NETANYA, Israel, June 12 (Reuters) – Israeli judoka Ariel
‘Arik’ Zeevi plans to make the most of his final fling at the
Olympics when he steps onto the mat at the London Games.
Zeevi was written off after flopping badly at the Beijing
Games, but after an unexpected victory at the judo European
championships in Russia in April the 35-year-old is once again
among Israel’s best hopes for an Olympic medal.
JERUSALEM, June 8 (Reuters) – If women’s RS:X windsurfing
world champion Lee Korzits does win a medal at the Olympic
sailing regatta, it may well partly be down to her vivacious,
Possessing a typical Israeli trait of not dwelling on
ceremony, she was last year picked up by a microphone telling
Israeli President Shimon Peres, who had called to congratulate
her on winning the world title, that she couldn’t talk.
JERUSALEM, May 22 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s youth coach Oscar
Garcia will take charge of Maccabi Tel Aviv for the next two
seasons, the Israeli Premier League club said on Tuesday.
Garcia, who guided Barcelona’s youth team for two years, was
persuaded to coach a senior team for the first time by his
former Barcelona team mate Jordi Cruyff, the Maccabi sports
TEL AVIV, May 15 (Reuters) – Hapoel Tel Aviv captured
Israel’s State Cup for a third consecutive season on Tuesday,
beating Maccabi Haifa 2-1 through an injury-time winner from
Nigerian striker Nosa Igiebor.
The win capped a turbulent season for Hapoel who, despite
finishing as league runners-up to outsiders Hapoel Kiryat
Shmona, showed inconsistent form which was not helped by tension
between club owner Eli Tabib and some players and fans.
MICHMORET, Israel (Reuters) – Women’s RS:X windsurfing world champion Lee Korzits is relying on her affinity with the waves to help her to an Olympic podium place in London, but the Israeli knows the unpredictability of her competitors could cost her more than a medal.
Korzits, Israel’s main medal hope at the 2012 Games, almost drowned twice after being hit by rivals and the accidents convinced her people were more of a threat than the elements.
MICHMORET, Israel, May 14 (Reuters) – Women’s RS:X
windsurfing world champion Lee Korzits is relying on her
affinity with the waves to help her to an Olympic podium place
in London, but the Israeli knows the unpredictability of her
competitors could cost her more than a medal.
Korzits, Israel’s main medal hope at the 2012 Games, almost
drowned twice after being hit by rivals and the accidents
convinced her people were more of a threat than the elements.
JERUSALEM, May 11 (Reuters) – The International Sailing
Federation’s (ISAF) decision to drop windsurfing from the
Olympics in favour of kiteboarding likely came about because
some delegates didn’t realise what they were voting for,
Israel’s sailing chief said on Friday.
“The delegates were probably confused or didn’t understand
the motion fully because of language difficulties, or some may
have been napping at the presentations and then cast their votes
without realising the implications,” Yehuda Maayan told Reuters.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Supreme Court postponed the razing of five unauthorized buildings in the West Bank on Sunday, a ruling that gave the government more time to argue against their demolition and placate pro-settler political partners.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government agreed last year to remove the apartment blocks on the edge of the Beit El settlement, after a court ruled they were built on private Palestinian land.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has turned into a “kind of Wild West” exploited by Islamist militants with Iranian help to smuggle in weapons and stage attacks on Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.
The open desert border between Israel and Egypt was relatively quiet for three decades after they signed a peace treaty in 1979. But the Jewish state says that since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising last year, Cairo has lost its grip on the desolate Sinai and tensions are rising.
JERUSALEM, April 20 (Reuters) – A violent on-pitch brawl at
the end of a second division match on Friday prompted the Israel
Football Association to cancel the rest of the weekend’s league
fixtures in the two top divisions.
Fighting broke out between players and club officials of
second division leaders Bnei Lod and Hapoel Ramat Gan, their
nearest rivals. The two clubs were battling for a lone promotion
spot to the Premier League and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.