TEL AVIV, March 7 (Reuters) – Forty years after 11
Israelis were killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich
Games, the families of the dead are urging the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) to organise an official commemoration.
Two widows of athletes who were killed have long campaigned
for the 1972 victims to be remembered at Olympic opening
ceremonies – either through the IOC president’s welcome speech
or with a moment of silence – but they fear their call for a
commemoration in London on July 27 will again be ignored.
PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Euro 2012
co-hosts Ukraine gave Eli Guttman a losing start to his reign as
Israel coach by registering a 3-2 victory in a friendly on
The visitors dominated the first half and capitalised on
Israeli defensive errors in a fast-paced match played in driving
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.