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Mar 18, 2013

Backers of Israeli settlers stake claim in cabinet

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new governing coalition took office after a parliamentary vote on Monday with powerful roles reserved for supporters of settlers in occupied territory.

While the new line-up includes more moderates than in the outgoing government, the predominance of legislators who are either settlers or among their staunchest supporters could hamper any efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Mar 18, 2013

Backers of Israeli settlers stake claim in Netanyahu cabinet

JERUSALEM, March 18 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu’s new governing coalition prepared to take
office after a parliamentary vote on Monday with powerful roles
reserved for supporters of settlers in occupied territory.

While the new line-up includes more moderates than in the
outgoing government, the predominance of legislators who are
either settlers or among their staunchest supporters could
hamper any efforts to revive peace talks with Palestinians.

Mar 14, 2013

Israelis, Palestinians pin no peace hopes on Obama trip

SDEROT, Israel/GAZA (Reuters) – Five years ago, a few months after a Palestinian rocket crashed through his kitchen ceiling, Pinhas Amar received a more welcome guest at his southern Israeli home – Barack Obama, then running for president of the United States.

Amar holds up a picture he now keeps in a back room – unframed and glued to thin cardboard with crumpled corners – of himself showing the missile damage to Obama. He was impressed by the candidate, he says. The president Obama became: less so.

Mar 6, 2013

Israel mistreats Palestinian children in custody: UNICEF

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, a UNICEF report said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in the occupied West Bank.

Feb 14, 2013

Israeli lawyer sheds some light on Australian spy mystery

JERUSALEM/CANBERRA (Reuters) – An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel’s Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

The closely guarded case has raised questions in Australia and Israel about the suspected use by the Mossad of dual Australian-Israeli nationals and the circumstances behind the 2010 detention and death of 34-year-old Ben Zygier.

Feb 14, 2013

Israel publishes some details as Australian spy mystery deepens

JERUSALEM/CANBERRA Feb 14 (Reuters) – An Australian
immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel’s Mossad
spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed
suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.

The closely guarded case has raised questions in Australia
and Israel about the suspected use by the Mossad of dual
Australian-Israeli nationals and the circumstances behind the
2010 detention and death of 34-year-old Ben Zygier.

Jan 24, 2013

Ultra-Orthodox parties in tight spot after Israel election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Powerful political players for years, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties must now reckon with a new force ushered in by voters bent on stripping them of perks they have relied on for decades.

Centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party came a surprise second in Tuesday’s parliamentary election, usurping ultra-Orthodox groups Shas and United Torah Judaism from their long-standing role of kingmakers in coalition negotiations.

Jan 23, 2013

Israeli voters give ex-TV star dazzling political role

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A former television news anchor whose new centrist party stormed to second place in Israel’s election may well be the kingmaker holding the keys to the next coalition government.

The Yesh Atid (There’s a Future) party led by Yair Lapid, 49, landed 19 seats in parliament in Tuesday’s vote, second only to the bruised victor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose right-wing Likud-Beitenu party plummeted to 31 seats from 42.

Jan 23, 2013

From high hopes to “disaster” for new star of Israeli far-right

RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) – Young religious Israelis danced under showers of confetti after exit polls showed the far-right Jewish Home party winning more seats in parliament, but their leader, high-tech millionaire Naftali Bennett, had little to smile about.

“This is a disaster,” one party activist told another as they gathered on the sidelines of the celebrations to reflect on a disappointing outcome to an election campaign in which the charismatic Bennet and his calls to annex West Bank land had generated worldwide headlines and hopes of greater power.

Jan 19, 2013

Netanyahu says Israel needs strong ruling party

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday a country with as many enemies as Israel cannot afford a weak ruling party, after polls ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary election showed a slide in his support.

Two polls on Friday showed Israel’s right-wing and religious bloc winning a slim parliamentary majority of 63 out of 120 seats, with Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu group on course to be the largest party in the Knesset, albeit with eroding support.