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Jan 14, 2015

After Paris march, Netanyahu leads the pack in Israeli election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – In the cold reality of politics, the killing of four French Jews in a Paris supermarket seems to have helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a strong message to Israeli voters that he has their back.

With two months to go until Israel’s national election, Netanyahu – who marched with dozens of world leaders at a memorial rally for the victims of last week’s Islamist militant attacks in the French capital – heads a crowded pack of candidates despite the challenge of a new centre-left alliance.

Jan 11, 2015

Netanyahu holds out Israeli haven for French Jews

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled a show of solidarity with France on Sunday with a reminder to shaken French Jews that Israel is keen to welcome them as immigrants.

Netanyahu and two far-right members of his cabinet flew to Paris on Sunday to join dozens of foreign leaders and hundreds of thousands of French citizens in a march honouring the victims of Islamist militant attacks this week.

Dec 15, 2014

Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Palestinian state

JERUSALEM/ROME (Reuters) – Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for a state, but a senior U.S. official said it was too early to say.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Dec 14, 2014

Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Israel-Palestine

JERUSALEM/ROME (Reuters) – Israel said it hoped the United States would veto any moves at the United Nations to set a time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for state, but a senior U.S. official said it was too early to say.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Dec 14, 2014

Netanyahu to tell Kerry that Israel will rebuff U.N. moves towards Palestinian state

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will rebuff any moves at the United Nations to set a timeframe for a withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for state.

The State Department has said the two men will meet in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.

Dec 3, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu asks for ‘clear mandate’ in early election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed on Wednesday for a “clear mandate” from voters in the early election he called, with opinion polls showing the right-wing leader on track for a fourth term.

A day after Netanyahu fired centrist members of his feuding governing coalition, faction leaders in parliament agreed on a March 17 date for the election and legislators approved the Knesset’s dissolution in a preliminary vote.

Dec 2, 2014

Israel appears headed toward early national election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel appeared to be headed on Tuesday toward an early election after right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his major centrist coalition partner failed to patch up differences.

Netanyahu’s government, which is dominated by the right and came to power early last year, has been unraveling over a range of issues including the 2015 budget. He said on Monday he would go to the polls unless rebellious ministers stopped attacking government policies.

Nov 24, 2014
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Israeli cabinet approves draft law to declare Jewish nation-state

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(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Hollander)

A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

Nov 23, 2014

Israeli cabinet approves Jewish nation-state law

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel’s status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

Right-wing supporters of the initiative, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have pledged such a law, which has widened rifts within his governing coalition, would guarantee full equality for all of Israel’s citizens.

Nov 19, 2014

Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.

The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a dozen men chanted their daily prayers and police newly stationed outside guarded the Kehillat Bnei Torah congregation.

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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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