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Jan 28, 2014

Israel, Abbas spar over Palestinian security steps in West Bank

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians disagreed sharply on Tuesday over the effectiveness of security measures by the regional Palestinian administration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, deepening doubt about peace prospects in U.S.-brokered talks.

Foreign powers have been helping build up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s security services in the West Bank to prevent militant attacks on Israelis and ward off any challenge from breakaway Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip.

Jan 22, 2014

Israel says cracks Palestinian al Qaeda cell in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Wednesday it had arrested two Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out attacks for al Qaeda with the help of foreign suicide bombers posing as Russian tourists.

The men were recruited by another al Qaeda agent in the Gaza Strip, said Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency – the second Israeli report in as many months suggesting the militant network was taking root among Palestinians.

Jan 15, 2014

Turkey reassured that NATO shield not designed for Israel

TEL AVIV, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Turkey has accepted assurances
a planned NATO missile defence system in which it is playing a
part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance’s
deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan’s government had resulted in part from confusion about a
Turkish-hosted NATO radar. Ankara had been further assuaged by
alliance Patriot anti-missile batteries assigned to protect its
territory from Syria.

Jan 15, 2014

NATO says Turkey no longer balks at missile shield helping Israel

TEL AVIV, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Turkey has accepted assurances
a planned NATO missile defence system in which it is playing a
part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance’s
deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan’s government had resulted in part from confusion about a
Turkish-hosted NATO radar. Ankara had been further assuaged by
alliance Patriot anti-missile batteries assigned to protect its
territory from Syria.

Jan 14, 2014

Israel minister apologizes to Kerry over scorn for peace drive

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s hawkish defense minister apologized to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat’s quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

Moshe Yaalon did not deny making the closed-door remarks published on the front page of the best-selling Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, which drew rare condemnation from Washington and added to acrimony over Jewish settlement of occupied West Bank land where the Palestinians seek statehood.

Jan 14, 2014

Israel sees safe passage for chemical arms out of Syria

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Internationally-monitored convoys removing Syrian chemical weapons are at little risk of being seized by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad or by his Lebanese Hezbollah allies, a senior Israeli military officer said on Tuesday.

The estimate suggested that Israel, which repeatedly bombed targets in Syria last year to prevent suspected transfers from Assad’s arsenal to hostile guerrillas, was holding fire as tonnes of toxins are trucked out – in some cases through war zones not under Assad’s control.

Jan 13, 2014

Israel boosts security for Sharon funeral near Gaza border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel beefed up security for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral near the Gaza border on Monday and warned the enclave’s Palestinian rulers not to allow rocket fire during the ceremony, which U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will attend.

Sharon died at the age of 85 on Saturday after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke. A memorial service will be held on Monday in parliament in Jerusalem and an afternoon funeral near the Sharon family farm some 10 km (6 miles) from Gaza.

Jan 12, 2014

Former Israeli PM and military commander Ariel Sharon dead at 85

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who stunned Arab foes with his dramatic turnarounds, died on Saturday aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

Sharon left historic footprints on the Middle East through military invasion and Jewish settlement-building on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state but also with a shock decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

Jan 11, 2014

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dead at 85

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he suffering a stroke at the height of his power, died on Saturday aged 85, his family and the government said.

Sharon’s son Gilad announced the death at the hospital where his father had been treated. Doctors there had predicted his imminent death after his health declined sharply last week.

Jan 11, 2014

In war or withdrawal, Sharon marched to his own drum

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and stunning rebounds.

Loathed by many Arabs and a divisive figure within Israel, Sharon left his mark on the region as perhaps no other through military invasion, Jewish settlement building on captured land and a shock decision to pull out of Gaza.