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Mar 10, 2013

Netanyahu hints Israeli coalition to be presented in days

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his outgoing cabinet on Sunday for what he said was probably the last time, signaling he was close to completing the formation of a new government.

Netanyahu’s deadline to present a governing coalition is on Saturday, and political commentators predicted he would announce by mid-week that he had an administration in place.

Mar 2, 2013

Netanyahu gets 14 more days to form new Israeli government

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an additional 14 days to try to form a new government after he was unable to complete the task during an initial 28-day period.

Talks with potential partners have been deadlocked since elections on January 22 and if he is unable to form a government by March 16 a new poll could be called – a delay that also puts into question a planned visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Feb 27, 2013

EU report denounces “provocative” Israeli settlement building

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli building on occupied land poses the most serious threat to the creation of a Palestinian state, EU diplomats said in a report leaked on Wednesday, urging Europe not to fund any settlement activities.

The non-binding document by European Union consul generals in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, territory captured in a 1967 war, said the 27-nation bloc should be diligent in ensuring settlements are excluded from trade benefits enjoyed by Israel.

Feb 22, 2013

Barca want “peace match” against Israeli-Palestinian team

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Barcelona plan to play a friendly football match against a joint Israeli-Palestinian team in Tel Aviv at the end of July in the hope of promoting Middle East peace, the Catalonian club’s president said on Thursday.

“Barcelona, wishes to… contribute to the effort to strengthen the bridges of peace and dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian communities. The best way we can do this is with a ball,” Sandro Rosell said.

Feb 22, 2013

Soccer-Barca want ‘peace match’ against Israeli-Palestinian team

JERUSALEM, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Barcelona plan to play a friendly soccer match against a joint Israeli-Palestinian team in Tel Aviv at the end of July in the hope of promoting Middle East peace, the Catalonian club’s president said on Thursday.

“Barcelona, wishes to… contribute to the effort to strengthen the bridges of peace and dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian communities. The best way we can do this is with a ball,” Sandro Rosell said.

Feb 17, 2013

Israeli former FM Lieberman pleads not guilty as trial starts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, pleaded not guilty on Sunday to charges of fraud and breach of trust at the start of a trial that has put the ultranationalist’s political career into doubt.

The allegations led Lieberman, a key ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to resign from cabinet two months ago.

Feb 12, 2013

“Herod the Great” show in Israel angers Palestinians

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The first major museum exhibition on the divisive biblical figure of Herod the Great has provoked a modern-day row between Israel and the Palestinians over who has the right to dig up his artefacts.

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday unveiled a display dedicated to Herod – branded a baby-killer in the Christian tradition but remembered by many in Israel for rebuilding the Jewish Temple two millennia ago.

Feb 11, 2013

New Iran centrifuges could shorten path to atomic bomb: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that new centrifuges Iran was installing for its uranium enrichment program could cut by a third the time needed to create a nuclear bomb.

As Iran and world powers prepare to resume talks aimed at easing a dispute that has raised fears of a new Middle East war, Tehran announced late last month it planned to install the new machines at its main enrichment plant.

Feb 3, 2013

Iran threat is paramount for new Israeli govt – Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday took on the job of forming a new government and said its most important task would be to ensure that Iran does not gain nuclear arms.

President Shimon Peres formally called on Netanyahu to assemble a new coalition following the January 22 general election in which Netanyahu’s rightist Likud-Beitenu emerged as the biggest party. It controls 31 seats in the 120-seat parliament.

Feb 2, 2013

Iran threat is paramount for new Israeli government: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday took on the job of forming a new government and said its most important task would be to ensure that Iran does not gain nuclear arms.

President Shimon Peres formally called on Netanyahu to assemble a new coalition following the January 22 general election in which Netanyahu’s rightist Likud-Beitenu emerged as the biggest party. It controls 31 seats in the 120-seat parliament.