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May 4, 2015

Israeli veterans describe lax Gaza war rules, indiscriminate fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel inflicted “massive and unprecedented harm” to Palestinian civilians in the 2014 Gaza war with indiscriminate fire and lax rules of engagement, a report said on Monday, citing testimony given anonymously by dozens of troops.

The 237-page report by the Israeli advocacy group Breaking the Silence described how Israel Defence Forces (IDF) left swathes of devastation after they invaded Gaza last July with the stated aim of halting Hamas rocket fire out of the enclave.

May 4, 2015

Israel’s Lieberman says won’t join new government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday he would not join the new coalition government being formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, citing disputes over legislation.

The walkout by the far-right Lieberman raised the prospect that Netanyahu, whose conservative Likud party won the most votes in a March 17 election, may have to settle for a narrower alliance to secure a majority in the 120-seat parliament.

Apr 30, 2015

Israeli military worries over troops’ use of social media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s armed forces see a growing threat in instant messaging applications — both to battlefield secrecy and to the privacy of women soldiers.

According to official military journal Bamahane, the number of troop indictments for sex crimes has almost doubled since 2012, with “infringement of privacy” counts, some involving the collection and sharing of compromising photographs, making up 35 percent of cases.

Apr 26, 2015

Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

Assumed to have the Middle East’s sole nuclear arsenal, and having never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel has stayed away from gatherings of NPT signatories since 1995 in protest at resolutions it regarded as biased against it.

Apr 13, 2015

Iran, Israel cooperate in nuclear test detection drills

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iran and Israel have been cooperating under the auspices of an international body set up to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests, its director said on Monday.

Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enjoys wide global support but must be ratified by eight more nuclear technology states — among them Israel and Iran, as well as Egypt and the United States — to come into force.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air
defense system being developed in partnership with the United
States met all its objectives in a series of recent live
interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday,
putting it on course for deployment by next year.

The system, David’s Sling, shot down targets simulating
longer-range missiles like Scuds that could be fired at Israel
from Syria and by Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests US-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear deadline looms

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A new Israeli air defense system being developed in partnership with the United States has passed advanced tests, the Israeli Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, putting it on course for possible deployment by next year.

Defense sources said tests for David’s Sling took place last week and on Tuesday, the last day before a deadline for international negotiations on Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian dead and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments.

The scenario, published by Israeli media on Wednesday, reflected concern among security planners that since the last Lebanon war, in 2006, Hezbollah has expanded its rocket arsenal and gained battle experience helping Damascus fight the insurgency in Syria.

Mar 29, 2015

Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.

Israel has mounted what it terms an “uphill battle” against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

Mar 26, 2015

Cutting losses on Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes small print

JERUSALEM/PARIS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu’s contentious speech to the U.S. Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb.