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Jun 28, 2011

Flotilla activists seek “blood” -Israeli FM

JERUSALEM, June 28 (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday participants in an aid
flotilla planning to challenge an Israeli blockade of the Gaza
Strip were seeking “confrontation and blood”.

Pro-Palestinian activists have said around a dozen ships
carrying aid to Gaza, territory controlled by Hamas Islamists,
could depart from European ports in the coming days.

Jun 14, 2011

Israel’s Fischer says will stay on as cenbank head

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Stanley Fischer said on Tuesday he regretted a decision by the International Monetary Fund board to rule him out of the IMF top job because he was too old and said he would “happily” stay on as central bank chief.

“I think that the age restriction, which was set in the past at 65, is not relevant today. I was hoping the IMF board of directors would change its regulations, not only for the sake of my candidacy, but also for the sake of future candidates for the position of managing director,” Fischer, 67, said in a statement.

Jun 6, 2011

Israeli desert opera festival becomes a “tradition”

MASADA, Israel, June 6 (Reuters) – An Israeli opera festival’s centre-piece at the revered historical site of Masada this month was a tale of betrayal, love and death in the shape of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.

The spectacular staging on the barren shores of the Dead Sea with the stark sandstone plateau as a backdrop, followed performances of Verdi’s Nabucco at the same venue last year.

May 25, 2011

Hapoel Tel Aviv win Israeli Cup final

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Holders Hapoel Tel Aviv beat league champions Maccabi Haifa 1-0 to retain the Israeli State Cup Wednesday.

Striker Salim Toama scored the only goal in the second minute when he blasted a low, angled shot from 18 metres that skimmed the surface and beat Maccabi keeper Nir Davidovich.

May 25, 2011

Soccer-Hapoel Tel Aviv win Israeli Cup final

TEL AVIV, May 25 (Reuters) – Holders Hapoel Tel Aviv beat
league champions Maccabi Haifa 1-0 to retain the Israeli State
Cup on Wednesday.

Striker Salim Toama scored the only goal in the second
minute when he blasted a low, angled shot from 18 metres that
skimmed the surface and beat Maccabi keeper Nir Davidovich.

May 16, 2011

Maccabi Haifa ease to Israeli league title

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Maccabi Haifa won the Israeli league title with a game to spare after beating Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 2-0 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 consistently been one the country’s top sides over the past three decades.

May 16, 2011

Soccer-Maccabi Haifa ease to Israeli league title

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.

May 1, 2011

Israel halts cash to Palestinians after Hamas deal

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.”

May 1, 2011

Israel suspends tax transfer to Palestinians

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.

Apr 23, 2011

Soccer-Maccabi Haifa suffer blow as Israel playoffs start

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.