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Aug 22, 2011

Israel lauds success of Iron Dome missile interceptor

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli officials on Monday praised the effectiveness of the U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system, despite its failure to shoot down a rocket fired from Gaza that killed a man in a residential area.

A senior commander said Iron Dome interceptors had shot down 20 incoming projectiles fired by Gaza militants in five days of cross-border violence and said that statistically the fact that one rocket got through did not mean the system had failed.

Aug 21, 2011

Gaza militant fire a dozen rockets at Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian militants fired at least 12 rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, drawing an Israeli threat to step up attacks in the Gaza Strip in a three-day-old surge of cross-border violence.

“The Israel Defence Forces will not hesitate to widen its actions and to respond with as much force as is needed,” Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai, the military’s chief spokesman, said on Israel Radio, a day after an Israeli was killed in a rocket strike on the southern city of Beersheba.

Aug 15, 2011

Israel to build 277 homes in Ariel settlement in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced Monday approval for building 277 homes in a West Bank settlement, despite U.S. and international pressure to curb expansion on occupied land and as Palestinians prepare for a statehood bid at the United Nations.

Four days after a final go-ahead for a plan to build 1,600 settler homes in East Jerusalem drew U.S. and European condemnation, Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s office said he had signed off on new housing in the major settlement of Ariel.

Aug 15, 2011

Israel to build 277 homes in Ariel settlement in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced Monday approval for building 277 homes in a West Bank settlement, despite U.S. and international pressure to curb expansion on occupied land and as Palestinians prepare for a statehood bid at the United Nations.

Four days after a final go-ahead for a plan to build 1,600 settler homes in East Jerusalem drew U.S. and European condemnation, Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s office said he had signed off on new housing in the major settlement of Ariel.

Aug 4, 2011

Soccer-Hapoel Petah Tikva relegation on hold-Israeli FA

JERUSALEM, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Israeli Premier League club Hapoel
Petah Tikva could earn a reprieve from relegation despite
missing two deadlines to present a viable budget, the Israel
Football Association said on Thursday.

Petah Tikva were demoted after failing to raise the
mandatory minimum 11.4 million shekels ($3.3 million) by last
week’s deadline and despite missing an extension on Tuesday when
they said they did not have all the money.

Jul 19, 2011

Israeli navy seizes Gaza-bound yacht

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli navy on Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists intending to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel’s Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said.

There were no reports of violence as the marines boarded the “Dignite-AlKarama” yacht in the eastern Mediterranean, she said.

Jul 14, 2011

Soccer-Beitar Jerusalem saved by U.S. investors

JERUSALEM, July 14 (Reuters) – Israeli premier league club
Beitar Jerusalem have been sold to new owners and saved from
administration, the club’s chief executive said on Thursday.

Itzik Kornfein, the man appointed by Beitar’s Russian-born
billionaire owner for the past six seasons to run the club, told
reporters after returning from London that Beitar had been
bought by U.S. investors Dan Adler and Adam Levine.

Jul 12, 2011

“Different Trains” rattle through historic Jerusalem site

By Ori Lewis

JERUSALEM (Reuters Life!) – A disused Ottoman-era jail in Jerusalem has been taken over this month for performances of American composer Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” multimedia work that recounts the ferrying of Jews to the Nazi death camps.

The antiquated building in Jerusalem’s walled Old City was built by Palestine’s Turkish Ottoman conquerors in the mid-19th century and later used by its British Mandate rulers, but the site has lain derelict for decades.

Jul 1, 2011

Greece intercepts Gaza-bound American activists

ATHENS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Greece prevented a boat of U.S. activists from sailing on Friday to join a flotilla of pro-Palestinian campaigners planning to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The small flotilla of activists from the United States, France and Canada was due to leave at least a week ago, but the departure has been constantly put back amid allegations of sabotage.

Jul 1, 2011

Flotilla to sail to Gaza next week – activist

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A flotilla of boats planning to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip will set sail next week, a spokeswoman said on Friday, after repeated delays that activists blame on Israeli sabotage.

“Israel is doing its very, very best to make sure we don’t get out of port,” spokeswoman Greta Berlin said, speaking by telephone from Greece where some of the ships are moored.