TEL AVIV, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Teams have shrugged off security fears in Israel and are looking forward to next year’s Euro Under-21 soccer championships due to be held in cities targeted by Palestinian militants last week, coaches said on Wednesday.
Several sporting events in the Jewish state had to be postponed during an eight-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip during which Islamist militants launched hundreds of rockets on Israeli towns as far north as the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Haifa appointed their former central defender Arik Benado as coach for the remainder of the season on Sunday.
Benado, who retired as a player two seasons ago, has coached Haifa’s youth team since the start of the current campaign and is a hasty replacement for Reuven Atar, who was sacked earlier this month following a very poor start.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Europe’s national Olympic committees scrapped a congress they were due to hold in the Israeli city of Eilat next month because of fighting between Israeli forces and Gaza militants, an Israeli spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Eilat, a southern resort city on the shores of the Red Sea, had been planning for the annual event for the past three years and a year ago was chosen to host it on December 7-8. It will now be held in Rome on the same dates, the spokeswoman said.
JERUSALEM, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Europe’s national Olympic committees scrapped a congress they were due to hold in the Israeli city of Eilat next month because of fighting between Israeli forces and Gaza militants, an Israeli spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Eilat, a southern resort city on the shores of the Red Sea, had been planning for the annual event for the past three years and a year ago was chosen to host it on Dec. 7-8. It will now be held in Rome on the same dates, the spokeswoman said.
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza.
International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the deadliest single incident in the flare-up on Sunday claimed the lives of at least 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel may try to topple President Mahmoud Abbas if he carries out a plan to ask the United Nations this month to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority, an official said on Wednesday.
The upgrade would give the Palestinians a place in the world body akin to that of the Vatican — short of full membership as a sovereign state but as close as they can get without the full recognition that Israel says can only come from a peace treaty.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel struck three targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Tuesday and warned an on-going crisis with Palestinian militants had not been resolved, despite a marked decrease in rocket-fire from the territory.
The Israeli military said its warplanes successfully hit a weapons storage facility in central Gaza and two rocket launching sites in the north of the coastal enclave. No casualties were reported following the loud, pre-dawn blasts.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will stop collecting tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority and not hand over any money if President Mahmoud Abbas continues to seek observer state membership of the United Nations, Israel’s finance minister said on Saturday.
“If the Palestinians continue to advance their unilateral move they should not expect bilateral cooperation. We will not collect their taxes for them and we will not transfer their tax revenues,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he didn’t know about any U.S. plans to talk bilaterally with Iran, saying tougher sanctions and a “credible military option” were the best ways to peacefully halt Tehran’s nuclear program.
The White House had earlier denied a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had agreed in principle to hold bilateral negotiations to halt what the West fears is a plan by the Islamic Republic to develop nuclear weapons.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s vice prime minister said on Sunday he would welcome direct talks between the United States and Iran if they were aimed at halting what Israel sees as plans by the Islamic Republic to build a nuclear weapon.
But Moshe Yaalon also said that he believed a denial by the White House of a New York Times report that Washington and Tehran had agreed in principle to hold bilateral negotiations.