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Apr 29, 2012

Israeli election talk drowns out Iran debate

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped heavy hints on Sunday of an early election, shifting the national focus from a former spymaster’s accusations that he could start a rash war with Iran.

The next general election in Israel is not due until October 2013, but a new conscription law that might force ultra-Orthodox Jews to serve in the army and an upcoming budget debate could crack open his coalition of religious and nationalist parties.

Apr 25, 2012

Israel’s top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to build an atomic bomb and called its leaders “very rational” – comments that clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment.

Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz’s remarks, in an interview published on Wednesday in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, drew little attention in Israel on its annual remembrance day for fallen soldiers, when political discourse is suspended.

Apr 24, 2012

Netanyahu says backs “contiguous” Palestinian state

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support on Tuesday for the first time for Palestinians to establish a contiguous state, saying their future country should not look like “Swiss cheese”.

But only hours earlier, a ministerial committee in his right-wing government granted Israeli legal status to three previously unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, drawing Palestinian and international criticism.

Apr 24, 2012

Israel legalizes three West Bank outposts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday it had granted legal status to three settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, a move that could shore up the governing coalition but which drew sharp Palestinian and European criticism.

Israeli officials played down the decision taken by a ministerial committee late on Monday, rejecting accusations that the government had effectively created the first new Jewish settlements for more than 20 years.

Apr 24, 2012

Israel grants legal status to three West Bank outposts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday it had granted legal status to three settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, a move that could shore up the governing coalition but which drew sharp Palestinian condemnation.

Israeli officials played down the decision taken by a ministerial committee late on Monday and rejected accusations that the government had effectively created the first new Jewish settlements for more than 20 years.

Apr 15, 2012

Israel moves to thwart pro-Palestinian “fly-in”

JERUSALEM, April 15 (Reuters) – More than 40 pro-Palestinian
activists reached Tel Aviv’s international airport on Sunday as
part of an attempted “fly-in” only to be detained as Israel
denied them entry and scrambled to stop other campaigners
boarding flights in Europe.

Israel’s decision to distribute “no-fly” lists to European
carriers and deploy of hundreds of police at Ben Gurion airport
underlined its deep concern over international campaigns against
its treatment of the Palestinians.

Apr 15, 2012

Israel moves to block pro-Palestinian “fly-in”

JERUSALEM, April 15 (Reuters) – A pro-Palestinian “fly-in”
to Tel Aviv got off to a slow start on Sunday after Israel
scrambled to block activists from boarding flights in Europe.

“Four activists have been detained after arriving on an El
Al flight from Paris and are being questioned at (Tel Aviv)
airport,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Apr 4, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers to meet

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers will meet later this month, officials said on Wednesday, but the rare talks may only sharpen differences that have brought peace negotiations to a standstill.

The Palestinians said they will present Benjamin Netanyahu with a letter spelling out Israel’s failure to implement a 2003 “road map” that includes a halt to settlement activity as a step towards achieving a final peace agreement.

Mar 28, 2012

Livni ousted as leader of Israel’s opposition party

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s main opposition Kadima party, expected to suffer a crushing defeat in the next election, has voted out its leader Tzipi Livni and chosen ex-defense chief Shaul Mofaz to replace her.

The final count on Wednesday of a leadership ballot gave Mofaz 61.7 percent of the vote to Livni’s 37.2 percent.

Mar 21, 2012

Victims of France shooting buried in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Three children and a rabbi shot dead at a Jewish school in France were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the victims of what an Israeli politician said were murders inspired by “wild animals made crazy by their hatred” of Jews.

The bodies of the 30-year-old rabbi, his two young children and a school friend were laid to rest in brilliant sunshine at a hilltop cemetery at the entrance to the holy city after being flown out from France where they were killed on Monday.

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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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