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Nov 19, 2012

Israel says prefers diplomacy over Gaza invasion option

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bombed dozens of targets in Gaza on Monday and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave.

As international pressure mounted for a truce, mediator Egypt said a deal to end the fighting could be close.

Nov 18, 2012

Israeli air strike kills 11 civilians in Gaza – Hamas

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 18 (Reuters) – An Israeli missile killed
at least 11 Palestinian civilians including four children in
Gaza on Sunday, medical officials said, apparently an attack on
a top militant that brought a three-storey home crashing down.

International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to
mount in response to the deadliest single incident in five days
of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes
on the Gaza Strip.

Nov 18, 2012

Israel, Gaza fighting rages on as Egypt seeks truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip from air and sea for a fifth straight day on Sunday, preparing for a possible ground invasion while also spelling out its conditions for a truce.

Palestinian fire into Israel subsided during the night but resumed in the morning, with rockets targeting the country’s commercial capital Tel Aviv for a fourth day. The two missiles were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air shield.

Nov 17, 2012

Israel hits Hamas govt buildings as reservists mobilised

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft pounded
Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the
prime minister’s office, after Israel’s cabinet authorised the
mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a
possible ground invasion.

Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, said
Israeli planes bombed the office building of Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh – where he had met on Friday with the Egyptian
prime minister – and struck a police headquarters.

Nov 17, 2012

Israel prepares to invade Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have plagued southern Israel for years.

Nov 16, 2012

Israel authorises more reservists after rockets target cities

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet
authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on
Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after
Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time
in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket
attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli
air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of
deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have
plagued southern Israel for years.

Nov 16, 2012

Israel moves on reservists after rockets target cities

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel’s Gaza offensive and came just hours after Egypt’s prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the enclave and said Cairo was prepared to mediate.

Nov 15, 2012

Phoney truce may have lured Hamas man into open

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s leaders were literally looking in the opposite direction, and making sure everyone knew it, just before catching Hamas’s top commander in the Gaza Strip off-guard in an air strike that killed him.

In what now appears to have been a diversionary tactic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak paid a visit to the Syrian frontier in the north, hours before the air offensive began in the south.

Nov 7, 2012

Obama victory spells trouble for Israel’s Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election.

With Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of frosty dealings with Barack Obama and a rift over how to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Nov 4, 2012

Netanyahu skeptical of Abbas hint of no return for refugees

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced skepticism on Sunday at an apparent concession from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a major sticking point in any future peace negotiations.

Abbas’s comments on Thursday that he had no permanent claim on the town of Safed, from which he was driven during a 1948 war, were widely seen as hinting he was dropping a demand for a right of return of Palestinian refugees to homes now in Israel.

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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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