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Oct 24, 2012

Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza

JERUSALEM, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Palestinians fired dozens of
rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air
strike killed a militant, a day after the Emir of Qatar made a
rare visit to the enclave’s Hamas leadership.

Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and
mortar bomb attacks, prompting some Israelis to wonder whether
it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that broke
the Islamist group’s diplomatic isolation.

Oct 24, 2012

Violence surges on Israel-Gaza frontier

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave’s Hamas leadership with a visit.

Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and mortar bomb attacks, raising questions among Israelis over whether it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that challenged the Islamist group’s diplomatic isolation.

Oct 10, 2012

Israel’s Olmert considers comeback as early vote looms

JERUSALEM, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a
corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in
an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.

Such a move could shake up a race that opinion polls suggest
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, viewed with suspicion abroad
over his tough stance on Iran’s nuclear programme, is poised to
dominate, with no current heavyweight opposition contenders.

Oct 9, 2012

Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election, seeking to strengthen his political position after signaling that any military action against Iran could be months away.

Opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party will coast to victory in the national vote, which he said in a televised announcement could be held within three months.

Oct 9, 2012

Netanyahu poised to call election, official says

JERUSALEM, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election, seeking to
strengthen his political position after signalling that any
military action against Iran could be months away.

Opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party
will coast to victory in the national vote, which he said in a
televised announcement could be held within three months.

Oct 3, 2012

Netanyahu-Barak spat stokes early Israel vote talk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Friction between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak over relations with the United States fuelled talk on Wednesday of an early Israeli election.

Ministers said the quarrel, Barak’s resistance to Defense cuts in coalition budget talks and his dovish comments on peace efforts with the Palestinians were signs of a fraying alliance with Netanyahu and a national ballot as early as February.

Sep 28, 2012

Netanyahu’s Iran cartoon bomb timed to make big impact

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The “Bibi bomb” was born of days of discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a brains trust of close advisers on how to make a powerful impact in yet another speech on Iran’s nuclear program.

“The diagram made his address special,” a senior official in Netanyahu’s entourage said on Friday about the cartoonish drawing of a bomb the Israeli leader, who is nicknamed “Bibi,” used at the U.N. General Assembly as a prop to illustrate what he sees as Iran’s drive for an atomic weapon.

Sep 28, 2012

Netanyahu draws ‘red line’ on Iran’s nuclear program

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program on Thursday despite a U.S. refusal to set an ultimatum, saying Tehran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon in less than a year.

By citing a time frame in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu – who has clashed with President Barack Obama over the urgency of military action against Iran – appeared to suggest no Israeli attack was imminent before the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Sep 19, 2012

Israel army in snap exercise to simulate war scenario

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military launched a surprise large-scale exercise on Wednesday on the occupied Golan Heights, testing its battle readiness amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear drive and civil war in Syria.

A military spokeswoman, appearing to play down any speculation the drill heralded imminent hostilities with Iran or Syria, said it was part of a routine training schedule. A similar snap exercise was held around this time a year ago.

Sep 11, 2012

U.S. rejects Netanyahu meeting request: Israel official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The White House has rejected a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet President Barak Obama in the United States this month, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, after a row erupted between the allies over Iran’s nuclear programme.

An Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Netanyahu’s aides had asked for a meeting when he visits the United Nations this month and “the White House has got back to us and said it appears a meeting is not possible. It said that the president’s schedule will not permit that.”

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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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