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Feb 24, 2013

Israel demands Palestinian Authority curb protests

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Sunday demanded the Palestinian Authority stem a surge of anti-Israeli protests ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the region next month.

A senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave no indication the Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the occupied West Bank, would issue any call for calm, and blamed Israel for the spike in unrest.

Feb 20, 2013

Analysis: Israel’s Livni faces rough road in peace push with Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Tzipi Livni’s coalition pact with right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes about the obstacles ahead for the moderate former Israeli foreign minister in her new task of pursuing peace with the Palestinians.

Expectations of a new peacemaking initiative have been raised by a planned visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan next month by U.S. President Barack Obama, who has clashed with Netanyahu over the prime minister’s policy of expanding settlements on occupied land Palestinians want for a state.

Feb 13, 2013

Israel struggles to keep cloak of secrecy over spy story

JERUSALEM, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The mysterious death of an
Australian prisoner in Israel has put the spotlight on a
military-run censorship system that is finding it harder to
black out secret information often only a mouse click away on
the Internet.

The case involves a man reported by Australia’s ABC channel
on Tuesday to have been a member of Israel’s Mossad spy agency.
According to the report, he committed suicide in prison in 2010
in an isolated top-security wing originally built for the
assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Feb 10, 2013

Netanyahu to discuss Iran, Syria, Palestinians with Obama

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the civil war in Syria and stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts will top the agenda of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

“It is a very important visit that will emphasize the strong alliance between Israel and the United States,” Netanyahu, who has had a testy relationship with Obama, told his cabinet.

Feb 7, 2013

Israel’s Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government that could bridge Israel’s religious divide.

In the January 22 ballot, centrist candidate Lapid’s rallying cry, “equal sharing of the burden”, touched a nerve among voters angered by military exemptions granted to ultra-Orthodox students and state stipends for large, religious families.

Jan 28, 2013

Israel reviews contraceptive use for Ethiopian immigrants

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered doctors to review how they prescribe a birth control drug, after accusations it was being used to control the population of Ethiopian immigrants.

Suspicions that Ethiopian women had been coerced into receiving Depo-Provera arose in Israeli media a few years ago and most recently in a TV documentary linking the community’s falling birthrate to over-prescription of the injectable contraceptive.

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.

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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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