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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.

May 26, 2015

Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

Peace talks collapsed in April 2014 over Israeli settlement-building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state, and after Abbas angered Israel by reaching a unity deal with the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza.

May 17, 2015

Israel’s new justice minister seeks change to Supreme Court power

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s new justice minister said on Sunday she would seek a new balance that would rein in the powers of the Supreme Court over parliament and the government, a policy critics fear would restrict judicial oversight.

The appointment of Ayelet Shaked, of the far-right Jewish Home party, as justice minister has caused a stir in Israel and abroad over her party’s judicial policies, which opponents say will harm democracy.

May 13, 2015

Israel’s vulnerable governing coalition passes first test

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emerging government scraped by its first parliamentary test on Wednesday, paving the way for the new cabinet to be sworn in after two months of difficult coalition building.

By a narrow 61-59 vote, parliament ratified a legislative amendment allowing Netanyahu to increase the number of ministers he can appoint to his cabinet, enabling him to meet demands from his own Likud party and other coalition partners.