JERUSALEM, May 16 (Reuters) – Maccabi Haifa won the Israeli
league title with a game to spare after beating Hapoel Kiryat
Shmona 2-0 on Monday, a result that put them six points clear of
Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Haifa’s steady form in the 16-team Premier League secured a
12th title for the club from Israel’s northern port city who
along with Hapoel have consistenty been one the country’s top
sides over the past three decades.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has suspended tax transfers to the Palestinians, its finance minister said on Sunday, fearing the money will be used to fund Hamas after President Mahmoud Abbas struck a unity deal with the Islamists.
The Palestinian Authority (PA), led by U.S.-backed Abbas, asked foreign powers to stop Israel from blocking the transfers, which make up 70 percent of its revenues. A senior Palestinian official said Israel, by its action, had “started a war.”
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Sunday it has suspended tax transfers to the Palestinians in response to their U.S.-backed president’s agreement to forge an alliance with rival Hamas Islamists opposed to peace talks.
A senior Palestinian official in the occupied West Bank said Israel had no right to withhold Palestinian funds.
JERUSALEM, April 23 (Reuters) – Maccabi Haifa suffered a
setback in their effort to regain the Israeli league title on
Saturday when they lost 2-1 at home to Maccabi Netanya at the
start of the playoffs.
Haifa had 70 points at the end of the regular season and a
five-point lead over defending champions Hapoel Tel Aviv but
under the playoff system, where points are halved, their lead is
now only two points and Tel Aviv could overtake them on Monday.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Aston Villa manager John Gregory quit as coach of Israeli Premier League Ashdod on Monday, less than a year into a three-year contract after a run of poor results and media reports he was about to be replaced.
The former England midfielder said he and Israeli assistant Itzik Ovadia agreed to leave after hearing that Yossi Mizrahi, a former Ashdod coach, could be returning next season.
JERUSALEM, April 18 (Reuters) – Former Aston Villa manager
John Gregory quit as coach of Israeli Premier League Ashdod on
Monday, less than a year into a three-year contract after a run
of poor results and media reports he was about to be replaced.
The former England midfielder said he and Israeli assistant
Itzik Ovadia agreed to leave after hearing that Yossi Mizrahi, a
former Ashdod coach, could be returning next season.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police have arrested two Palestinian teenagers on suspicion of stabbing to death a Jewish couple and three of their children while they slept in a West Bank settlement, a police spokesman said on Sunday.
The killings on the night of March 11 in the settlement of Itamar in the occupied West Bank caused shock in Israel and drew condemnation from the Palestinian Authority that exercises limited self-rule in the area.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Four Israeli female opera singers braved unfamiliar territory on Wednesday to perform at a prominent outdoor Jerusalem landmark and sing classical arias in the midday traffic to promote an upcoming opera festival.
Cars, bendy-buses and garbage trucks rumbled along unfazed and traffic lights shifted oblivious to the cadence of the caressing sounds as the singers each took their turn to bellow out music probably never before heard at the scene.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel must not let the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers dictate terms of a ceasefire after a recent escalation of fighting, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.
Calm returned to Gaza Strip and southern Israel overnight after four days of cross-border violence in which 19 Palestinians died, with United Nations and Egyptian mediators having helped to negotiate a truce.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police barred spectators from attending two Premier League matches in the south of the country on Saturday because of a fear of possible rocket strikes by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
Hapoel Beersheba lost 2-1 at home to Maccabi Netanya and Ashdod SC ended their fixture with visitors Hapoel Haifa in a goalless draw in empty stadiums.