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Sep 1, 2013

Netanyahu mum on Obama’s Syria delay but says Israel strong alone

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played up Israel’s ability to take on its enemies alone on Sunday after Washington delayed attacking Syria in a surprise move that prompted some Israelis to question their main ally’s resolve on Iran.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday he would ask Congress to vote on whether to launch strikes to punish the Damascus government for a poison gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians.

Aug 28, 2013

Israel calls up reservists, deploys missile defenses against Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria.

But an Israeli official briefed on a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet said the Jewish state believed the probability of it be targeted by Syria, its northern neighbor and long-time foe, was low.

Aug 13, 2013

Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep U.S.-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state.

Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the city at the heart of the decades-old conflict, after a three-year stand-off ended with the first round of talks in Washington last month.

Aug 11, 2013

Insight: Sinai air strike shows hair-trigger Israel-Egypt security ties

JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) – Just as they were preparing to launch their rocket across the border into Israel on Friday, four Islamist guerrillas in Egypt were killed by a missile.

Al Qaeda blamed Israel for the attack in the Egyptian Sinai near Gaza, where there has been a decade of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis. Israel dismissed reports of its responsibility and said it respected Egypt’s sovereignty.

Aug 11, 2013

Sinai air strike shows hair-trigger Israel-Egypt security ties

JERUSALEM/CAIRO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Just as they were
preparing to launch their rocket across the border into Israel
on Friday, four Islamist guerrillas in Egypt were killed by a
missile.

Al Qaeda blamed Israel for the attack in the Egyptian Sinai
near Gaza, where there has been a decade of fighting between
Palestinians and Israelis. Israel dismissed reports of its
responsibility and said it respected Egypt’s sovereignty.

Aug 10, 2013

Netanyahu tells U.S. mediator Palestinians inciting against Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has complained to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about statements by the Palestinians which it said undermined nascent peace talks, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

“Incitement and peace cannot coexist,” the official quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as telling Kerry, the negotiations’ sponsor, in a letter sent over the weekend.

Aug 9, 2013

Israel seeks to negotiate planned EU curbs over ’67 borders

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel appealed to the European Union on Friday to rethink plans to withhold funds from Israeli organizations in the occupied territories, a shift in tone from earlier recrimination and retaliation.

Under guidelines adopted by the executive European Commission in June, Israeli “entities” operating in the West Bank and East Jerusalem will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans from next year.

Aug 9, 2013

Israel seeks to negotiate on planned EU sanctions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel appealed to the European Union on Friday to rethink planned sanctions against its organizations in the occupied territories and called for talks, a shift in tone from previous Israeli anger and retaliatory measures.

Under guidelines adopted by the executive European Commission in June, Israeli “entities” operating in the West Bank and East Jerusalem will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans from next year.

Aug 8, 2013

Israel gives preliminary approval for 800 settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood, an Israeli official said on Thursday.

The move could complicate U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which resumed last month after an almost three-year freeze over the settlement dispute and whose second round is expected to take place next week.

Jul 29, 2013

Israel, Palestinians dispute format of Washington peace talks

JERUSALEM/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian officials put forward clashing formats for peace talks due to resume in Washington on Monday for the first time in nearly three years after intense U.S. mediation.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to bring the negotiators together in the evening and on Tuesday to renew talks that broke down in 2010 over Israel’s settlement of occupied land where Palestinians seek a state.