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May 3, 2013

Soccer-Police braced for climax of Israeli relegation battle

JERUSALEM, May 3 (Reuters) – Israeli police will be out in force on Saturday for a tense relegation clash between Arab club Bnei Sakhnin and Beitar Jerusalem, bastion of the political far right, as the fiercest battle to avoid the drop reaches its climax.

Over 600 officers, including riot police, with surveillance balloons and a helicopter – unusual in the Jewish state where soccer violence is uncommon – will control proceedings around Sakhnin’s Doha Stadium where both teams face the threat of going down.

Apr 24, 2013

Top Israeli lawyer rebuffs criticism of email checks at border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top legal adviser on Wednesday rebuffed criticism of authorities for asking travelers entering the Jewish state to show border officers their emails, saying the checks were lawful.

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein’s written legal opinion was given in response to a query by the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) which first questioned the practice last year.

Apr 22, 2013

Maccabi Tel Aviv clinch Israeli league crown

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv became Israeli champions for a record 20th time on Monday when they sealed the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over hosts Hapoel Ramat Hasharon.

The result gave Tel Aviv an unassailable 13-point lead over second-placed Maccabi Haifa with four matches remaining and will see them play in the preliminary rounds of next season’s Champions League.

Apr 22, 2013

Soccer-Maccabi Tel Aviv clinch Israeli league crown

JERUSALEM, April 22 (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv became Israeli champions for a record 20th time on Monday when they sealed the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over hosts Hapoel Ramat Hasharon.

The result gave Tel Aviv an unassailable 13-point lead over second-placed Maccabi Haifa with four matches remaining and will see them play in the preliminary rounds of next season’s Champions League.

Apr 21, 2013

Israel cabinet OKs Europe open skies deal despite strike

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved an open skies agreement that aims to boost airline traffic to and from Europe, defying a strike by workers at El Al (ELAL.TA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and two smaller airlines who fear for their jobs due to higher competition from foreign airlines.

Supporters of the open skies deal – which will go into effect next April – say its relaxation of restrictions and quotas on flights between Israel and European Union countries will increase competition and help Israel’s economy.

Apr 7, 2013

Iran must be set deadline of weeks to halt enrichment: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli minister called on world powers on Sunday to set a deadline for military action of weeks to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear enrichment program after talks ended without progress at the weekend.

World powers and Iran failed again to end a deadlock in the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program during the meeting in Kazakhstan, prolonging a standoff that could yet spiral into a new Middle East war.

Mar 27, 2013

Tactical nous at heart of improved Israel – coach

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Improved discipline and tactical ability from Israel’s players are the reasons for the team’s continued challenge for a World Cup qualification spot, coach Eli Guttman said on Wednesday.

The Israelis returned home after beating Northern Ireland 2-0 in a tough Group F qualifier in Belfast and were seconds away on Friday from defeating Portugal at home before conceding a stoppage-time equaliser.

Mar 27, 2013

Soccer-Tactical nous at heart of improved Israel – coach

JERUSALEM, March 27 (Reuters) – Improved discipline and tactical ability from Israel’s players are the reasons for the team’s continued challenge for a World Cup qualification spot, coach Eli Guttman said on Wednesday.

The Israelis returned home after beating Northern Ireland 2-0 in a tough Group F qualifier in Belfast and were seconds away on Friday from defeating Portugal at home before conceding a stoppage-time equaliser.

Mar 22, 2013

Portugal snatch late 3-3 draw with Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Portugal came back from two goals down to snatch a 3-3 draw in stoppage time against Israel in their World Cup qualifying Group F match on Friday.

The visitors stunned Israel and silenced the 40,000 capacity crowd with a goal from Bruno Alves in the second minute, but the home side eventually settled down and got back on level terms in the 24th minute through Tomer Hemed.

Mar 22, 2013

Soccer-Portugal snatch late 3-3 draw with Israel

TEL AVIV, March 22 (Reuters) – Portugal came back from two goals down to snatch a 3-3 draw in stoppage time against Israel in their World Cup qualifying group F match on Friday.

The visitors stunned Israel and silenced the 40,000 capacity crowd with a goal in the second minute, but the home side eventually settled and got back on equal terms in the 24th minute through Tomer Hemed.