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Aug 6, 2015

Netanyahu anti-Iran drive strains U.S. ties, isolates Israel – President Rivlin

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s president suggested on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been overzealous in opposing the Iran nuclear deal, opening a “battlefront” with Washington and isolating his country.

Reuven Rivlin, who holds the largely ceremonial head of state post, argued in three separate newspaper interviews that Netanyahu’s vigorous campaign against last month’s nuclear deal between world powers and Iran could ultimately hurt Israel.

Aug 5, 2015

Obama warns of dangers to Israel if Iran deal blocked: U.S. Jewish leader

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told U.S. Jewish leaders it was likely rockets would fall on Tel Aviv if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked and military action ensued, one of them said on Wednesday.

In a separate appeal to American Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the July 14 accord, pushed back in a webcast on Tuesday against the Obama administration’s argument that the agreement was the only way to avoid eventual war with Iran.

Jul 28, 2015

Huckabee’s gas chamber reference to Iran deal draws Israeli criticism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee drew rare criticism from Israel on Tuesday for comments in which he accused President Barack Obama of marching Israelis “to the door of the oven” in a nuclear deal with Iran.

Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said on Facebook the former Arkansas governor was “genuinely concerned” about Israel’s future but was wrong to refer to Nazi gas chambers that killed millions of Jews in voicing alarm over the July 14 accord between world powers and Iran.

Jun 30, 2015

Netanyahu buys time to resolve political problems over gas deal

JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has won more time to overcome a political hurdle after
parliament postponed a vote on authorising the government to
secure a deal on developing Israel’s natural gas fields.

The proposed gas agreement has prompted a national debate
over monopolies and profits for big oil companies because it
would allow Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek
Group to keep ownership of the massive offshore
Leviathan and Tamar fields, which could turn Israel into a major
energy exporter.

Jun 29, 2015

Netanyahu faces political crisis over Israel’s natural gas monopoly

JERUSALEM, June 29 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Monday faced his first major coalition crisis since
his re-election, with ministers withholding support for
government plans for developing Israel’s natural gas fields.

At least three cabinet members cited conflicts of interest –
personal or business-related – in seeking to be recused from a
parliament vote later in the day meant to pave the way for a gas
deal that would circumvent anti-trust regulation.

Jun 21, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at French peace initiative

JERUSALEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefaced talks about a French-led peace initiative on Sunday by saying foreign powers were trying to dictate terms to Israel for a deal with the Palestinians.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on a two-day visit to the Middle East, urged Israel not to prejudge his efforts and warned of the dangers of continued stalemate.

Jun 19, 2015
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Arson attack guts part of Israel’s Church of Loaves and Fishes


(A nun looks at damage caused by a fire in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

An arson attack on Thursday gutted part of a Roman Catholic church at the traditional site of what Christianity reveres as Jesus’s miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Israeli fire brigade said.

Jun 7, 2015

Israeli aircraft strike, PM accuses world of ignoring Gaza rockets

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip on Sunday after the latest in a series of Palestinian rocket attacks that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the international community of ignoring.

The Omar Brigades, a Palestinian group that supports Islamic State, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s salvo, which, like the Israeli strike, caused no casualties.

May 20, 2015

Netanyahu suspends Palestinians-only bus program

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended on Wednesday new bus travel and checkpoint regulations for Palestinian laborers only hours after they were imposed to an outcry by critics accusing Israel of racial segregation.

Effectively overruling his defense minister, Netanyahu froze the edicts ahead of a meeting later in the day in Jerusalem with Federica Mogherini, foreign policy chief of the European Union, a group highly critical of Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank.

May 19, 2015

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

JERUSALEM, May 19 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official took
a swipe at Washington on Tuesday over Iran’s purchase of
second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated
U.S. sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi was quoted on May
11 by the Iranian Students News Agency as saying Tehran bought
15 used commercial planes in the last three months. He did not
say who sold them or how they had been acquired.

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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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