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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.

Dec 3, 2012

Israel says will stick with settlement plan despite European pressure

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

Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their capitals to hear appeals for Netanyahu to reverse course and deep disapproval of the plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Dec 3, 2012

Britain, France mull measures against Israel over settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Britain and France on Monday weighed measures against Israel to protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Germany urged Israel to refrain from expanding settlements and Russia said it viewed plans to put more new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem with serious concern.

Nov 29, 2012

Israel says U.N. vote won’t hasten Palestinian state

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A U.N. General Assembly vote on Thursday recognizing a Palestinian state will do nothing to make it a reality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israel had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid to become a “non-member state” at the United Nations, but had been unable to prevent wide international support for the initiative, notably among its European allies.

Nov 26, 2012

Israel’s Barak, architect of Iran policy, quitting politics

JERUSALEM, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud
Barak said on Monday he was quitting politics, a surprise
decision that deepens uncertainty over how Israel will confront
Iran’s nuclear programme.

Barak’s political fortunes appeared to be on the rise after
Israel’s eight-day offensive in the Gaza Strip ended in a truce,
but polls predicted his centrist party, a junior partner in
right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, would win no more
than four seats in Israel’s 120-member parliament.

Nov 26, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Barak says quitting politics

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he was quitting politics, throwing up more uncertainty over Israel’s future path in confronting Iran’s nuclear program.

Barak’s political fortunes appeared to be on the rise after Israel’s eight-day offensive in the Gaza Strip ended in a truce, but polls predicted his centrist party, a junior partner in right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, would win no more than four seats in Israel’s 120-member parliament.

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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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