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Aug 26, 2010

American football: Game unites conflict’s two sides

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – American football, not the most genteel of sports, is proving to be an unlikely force in bringing together Israelis and Palestinians.

Nationals from the two territories, who have been in conflict for years, have formed the Judean Rebels, a squad that practices and plays American football every week on a field in Jerusalem.

Aug 22, 2010

Israel’s Barak names new army chief to end scandal

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel named a new army chief on Sunday, choosing a general who led troops in its Gaza war to face future challenges that could include a nuclear Iran and missile threats from Islamist militants.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced he had picked Major-General Yoav Galant as chief of staff, a decision that came several weeks earlier than expected after a scandal erupted over alleged lobbying for the country’s top military position.

Aug 16, 2010

Former Israeli soldier slammed for Facebook photos

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A discharged Israeli female soldier was condemned by Israeli and Palestinian authorities on Monday for posting pictures of herself on Facebook posing next to bound and blindfolded Palestinians.

Former conscript Eden Abergil is seen in two pictures from her album entitled “Army — The best period of my life” next to hand-bound and blindfolded Palestinian men at an undisclosed location in the occupied West Bank.

Jul 12, 2010

Israel failed in ship interception planning – reports

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s military failed to prepare adequately for what turned into a deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, according to findings of a military inquiry quoted by the Israeli media on Monday.

The official report into the May 31 incident, in which nine pro-Palestiniam Turkish activists were killed, was set to be released later in the day by a military commission led by Giora Eiland, a retired Israeli general.

Jul 4, 2010

Israel grants wider powers to Gaza flotilla inquiry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet granted wider powers on Sunday to a commission investigating a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, enabling the panel to compel witnesses to appear and testify under oath.

But the decision did not constitute a broadening of the inquiry’s mandate to include an examination of Israeli political leaders’ decision-making in ordering the May 31 interception in which nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed.

Jul 1, 2010

Israel ready to deal for Shalit release: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel would free 1,000 Palestinian prisoners if the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas releases Gilad Shalit, the soldier its militants captured four years ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

In a live address to the country, Netanyahu said Israelis wanted Shalit back safely but the nation could not “pay any price” because past experience showed many Palestinians released had returned to carry out attacks on Israelis.

Jul 1, 2010

Netanyahu says Israel ready to deal for Shalit release

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel would free 1,000 Palestinian prisoners if the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas releases Gilad Shalit, the soldier its militants captured four years ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

In a live address to the country, Netanyahu said Israelis wanted Shalit back safely but the nation could not “pay any price” because past experience showed many Palestinians released had returned to carry out attacks on Israelis.

Jun 15, 2010

Israel reviewing Gaza blockade format – minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is examining ways to ease its Gaza blockade, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday, calling the current policy counterproductive and confirming remarks by Middle East envoy Tony Blair that change is likely.

“It is time to end the closure in its current form. It does not provide any value to Israel. From a diplomatic standpoint it causes great image problems,” Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog told Israel Radio.

Jun 7, 2010

Israel breaks ground with opera on Dead Sea shores

MASADA, Israel (Reuters) – Music lovers have found cause to celebrate in a groundbreaking spectacular opera event at one of Israel’s most important landmarks.

The staging last week of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco on a patch of desert on the shores of the Dead Sea with the historic mountain of Masada as a backdrop has taken Israel Opera to new realms, its director said.

Jun 6, 2010

Israel boards Gaza aid ship, blockade criticised

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s navy boarded a ship carrying aid to Gaza without incident on Saturday, five days after killing nine people on a Turkish aid ship to enforce what Washington calls an unsustainable blockade.

The navy, whose actions on Monday triggered an international outcry, took control of the Rachel Corrie and sailed it to Ashdod, where it docked, the Israeli military said.