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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.

May 9, 2014

Budget-strapped Israeli military banks on future US aid

JERUSALEM, May 9 (Reuters) – Budget-strapped Israel is
pressing the United States to conclude a deal extending defence
aid beyond 2017, when Washington’s current $3 billion annual
payouts to its Middle East ally expire, officials said on
Friday.

They said a swift agreement on future U.S. grants would help
Israel’s military draft a five-year austerity plan accommodating
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government.

May 7, 2014

Israel, U.S. divided over Iranian nuclear enrichment deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel insists Iran be denied uranium enrichment capabilities under a potentially imminent nuclear deal, a demand that risks opening a new Israeli-United States rift, officials said on Wednesday.

The dispute, a major topic for a visit to Jerusalem by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday and Thursday, appeared part of Israeli efforts to weigh in on world powers’ difficult talks with Tehran before a July 20 date for a deal.

Apr 24, 2014
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Israel rejects link of Ukraine crisis to anti-Semitism

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(Jewish men attend morning prayer at a synagogue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Israel played down on Thursday suggestions that anti-Semitism in Ukraine is linked to Kiev’s standoff with Russia, offering a more measured assessment than the Kremlin or the United States as it avoids taking sides in the East-West confrontation.

Apr 22, 2014

Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians.

Israel’s Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some two percent of the Jewish state’s eight million people, and the expected number of conscripts – now about 100 – will rise in coming months, a senior military officer said.

Apr 14, 2014

Israel says close to forging new ties across Arab world

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.

Amongst the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth – the first such disclosure by a senior Israeli official.

Apr 3, 2014

Israel scraps Palestinian prisoner release, reviewing peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has called off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners meant to advance peacemaking and called for the U.S.-sponsored negotiations to be reviewed, an official briefed on the talks said on Thursday.

The official, who declined to be identified, said Israeli negotiators had informed their Palestinian counterparts of the decision in an overnight meeting held at Washington’s behest in an effort to avert a collapse of the troubled talks.

Apr 1, 2014

Netanyahu backer’s bid for pro-settler paper rips Israeli right

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The planned purchase of a second right-wing Israeli newspaper by a major American backer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has some critics seeing a move to shore up his constituency as U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians advance.

A Jerusalem court on Sunday approved the bid to buy Makor Rishon (“First Source”), which caters to religious-nationalist Jews including many in West Bank settlements, by Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor and casino magnate who already owns the free, mass-circulation daily Israel Hayom (“Israel Today”).

Mar 25, 2014

Doubts surface on Gaza destination of rockets seized by Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Some U.S. intelligence analysts and Middle East security officials believe that a rocket shipment seized by the Israeli navy in the Red Sea this month was destined for the Egyptian Sinai and not for the Gaza Strip, as Israel says.

A U.S. official and two non-Israeli regional sources said Israel appeared to be insisting on the Gaza destination in order to spare the military-backed interim Egyptian administration embarrassment as it struggles to impose order in the Sinai.

Mar 13, 2014

Gaza rockets, Israeli air strikes persist despite truce call

JERUSALEM/GAZA, March 13 (Reuters) – A small armed faction
in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Thursday, drawing
retaliatory air strikes and pushing cross-border violence into a
third day despite a truce called by the more powerful
Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

The clashes have been the most intense since the Gaza war of
November 2012. This time, however, casualties have been scant
with winter rains keeping many people indoors, and Israel’s Iron
Dome interceptor shooting down some of the Palestinian rockets.
Most Israeli strikes have hit unmanned militant facilities.