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Nov 25, 2012

Soccer-Maccabi Haifa appoint Benado as coach

JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Haifa appointed their former central defender Arik Benado as coach for the remainder of the season on Sunday.

Benado, who retired as a player two seasons ago, has coached Haifa’s youth team since the start of the current campaign and is a hasty replacement for Reuven Atar, who was sacked earlier this month following a very poor start.

Nov 20, 2012

Israel congress scrapped due to Gaza strife

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Europe’s national Olympic committees scrapped a congress they were due to hold in the Israeli city of Eilat next month because of fighting between Israeli forces and Gaza militants, an Israeli spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Eilat, a southern resort city on the shores of the Red Sea, had been planning for the annual event for the past three years and a year ago was chosen to host it on December 7-8. It will now be held in Rome on the same dates, the spokeswoman said.

Nov 20, 2012

Olympics-Israel congress scrapped due to Gaza strife

JERUSALEM, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Europe’s national Olympic committees scrapped a congress they were due to hold in the Israeli city of Eilat next month because of fighting between Israeli forces and Gaza militants, an Israeli spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Eilat, a southern resort city on the shores of the Red Sea, had been planning for the annual event for the past three years and a year ago was chosen to host it on Dec. 7-8. It will now be held in Rome on the same dates, the spokeswoman said.

Nov 19, 2012

More diplomacy to try to halt Israel-Gaza fighting

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children.

Nov 14, 2012

Invoking “the rules”, Israel mulls toppling Abbas

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel may try to topple President Mahmoud Abbas if he carries out a plan to ask the United Nations this month to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority, an official said on Wednesday.

The upgrade would give the Palestinians a place in the world body akin to that of the Vatican — short of full membership as a sovereign state but as close as they can get without the full recognition that Israel says can only come from a peace treaty.

Nov 13, 2012

Israel says Gaza strife not over, targets sites

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel struck three targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Tuesday and warned an on-going crisis with Palestinian militants had not been resolved, despite a marked decrease in rocket-fire from the territory.

The Israeli military said its warplanes successfully hit a weapons storage facility in central Gaza and two rocket launching sites in the north of the coastal enclave. No casualties were reported following the loud, pre-dawn blasts.

Nov 10, 2012

Israel says to close cash tap if Palestinians seek U.N. statehood

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will stop collecting tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority and not hand over any money if President Mahmoud Abbas continues to seek observer state membership of the United Nations, Israel’s finance minister said on Saturday.

“If the Palestinians continue to advance their unilateral move they should not expect bilateral cooperation. We will not collect their taxes for them and we will not transfer their tax revenues,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

Oct 21, 2012

Netanyahu says doesn’t know of any U.S.-Iran talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he didn’t know about any U.S. plans to talk bilaterally with Iran, saying tougher sanctions and a “credible military option” were the best ways to peacefully halt Tehran’s nuclear program.

The White House had earlier denied a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had agreed in principle to hold bilateral negotiations to halt what the West fears is a plan by the Islamic Republic to develop nuclear weapons.

Oct 21, 2012

Israeli vice PM welcomes prospect of U.S.-Iran talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s vice prime minister said on Sunday he would welcome direct talks between the United States and Iran if they were aimed at halting what Israel sees as plans by the Islamic Republic to build a nuclear weapon.

But Moshe Yaalon also said that he believed a denial by the White House of a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had agreed in principle to hold bilateral negotiations.

Oct 15, 2012

Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor

MOSHAV AHITUV, Israel (Reuters) – A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says.

Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard.