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Aug 4, 2013

Israel puts 91 Jewish settlements on priority spending list

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli government put 91 Jewish settlements on a national priority funding list on Sunday, adding six to a roster of dozens of enclaves already eligible for supplemental state cash.

A senior Palestinian official condemned the decision as an obstacle to U.S.-brokered peace talks that resumed just a week ago after a three-year rupture over settlement building on land Palestinians seek for a state.

Aug 2, 2013

Another candidate opts out of heading Israel’s central bank

JERUSALEM, Aug 2 (Reuters) – In an embarrassment for Israel,
Leo Leiderman announced on Friday that he was withdrawing his
candidacy to become the next governor of its central bank, the
second nominee to pull out within less than a week.

Leiderman, chief economist at Bank Hapoalim, told
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he did not want the glare
of publicity that came with the leading role at the Bank of
Israel.

Jul 29, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume after three years

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians plan to resume peace negotiations this week for the first time in nearly three years after an intense effort by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to bring them back to the table.

The talks are scheduled to resume in Washington on Monday evening and Tuesday and will be conducted by senior aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the State Department said.

Jul 28, 2013

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume this week

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been invited to resume peace talks in Washington on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said, after a break of nearly three years.

The latest diplomatic push follows months of intense shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who said a week ago the groundwork had been laid for a breakthrough, while setting no specific date for talks to restart.

Jul 28, 2013

Israel approves prisoner deal to clear way for peace talks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners to help restart peace talks with the Palestinians and end nearly three years of diplomatic stagnation.

Thirteen ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition cabinet voted in favor, seven voted against and two abstained, a government official said.

Jul 9, 2013

Committee to examine Palestinian travel concerns – Blatter

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will establish a task force to address Palestinian concerns over travel restrictions for football players and officials through border crossings controlled by Israel, he said on Tuesday.

After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of world soccer’s governing body said he, Israeli and Palestinian football chiefs and the heads of the European and Asian football confederations would discuss the issue in September.

Jul 9, 2013

Soccer-Committee to examine Palestinian travel concerns – Blatter

JERUSALEM, July 9 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will establish a task force to address Palestinian concerns over travel restrictions for soccer players and officials through border crossings controlled by Israel, he said on Tuesday.

After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of world soccer’s governing body said he, Israeli and Palestinian soccer chiefs and the heads of the European and Asian soccer confederations would discuss the issue in September.

Jun 19, 2013

Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel came in for warm praise from European football’s supremo Michel Platini as the Euro Under-21 football championships ended with Spain thrashing Italy 4-2 to retain the title.

“The stadiums were wonderful and well organised, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see,” Platini told a news conference.

Jun 19, 2013

Soccer-Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again

JERUSALEM, June 19 (Reuters) – Israel came in for warm praise from European soccer’s supremo Michel Platini as the Euro Under-21 soccer championships ended with Spain thrashing Italy 4-2 to retain the title.

“The stadiums were wonderful and well organised, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see,” Platini told a news conference.

Jun 18, 2013

Thiago hat-trick leads Spain to Euro Under-21 crown

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Captain Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick to inspire Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 championship final on Tuesday.

The defending champions had little difficulty in breaking down Italy’s unusually hesitant defence as Barcelona’s Thiago scored with an easy header in the sixth minute, a close-range drive in the 31st and a penalty in the 38th.