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Feb 2, 2012

Israel says Iran seeking U.S.-range missile

JERUSALEM, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday
Iran had been working on developing a missile capable of
striking the United States at a military base rocked by a deadly
explosion three months ago.

The blast on Nov. 12 killed 17 Iranian troops, including an
officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s missile defences.
Iran said at the time the explosion at the facility, 45 km (28
miles) from Tehran, was an accident and occurred during research
on weapons that could strike Israel.

Feb 2, 2012

Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel estimated on Thursday that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it has already stockpiled, and could produce its first within a year of deciding to build one.

But in his rare public remarks, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of military intelligence, held out the possibility stronger international sanctions might dissuade Tehran from pursuing a policy he had no doubt was aimed at developing nuclear weapons, despite Iranian denials.

Jan 24, 2012

Netanyahu cites Holocaust lesson in dealing with Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, citing the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and the danger a nuclear-armed Iran, said on Tuesday that Israel must not shy from acting alone to thwart any threat to its existence.

Addressing parliament ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Netanyahu praised a European Union decision on Monday to place sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

Jan 3, 2012

Israeli government accused of curbing court independence

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government came under attack on Tuesday for promoting legislation that critics said would weaken the independence of Israel’s judiciary.

Parliament on Monday passed a government-backed amendment that paves the way for a judge perceived by right-wing lawmakers as an ally to be appointed chief of the Supreme Court.

Jan 2, 2012
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Holocaust garb on ultra-Orthodox protesters causes outrage in Israel

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(Ultra-Orthodox men, wearing uniforms like those worn by Jews during the holocaust, take part in a protest against what they called oppression of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators caused outrage on Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims to protest against what they see as persecution of devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel. A boy wearing a cloth cap and the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew was the centrepiece of the Jerusalem protest late on Saturday.

Jan 1, 2012

Holocaust garb causes outrage in Israel faith row

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators caused outrage on Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims to protest against what they see as persecution of devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel.

A boy wearing a cloth cap and the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew was the centerpiece of the Jerusalem protest late on Saturday.

Dec 29, 2011
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Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics clash in Church of the Nativity

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(Members of the Armenian and Greek Orthodox clergy scuffle during a clean-up of the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 28, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad )

A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity turned into scuffles on Wednesday between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site. Brooms and fists flew inside the church marking the birthplace of Jesus as some 100 priests and monks of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches brawled.

Dec 27, 2011
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Peres urges Israelis to mobilise to thwart ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots

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(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man (L) argues with a secular man during a protest against the government's pledge to curb Jewish zealotry in Israel, in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem December 26, 2011.REUTERS/Oren Nahshon)

President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Tuesday to rally against ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots trying to impose their strict religious code on a troubled town near Jerusalem. “We are fighting for the soul of the nation and the essence of the state,” Peres said in broadcast remarks at an event at his official residence.

Dec 27, 2011

Peres urges Israelis to mobilize to thwart zealots

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Tuesday to rally against ultra-Orthodox Jewish zealots trying to impose their strict religious code on a troubled town near Jerusalem.

“We are fighting for the soul of the nation and the essence of the state,” Peres said in broadcast remarks at an event at his official residence.

Dec 26, 2011

Israeli lawmakers weigh recognizing Armenian genocide

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli lawmakers debated on Monday recognizing the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide but were warned by the Foreign Ministry about further damage to frayed relations with Turkey.

The issue has stirred deep emotions in Israel, where some legislators have said the Jewish people, who suffered six million dead in the Nazi Holocaust, have a moral obligation to identify with the Armenian tragedy, even at the risk of a Turkish backlash.

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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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