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Jan 14, 2014

Israel minister apologizes to Kerry over scorn for peace drive

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s hawkish defense minister apologized to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat’s quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

Moshe Yaalon did not deny making the closed-door remarks published on the front page of the best-selling Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, which drew rare condemnation from Washington and added to acrimony over Jewish settlement of occupied West Bank land where the Palestinians seek statehood.

Jan 14, 2014

Israel sees safe passage for chemical arms out of Syria

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Internationally-monitored convoys removing Syrian chemical weapons are at little risk of being seized by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad or by his Lebanese Hezbollah allies, a senior Israeli military officer said on Tuesday.

The estimate suggested that Israel, which repeatedly bombed targets in Syria last year to prevent suspected transfers from Assad’s arsenal to hostile guerrillas, was holding fire as tonnes of toxins are trucked out – in some cases through war zones not under Assad’s control.

Jan 13, 2014

Israel boosts security for Sharon funeral near Gaza border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel beefed up security for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral near the Gaza border on Monday and warned the enclave’s Palestinian rulers not to allow rocket fire during the ceremony, which U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will attend.

Sharon died at the age of 85 on Saturday after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke. A memorial service will be held on Monday in parliament in Jerusalem and an afternoon funeral near the Sharon family farm some 10 km (6 miles) from Gaza.

Jan 12, 2014

Former Israeli PM and military commander Ariel Sharon dead at 85

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who stunned Arab foes with his dramatic turnarounds, died on Saturday aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

Sharon left historic footprints on the Middle East through military invasion and Jewish settlement-building on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state but also with a shock decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

Jan 11, 2014

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dead at 85

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he suffering a stroke at the height of his power, died on Saturday aged 85, his family and the government said.

Sharon’s son Gilad announced the death at the hospital where his father had been treated. Doctors there had predicted his imminent death after his health declined sharply last week.

Jan 11, 2014

In war or withdrawal, Sharon marched to his own drum

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and stunning rebounds.

Loathed by many Arabs and a divisive figure within Israel, Sharon left his mark on the region as perhaps no other through military invasion, Jewish settlement building on captured land and a shock decision to pull out of Gaza.

Jan 9, 2014

Israeli military lifts veil on its Iran listeners

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iranian-born immigrants to Israel are drafted to its military intelligence units in disproportionately large numbers, an official report said on Thursday, reflecting high demand for Farsi speakers to monitor the Jewish state’s arch-enemy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees a mortal menace in Iran’s disputed nuclear program and has long hinted his country was waging a covert campaign to track and foil it.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas as well as from Iran and Syria.

One of several elements of an integrated Israeli aerial shield, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites – known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah ballistic threat

JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its
upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on
Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defence against
ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas as
well as from Iran and Syria.

One of several elements of an integrated Israeli aerial
shield, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites -
known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic
missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely
disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, eyes Syria, Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against threats seen from Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas.

One of several elements of Israel’s still-developing defense against missile attacks, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites – known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.