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Aug 15, 2011

Israel to build 277 homes in Ariel settlement in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced Monday approval for building 277 homes in a West Bank settlement, despite U.S. and international pressure to curb expansion on occupied land and as Palestinians prepare for a statehood bid at the United Nations.

Four days after a final go-ahead for a plan to build 1,600 settler homes in East Jerusalem drew U.S. and European condemnation, Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s office said he had signed off on new housing in the major settlement of Ariel.

Aug 4, 2011

Soccer-Hapoel Petah Tikva relegation on hold-Israeli FA

JERUSALEM, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Israeli Premier League club Hapoel
Petah Tikva could earn a reprieve from relegation despite
missing two deadlines to present a viable budget, the Israel
Football Association said on Thursday.

Petah Tikva were demoted after failing to raise the
mandatory minimum 11.4 million shekels ($3.3 million) by last
week’s deadline and despite missing an extension on Tuesday when
they said they did not have all the money.

Jul 19, 2011

Israeli navy seizes Gaza-bound yacht

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli navy on Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists intending to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel’s Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said.

There were no reports of violence as the marines boarded the “Dignite-AlKarama” yacht in the eastern Mediterranean, she said.

Jul 14, 2011

Soccer-Beitar Jerusalem saved by U.S. investors

JERUSALEM, July 14 (Reuters) – Israeli premier league club
Beitar Jerusalem have been sold to new owners and saved from
administration, the club’s chief executive said on Thursday.

Itzik Kornfein, the man appointed by Beitar’s Russian-born
billionaire owner for the past six seasons to run the club, told
reporters after returning from London that Beitar had been
bought by U.S. investors Dan Adler and Adam Levine.

Jul 12, 2011

“Different Trains” rattle through historic Jerusalem site

By Ori Lewis

JERUSALEM (Reuters Life!) – A disused Ottoman-era jail in Jerusalem has been taken over this month for performances of American composer Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” multimedia work that recounts the ferrying of Jews to the Nazi death camps.

The antiquated building in Jerusalem’s walled Old City was built by Palestine’s Turkish Ottoman conquerors in the mid-19th century and later used by its British Mandate rulers, but the site has lain derelict for decades.

Jul 1, 2011

Greece intercepts Gaza-bound American activists

ATHENS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Greece prevented a boat of U.S. activists from sailing on Friday to join a flotilla of pro-Palestinian campaigners planning to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The small flotilla of activists from the United States, France and Canada was due to leave at least a week ago, but the departure has been constantly put back amid allegations of sabotage.

Jul 1, 2011

Flotilla to sail to Gaza next week – activist

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A flotilla of boats planning to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip will set sail next week, a spokeswoman said on Friday, after repeated delays that activists blame on Israeli sabotage.

“Israel is doing its very, very best to make sure we don’t get out of port,” spokeswoman Greta Berlin said, speaking by telephone from Greece where some of the ships are moored.

Jun 28, 2011

Flotilla activists seek “blood” – Israeli minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said 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 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.