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Aug 18, 2011

Gunmen fire at Israeli vehicles near Egypt, several dead: TV

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Several people were killed when gunmen fired at Israeli vehicles near the Egyptian frontier on Thursday, Israeli TV said, attacks likely to raise concerns about the ability of Egypt’s new leadership to rein in militants along the border.

The gunmen first ambushed a civilian bus and wounded at least seven people, the military said, on Israel’s Highway 12, a desert road about 30 km (18 miles) north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat. The road passes within meters of the open frontier with Egypt.

Aug 16, 2011

Israeli lawmakers debate economic protests

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament interrupted its summer recess on Tuesday to debate popular protests against high living costs but there seemed to be little sense of urgency among the smattering of lawmakers, some of whom tapped away on mobile phones and iPads.

“Israelis have turned this summer into a summer of hope,” opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Kadima party said at the session, where government seats were largely empty.

Aug 9, 2011

Israeli economic committee pledges change

JERUSALEM, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Israel must change to ease the
pain of high living costs, a committee said on Tuesday after
being tasked by the government to address the demands of
thousands of protesters who have rocked the political
establishment with mass demonstrations.

“There is a real desire in this wave of protests for
something of substance, called social justice,” economist Manuel
Trajtenberg, chairman of the 14-member panel of experts, said in
a statement issued at its inaugural session.

Aug 7, 2011

Netanyahu pledges dialogue to address economic protests

JERUSALEM, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu scrambled on Sunday to try to quell escalating
demonstrations for lower living costs after a quarter-million
people marched in the biggest economy-related protests in
Israel’s history.

While Netanyahu’s governing coalition faced no immediate
threat, a summer of discontent in Israel has underscored the
potential electoral impact of a burdened middle class rallying
under a banner of “social justice” and rewriting a political
agenda long dominated by security issues.

Jul 10, 2011

Israel outlines maritime border in Lebanon dispute

JERUSALEM, July 10 (Reuters) – Israel outlined maritime
economic borders on Sunday that challenged what it said were
boundaries submitted by Lebanon to the United Nations in a
dispute fuelled by massive Mediterranean gas finds.

An Israeli government statement did not give the coordinates
of the natural resource exploitation zone approved by the
cabinet, saying only that it borders Lebanon and Cyprus.

Jul 5, 2011

Analysis: Netanyahu gallops on while peacemaking stumbles

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The last time an Israeli prime minister led a government that served out a full four-year term, Ronald Reagan was just settling into the White House.

Political in-fighting and, in one case, an assassination, have cut short the governance of Israeli leaders who formed fragile coalitions after elections in which no party in Israel has ever won an outright parliamentary majority.

Jul 5, 2011

Analysis: Netanyahu gallops on while peacemaking stumbles

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The last time an Israeli prime minister led a government that served out a full four-year term, Ronald Reagan was just settling into the White House.

Political in-fighting and, in one case, an assassination, have cut short the governance of Israeli leaders who formed fragile coalitions after elections in which no party in Israel has ever won an outright parliamentary majority.

Jul 4, 2011
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Israeli military enlisting frontline rabbis, critic warns creating against “God’s army”

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(A Jewish rabbi instructs an Israeli Border Policeman to recite prayers as he prays in the neighborhood of Gilo on the outskirts of Jerusalem October 23, 2000./Peter Andrews)

The Israeli military is mustering battlefield rabbis in what it calls a campaign to promote religious values in its frontline ranks. The move, announced in the latest issue of the military’s official weekly magazine, Bamahane, drew fire on Monday from one of Israel’s most popular newspaper columnists, who cautioned against creating a “God’s Army.”

Jul 4, 2011

Israeli military enlisting frontline rabbis

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli military is mustering battlefield rabbis in what it calls a campaign to promote religious values in its frontline ranks.

The move, announced in the latest issue of the military’s official weekly magazine, Bamahane, drew fire on Monday from one of Israel’s most popular newspaper columnists, who cautioned against creating a “God’s Army.”

Jun 29, 2011

Gaza flotilla makes Internet splash

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – They’re all aTwitter about the flotilla.

It may still be anyone’s guess when a small international convoy of vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid will set sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip in a challenge to Israel’s naval blockade of the territory run by Hamas Islamists.

But, mindful of the bloodshed at sea and global outcry that marked a similar event last year, the opposing sides are already battling for hearts and minds in the social and mainstream media.

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