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Jul 4, 2014

Palestinian fury at Israel boils at funeral for slain youth

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians infuriated at a kidnap and killing they blame on far-right Jews clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem on Friday, while cross-border shelling in the Gaza Strip abated under Egyptian mediation.

“With our souls and our blood we will redeem you, martyr,” chanted hundreds of mourners who gathered for the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair after prayers marking the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Jul 4, 2014

Kurdish diplomat cool to independence advocacy by Israel

JERUSALEM, July 4 (Reuters) – A Kurdish diplomat has played
down the significance of Israeli advocacy of independence for
her people, saying it was not coordinated with the autonomous
Kurdish government in Iraq and may be intended to served
Israel’s interests.

While acknowledging that Israel had sway in Washington,
which wants to prevent a break-up of sectarian war-torn Iraq,
Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) envoy Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
suggested this was potentially counter-balanced by the hostility
that perceived Israeli allies risked drawing in the Middle East.

Jun 30, 2014

Israel not working for Iraqi Kurd independence – foreign minister

JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait
accompli on Monday but said his country was taking no action to
help the Kurds achieve formal statehood.

The remarks appeared aimed at heading off potential
confrontation with the United States, which wants to keep Iraq
united, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on
Sunday called for support for the emergence of a Kurdish state.

Jun 29, 2014

Israel cranks up media campaign ahead of Iran nuclear deal deadline

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged international negotiators on Sunday not to “surrender” to Tehran, as he launched a media blitz three weeks ahead of a deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal.

In interviews to broadcasters from the six world powers involved in the talks, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s long-held demand Iran be stripped of its uranium enrichment and other technologies, saying that to do otherwise would leave nuclear weaponry within reach.

Jun 26, 2014

Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is ‘foregone conclusion’

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a “foregone conclusion” and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognise a Kurdish state, should it emerge.

Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, seeing in the minority ethnic group a buffer against shared Arab adversaries.

Jun 25, 2014

Palestinians end hunger-strike after Israel makes concessions

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

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 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.