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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.

Nov 18, 2014
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Law to declare Israel the Jewish nation-state hits hurdle


(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit (L) arrive to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool)

Divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition have delayed a preliminary vote on a proposed law to declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Nov 11, 2014

Israeli forces kill Palestinian as clashes flare in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during clashes on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, a day after Palestinian assailants fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier and a woman in attacks that raised fears of a new uprising.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said the violence was not organized and it was not clear if it would lead to an Intifada, like the last Palestinian revolt that began more than a decade ago and died down in 2005.

Nov 10, 2014

Netanyahu invites Israeli-Arab protesters to leave Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday publicly challenged Israeli Arabs protesting against a deadly police shooting in one of their villages to go and live under Palestinian rule in the West Bank and Gaza.

Ahmed Tibi, a prominent Arab legislator, said the comments – some of the most biting Netanyahu has directed at the country’s Arab minority – showed the right-wing Likud party leader had “gone off the rails”.

Nov 10, 2014

Israeli soldier stabbed in Palestinian attack in Tel Aviv: police

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli soldier near a Tel Aviv train station on Monday, police said, as anti-Israel violence that has raised concern about a new Palestinian uprising in the making reached the country’s business capital.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have festered over access to a Jerusalem compound housing Islam’s third holiest site and where biblical Jewish temples once stood. Stone-throwing protests have also erupted in several Arab towns in Israel since Saturday, when police killed an Arab youth who assaulted them.

Nov 5, 2014

Jordan-Israel relations in crisis over al-Aqsa mosque strife

JERUSALEM/AMMAN (Reuters) – Increasing strife over Jerusalem’s most volatile holy site plunged relations between Israel and Jordan into crisis on Wednesday with Amman recalling its ambassador for the first time since the countries’ 1994 peace treaty.

In a sign of festering tensions, a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem’s city center on Wednesday, killing an Israeli paramilitary border policeman before he was shot dead by police. More than a dozen people were injured.

Nov 5, 2014

Palestinian man kills one in Jerusalem car attack: police

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in central Jerusalem on Wednesday in the second attack of its kind in two weeks, killing one person and fuelling concerns of another Palestinian uprising.

The driver, who was shot dead by police, was identified by an Israeli security official as Ibrahim Akari from East Jerusalem, and the militant Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for what it termed “the heroic running-over operation”.

Oct 29, 2014

Israel’s Netanyahu fumes at reported U.S. slur

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – (This story contains strong language)

An anonymous U.S. official’s reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit”, or worthless coward, drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic magazine, followed a month of heated exchanges between the Netanyahu government and Washington over settlement building in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as the capital of a future state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Oct 27, 2014

Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said on Monday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute with Washington.

The ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, led by Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, has been issuing veiled threats to sever its political partnership with Netanyahu unless he agrees to its call for 2,000 new building tenders in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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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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