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Nov 20, 2013

Israeli couples say ‘I don’t’ to Orthodox Jewish weddings

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married – God’s way.

Israeli law empowers only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at Jewish weddings, but popular opposition is growing to this restriction and to what some Israelis see as an Orthodox stranglehold on the most precious moments of their lives.

Nov 18, 2013

New panel aims to settle Israeli, Palestinian business disputes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian businessmen, who sometimes have to exchange suitcases of cash for goods at military checkpoints, will soon be able to settle any commercial disputes on neutral ground.

An Israeli former peace negotiator, Oren Shachor, and Palestinian tycoon Munir al-Masri have founded the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, in an rare example of cooperation aimed at bypassing the political pitfalls of decades of conflict.

Nov 13, 2013

Netanyahu says ‘bad deal’ with Iran could lead to war

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a “bad deal” between global powers and Iran over its nuclear program could lead to war.

His government said an offer on the table for what Washington calls a “modest” easing of sanctions would in fact negate up to 40 percent of the sanctions’ impact, reducing pressure on Tehran to give up a nuclear program that the West and Israel believe is aimed at building a bomb.

Nov 13, 2013

Sanctions relief worth up to $40 billion to Iran: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A sanctions relief package offered to Iran as part of nuclear negotiations could be worth up to $40 billion to Tehran, or 40 percent of the impact of the sanctions, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Wednesday.

Israel is strongly opposed to a package of sanctions relief, which the United States says will be limited and reversible, offered to Iran by global powers at talks in return for constraints on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Nov 6, 2013

Israel’s Lieberman rejoining government after acquittal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed his former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, back to government on Wednesday after the ultra-nationalist politician was acquitted of corruption charges.

Lieberman’s return to office could further complicate already troubled U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Nov 6, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Lieberman acquitted of corruption charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted of corruption charges on Wednesday, a verdict that paves the way for the far-right politician to return to the post.

Lieberman’s ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party is allied with the right-wing Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who kept open the foreign ministry portfolio for him while the trial was under way.

Nov 5, 2013

Israel, Palestinians grim on peace talks before Kerry visit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at unannounced times and at secret locations in line with pledges to keep a lid on leaks.

Oct 24, 2013

Poverty drives change among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews

JERUSALEM, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Better trained in wrestling
with complex religious texts than in martial arts, the
ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths drop to the floor to give their
combat instructor a dozen push-ups.

Black skullcaps slip off their heads and a pair of glasses
goes flying across the room as the khaki-clad trainer barks out:
“I will kick your ass if you do not keep time.”

Sep 13, 2013

Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

NAHARIYA, Israel, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Not a hundred miles
from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli
sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her
daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of
Syrians, scores of civilians and fighters wounded in the civil
war and being discreetly brought across the Golan frontline into
Israel – a country with which Syria is formally still at war.

Jul 31, 2013

In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus.

On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into negotiations. The status quo in the occupied Palestinian territories was holding and the question of the so-called peace process had largely fallen off the domestic political agenda.