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Dec 1, 2010

Israel unveils new residential plan near East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Wednesday revealed plans to build new homes on West Bank land it has annexed as part of its Jerusalem boundaries, a move likely to further hamper any resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.

The plan to build 625 homes in the urban area of Pisgat Zeev adjacent to Arab East Jerusalem was approved by an Israeli Interior Ministry committee last week, some two years after it was originally proposed, Israel Radio said.

Nov 28, 2010

Israel to crack down on illegal migrant workers

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel approved a plan on Sunday to hold and deport thousands of illegal migrant workers whom Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a “threat to the character of the country.”

In remarks to the cabinet, Netanyahu said thousands of migrants who have entered Israel mainly through Egypt in past years would be housed at a special holding facility, due to built in Israel’s southern Negev desert.

Nov 26, 2010

Top policeman sex scandal dominates Israeli media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli law enforcement officer has been accused of sexual harassment on the eve of the naming of a new national chief of police — a post for which he was one of the leading candidates.

Social worker Orly Ines has accused Uri Bar Lev, the Israeli police representative in the United States, of using force in an attempt to have an intimate encounter, according to local media.

Nov 24, 2010

Hapoel end Benfica’s hopes of last 16 place

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Benfica’s hopes of qualifying for the last 16 were ended by Hapoel Tel Aviv who secured their first ever Champions League win with a 3-0 victory over the Portuguese side on Wednesday.

Schalke 04′s 3-0 win over Olympique Lyon in the other Group B tie means Benfica cannot reach the knockout stage.

Nov 24, 2010

Soccer-Hapoel end Benfica’s hopes of last 16 place

TEL AVIV, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Benfica’s hopes of qualifying
for the last 16 were ended by Hapoel Tel Aviv who secured their
first ever Champions League win with a 3-0 victory over the
Portuguese side on Wednesday.

Schalke’s 3-0 win over Olympique Lyon in the other Group B
tie means Benfica cannot reach the knockout stage.

Nov 9, 2010

Ousted Israel MP vows to work for peace coalition

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An influential Israeli opposition lawmaker lost his seat in parliament after an eight-year trial on Tuesday but he said he was determined to pursue efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

Tzachi Hanegbi, a senior member of the centrist Kadima party but also a confidant of Likud prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was convicted of perjury in July.

Nov 2, 2010

Israeli interrogators abused Palestinians: report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Shin Bet undercover agents have abused Palestinians during questioning at a detention center, some detainees have alleged in a report published on Tuesday by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

The report was based on the testimonies of 121 Palestinians held in 2009 at the Petah Tikva holding facility near Tel Aviv, with 9 percent of those interviewed accusing interrogators of using physical violence against them.

Nov 1, 2010

Israel Wagner ban dims as ensemble set for Bayreuth

By Ori Lewis and Naama Shilony

TEL AVIV (Reuters Life!) – An Israeli orchestra will strike an emotional chord in Germany next year when it plays a work by Richard Wagner, Hitler’s favorite composer, further challenging a long-standing taboo in Israel on his music.

Israeli ensembles hardly ever play Wagner, citing the feelings of Holocaust survivors.

Oct 16, 2010

New date sought for Paris peace summit: Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A planned Israeli-Palestinian summit due to be held in Paris by the end of the month has been rescheduled, the Israeli prime minister’s office said on Saturday, a sign of increased strain over stalled peace talks.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to meet before the end of October, although an exact date for the summit had not been set.

Oct 9, 2010

Soccer-Croatia sink Israel with Kranjcar double

TEL AVIV, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Two first-half goals by Niko
Kranjcar fired Croatia to a 2-1 win over Israel and put them top
of Group F in Euro 2012 qualifying on Saturday.

Kranjcar scored from the penalty spot in the 36th minute and
added his second four minutes before the break with an excellent
low shot.