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Jun 18, 2012

Israel moves to deport Ivorians in migrant crackdown

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel signaled on Monday it would deport migrants from Ivory Coast as part of a crackdown on foreigners without permits that has focused on Africans who enter across the porous desert border with Egypt.

The announcement came a day after Israel launched weekly airlifts to send back South Sudanese, a small community in Israel compared to those from Sudan and Eritrea, who can more easily claim refugee status due to war and other hardships in their native lands.

Jun 17, 2012

Israel launches African migrant deportation drive

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched a high-profile deportation drive against African migrants on Sunday with an airlift of South Sudanese whose government said they would be welcomed back as economic assets.

The planned weekly repatriation flights from Tel Aviv to Juba have been played up by the Israeli government amid uncertainty as to how it might deal with much greater migrant influxes from Sudan, a hostile country, and war-ravaged Eritrea.

Jun 12, 2012

Assad retains control of Syria chemical arms: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel believes there is no immediate risk of Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands of militants, a senior minister said on Tuesday, despite its growing worries about fighting there which has prompted Israeli calls for outside military intervention.

“At this stage, the Syrian regime has firm control over the chemical weapons arsenal, but there are al Qaeda elements in Syria and therefore we are maintaining close scrutiny,” Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon, a former armed forces chief, said.

Jun 10, 2012

Israel accuses Syria of genocide, urges intervention

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli minister accused Syria on Sunday of committing genocide during its crackdown on a 15-month uprising and made the Jewish state’s most explicit call yet for military action against its Arab neighbour.

Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz urged world powers to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the same way that last year’s Western-backed campaign in Libya overthrew former strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Jun 10, 2012

Israeli minister accuses Syria of genocide

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli minister accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday of committing genocide during his crackdown on a 15-month uprising, in an unusually harsh censure of the Jewish state’s Arab neighbor.

Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz also criticized Russia for arming Damascus and repeated Israel’s demand for international military intervention to topple Assad, akin to last year’s campaign in Libya.

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.