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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.

Aug 22, 2011

Israel lauds success of Iron Dome missile interceptor

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli officials on Monday praised the effectiveness of the U.S.-funded Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system, despite its failure to shoot down a rocket fired from Gaza that killed a man in a residential area.

A senior commander said Iron Dome interceptors had shot down 20 incoming projectiles fired by Gaza militants in five days of cross-border violence and said that statistically the fact that one rocket got through did not mean the system had failed.

Aug 21, 2011

Gaza militant fire a dozen rockets at Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian militants fired at least 12 rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, drawing an Israeli threat to step up attacks in the Gaza Strip in a three-day-old surge of cross-border violence.

“The Israel Defence Forces will not hesitate to widen its actions and to respond with as much force as is needed,” Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai, the military’s chief spokesman, said on Israel Radio, a day after an Israeli was killed in a rocket strike on the southern city of Beersheba.

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, Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s office said he had signed off on new housing in the major settlement of Ariel.

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.