JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s hawkish defense minister drew rare U.S. condemnation on Tuesday over reports he had denounced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already at odds with Washington over settlement building on land Palestinians, scrambled to try to avoid a damaging crisis with his country’s closest ally over defense chief Moshe Yaalon’s remarks.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s body lay in state on Sunday outside parliament in Jerusalem, where thousands of Israelis waited to bid farewell to the maverick warrior-statesman who reshaped the Middle East.
Sharon died at the age of 85 on Saturday after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke he suffered at the pinnacle of his political power. He will be buried on Monday in a military funeral on his farm in southern Israel.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and stunning rebounds.
Loathed by many Arabs and a divisive figure within Israel, Sharon left his mark on the region as perhaps no other through military invasion, Jewish settlement building on captured land and a shock decision to pull out of Gaza.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s defence minister said on Tuesday wide gaps remain in peace talks with the Palestinians after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest visit and he cast doubt on the chances of reaching a final accord by an April target.
Negotiations on Palestinian statehood resumed in July after a three-year halt, with a nine-month target set for a permanent peace agreement, amid deep scepticism that a deal could be achieved to end the generations-old conflict.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s defense minister said on Tuesday wide gaps remain in peace talks with the Palestinians after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest visit and he cast doubt over the chances of reaching a final accord by an April target.
Negotiations on Palestinian statehood resumed in July after a three-year halt, with a nine-month target set for a permanent peace agreement, amid deep skepticism a deal could be achieved to end the decades-old conflict.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, slipped closer to death on Thursday after a sharp decline in the condition of the ex-general who long symbolized Israel’s military might.
Reviled by Arabs over his hardline policies and viewed with a mixture of respect and suspicion by many Israelis, 85-year-old Sharon has been on life support at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv for the past eight years, far from the public gaze.
An Israeli court dealt a blow on Thursday to the ultra-Orthodox community’s political hold over a town that has been a focus of national divisions between the Jewish state’s secular majority and its religious minority.
JERUSALEM, Nov 27 (Reuters) – For many Israelis, nothing
symbolised home more than singer Arik Einstein, and on Wednesday
a nation mourned the death of its king of cool.
Einstein, who died of a ruptured aneurysm on Tuesday at the
age of 74, was virtually unknown outside of Israel. But
generations of Israelis came of age listening to his smooth
baritone and folk-rock ballads – a soothing soundtrack of life
often drowned out by the din of Middle East conflict.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top security adviser plans to go to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal that the United States and five other powers hope to negotiate with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.
Netanyahu, who described Sunday’s interim nuclear deal with Iran as a “historic mistake”, fears that lifting sanctions will make it easier for Tehran to pursue a covert nuclear weapons program.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Going about their business on Monday, Israelis seemed more accepting than their leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, of a nuclear deal with Iran that he rejected as a historic mistake.
On the streets of Israeli cities, people questioned about Sunday’s interim accord between global powers and the Islamic Republic voiced doubts about an agreement that Netanyahu said would leave arch-foe Iran within reach of an atomic bomb.