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Mar 19, 2014

Israel bombs Syrian posts over Golan attack on its troops

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes on Wednesday against Syrian military sites in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops, attacks that added a dangerous new dimension to Syria’s civil war.

By announcing the raids, as opposed to its official silence over past strikes on weaponry from Syria believed destined for Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas, Israel appeared intent on delivering a message of deterrence to President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 5, 2014

Israel’s prime minister visits Hollywood for premiere of tourism film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Hollywood on Tuesday for the premiere of a film to promote tourism to the Holy Land, shifting the spotlight away from his frequent focus on dangers facing his country.

Netanyahu attended the premiere at Paramount Studios of “Israel: The Royal Tour,” a one-hour U.S. public television special that is being broadcast this week.

Mar 5, 2014

Netanyahu warns on Iran, no concessions for Palestinians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and other world powers on Tuesday not to allow Iran to retain the ability to enrich uranium, and urged Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state if they wanted peace.

Addressing the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC just a day after White House talks, Netanyahu avoided any explicit criticism of President Barack Obama but underscored the main differences with him over U.S.-led nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

Mar 4, 2014

Netanyahu warns on Iran, urges no Palestinian ‘excuses’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and other world powers on Tuesday not to allow Iran to retain the ability to enrich uranium, and urged Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state if they wanted peace.

Addressing the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC a day after White House talks, Netanyahu avoided any explicit criticism of President Barack Obama but underscored the main differences with him over U.S.-led nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

Mar 4, 2014

At White House, Israel’s Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel’s security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

In a White House meeting overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis, the two leaders avoided any direct clash during a brief press appearance but were unable to paper over differences on a pair of sensitive diplomatic drives that have stoked tensions between them.

Mar 3, 2014

Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama to meet Netanyahu on Mideast peace, Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as he grapples with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama will take time on Monday for potentially testy talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

With time running out for a framework Israeli-Palestinian deal to salvage a troubled U.S.-brokered peace process, Obama and Netanyahu sparred in public comments in the run-up to a meeting that comes at a critical juncture for the president’s second-term foreign policy agenda.

Mar 3, 2014

Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama to meet Netanyahu on Mideast peace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama takes a break from the Ukraine crisis to hold potentially difficult talks on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on U.S. efforts to keep Middle East peace negotiations alive.

With time running out for a framework Israeli-Palestinian deal to salvage a troubled U.S.-brokered peace process, Obama and Netanyahu sparred in public comments in the run-up to a meeting that will also focus on Iran’s nuclear program.

Feb 28, 2014

Main Israel lobby seeks to regain footing as Netanyahu visits U.S

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For years, Israeli leaders visiting Washington have been boosted by America’s main pro-Israel lobby, its influence on U.S. Middle East policy long accepted as a matter of conventional wisdom.

But when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses an annual convention of Israel’s U.S. supporters next week, he will find the group trying to show it has not lost its touch after the White House blocked its push for Congress to impose new Iran sanctions.

Feb 17, 2014

Netanyahu says Israeli high-tech stronger than boycotters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced confidence on Monday that world demand for Israeli high technology will enable his country to outflank pro-Palestinian groups advocating its economic boycott.

“I think it’s important that the boycotters must be exposed for what they are – they’re classical anti-Semites in modern garb. And I think we have to fight them,” Netanyahu said in a speech to a conference of U.S. Jewish leaders.

Feb 13, 2014

Criticism of Israel by German politician angers Israeli minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday that Germans should beware of criticising his country, alluding to Germany’s Nazi past and pouring fuel on a dispute with a visiting politician.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and other members of his far-right Jewish Home party walked out of a speech to Israel’s legislature on Wednesday by European Parliament President Martin Schulz, a German, after he cited allegations that Israel was denying Palestinians a fair allocation of water.

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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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