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Nov 21, 2014

Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say.

The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza. Its disclosure comes as ties fray between Israel and U.S.-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank, over a contested Jerusalem shrine.

Nov 17, 2014

Israel to halve second order of F-35 fighter: minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will place a second order for between 10 and 15 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets, around half the number previously mentioned by defence sources in both countries, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday.

A reduced Israeli purchase may dent international confidence in the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plane and manufacturer efforts to lower the unit price because of advance orders.

Nov 11, 2014

Turbulent path for Syrian Kurd fighters’ ‘first foreign female recruit’

ARBIL Iraq/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Canadian-born immigrant to Israel has become the first foreign woman to join Kurds battling Islamic State in Syria, a Kurdish source said on Tuesday, as details of the volunteer’s turbulent past surfaced.

Gill Rosenberg, 31, is a civil aviation pilot who enlisted in an Israeli army search-and-rescue unit before being arrested in 2009, extradited to the United States and jailed over an international phone scam, one of her former lawyers said.

Nov 4, 2014

Israel, US say it’s business as usual as warplane plant unveiled

LOD, Israel, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Israel and the United States
used the inauguration of a joint warplane project on Tuesday to
stress it was business as usual in an alliance hit by acrimony
over Israeli settlement building and strategy against Iran.

At a ceremony at the Israeli manufacturer of wings for
Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 jet fighter, Israeli Defence
Minister Moshe Yaalon described his country’s participation in
the project as evidence that bilateral ties were bulletproof.

Oct 26, 2014

Jordan warns settlements may ‘imperil’ treaty with Israel

TEL AVIV Israel (Reuters) – Jordan warned Israel on Sunday their peace treaty would be threatened by continued Jewish settlement building on occupied land sought by the Palestinians and any change to the religious status of a key Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.

“All such acts are incompatible with international law and international humanitarian law and if allowed to continue will ultimately imperil the treaty,” Jordan’s ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, said at an event for the treaty’s 20th anniversary.

Oct 20, 2014

Israelis quietly expand enclave in Palestinian district of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli guards quietly occupied two purchased residential buildings in a Palestinian district of East Jerusalem on Monday, expanding a Jewish settler project in defiance of U.S. criticism.

A previous move on September 30 by settlers into homes bought in the Silwan neighborhood, in an area captured by Israel in a 1967 war, coincided with a U.S. visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and drew White House condemnation.

Oct 6, 2014

Israel’s anti-rocket hit ‘Iron Dome’ a slow sell abroad

CARMIEL Israel (Reuters) – Normally, an advanced new weapon system with a battle-proven success rate of 90 percent would have global defense procurement agencies on the phone in minutes. But Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor is yet to prove a hit with buyers abroad.

In terms of operational achievement, tested on the Gaza, Lebanese and Egyptian Sinai fronts, Iron Dome is unrivalled in the arms market. However its uniqueness – developed for a particular threat in a particular place – also limits its appeal to countries dealing with more conventional military adversaries.

Oct 5, 2014

Israel criticizes Swedish plan to recognize state of Palestine

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has described a plan by Sweden’s new center-left government to recognize the state of Palestine as being ill-considered in the absence of Middle East peace negotiations.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s announced the move during his inaugural address to Stockholm’s parliament on Friday.

Sep 22, 2014

Israel’s Mossad takes hunt for foreign spies and informants online

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It is already common for intelligence agencies to recruit their officers online, but Israel’s Mossad has gone one further by touting for local agents and informants too.

Israel, which has full diplomatic ties with only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan, lacks embassies elsewhere in the Middle East that would-be informants could turn to, leaving it in need of other local recruitment channels.

Sep 18, 2014

Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians’ surrender of their declared chemical arsenal, the official said they had kept some missile warheads, air-dropped bombs and rocket-propelled grenades primed with toxins like sarin.