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Dec 21, 2011

Israel says European U.N. states’ criticism is wrong

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Wednesday said four European U.N. Security Council members should support a resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks because their criticism of the Jewish state could sideline them from negotiations.

Tuesday, representatives of Britain, France, Germany and Portugal said a briefing by U.N. assistant secretary-general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had made clear to the 15-nation council that Israeli settlement activity was undermining attempts to restart peace talks.

Dec 20, 2011

Soccer-Israel coach Fernandez to be replaced next month

JERUSALEM, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The tenure of Israel
coach Luis Fernandez effectively ended on Tuesday and a new
coach will be named next month, the country’s Football
Association said.

Israeli FA officials said former Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Eli
Guttman would be officially named as soon as Fernandez’s
contract expired at the end of the year.

Dec 12, 2011

Israel gives final okay to new WBank settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has given final approval to the building of 40 new homes at a settlement in the occupied West Bank to replace temporary structures there, the settlement’s council head said Monday.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed over a year ago in a dispute over Israeli settlement building.

Dec 5, 2011

Soccer-Faltering Maccabi Tel Aviv sack coach Iwanir

JERUSALEM, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Maccabi Tel Aviv sacked
coach Motti Iwanir on Monday after he failed to improve the
fortunes of Israel’s biggest club having been in the job for
almost a year.

“In view of the run of recent bad results (owner) Mitch
Goldhar has informed coach Iwanir that his contract with the
club will be terminated,” Maccabi said in a statement on their
website (maccabi-tlv.co.il).

Dec 1, 2011

FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.

Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he has notched six in European club competition but he was unable to play for Israel because he does not own a passport.

Dec 1, 2011

Soccer-FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

JERUSALEM, Dec 1 (Reuters) – FIFA has given a Druze
Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play
for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the
Israel FA said.

Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league
scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he has
notched six in European club competition but he was unable to
play for Israel because he does not own a passport.

Nov 14, 2011

Israel maintains Palestinian funds freeze

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet decided on Monday to continue to withhold tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority and international envoys ended talks with no sign of a breakthrough in efforts to restart peace talks.

The freeze on the transfer of funds collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority was imposed on November 1, a day after the Palestinians won full membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO as part of their unilateral drive for statehood.

Nov 10, 2011

Israel court upholds ex-president’s rape conviction

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former President Moshe Katsav raped a former aide and molested two other women who worked for him, Israel’s Supreme Court said on Thursday, upholding his conviction in a lower court and a seven-year jail term.

“He misused his high position and defiled the bodies and dignity of (his accusers),” the three-justice panel said in a unanimous ruling against Katsav’s appeal and ordered him to report to jail to begin serving his sentence on December 7.

Nov 8, 2011

Gaza doctor tragedy central in Israeli stage show

ACRE, Israel (Reuters) – An Israeli mother-and-daughter play performed at a recent theater festival climaxed with the tale of the killing of a Gaza doctor’s family, a 2009 event that brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deep into Israeli living rooms.

“Explosive: War tourism” culminated with the sounds of an audio recording of Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish’s cries, heard live at the time on Israeli TV, as he pleaded in a phone call to an Israeli reporter friend asking him to get the army to stop shooting at his house.

Oct 18, 2011

Freed Israeli soldier Shalit faces recovery issues

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to a joyous reception, but may need time to recover from his time kept in sun-deprived isolation and other injuries, his father said.

Noam Shalit said they were reunited in Israel and that his noticeably gaunt and pale 25-year-old son would require care for improperly healed shrapnel wounds. He said his captors had also treated him “roughly” at times.