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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.

Oct 18, 2011

Freed Shalit may find liberty tough

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed from five years of isolated captivity in the Gaza Strip Tuesday to a joyous reception, but other former captives said coping with liberty again would also pose tough challenges.

Initial footage showed the 25-year-old Shalit in a daze as his former captors and Egyptian mediators, who helped facilitate his release, escorted him on his short journey to freedom.

Oct 18, 2011

Prisoner swap for captured Israeli soldier underway

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A long-awaited prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas began before dawn on Tuesday when the first of hundreds of Palestinian inmates were bused from their jails to border crossings where they will be swapped for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The first phase of the exchange, expected to take several hours, will end a saga that has gripped Israelis over the five years of Shalit’s captivity in Gaza.

Oct 17, 2011

Israel-Hamas prisoner swap set to start on Tuesday

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers prepared to implement a prisoner swap on Tuesday in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be exchanged for hundreds of Palestinians.

The deal was given the all-clear by Israel’s highest court late on Monday after it rejected petitions to block the swap by relatives of Israelis killed by some of the Palestinians to be released.

Oct 14, 2011

Israel police arrest man opposed to prisoner swap

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police Friday arrested a man suspected of defacing a memorial to assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in an apparent protest against an impending Palestinian prisoner swap.

A police spokesman said the man, whom he declined to name, was the son of a couple killed in a Jerusalem pizzeria suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2001.

Oct 12, 2011

Israel spills few secrets on prisoner swap

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Prospects of a long-elusive deal with Hamas to secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began to take off in July, Israel’s negotiator said on Tuesday.

David Meidan, who did the talking for Israel, said Israeli intelligence identified three months ago that the Islamist movement which rules the Gaza Strip and holds Shalit had become more pragmatic and was ready to do a deal with Egypt as mediator.

Sep 27, 2011
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Israel grants residency to Jerusalem’s Anglican bishop, a Palestinian


(A general view of The Dome of the Rock is seen from the Christian quarter in Jerusalem's Old City January 12, 2011/Baz Ratner)

Israeli authorities have granted a residency permit to Jerusalem’s Anglican bishop, Palestinian Suheil Dawani, after months of legal wrangling, the clergyman said in a message to his supporters on Tuesday. Dawani was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem in 2007, and as a non-Israeli is required by Israeli authorities to obtain a temporary residence permit. This was granted in 2008 and 2009, but he was turned down in 2010.

Sep 23, 2011

Abbas U.N. speech seen as inflammatory in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis reacted coolly on Friday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s quest for statehood recognition, and some said his impassioned speech at the United Nations had only succeeded in harming the chances of peace.

Telling the U.N. General Assembly he wanted peaceful relations with Israel, Abbas painted a bleak picture of life for ordinary Palestinians under occupation.

Sep 2, 2011

Soccer-Ninis goal gives leaders Greece victory

TEL AVIV, Sept 2 (Reuters) – A second-half goal by Sotiris
Ninis helped Greece strengthen their position at the top of Euro
2012 Group F qualifying with a 1-0 victory in Israel on Friday.

Midfielder Ninis struck on the hour with a low shot from
outside the area and the visitors then put all their men behind
the ball for the last 30 minutes to keep the home team out.

Aug 30, 2011

Israeli sends extra warships to patrol Red Sea

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Tuesday it had sent two extra warships to patrol the Red Sea but it downplayed reports that they were connected to an Egyptian sweep of the Sinai peninsula for militants.

A military official said the deployment was routine but declined to say what operational duties the ships were performing.