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Jun 25, 2014

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger-strike after deal with Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Scores of Palestinians on hunger-strike ended their protest against detention without trial on Wednesday after winning concessions but no major change of policy from Israel.

About 120 Palestinians on so-called “administrative detention” began fasting on April 24 and were joined over the past two months by 180 others. About 75 needed hospitalization, fuelling debate in Israel over a proposed force-feeding law.

Jun 16, 2014

Israel concerned about any U.S.-Iran cooperation in Iraq

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

But, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and other major powers have pledged that any such cooperation would not set back their drive to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Jun 9, 2014

Israeli spy general says Iran serious in negotiations on nuclear deal

HERZLIYA Israel (Reuters) – Iran is negotiating seriously on a deal to curb its disputed nuclear program, a senior Israeli intelligence officer said on Monday in a shift of tone from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scepticism.

Brigadier-General Itai Brun, military intelligence’s chief analyst, told a strategic forum that Iran was honoring a November interim agreement that Netanyahu had condemned as an “historic mistake” for easing sanctions on Israel’s arch-enemy.

Jun 8, 2014

Netanyahu’s Palestine strategy rapped by Israeli coalition partners

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the now-moribund Palestinian peace negotiations drew criticism from both sides of his own coalition on Sunday, and one partner said relations with the United States had plunged to an all-time low.

The censure, aired at a showcase policy conference attended by foreign dignitaries as well as the country’s senior politicians, exposed deep rifts in the government but there appeared to be little sign of any imminent collapse.

May 28, 2014

Drones gain ground in Israel after Cobra helicopters cut

TEL AVIV, May 28 (Reuters) – Israel has phased out one of
its two types of U.S. attack helicopter in favour of using more
drones, military officers have told Reuters, reflecting a need
for lighter and cheaper air power to counter Islamist guerrillas
on its borders.

They said Israel’s last squadron of Cobras, built for
tank-hunting and eluding surface-to-air missiles, was pulled
from service late last year. The decision was previously kept
under wraps but disclosed in an increasingly public feud between
the Defence Ministry and Treasury over budget cuts.

May 20, 2014

Nigeria’s neglected Israeli drones won’t help find girls

JERUSALEM/LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria bought Israeli surveillance drones years ago that might have been used to hunt for more than 200 girls held by Islamist rebels, but poor maintenance has left them grounded, two official sources and the aircraft’s manufacturer said.

“To the best of our knowledge, these systems aren’t operational,” Tsur Dvir, marketing officer for Aeronautics Defense Systems, a firm based south of Tel Aviv that supplied Nigeria with Aerostar unmanned aerial vehicles, said on Tuesday.

May 16, 2014

Israeli minister sees 50 percent more settlers in West Bank by 2019

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The number of Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019, Israel’s ultra-nationalist construction minister said on Friday.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future state and blamed settlement expansions for the breakdown last month of U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel – a position supported in part by Washington, but rejected by the Israelis.

May 15, 2014

Exclusive: Israel’s David’s Sling will not win Polish missile tender – official

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel is poised to lose out on a deal valued at up to $13 billion to build a missile defense shield for Poland, an Israeli defense official said on Wednesday, citing lobbying by Washington on behalf of rival U.S. systems.

As compensation, the manufacturer of the Israeli David’s Sling missile defense system may get a role in a future U.S.-led arms sale to Warsaw, the official, who has been briefed on the competition, told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

May 13, 2014

“Homeland” co-creator wants Israel to be prime spot for U.S. TV shows

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – The Israeli co-creator of hit spy thriller television series “Homeland” believes his native country should become a prime location for U.S. television shows about the Middle East and is working hard to make this happen.

Writer-director Gideon Raff is at the helm of Fox drama “Tyrant” and NBCUniversal archeological mystery “The Dig”, two U.S. productions under way simultaneously in Israel – a first for the country’s small but active entertainment industry.

May 9, 2014

Israel fires back at U.S. envoy over peace talks’ failure

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel fired back on Friday at a senior U.S. official, who blamed Jewish settlement construction in part for the breakdown of peacemaking with the Palestinians, saying he himself had done nothing to help the negotiations.

The blunt riposte signaled continued, deep tensions between Israel and Washington over the U.S.-led talks, which collapsed last month amid bitter recriminations.