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Aug 17, 2015

Israel offers to exile Palestinian hunger-striker, is rebuffed

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Lawyers for a Palestinian in the ninth week of a hunger strike against his detention without trial took his case on Monday to Israel’s Supreme Court, where a new offer to free him in exchange for exile was rebuffed.

The condition of Islamic Jihad activist Mohammed Allan, who is unconscious in an Israeli hospital, is being closely monitored by opposing forces in an Israeli-Palestinian conflict that could erupt in new violence if he dies.

Aug 3, 2015

Insight – Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – “I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel,” reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalised Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians.

In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognised internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.

Aug 3, 2015

Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – “I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel,” reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalized Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians.

In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognized internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.

Jul 16, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu and UK’s Hammond face off over Iran deal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An on-camera, testy exchange between British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid bare on Thursday tensions over the nuclear deal between foreign powers and Iran.

A day after telling Britain’s parliament that Israel would not have been satisfied with any accord with Iran, Hammond met with Netanyahu to try and calm fears over Tuesday’s landmark deal, meant to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Jul 10, 2015

For Gazans, fence with Israel is a leap into the unknown

GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER (Reuters) – From his spartan room in the Maghazi refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, 18-year-old Abdalla al-Haddad could glimpse a narrow chance at a better life: it was less than a mile and a 3-1/2-metre fence away.

So on a chilly night in February, he and a friend made a dash for it, scrambling over the heavily secured steel and wire barrier that separates Gaza from Israel.

Jul 3, 2015

Rockets land in Israel, Egypt’s IS affiliate claims responsibility

JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) – Militants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces.

Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets toward “occupied Palestine”. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the statement.

Jun 23, 2015

Druze violence over Syria poses dilemma for Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Throughout Syria’s civil war, Israel has contended with bullets and mortars straying across its northern border. But now it faces a new spillover, with sectarian violence and regional loyalties threatening to drag it into the conflict.

After four years of keeping to the sidelines, Israel’s position is becoming more precarious, particularly as it relates to the Druze community, a threatened people inside Syria and a vocal one across the frontier.

Jun 22, 2015

Bank of Israel: less likely to need bond buying for growth

JERUSALEM, June 22 (Reuters) – Israel’s central bank chief
said on Monday that inflation and growth projections made using
unconventional monetary policy tools such as quantitative easing
unlikely for the time being.

As expected, the benchmark interest rate was
kept on hold at 0.1 percent for a fourth straight month,
countering some expectations of a cut to zero and suggestions
from the bank that bond buying may be used to lift growth.

Jun 19, 2015

Druze in Israeli-held Golan fear for Syrian brethren

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (Reuters) – Gathered at a hilltop in the Israeli-held Golan Heights, a group of Druze sheikhs look through binoculars at the Syrian village of Hader, surrounded by Islamist fighters. They fear their brethren are in imminent danger.

Intense battles this week have left Syria’s al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front, in control of hills that encircle the Druze village, leaving open only a southern gateway facing the Israeli-held territory and security fence.

Jun 2, 2015

Israeli families fleeing rat-race revive once-doomed kibbutzim

DEGANIA ALEF, Israel (Reuters) – This year’s harvest was especially merry at Degania Alef, Israel’s first kibbutz, founded in 1910 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The community celebrated the birth of 11 children, its largest crop of babies in a quarter century.

Twenty-five years ago kibbutzim, collective communities traditionally based on agriculture, seemed all but doomed.