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Jan 29, 2012

Israel plans Red-Med rail link to take Suez overflow

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday it plans to build a railway line linking its Red Sea and Mediterranean ports that could handle potential overflow from the Suez Canal on the freight route between Asia and Europe.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet the idea of ships dropping off goods in one port to be picked up by a second ship at the other, had stirred “great interest” from major exporters India and China.

Jan 27, 2012

Palestinians unmoved as Israel presents border ideas

RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has presented Palestinians with its ideas for the borders and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state, in a bid to keep exploratory talks alive, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Friday.

However, Palestinian officials said the verbal presentation by Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho at a meeting on Wednesday was a non-starter, envisaging a fenced-off territory of cantons that would preserve most Jewish settlements.

Jan 22, 2012

Israel condemns Palestinian cleric over sermon

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel condemned the Palestinians’ top cleric on Sunday for reciting, at a meeting of the dominant U.S.-backed Fatah faction, a passage from Muslim scripture that called for the killing of Jews.

Preaching on January 9 at a rally marking the 47th anniversary of Fatah’s founding, Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein read out a Hadith, or traditional text attributed to the Prophet Mohammad.

Jan 19, 2012

Dempsey to Israel as allies seek unity on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States’ top military officer arrives in Israel on Thursday as the allies coordinate efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program – and play down suggestions they are at odds on strategy.

The United States, which is leading Western pressure on Tehran to curb controversial uranium enrichment, has voiced concern that the Israelis could attack their foe preemptively and deepen instability in an already volatile region.

Jan 17, 2012

Nuclear Iran may curb Israeli border wars -general

JERUSALEM, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A nuclear-armed Iran
could deter Israel from going to war against Tehran’s guerrilla
allies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli general
said on Tuesday.

The Jewish state sees the makings of a mortal threat
in Iran’s uranium enrichment and missile programmes, and
has lobbied world powers to roll them back through sanctions
while hinting it could resort to pre-emptive military strikes.

Jan 15, 2012

Netanyahu deputy “disappointed” with Obama on Iran

JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli
official voiced disappointment in the Obama administration on
Sunday, saying “election-year considerations” lay behind its
caution over tough Iran sanctions sought by U.S. legislators.

While Washington has been talking tougher about Iran’s
nuclear work and threat to block oil export routes out of the
Gulf if hit with harsher sanctions, new U.S. measures adopted on
Dec. 31 gave President Barak Obama leeway on the scope of
penalties on the Iranian central bank and oil exports.

Jan 12, 2012

Israel’s top court backs bar on Palestinian spouses

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top court has upheld a law denying citizenship to Palestinians married to Israelis, with one judge saying it helped the Jewish state fend off “national suicide.”

By a 6-to-5 vote, the Supreme Court late Wednesday rejected petitions against the 2003 ban, which civil liberty groups denounced as racist for potentially forcing members of Israel’s 20-percent Arab minority who wed Palestinians to emigrate.

Jan 11, 2012

Israel uses risky “hits” in deadly shadow war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – If Mossad assassins were behind the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist on Wednesday, it would be the latest chapter in a long history of Israeli covert action against foes best not confronted with full force.

As always, Israeli officials declined any comment on the death of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, who was blown up in his car, while Iran itself immediately pinned the blame on Israel.

Jan 11, 2012

Analysis: Israel uses risky “hits” in deadly shadow war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – If Mossad assassins were behind the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist Wednesday, it would be the latest chapter in a long history of Israeli covert action against foes best not confronted with full force.

As always, Israeli officials declined any comment on the death of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, who was blown up in his car, while Iran itself immediately pinned the blame on Israel.

Jan 9, 2012

Israel, Palestinians spar as peace contacts resume

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed newly rekindled diplomatic contacts with the Palestinians Monday, accusing them of poor faith in peacemaking.

Firing back as Israeli and Palestinian envoys prepared a second round of the low-key but potentially decisive exploratory talks later in the day, the Palestinians said Israel was at fault for cementing its hold on the occupied West Bank.