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Mar 3, 2015

Netanyahu’s speech to U.S. Congress gets mixed reception in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.

The address was broadcast live on Israeli television and radio, and came at a politically sensitive time — just two weeks before a closely contested election in which Netanyahu is seeking a fourth term.

Jan 28, 2015

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.

The soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired five missiles at a convoy of Israeli military vehicles on the frontier with Lebanon.

Jan 28, 2015

Hezbollah missile wounds four Israeli soldiers on Lebanon frontier

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Hezbollah missile strike wounded four Israeli soldiers on Wednesday, the biggest attack on Israeli forces by the Lebanese guerrilla group since a 34-day war in 2006.

In an apparent revenge attack for an Israeli air strike in Syria that killed senior Hezbollah members, the group said its “Quneitra Martyrs Brigade” had carried out Wednesday’s hit on an Israeli convoy in the Shebaa Farms frontier area, prompting concerns of further escalation.

Jan 22, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu says to address U.S. Congress in March on Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday he will address the U.S. Congress during a March visit likely to drive home differences with the Obama administration over whether to impose additional sanctions on Tehran.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s invitation on Wednesday to Netanyahu – whose relationship with President Barack Obama has been acrimonious – had drawn criticism from the White House, which said it had not been consulted.

Jan 14, 2015

After Paris march, Netanyahu leads the pack in Israeli election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In the cold reality of politics, the killing of four French Jews in a Paris supermarket seems to have helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a strong message to Israeli voters that he has their back.

With two months to go until Israel’s national election, Netanyahu – who marched with dozens of world leaders at a memorial rally for the victims of last week’s Islamist militant attacks in the French capital – heads a crowded pack of candidates despite the challenge of a new centre-left alliance.

Jan 11, 2015

Netanyahu holds out Israeli haven for French Jews

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled a show of solidarity with France on Sunday with a reminder to shaken French Jews that Israel is keen to welcome them as immigrants.

Netanyahu and two far-right members of his cabinet flew to Paris on Sunday to join dozens of foreign leaders and hundreds of thousands of French citizens in a march honouring the victims of Islamist militant attacks this week.

Dec 15, 2014

Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Palestinian state

JERUSALEM/ROME (Reuters) – Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for a state, but a senior U.S. official said it was too early to say.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Dec 14, 2014

Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Israel-Palestine

JERUSALEM/ROME (Reuters) – Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for state, but a senior U.S. official said it was too early to say.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Dec 14, 2014

Netanyahu to tell Kerry that Israel will rebuff U.N. moves towards Palestinian state

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will rebuff any moves at the United Nations to set a timeframe for a withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for state.

The State Department has said the two men will meet in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Dec 3, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu asks for ‘clear mandate’ in early election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed on Wednesday for a “clear mandate” from voters in the early election he called, with opinion polls showing the right-wing leader on track for a fourth term.

A day after Netanyahu fired centrist members of his feuding governing coalition, faction leaders in parliament agreed on a March 17 date for the election and legislators approved the Knesset’s dissolution in a preliminary vote.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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