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Feb 9, 2015

Insight – Israeli parties hunt “caviar vote” before March election

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) – In this seaside city once ruled by the Greeks and Phoenicians but now largely populated by Russians, the talk in the caviar-stocked delis and jewellery stores is of upcoming elections and Israel’s powerful Russian vote.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, more than one million Russian speakers moved to Israel, many of them settling on the Mediterranean coast in cities like Ashkelon and Netanya, where Russian remains in daily use and Cyrillic script is as common on menus as vodka and smoked meats.

Jan 28, 2015

Israeli army searches for Hezbollah tunnels near Lebanese border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli military began searching on Wednesday for tunnels that Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas may have dug, responding to concerns from residents of a small nearby village in northern Israel, a military source said.

Israel’s vulnerability to cross-border tunnels was exposed during a July-August war with Gaza’s Islamist Hamas, when Palestinian militants infiltrated through a network of secret passages to carry out attacks.

Jan 21, 2015

Israeli arrested in Madonna song leak probe

JERUSALEM, Jan 21 (Reuters) – An Israeli man was arrested on
Wednesday on suspicion of hacking into the computers of singers
including pop star Madonna and selling their songs online,
according to Israeli and U.S. law enforcement sources.

An Israeli police spokesman said a 39-year-old Israeli had
been detained, but declined to name him, citing a court-issued
gag order.

Jan 21, 2015

Israeli arrested in Madonna song leak probe -police source

JERUSALEM, Jan 21 (Reuters) – An Israeli man was arrested on
Wednesday on suspicion of hacking into the computers of a number
of international singing stars, including Madonna, and selling
their songs online, a police source said.

A police spokesman confirmed that a 39-year-old Israeli had
been detained, but citing a court-issued gag order declined to
name him or his alleged victims.

Jan 21, 2015

Israeli arrested in Madonna song leak probe: private investigator

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of hacking Madonna’s computer and selling the pop icon’s songs online, a private investigator involved in the case said.

Israeli police confirmed they had detained a man suspected of stealing the work of a number of international stars, but declined to name any of the possible victims.

Dec 3, 2014

Jewish-Arab school attack scars Jerusalem’s troubled co-existence

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem presents an almost too-perfect scene in a tense and divided city, where Jews and Arabs do daily business but rarely befriend one other.

Classrooms are decorated with pictures of doves bearing olive branches, while pupils from both communities are as likely to greet their bilingual teachers with a “Shalom” in Hebrew as with an Arabic “Sabah al-khair” in the morning.

Dec 1, 2014

Netanyahu says Israel could be headed to early election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, enmeshed in a cabinet crisis, said on Monday he would call an early national election unless rebellious ministers stopped attacking government policies.

His coalition, dominated by the right-wing, is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy towards the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say discriminates against Israel’s Arab minority.

Dec 1, 2014

Israel PM to decide soon whether to call early election – adviser

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide in the next few days whether he can heal his fractured coalition government or call an early election, one of his advisers said on Monday.

The government is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy toward the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say would discriminate against Israel’s Arab minority.

Nov 25, 2014

Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

KAFR QASSEM, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only — and further alienate its Arab minority.

Political infighting over the measure is already threatening to tear apart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

Nov 19, 2014

Palestinians kill five in Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.

Three of the victims held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and a fourth man was a British-Israeli national, police said.