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Jan 24, 2013

Generals out, activists in: Israel parliament gets new look

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament, long heavy with retired generals, is getting a new look, with a freshman class that includes two youth protest leaders, an Ethiopian immigrant, a high tech millionaire and more women than ever.

Thanks to the surprise second place finish of a new centrist party, as well as the success of a new far-right group, the 120-member Knesset will have a record 47 first time lawmakers and a record 26 women, including a West Bank settler mother of 11.

Jan 22, 2013

Spoiled for choice, Israelis vote under winter sun

MACCABIM, Israel (Reuters) – Yehudit Shimshi had fire in her eyes after she voted in a leafy Israeli suburb on Tuesday, but resignation in her voice.

Her hope for an end to the “reign” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forlorn, she admitted.

Jan 21, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu seeks strong finish after election poll dip

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an election-eve appeal on Monday to wavering supporters to “come home”, showing concern over a forecast far-right surge that would keep him in power but weaken him politically.

In the last stretch of a largely lackluster campaign that could produce the most hardline government in Israel’s history, Netanyahu has watched high-tech millionaire Naftali Bennett’s far-right Jewish Home party chip away at his right-wing Likud’s opinion poll lead.

Jan 17, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu might look to center after ballot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to form a new governing coalition after next week’s election, polls show, with the only question being whether he wants to soften its hard-line contours.

No one party has ever won a majority in parliament in a parliamentary election in Israel, and Tuesday’s ballot could be followed by weeks of coalition-building negotiations.

Jan 8, 2013

Netanyahu takes on the world in Israeli election campaign

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It’s Bibi against the world on a campaign trail that took the combative Israeli prime minister to a Jewish settlement on Tuesday.

Enjoying a wide opinion poll lead before a January 22 election, Benjamin Netanyahu has been lecturing the international community – vocal in its criticism of settlement expansion on occupied territory and his hints of military action against Iran – about what it should really be worried about.

Jan 6, 2013

Netanyahu tries to hold back far-right surge before Israel votes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled on Sunday to hold back an opinion-poll surge by a far-right party, appealing in rare radio interviews for his supporters to stand by him in the January 22 election.

There is little doubt in Israel that Netanyahu’s conservative Likud, running jointly with former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s nationalist Yisrael Beitenu, will win the highest number of parliamentary seats in the coming ballot.

Dec 5, 2012

Israel pushes settlement plan ahead; EU summons envoy

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Israel moved ahead with plans to build 3,000 settler homes in one of the most sensitive areas of the West Bank, as the European Union summoned Israel’s envoy to add its voice to a storm of international protest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday the global condemnation, some of it from the Jewish state’s closest traditional allies, would not deter it from defending its “vital interests”.

Dec 5, 2012

Israel moves ahead with E1 settlement plans

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3,000 settler homes in one of the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank, in defiance of international protests.

A Defence Ministry official said architects and contractors appeared before a subcommittee of the military-run Civil Administration in the West Bank and registered their plans for construction in the E1 corridor near Jerusalem, a preliminary step before any building permits are issued.

Dec 4, 2012

Netanyahu’s Israeli settlement push could be ballot box boon

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For Benjamin Netanyahu, plans to expand Israeli settlements may risk a diplomatic crisis with Europe but could prove a good bet at the ballot box.

With a January 22 election looming, the Israeli leader has defied long-standing international opposition to settlements and announced plans to build at least 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Dec 3, 2012

Israel says will stick with settlement plan despite condemnation

JERUSALEM, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Israel rejected concerted
criticism from the United States and Europe on Monday over Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement
building after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of
Palestinian statehood.

Washington urged Israel to reconsider its plan to erect
3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem,
saying the move hindered peace efforts with the Palestinians.

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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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