorist.

May 15, 2012

Israel plans for quake aid to Palestinians

TEL AVIV, May 15 (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday it had
set up a mechanism to get aid to the Palestinians in the event
of a major earthquake.

A 5.5-magnitude quake rattled Israel and the occupied West
Bank on Friday, reminding residents of their vulnerability to
the Syria-African Rift, a northern extension of Africa’s Rift
Valley.