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Feb 23, 2012

U.S., Israel coordinated on steps against Iran: envoy

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States and Israel are coordinated on steps being taken to combat Iran’s perceived nuclear threat and the two allies have been planning to ensure “all other options” are available, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said on Thursday.

Ambassador Dan Shapiro said both countries were hoping the economic sanctions in place would persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and they were having a “significant effect” but had not yet achieved their goal.

Jan 27, 2012

Bats occupy Israeli army ghost bunkers

QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Abandoned
Israeli army bunkers along the Jordan River are providing a
lifeline for bats on the endangered species list, researchers

Soldiers left Israel’s underground forts along the frontier
with Jordan after a 1994 peace treaty between the two countries.
With much of the former front line, some of it dotted by mine
fields, still designated by the military as off-limits to
civilians, bats swooped into the secluded and dark steel

Jan 24, 2012

Soccer-Unfancied Kiryat Shmona retain Toto Cup

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Runaway
Israeli league leaders Hapoel Kiryat Shmona retained the Toto
Cup on Tuesday by beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 4-3 in a penalty
shootout after the sides ended 120 minutes of a dull final level
at 1-1.

Each side missed once in the shootout before Hapoel striker
Toto Tamuz blasted his spot kick wide to allow Kiryat Shmona to
retain the trophy they first won last year.

Jan 20, 2012

Iran calls for Israel to be “punished”

TEHRAN/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An ally of Iran’s supreme leader called on Friday for Israel to be “punished” for killing a nuclear scientist and the top U.S. general urged his Israeli ally to coordinate with Washington as crisis builds in the Middle East.

Alarmed Arab neighbors in the Gulf made a plea to scale back confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program. France, calling on China and Russia to back Western sanctions, said time was running out for diplomacy to deflect Tehran from a course that Washington and Israel have threatened to stop by war.

Jan 17, 2012

Israel’s Lieberman looking to avoid fraud charges

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Lawyers for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman faced a hearing on Tuesday where they argued against his being indicted on graft charges that would force his resignation and could trigger early Israeli elections.

Justice officials announced last April that Lieberman, an outspoken rightwinger who heads the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) coalition party, faced possible charges of fraud, money laundering and witness tampering.

Jan 13, 2012

Netanyahu says Iran sanctions starting to work

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that harsh international economic sanctions against Iran, which Israel fears is developing a nuclear weapon to threaten it, have started to have an effect.

In an interview in Saturday’s “The Australian” newspaper, Netanyahu said: “For the first time I see Iran wobble … under the sanctions that have been adopted and especially under the threat of strong sanctions on their central bank.”

Jan 12, 2012

Israel warns against computer-hacker vigilantism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Thursday called on computer hackers not to take the law into their own hands to avenge attacks on Israeli credit card companies, and said the authorities were capable of countering all cyber threats.

“We call on Israeli citizens to abide by (the law). Just as the Israeli government has found answers for terrorism, we will find answers to this challenge … we call on Israeli citizens not to … act as vigilantes,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in a statement.

Jan 10, 2012

Israel breaking settlement records, says Peace Now

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s government broke all its settlement-building records in 2011, diminishing prospects for establishing a viable Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s anti-settlement activist group “Peace Now” said Tuesday.

The group’s annual report on building in Arab East Jerusalem and the West Bank – land the Palestinians want for a future state along with the Gaza Strip – showed that despite international calls to halt construction, thousands of new homes were being built.

Jan 9, 2012

Soccer-Israel FA chairman says the sport is clean

JERUSALEM, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Israeli soccer is free
from match-fixing, national football association (IFA) chairman
Avi Luzon said on Monday, a day after being questioned as part
of a police investigation into corruption.

“At the end of this investigation, I can promise…that
Israeli soccer is clean, as is the chairman of the IFA,” Luzon
said in an interview on Israeli Army Radio.

Jan 9, 2012

Israel police question FA chairman in fixing probe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon was questioned by police under caution on Sunday on possible involvement in an alleged match fixing probe, police said.

“Luzon was questioned under caution for eight hours by the fraud unit in connection with an ongoing investigation into alleged match fixing and interfering in the placement of officials,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.