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Oct 22, 2012

Israel not committed to two-state solution: Carter

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Monday said the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had reached a crisis point and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was not pursuing a two-state solution.

“That policy of promoting a two-state solution seems to be abandoned now and we are deeply concerned about this move towards this catastrophic so-called one-state choice … this is a major concern,” Carter told a news conference.

Oct 18, 2012

After jail, Deri comeback stirs Israeli election campaign

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An ultra-Orthodox party has brought back a popular former leader after a 13-year absence that included jail time, a move that could draw votes away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s January election.

The religious Shas party announced late on Wednesday that Aryeh Deri, 53, had joined its new triple-headed leadership for the January 22 national ballot that opinion polls predict will give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new governing mandate.

Oct 14, 2012

Israeli library wins battle over Kafka papers

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A collection of yet unseen Franz Kafka writings, stashed for four decades in a Tel Aviv apartment, will be made public and transferred to Israel’s national library, according to an Israeli court ruling published on Sunday.

The papers had been held by Eva Hoffe and Ruth Wiesler, two sisters who argued in a more than four-year-long case that they legally inherited the documents from their mother, Esther Hoffe, secretary to Kafka’s close friend and executor, Max Brod.

Oct 10, 2012

Early ballot will not shake Israel’s economy: finance minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday Israel’s financial stability will be maintained in 2013, despite an early election called after the government was unable to agree on a budget.

“In July … half the budget, the revenue side of it, was already passed, in order to make sure ahead of time that if the (full) budget is not passed, that revenue, deficit and financial stability will be preserved in 2013,” Steinitz told Army Radio.

Sep 10, 2012

U.S., Israel still at odds over Iran ‘red line’

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel and the United States were in talks on setting a “clear red line” for Iran’s nuclear program, but the two allies remained at odds on Monday over whether to spell out a clear threshold for military action against Tehran.

The Israeli leader, who has been pressing President Barack Obama for a tougher line against Iran, again signaled that a sharper U.S. ultimatum for Tehran could deter it from developing nuclear weapons and mitigate the need for a military response.

Sep 10, 2012

Israel discussing Iran “red line” with U.S.: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the United States are in discussion on setting a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“We’re discussing it right now with the United States,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Canada’s CBC television aired late on Sunday.

Jul 9, 2012

Rabbis to meet in Berlin to protest circumcision ban

By Stephen Brown

BERLIN | Mon Jul 9, 2012 1:10pm EDT

(Reuters) – Jewish religious leaders will hold an international meeting in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to a German court ruling against performing circumcision on baby boys, which also sparked protests from Muslims and Christians in Germany.

A court in the western city of Cologne caused an uproar in June by ruling in the case of a Muslim boy who suffered bleeding after such an operation that circumcision causes bodily harm and should only be performed on males old enough to give consent.

Jul 7, 2012

Israeli protesters demand military draft reform

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Thousands of Israelis marched through Tel Aviv on Saturday to demand an end to the exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from compulsory military service, an issue that has put huge strain on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.

“We are sick of it,” Idan Miller, one of the protest organizers said at the rally. “It can be changed. It must be changed. Mr. Prime Minister, get it into your head: we are done being suckers.”

Jul 3, 2012

What a drag, Israeli firm grows “highless” marijuana

SAFED, Israel, July 3 (Reuters) – They grow in a secret
location in northern Israel. A tall fence, security cameras and
an armed guard protect them from criminals. A hint of their
sweet-scented blossom carries in the air: rows and rows of
cannabis plants, as far as the eye can see.

It is here, at a medical marijuana plantation atop the hills
of the Galilee, where researchers say they have developed
marijuana that can be used to ease the symptons of some ailments
without getting patients high.

Jun 18, 2012

Seven killed on Israel’s Egypt and Gaza borders

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Militants who crossed into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Desert fired on Israelis building a barrier on the border on Monday, killing one worker, before soldiers shot dead two of the attackers, Israel’s military said.

Israel later launched air strikes killing four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including two militants from the Islamic Jihad group on a motorcycle. Two other militants were killed while trying to fire a rocket, Israel said.