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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.

Jul 29, 2013

For Palestinians, Israelis new peace talks offer little hope

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – When Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators break bread at a Muslim feast in Washington on Monday, it will be a diplomatic breakthrough of sorts after almost three years of deadlock.

Back home, however, it seems Israelis and Palestinians hold out little hope for their leaders’ renewed peace drive, the outcome of months of intensive mediation by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to get the sides back to talks, with the hope of resolving a decades-old conflict.

Jul 20, 2013

Israel, Palestinians still at odds over borders ahead of talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not bow to the Palestinians’ demand on the borders of their future state before peace talks begin but will meet their request for the release of some prisoners, Israeli officials said on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had laid the groundwork to resume talks after an almost three-year stalemate, but that the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

Jul 20, 2013

Israel agrees Palestinian prisoner release to resume peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield to other demands the Palestinians say must be met before they return to the negotiating table.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Saturday that Israel was prepared to release some “heavyweight” prisoners but could not accept Palestinian demands over the borders of their future state before talks begin.