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Apr 25, 2013

No charges in jail death of Australian Mossad spy

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not press charges over the prison suicide of a disgraced Mossad spy from Australia, despite a series of missteps by jail officials on the day of his death in 2010, the Justice Ministry said on Thursday.

Ben Zygier, 34, received “distressing news” from his wife just hours before hanging himself, but the jailer responsible for watching surveillance video from the isolation cell was away from the screen and missed the moments leading up to his death.

Apr 23, 2013

Israeli spy says Syria used chemical arms, U.S. unconvinced

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons – probably nerve gas – in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst said on Tuesday.

The assessment met with scepticism from the United States, which has declared any use of chemical weapons in Syria’s two-year-old civil war a “red line” that could trigger intervention.

Apr 23, 2013

Israel says Syria used chemical arms, probably nerve gas

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons – probably nerve gas – in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst said on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Itai Brun made the comments at a Tel Aviv security conference a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on a visit to Israel that U.S. intelligence agencies were still assessing whether such weapons had been employed.

Apr 11, 2013

Israel on guard as Golan goes from bloom to bloodshed

TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights (Reuters) – The slopes of the Golan Heights, with springtime wild flowers now in full bloom, are dotted with discarded rusty tanks that are remnants of a 1973 war. For decades, the Israel-Syria front has been quiet – but not anymore.

Small Israeli military lookout posts abandoned for years have been put into action and regular military and special forces have replaced reservists at many points.

Apr 2, 2013

Israeli troops return fire into Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli tanks fired into Syria on Tuesday after shots were fired at troops in the occupied Golan Heights, a military spokeswoman said, in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war.

“Shots were fired at an IDF (Israel Defence Forces) patrol on the border. No injuries or damage was caused. In response, IDF forces returned precise fire at the source and reported a direct hit,” the spokeswoman said.

Mar 21, 2013

Obama touches hearts, changes few minds in Middle East

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was given a rapturous reception by Israeli students on Thursday as he made a rousing call for peace with the Palestinians, but his lofty oratory got lower marks beyond the conference hall.

Urging the younger generation to push politicians for change, Obama said a concerted effort must be made to secure an independent Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.

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.