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Aug 19, 2015

Israel sets new terms for release of Palestinian hunger-striker

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel set new terms on Wednesday that might hasten the release of a Palestinian who is on a 65-day-old hunger strike against his detention without trial.

A Supreme Court ruling on Mohammed Allan’s petition to be freed was anticipated later in the day and could hinge on an assessment of his mental capacities by doctors in an Israeli hospital where he is in critical condition.

Aug 18, 2015

Palestinian hunger-striker regains consciousness, vows to continue fast -lawyer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian on a hunger strike against his detention without trial was brought out of sedation in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday and vowed to continue his fast, one of his lawyers said.

The condition of Islamic Jihad activist Mohammed Allan, who began to refuse food two months ago, is being closely monitored by opposing forces in an Israeli-Palestinian conflict that could boil over in new violence if he dies.

Aug 6, 2015

Netanyahu anti-Iran drive strains U.S. ties, isolates Israel: president

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s president suggested on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been overzealous in opposing the Iran nuclear deal, opening a “battlefront” with Washington and isolating his country.

Reuven Rivlin, who holds the largely ceremonial head of state post, argued in three separate newspaper interviews that Netanyahu’s vigorous campaign against last month’s nuclear deal between world powers and Iran could ultimately hurt Israel.

Aug 6, 2015

Netanyahu anti-Iran drive strains U.S. ties, isolates Israel – President Rivlin

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s president suggested on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been overzealous in opposing the Iran nuclear deal, opening a “battlefront” with Washington and isolating his country.

Reuven Rivlin, who holds the largely ceremonial head of state post, argued in three separate newspaper interviews that Netanyahu’s vigorous campaign against last month’s nuclear deal between world powers and Iran could ultimately hurt Israel.

Aug 5, 2015

Obama warns of dangers to Israel if Iran deal blocked: U.S. Jewish leader

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told U.S. Jewish leaders it was likely rockets would fall on Tel Aviv if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked and military action ensued, one of them said on Wednesday.

In a separate appeal to American Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the July 14 accord, pushed back in a webcast on Tuesday against the Obama administration’s argument that the agreement was the only way to avoid eventual war with Iran.

Jul 28, 2015

Huckabee’s gas chamber reference to Iran deal draws Israeli criticism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee drew rare criticism from Israel on Tuesday for comments in which he accused President Barack Obama of marching Israelis “to the door of the oven” in a nuclear deal with Iran.

Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said on Facebook the former Arkansas governor was “genuinely concerned” about Israel’s future but was wrong to refer to Nazi gas chambers that killed millions of Jews in voicing alarm over the July 14 accord between world powers and Iran.

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.

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