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.
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.
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.
JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Israel Football
Association chairman Avi Luzon faced police questioning 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.