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Jun 30, 2014

Israel finds bodies of three missing teens in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces found the bodies of three missing teenagers in the occupied West Bank on Monday after a nearly three-week-long search and a sweep against the Islamist Hamas group that Israel says abducted them.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned his security cabinet for a special session that could decide on stronger military moves against Hamas, which has neither confirmed nor denied the Israeli allegations.

Jun 30, 2014

Netanyahu accuses Hamas of involvement in Gaza rocket fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hamas on Monday of involvement, for the first time since a Gaza war in 2012, in rocket attacks on Israel and threatened to step up military action to stop the strikes.

Netanyahu, addressing a parliamentary committee on a day when the Israeli military said 14 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip struck Israel, cautioned Hamas, the most powerful militant movement in the Palestinian enclave, to halt the attacks.

Jun 15, 2014

Israel says Hamas militants behind abduction of three teens

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.

Jun 10, 2014

Right-winger Reuven Rivlin elected Israel’s president

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.

Jun 10, 2014

Israeli parliament votes on new president to succeed Peres

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.

Jun 5, 2014

Angered by Palestinian unity gov’t, Israel to build more settler homes

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
settler dwellings.

Jun 5, 2014

Angered by Palestinian unity government, Israel to build more settler homes

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”.

Jun 2, 2014

Netanyahu urges world not to recognise Palestinian unity govt

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.

Jun 1, 2014

Netanyahu urges world not to recognize Palestinian unity government

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.

May 19, 2014

Race begins to succeed Peres as Israel’s president

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.

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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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