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Dec 3, 2012

Britain, France mull measures against Israel over settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Britain and France on Monday weighed measures against Israel to protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Germany urged Israel to refrain from expanding settlements and Russia said it viewed plans to put more new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem with serious concern.

Nov 29, 2012

Israel says U.N. vote won’t hasten Palestinian state

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A U.N. General Assembly vote on Thursday recognizing a Palestinian state will do nothing to make it a reality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israel had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid to become a “non-member state” at the United Nations, but had been unable to prevent wide international support for the initiative, notably among its European allies.

Nov 26, 2012

Israel’s Barak, architect of Iran policy, quitting politics

JERUSALEM, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud
Barak said on Monday he was quitting politics, a surprise
decision that deepens uncertainty over how Israel will confront
Iran’s nuclear programme.

Barak’s political fortunes appeared to be on the rise after
Israel’s eight-day offensive in the Gaza Strip ended in a truce,
but polls predicted his centrist party, a junior partner in
right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, would win no more
than four seats in Israel’s 120-member parliament.

Nov 26, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Barak says quitting politics

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he was quitting politics, throwing up more uncertainty over Israel’s future path in confronting Iran’s nuclear program.

Barak’s political fortunes appeared to be on the rise after Israel’s eight-day offensive in the Gaza Strip ended in a truce, but polls predicted his centrist party, a junior partner in right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, would win no more than four seats in Israel’s 120-member parliament.

Nov 23, 2012

Gaza ceasefire holds but mistrust runs deep

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held firm on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger.

In the sudden calm, Palestinians who had been under Israeli bombs for eight days poured into Gaza streets for a celebratory rally, walking past wrecked houses and government buildings.

Nov 22, 2012

Gaza ceasefire takes hold but mistrust runs deep

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger.

Quiet reigned on both sides of the border and Palestinians who had been under Israeli bombardment for eight days poured into the streets of Gaza for a celebratory rally, walking past wrecked houses and government buildings.

Nov 21, 2012

Hamas and Israel agree ceasefire-sources

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas agreed
on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day
of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket
attacks out of the enclave, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian
sources said.

First word of the truce came from a Palestinian official who
has knowledge of the negotiations in Cairo, where U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton was also pursuing peace efforts.

Nov 21, 2012

Tel Aviv bus blast shakes Gaza truce efforts

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A bomb exploded on a bus
in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, potentially complicating efforts by
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pursue an elusive
truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israeli air strikes shook the
Gaza Strip.

After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas, Clinton held a second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu before travelling to Egypt for discussions
with President Mohamed Mursi, whose country is the main broker
in efforts to end eight days of fighting.

Nov 21, 2012

Gaza shakes, bus explodes in Tel Aviv as Clinton seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and a bomb exploded on a Tel Aviv bus.

After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Clinton held a second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before heading to Egypt, the main broker in efforts to end eight days of fighting and avert a possible Israeli ground offensive.

Nov 21, 2012

Gaza shakes as Clinton seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and Palestinian rockets hit across the border.

After talks in Ramallah with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and a possible second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom she saw late on Tuesday, Clinton planned to fly to Egypt, the main broker in efforts to end eight days of fighting and avert a possible Israeli ground offensive.

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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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