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Jan 11, 2014

In war or withdrawal, Sharon marched to his own drum

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.

Jan 7, 2014

Israel casts doubt on April target for Palestinian deal

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.

Jan 7, 2014

Israel casts doubt on nine-month target for Palestinian deal

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.

Jan 2, 2014

Former Israeli leader Sharon’s condition deteriorating -hospital

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.

Dec 27, 2013
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Israeli court cancels mayoral vote in town at centre of Jewish divisions

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(Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men scuffle with Israeli policemen as they protest against the government’s pledge to curb Jewish zealotry in Israel, in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem December 26, 2011. REUTERS/Oren Nahshon )

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.

Nov 27, 2013

Israel mourns death of its king of cool

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.

Nov 25, 2013

Netanyahu sending security aide to U.S. for talks on Iran

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.

Nov 25, 2013

Wary of war, Israeli public gives Iran deal a chance

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.

Nov 24, 2013

Israel says Iran nuclear deal a historic mistake

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced a nuclear deal with Iran as a historic mistake on Sunday that leaves the production of atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach and said Israel would not be bound by it.

Having lost its battle against easing sanctions, Israel appeared to be charting a new strategy: intense scrutiny by its intelligence services of Iran’s compliance with the interim agreement and lobbying for stronger terms in a final accord that world powers and the Islamic Republic are still pursuing.

Nov 24, 2013

Israel denounces Iranian nuclear deal as “historic mistake”

JERUSALEM, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced the big powers’ nuclear
deal with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of
atomic weapons within Tehran’s reach, and he said Israel would
not be bound by it.

Having lost its battle against easing sanctions on Iran,
Israel appeared to be charting a new strategy: intense scrutiny
by its intelligence services of Iran’s compliance with the
interim agreement and lobbying for stronger terms in a final
accord world powers and the Islamic Republic will pursue.

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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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