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Jun 22, 2015

Israeli Druze block ambulance with Syrian casualties

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Druze blocked an Israeli army ambulance they believed was transporting wounded Syrian rebels on Monday, local authorities said, a rare confrontation underscoring Druze concern for brethren caught up in the civil war next door.

The Druze are an Arab minority that practice an offshoot of Islam and whose adherents in Syria, long loyal to the ruling Assad family, are beset by jihadi insurgents. Israeli Druze, some of whom wield clout in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and the military, have been urging intervention.

Jun 17, 2015

As Iran deal takes shape, Israel plays up regional common ground

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – With a deal on Iran’s nuclear program drawing near, Israel is beginning to look at what comes afterwards and how best to position itself for the longer term.

Publicly, Israeli officials have not given up trying to influence what appear to be the closing stages of negotiations, although gaps could persist beyond an end-June deadline.

Jun 16, 2015

Israel says prepared for possible Syrian refugee throngs on Golan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel signaled readiness on Tuesday to intervene if Syrian refugees were to throng to its armistice line on the Golan Heights, after Israel’s Druze Arab minority stepped up a public campaign to help brethren caught up in the civil war next door.

Israel has sought to keep out of the four-year-old crisis in Syria, an old foe from which it captured the strategic Golan in a 1967 conflict and where it fears more belligerent Islamist militants could take over should President Bashar al-Assad fall.

Jun 15, 2015

Cyprus likely thwarted Hezbollah bomb plot, foreign minister says

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Cyprus believes it thwarted a Hezbollah plot to attack Israelis or Jews, its foreign minister said on Monday, after bomb-making material was found in a house on Cyprus.

A 26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian man is in custody related to the discovery of a massive amount of ammonium nitrate in the basement of a home in Larnaca last month.

Jun 14, 2015

Israel accuses world powers of yielding to Iran for nuclear deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused world powers on Sunday of stepping up concessions to Iran to enable a deal by June 30 on curbing its nuclear program even as Tehran balks at demands for heightened U.N. inspections.

Netanyahu has argued that the agreement in the works would not deny Iran – which says its nuclear projects are peaceful – the means of making a bomb, while granting it sanctions relief that could help bankroll its guerrilla allies in the region.

Jun 14, 2015

Israel to issue its own Gaza war report, pre-empting U.N. inquiry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will issue a report on Sunday arguing its 2014 Gaza offensive was lawful, a move aimed at pre-empting the release of findings of a U.N. war crimes investigation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as a waste of time.

Launched after a surge of cross-border rocket fire by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups, Israel’s two-month offensive last year, which included heavy shelling and air strikes into the densely populated enclave, killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians.

Jun 12, 2015

Orange CEO tells Netanyahu firm will deepen Israel ties

JERUSALEM, June 12 (Reuters) – The chief executive of French
telecoms group Orange told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on
Friday he profoundly regretted remarks he made last week which
he said were misinterpreted to make it sound as if he supported
a boycott of Israel.

On a special visit to try to mend fences after the comments
at a conference in Cairo, CEO Stephane Richard met Netanyahu for
talks at his private office, with the press kept away.

Jun 10, 2015

Israeli president says Syrian Druze under threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s president expressed his concern to the United States on Wednesday about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border.

Israel’s Druze, some of whom have reached the senior echelons of Israel’s military and the government, have been calling for help on behalf of their brethren in Syria, both at home and abroad.

Jun 9, 2015

Israeli PM wants Arab states to press Palestinians back to peace talks

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he hoped Arab states could press the Palestinians to return to talks to reach a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu, speaking to a strategic conference near Tel Aviv, blamed the Palestinians for the 14-month impasse in negotiations but said he felt there was a chance to renew them if the Palestinians could be persuaded.

Jun 9, 2015

Israeli defense minister sees no peace with Palestinians in his lifetime

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – Israel’s defense minister said on Tuesday he did not believe a stable peace agreement could be reached with the Palestinians in his lifetime – one of the bleakest assessments from a top-level cabinet member since talks collapsed last year.

Moshe Yaalon, one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest allies, accused the Palestinians of having “slammed the door” on efforts to keep discussions going, and said they had rejected peace-for-land deals for at least 15 years.