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May 11, 2012

Olympics-Delegates misunderstood kiteboard vote-Israeli official

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.

Apr 29, 2012

Israel court puts 60-day hold on settlement razings

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.

Apr 24, 2012

Egypt’s Sinai turning into “Wild West”: Israeli PM

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.

Apr 20, 2012

Soccer-Israeli fixtures called off after violent incident

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.

Apr 17, 2012

Nuclear talks don’t exempt Iran from attack: Barak

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s defense minister said on Tuesday that Israeli military action against Iran remains an option even while nuclear negotiations are under way, and voiced strong doubts whether the talks would succeed.

Asked whether the negotiations, which began in Turkey on Saturday, could persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment, Ehud Barak told Army Radio: “It does not look to me as if it is going to happen – not now, in the wake of Istanbul, and not … after the (Baghdad round of talks next month).”

Apr 15, 2012

Soccer-Maccabi Petah Tikva points penalty deferred

JERUSALEM, April 15 (Reuters) – An Israel Football
Association appeal court on Sunday deferred a three-point
deduction against Premier League strugglers Maccabi Petah Tikva
until next season, easing their relegation plight.

Last week a lower tribunal docked the club three points and
suspended a player and a coach as punishment for an on-pitch
brawl that broke out following their 2-1 league win against
Hapoel Haifa on March 31.

Apr 13, 2012

Soccer-Maccabi Tel Aviv name Jordi Cruyff as sports director

JERUSALEM, April 13 (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv have named
former Dutch international Jordi Cruyff as sports director and
he will start work at the end of the season, the club said on
Friday.

The ex-Manchester United and Barcelona forward, who is
leaving as director of football at Cypriot club AEK Larnaca,
will be presented at a news conference on Sunday.

Apr 10, 2012

Soccer-Maccabi Petah Tikva docked three points after brawl

JERUSALEM, April 10 (Reuters) – Maccabi Petah Tikva were
docked three points and had a player and a coach suspended by
the Israel Football Association (IFA) on Tuesday after an
on-pitch brawl broke out following their 2-1 Premier League win
against Hapoel Haifa.

The IFA also suspended three Hapoel players after the ugly
scenes on March 31 led to Haifa striker Ali Hatib being head
butted by Petah Tikva goalkeeping coach Ami Genish.

Apr 2, 2012

Kiryat Shmona brings hope to Israeli outpost

KIRYAT SHMONA, Israel (Reuters) – New Israeli soccer champions Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona have won their first major title, bringing hope, joy and vitality to a place better known as a target for rockets fired by militants from nearby Lebanon.

The club from Israel’s most northerly town secured the title with five matches to play after opening an unassailable 16-point lead over their nearest challengers following Monday’s 0-0 home draw with Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Apr 2, 2012

Soccer-Kiryat Shmona brings hope to Israeli outpost

KIRYAT SHMONA, Israel, April 2 (Reuters) – New Israeli
soccer champions Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona have won their first
major title, bringing hope, joy and vitality to a place better
known as a target for rockets fired by militants from nearby
Lebanon.

The club from Israel’s most northerly town secured the title
with five matches to play after opening an unassailable 16-point
lead over their nearest challengers following Monday’s 0-0 home
draw with Hapoel Tel Aviv.