ISTANBUL/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador’s residence in Ankara.
The Israeli foreign ministry accused the Turkish authorities of “grossly violating” diplomatic regulations during the demonstrations and said it was ordering the return of diplomats’ families and trimming staffing to a minimum.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli shelling killed four boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, a local health official said, and Palestinian militants fired a further 70 rockets into Israel after a failed Egyptian attempt to halt more than a week of warfare.
Israel urged the evacuation of several districts in the Gaza Strip where more than 100,000 people live, threatening ground operations to try to stem the rocket attacks.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel urged the evacuation on Wednesday of several Gaza Strip areas where more than 100,000 people live, threatening ground operations after briefly holding fire under an Egyptian truce proposal that failed to stop Palestinian rocket salvoes.
Authorised by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet to escalate an eight-day-old offensive, the military said it had sent out evacuation warnings in northeastern Gaza.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has found funding for three new Iron Dome rocket interception batteries, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, a week into its conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Israel had seven Iron Domes set up to shoot down missiles when cross-border fighting with Hamas-led militants surged on July 8, and has since brought two more into service, Israel’s Defense Ministry said.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank last month were shot at least 10 times with a silenced gun in what appeared to be premeditated killings, a U.S. official involved in the investigation said.
The disclosure clashed with speculation by some Israeli and Palestinian commentators that the captors intended to take hostages for a prisoner exchange but panicked and shot them.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – At least 20 people were killed across Gaza on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets reached hit unprecedented depths of its interior.
Israelis ran for cover as air-raid sirens sounded in the business capital Tel Aviv and the holy city of Jerusalem, both of which were hit in the previous Gaza war of November 2012.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) – It’s hard to keep up with the social and political hurly-burly of the Middle East, but U.S. TV producer Howard Gordon got a hit out of it with “Homeland” and hopes to do the same with new series “Tyrant”, even if it requires last-minute tweaks.
While fellow Americans celebrated over the July 4 weekend, Gordon was back in Israel for his latest whirlwind visit to fine-tune upcoming episodes, based on feedback he has received about the series set in a Middle Eastern dictatorship buffeted by demands for change arising from the Arab Spring.
TEL AVIV, July 6 (Reuters) – “Homeland” may have lost its
sleeper terrorist anti-hero Nicholas Brody to an Iranian
gallows, but the hit U.S. television show will continue to
thrill, its creator says.
Howard Gordon described surviving cast members, led by the
gutsy yet emotionally troubled CIA analyst Carrie Mathison, as
having plenty of dramatic mileage in the fourth season due to
premiere in the fall on premium cable channel Showtime.
JERUSALEM/VIENNA (Reuters) – Israel does not expect world powers to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran by a late July deadline, a government minister said on Friday, accusing Tehran of maintaining a “hard line” at talks under way in Vienna.
Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke on the second day of what could be the final round of talks aimed at ending a decade-old international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program that Israel sees as a threat to its existence.
JERUSALEM, July 4 (Reuters) – Israel is ready to meet any
Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have
overrun part of neighbouring Iraq, an Israeli official said on
Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending
Jordan is one of two Arab countries – along with Egypt – to
have full peace treaties with Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Sunday praised Amman’s stability while echoing
Western powers in pledging support to safeguard it.