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Sep 11, 2012

U.S. has no right to block Israel on Iran – Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the United States had
forfeited its moral right to stop Israel taking action against
Iran’s nuclear programme because it had refused to be firm with
Tehran itself.

In comments which appeared to bring the possibility of an
Israeli attack on Iran closer, Netanyahu took the Obama
administration to task after Washington rebuffed his own call to
set a red line for Tehran’s nuclear drive.

Sep 9, 2012

Germany urges Iran to make “substantial” nuclear offers

JERUSALEM, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister on
Sunday urged Iran to make “substantial offers” to restart
nuclear talks with world powers and told Israel allowing the
Islamic Republic to get the bomb was “not an option”.

Guido Westerwelle’s comments, made during a visit to
Jerusalem, followed weeks of rhetoric in Israel over a possible
go-it-alone strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities and calls
by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for world powers to
set a “red line” for Tehran.

Sep 9, 2012

Germany calls on Iran to make “substantial offers”

JERUSALEM, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister
urged Iran on Sunday to bring “substantial offers” to restart
nuclear negotiations with world powers and assured Israel that
allowing the Islamic Republic to get the bomb was “not an
option”.

“We share the concern in Israel about the nuclear programme
in Iran,” Guido Westerwelle told reporters before talks with
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

Jul 24, 2012

Netanyahu’s ex-deputy warns against attacking Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ex-deputy said on Tuesday the Israeli leader’s attempt to recruit hawkish rebels from former coalition partner Kadima was aimed at boosting cabinet support for striking Iran.

Asked on Army Radio whether he believed such a political deal related to Iran had been in the works, Kadima chief Shaul Mofaz said: “I am saying this with a very heavy heart and with deep foreboding that this is happening in Israel.”

Jul 17, 2012

Israel’s Kadima party quits Netanyahu government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main political partner pulled out of his grand coalition on Tuesday, accusing him of surrendering to ultra-Orthodox Jews in a battle over military conscription.

Netanyahu will remain in office for the foreseeable future, still in control of a majority in parliament despite the decision by the centrist Kadima party to bolt the government it joined only two months ago.

Jul 10, 2012

Israel’s Olmert acquitted on major corruption charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Ehud Olmert was acquitted of major corruption charges on Tuesday but convicted of breach of trust, a lesser offence, in what was widely seen as a stunning victory for the former prime minister.

Olmert resigned as the country’s leader in 2008 after the allegations surfaced, cutting short his pursuit of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Jul 10, 2012

Mixed verdict in former Israeli PM Olmert’s corruption trial

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ehud Olmert was found guilty on Tuesday of a corruption charge in the first criminal trial of a former Israeli prime minister, but acquitted on two other counts in what was widely seen as a significant victory for him.

Although Olmert was convicted of fraud and breach of trust, he was found not guilty on more serious charges that included allegations he received cash bribes from a U.S. businessman and double-billed Israeli charities for overseas fund-raising trips.

Jul 9, 2012
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Netanyahu moves to end military exemptions for Haredi Jews

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(Protestors take part in a demonstration calling for an amendment to the country's compulsory draft policy opposed by the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, in Tel Aviv July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner )

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead on Sunday to reforms that would end the exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from compulsory military service, in an about-face hours after 20,000 Israelis marched for change.

Jul 9, 2012

Israeli panel backs legalizing settler outposts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A government-appointed committee on Monday proposed granting official status to dozens of unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank, challenging the world view that Israeli settlement there is illegal.

The non-binding legal opinion, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sought, could be used by the right-wing leader to address criticism at home and abroad of his declared plans to build more homes for Jews on land Palestinians want for a state.

Jul 9, 2012

Israeli panel recommends legalizing settler outposts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A government-appointed committee proposed on Monday granting official status to dozens of unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank and challenged the world view that Israeli settlement there is illegal.

The non-binding legal opinion, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sought, could be used by the right-wing leader to address criticism at home and abroad of his declared plans to build more homes for Jews on land Palestinians want for a state.

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