Jeffrey's Feed
Nov 16, 2012

Israel authorises more reservists after rockets target cities

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet
authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on
Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after
Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time
in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket
attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli
air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of
deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have
plagued southern Israel for years.

Nov 16, 2012

Israel moves on reservists after rockets target cities

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel’s Gaza offensive and came just hours after Egypt’s prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the enclave and said Cairo was prepared to mediate.

Nov 15, 2012

Phoney truce may have lured Hamas man into open

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s leaders were literally looking in the opposite direction, and making sure everyone knew it, just before catching Hamas’s top commander in the Gaza Strip off-guard in an air strike that killed him.

In what now appears to have been a diversionary tactic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak paid a visit to the Syrian frontier in the north, hours before the air offensive began in the south.

Nov 7, 2012

Obama victory spells trouble for Israel’s Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election.

With Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of frosty dealings with Barack Obama and a rift over how to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Nov 4, 2012

Netanyahu skeptical of Abbas hint of no return for refugees

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced skepticism on Sunday at an apparent concession from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a major sticking point in any future peace negotiations.

Abbas’s comments on Thursday that he had no permanent claim on the town of Safed, from which he was driven during a 1948 war, were widely seen as hinting he was dropping a demand for a right of return of Palestinian refugees to homes now in Israel.

Oct 24, 2012

Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza

JERUSALEM, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Palestinians fired dozens of
rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air
strike killed a militant, a day after the Emir of Qatar made a
rare visit to the enclave’s Hamas leadership.

Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and
mortar bomb attacks, prompting some Israelis to wonder whether
it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that broke
the Islamist group’s diplomatic isolation.

Oct 24, 2012

Violence surges on Israel-Gaza frontier

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave’s Hamas leadership with a visit.

Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and mortar bomb attacks, raising questions among Israelis over whether it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that challenged the Islamist group’s diplomatic isolation.

Oct 10, 2012

Israel’s Olmert considers comeback as early vote looms

JERUSALEM, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, who has just received a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in a
corruption case, is considering staging a political comeback in
an election early next year, a former aide said on Wednesday.

Such a move could shake up a race that opinion polls suggest
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, viewed with suspicion abroad
over his tough stance on Iran’s nuclear programme, is poised to
dominate, with no current heavyweight opposition contenders.

Oct 9, 2012

Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election, seeking to strengthen his political position after signaling that any military action against Iran could be months away.

Opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party will coast to victory in the national vote, which he said in a televised announcement could be held within three months.

Oct 9, 2012

Netanyahu poised to call election, official says

JERUSALEM, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election, seeking to
strengthen his political position after signalling that any
military action against Iran could be months away.

Opinion polls suggest Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party
will coast to victory in the national vote, which he said in a
televised announcement could be held within three months.

    • About Jeffrey

      "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."
    • Follow Jeffrey