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Jun 30, 2015

Netanyahu buys time to resolve political problems over gas deal

JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has won more time to overcome a political hurdle after
parliament postponed a vote on authorising the government to
secure a deal on developing Israel’s natural gas fields.

The proposed gas agreement has prompted a national debate
over monopolies and profits for big oil companies because it
would allow Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek
Group to keep ownership of the massive offshore
Leviathan and Tamar fields, which could turn Israel into a major
energy exporter.

Jun 29, 2015

Netanyahu faces political crisis over Israel’s natural gas monopoly

JERUSALEM, June 29 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Monday faced his first major coalition crisis since
his re-election, with ministers withholding support for
government plans for developing Israel’s natural gas fields.

At least three cabinet members cited conflicts of interest -
personal or business-related – in seeking to be recused from a
parliament vote later in the day meant to pave the way for a gas
deal that would circumvent anti-trust regulation.

Jun 21, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at French peace initiative

JERUSALEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefaced talks about a French-led peace initiative on Sunday by saying foreign powers were trying to dictate terms to Israel for a deal with the Palestinians.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on a two-day visit to the Middle East, urged Israel not to prejudge his efforts and warned of the dangers of continued stalemate.

Jun 19, 2015
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Arson attack guts part of Israel’s Church of Loaves and Fishes

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(A nun looks at damage caused by a fire in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

An arson attack on Thursday gutted part of a Roman Catholic church at the traditional site of what Christianity reveres as Jesus’s miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Israeli fire brigade said.

Jun 7, 2015

Israeli aircraft strike, PM accuses world of ignoring Gaza rockets

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip on Sunday after the latest in a series of Palestinian rocket attacks that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the international community of ignoring.

The Omar Brigades, a Palestinian group that supports Islamic State, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s salvo, which, like the Israeli strike, caused no casualties.

May 20, 2015

Netanyahu suspends Palestinians-only bus program

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended on Wednesday new bus travel and checkpoint regulations for Palestinian laborers only hours after they were imposed to an outcry by critics accusing Israel of racial segregation.

Effectively overruling his defense minister, Netanyahu froze the edicts ahead of a meeting later in the day in Jerusalem with Federica Mogherini, foreign policy chief of the European Union, a group highly critical of Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank.

May 19, 2015

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

JERUSALEM, May 19 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official took
a swipe at Washington on Tuesday over Iran’s purchase of
second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated
U.S. sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi was quoted on May
11 by the Iranian Students News Agency as saying Tehran bought
15 used commercial planes in the last three months. He did not
say who sold them or how they had been acquired.

May 6, 2015

Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday, just before a deadline was to expire, but the coalition will rule by only the slimmest of majorities in Israel’s turbulent parliament.

“Israel now has a government,” Naftali Bennett, the head of the far-right Jewish Home party announced at parliament after hours of haggling with Netanyahu’s Likud deputies over cabinet positions, which were not immediately announced.

May 6, 2015

Netanyahu’s efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel’s prime minister.

Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu is struggling to build a solid parliamentary majority, with a former ally abandoning him this week.

Apr 24, 2015
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Palestinian teen’s name added to Israeli memorial, riling families on both sides

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(Family members of civilian victims during the second Intifada point at names of their loved ones displayed on plaques on the wall of the “Victims of Terror” memorial on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem April 15, 2013. REUTERS/ Jim Hollander)

Israel has added the name of a Palestinian teen to its “Monument to the Memory of the Victims of Terrorism”, upsetting the youth’s parents and a group representing families of slain Israelis with both demanding his name be removed.

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