JERUSALEM, Nov 27 (Reuters) – For many Israelis, nothing
symbolised home more than singer Arik Einstein, and on Wednesday
a nation mourned the death of its king of cool.
Einstein, who died of a ruptured aneurysm on Tuesday at the
age of 74, was virtually unknown outside of Israel. But
generations of Israelis came of age listening to his smooth
baritone and folk-rock ballads – a soothing soundtrack of life
often drowned out by the din of Middle East conflict.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top security adviser plans to go to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal that the United States and five other powers hope to negotiate with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.
Netanyahu, who described Sunday’s interim nuclear deal with Iran as a “historic mistake”, fears that lifting sanctions will make it easier for Tehran to pursue a covert nuclear weapons program.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Going about their business on Monday, Israelis seemed more accepting than their leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, of a nuclear deal with Iran that he rejected as a historic mistake.
On the streets of Israeli cities, people questioned about Sunday’s interim accord between global powers and the Islamic Republic voiced doubts about an agreement that Netanyahu said would leave arch-foe Iran within reach of an atomic bomb.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced a nuclear deal with Iran as a historic mistake on Sunday that leaves the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach and said Israel would not be bound by it.
Having lost its battle against easing sanctions, Israel appeared to be charting a new strategy: intense scrutiny by its intelligence services of Iran’s compliance with the interim agreement and lobbying for stronger terms in a final accord that world powers and the Islamic Republic are still pursuing.
JERUSALEM, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the big powers’ nuclear
deal with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of
atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach, and he said Israel would
not be bound by it.
Having lost its battle against easing sanctions on Iran,
Israel appeared to be charting a new strategy: intense scrutiny
by its intelligence services of Iran’s compliance with the
interim agreement and lobbying for stronger terms in a final
accord world powers and the Islamic Republic will pursue.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel pledged allegiance on Wednesday to its special relationship with the United States, now tested by pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman appeared to question the strength of the tie.
Any notion that Lieberman’s comments, in a speech on Wednesday, meant that Israel was looking for new friends at the expense of its bonds with its longtime main ally and military aid provider was challenged by the minister’s own deputy.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had ended a pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Hollande’s pledge could help underpin an intensive campaign by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convince Israel’s main ally, the United States, and other leading powers to toughen terms of a proposed nuclear deal with Iran ahead of negotiations reconvening this week in Geneva.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a “bad deal” between global powers and Iran over its nuclear program could lead to war.
His government said an offer on the table for what Washington calls a “modest” easing of sanctions would in fact negate up to 40 percent of the sanctions’ impact, reducing pressure on Tehran to give up a nuclear program that the West and Israel believe is aimed at building a bomb.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Tuesday a reassessment of plans to build nearly 24,000 settler homes, saying he feared an international outcry that would divert attention from Israel’s lobbying against a nuclear deal with Iran.
The right-wing Israeli leader announced the reversal in the face of stiff U.S. opposition to settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Palestinian anger that threatens three-month-old peace talks brokered by Washington.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is making plans to build nearly 24,000 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an anti-settlement group said on Tuesday, questioning the government’s commitment to peace talks with the Palestinians.
Peace Now, which monitors settlement activity on occupied land Palestinians seek for a state, said the Housing Ministry had issued tenders late last month for drawing up construction plans, but that no building work was imminent.