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Jul 10, 2012

Israel’s Olmert acquitted on major corruption charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Ehud Olmert was acquitted of major corruption charges on Tuesday but convicted of breach of trust, a lesser offence, in what was widely seen as a stunning victory for the former prime minister.

Olmert resigned as the country’s leader in 2008 after the allegations surfaced, cutting short his pursuit of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Jul 10, 2012

Mixed verdict in former Israeli PM Olmert’s corruption trial

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ehud Olmert was found guilty on Tuesday of a corruption charge in the first criminal trial of a former Israeli prime minister, but acquitted on two other counts in what was widely seen as a significant victory for him.

Although Olmert was convicted of fraud and breach of trust, he was found not guilty on more serious charges that included allegations he received cash bribes from a U.S. businessman and double-billed Israeli charities for overseas fund-raising trips.

Jul 9, 2012
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Netanyahu moves to end military exemptions for Haredi Jews

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(Protestors take part in a demonstration calling for an amendment to the country's compulsory draft policy opposed by the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, in Tel Aviv July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner )

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead on Sunday to reforms that would end the exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from compulsory military service, in an about-face hours after 20,000 Israelis marched for change.

Jul 9, 2012

Israeli panel backs legalizing settler outposts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A government-appointed committee on Monday proposed granting official status to dozens of unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank, challenging the world view that Israeli settlement there is illegal.

The non-binding legal opinion, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sought, could be used by the right-wing leader to address criticism at home and abroad of his declared plans to build more homes for Jews on land Palestinians want for a state.

Jul 9, 2012

Israeli panel recommends legalizing settler outposts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A government-appointed committee proposed on Monday granting official status to dozens of unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank and challenged the world view that Israeli settlement there is illegal.

The non-binding legal opinion, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sought, could be used by the right-wing leader to address criticism at home and abroad of his declared plans to build more homes for Jews on land Palestinians want for a state.

Jul 8, 2012

Netanyahu moves to end religious military exemptions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead on Sunday to reforms that would end the exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from compulsory military service, in an about-face hours after 20,000 Israelis marched for change.

Military service is a highly emotive issue for Israelis, most of whom start a two or three-year service at the age of 18. Many are also called up for reserve duty. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are exempt to allow them to pursue religious studies.

Jul 4, 2012

Palestinians eye Arafat autopsy after poison report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – New suspicions that Yasser Arafat was murdered, perhaps poisoned by radioactive polonium, prompted the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday to agree to exhume the body of the iconic leader.

Israel, seen by many Arabs as the prime suspect behind the mysterious illness that killed the 75-year-old Arafat in 2004, sought to distance itself anew from the death of the man who led Palestinians’ bid for a state through years of war and peace.

Jun 26, 2012
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews arrested in Israeli Holocaust memorial vandalism

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(Workers clean graffiti sprayed at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem June 11, 2012. The graffiti reads in Hebrew: "The Zionist leadership wanted the Holocaust". REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Israeli police said on Tuesday they had arrested three ultra-Orthodox Jews on suspicion of having spray-painted anti-Zionist slogans at the national Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial two weeks ago.

Jun 21, 2012

Israel says clock ticking after Iran talks fail

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has responded to the failure of the latest nuclear talks between world powers and Iran with a familiar refrain: sanctions must be ramped up while the clock ticks down toward possible military action.

With diplomacy at an impasse, there is satisfaction among Israeli leaders at what they see as a tough line taken by the West in the negotiations on curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Israeli political sources said on Thursday.

Jun 13, 2012

Ship raid censure clouds Israel PM as he eyes Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A state report on Wednesday criticized Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision-making in a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship in 2010, casting a shadow over the prime minister as he weighs action against Iran.

The findings by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss were unlikely to have immediate political impact on Netanyahu, who heads one the biggest governing coalitions in Israel’s history.

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