JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday Hamas militants had abducted three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank, warning of “serious consequences” as it pressed on with a search and detained dozens of Palestinians.
The two 16-year-olds and a third man aged 19 disappeared on Thursday night in the West Bank, where they were seminary students in a Jewish settlement.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Reuven Rivlin, a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, was elected Israel’s president on Tuesday to replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post. Rivlin, 74, is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. He has a reputation for political independence and has had a frosty personal relationship with the Israeli premier.
A former speaker of parliament, Rivlin defeated Meir Sheetrit of the moderate Hatnuah party by a vote of 63-53 in a run-off in the legislature, after none of the original five candidates won an outright victory in a first-round ballot.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament voted on Tuesday for a new head of state to succeed President Shimon Peres after a scandal-tinged race for a largely ceremonial post that is supposed to serve as a moral authority for the nation.
None of the five candidates to take over from Peres, a Nobel peace prize laureate whose term expires next month, captured the required 61 votes in the 120-seat legislature, to win outright, and a run-off will be held later in the day.
JERUSALEM, June 5 (Reuters) – Israel announced on Thursday
plans to build some 3,000 more settler homes in response to the
inauguration of a Palestinian unity government formed with the
backing of Hamas Islamists opposed to Israel’s existence.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel said he had issued notices
inviting bids to construct 1,500 housing units. Israeli
officials said that in addition, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu had ordered planning to proceed for a further 1,500
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced on Thursday it would build 1,500 more settler homes in response to the formation of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas Islamists opposed to Israel’s existence.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel told Israel Radio that tenders had been issued for constructing the housing units following the inauguration of what he termed a Palestinian “terrorist government”.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday against any international rush to recognise a Palestinian government due to be announced under a unity pact between the Fatah and Hamas Islamist groups.
Israel and the West classify Hamas as a terrorist organisation and have no official dealings with the movement, which advocates the destruction of the Jewish state.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned against any international rush to recognize a Palestinian government due to be announced under a unity pact between the Fatah and Hamas Islamist groups.
Israel and the West classify Hamas as a terrorist organization and have no official dealings with the movement, which advocates the destruction of the Jewish state.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The race to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel’s president began officially on Monday, after what was widely seen as a bid by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abolish the post and its king-making potential.
Legislators will elect a new president on June 10, Speaker of Parliament Yuli Edelstein announced. At least five candidates are expected to vie for the position of head of state, in a contest that Edelstein said had already begun with smears against several likely contenders.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel took a step on Sunday toward enacting a law that could block any future release of Palestinian prisoners convicted of killing Israelis and impede any efforts to restart frozen peace talks.
A ministerial committee’s approval of proposed legislation aimed at denying amnesty to Palestinians jailed for deadly attacks was a victory for right-wing partners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.
The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.