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31 Dec 2011

Major Israeli businesses helped quadruple donations to right-wing Im Tirtzu movement

The Azrieli Group is deeply committed to improving and advancing the community, and social responsibility is an integral part of the company's business program.  This is how one of the most powerful business groups in the Israeli economy - a shareholder in Bank Leumi and LeumiCard, which has 13 malls throughout the country and a controlling share in the Sonol, Tambour and Supergaz companies - introduces itself. Haaretz Magazine is revealing here for the first time that this "social responsibility" includes a substantial donation to the right-wing Im Tirtzu movement.
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28 Dec 2011

Jerusalem approves 130 new housing units beyond Green Line

The Jerusalem municipality approved Tuesday a plan to build 130 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood in the souther part of Jerusalem beyond the Green Line. The plan, which originally called for building a tourist area on the border of the village of Beit Safafa, was eventually changed in favor of resident housing. Beit Safafa residents opposed the plan, saying that it hurt the village s ability to develop
The Jerusalem municipality approved Tuesday a plan to build 130 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood in the souther...

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27 Dec 2011

Thousands of Israelis protest gender segregation in Beit Shemesh

Thousands of Israelis amassed near the Orot girl's school in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday to protest gender segregation in a city that has become a symbol for the struggle against religious extremism. The rally was originally slated to take place in the courtyard of the school, but the venue was changed after organizers said Haredi extremists had threatened violence unless the location was changed
Thousands of Israelis amassed near the Orot girl's school in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday to protest gender segregation in a...

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27 Dec 2011

Israel airstrike kills Islamic Jihad operative in Gaza, report says

An explosion, apparently caused by an Israeli air strike, killed one person and wounded two others in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Palestinian hospital officials said. Initial Ch. 2 reports indicated that the strike trageted and killed an Islamic Jihad operative.
An explosion, apparently caused by an Israeli air strike, killed one person and wounded two others in the Gaza Strip on...
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27 Dec 2011

ElBaradei: U.S., Egypt in secret talks on fate of Israel peace treaty

The United States is engaged in secret talks with Egypt's ruling military council geared at ensuring that the country's democratically elected regime will maintain its peace treaty with Israel, top Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday.
The United States is engaged in secret talks with Egypt's ruling military council geared at ensuring that the country's...
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19 Dec 2011

Germany: Israel plan for new West Bank homes ‘devastating’ to peace

Israel must refrain from constructing new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a top aide of German Chancellor Angela Merkal said on Monday, following Israel's announcement of over 1,000 new housing units beyond the Green Line.
Israel must refrain from constructing new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a top aide of German...
19 Dec 2011

The ‘pro-Israel’ right loses it

It has been over a week since the lobby that deems itself "pro-Israel" began its recent effort to suppress the views of those of us it considers Israel-haters, self-hating Jews, or - in a most ridiculous twist given that most of us are Jews - "anti-Semites". The effort to silence us now stems from (1) the determination to defeat President Obama, and (2) the need to intimidate us as the lobby and its congressional acolytes cowboy up for a bombing campaign against Iran.
It has been over a week since the lobby that deems itself "pro-Israel" began its recent effort to suppress the views of...

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18 Dec 2011

Israel plans to build more than 1,000 homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem

The Housing Ministry published tenders on Sunday for 1,028 homes to be built in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, part of a plan to build 6,000 housing units throughout Israel. According to a statement by the ministry, 500 homes will be built in Har Homa in south Jerusalem, on land occupied during the 1967 Six Day War; 348 in the West Bank settlement of Betar Illit; and 180 in Givat Ze'ev, which lies between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
The Housing Ministry published tenders on Sunday for 1,028 homes to be built in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem,...

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18 Dec 2011

Clashes erupt in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon; one killed

Sporadic clashes broke out between armed factions in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp on Sunday after the bodyguard of an official there was killed, a witness and security officials said. Fighters supporting the mainstream Fatah party clashed with gunmen suspected of belonging to extremist Islamist parties, shooting at each other and firing rocket propelled grenades in Ain el-Hilweh in southern Lebanon.
Sporadic clashes broke out between armed factions in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp on Sunday after the...

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18 Dec 2011

Israel to free 550 Palestinian prisoners

Israel has prepared to release 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second and final phase of a swap with the Hamas organization that brought home an Israeli soldier after five years in captivity. Sunday's release will complete an Egyptian-brokered deal to exchange a total of 1,027 prisoners for Gilad Schalit, who was captured by Gaza fighters in June 2006. Schalit returned home in October when Israel freed the first batch of 477 prisoners.
Israel has prepared to release 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second and final phase of a swap with the Hamas...

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15 Dec 2011

IDF, Israel police demolish buildings in West Bank outpost of Mitzpeh Yitzhar

The Israel Defense Forces and border police dismantled two buildings in the West Bank outpost of Mitzpeh Yitzhar early on Thursday morning. The area around the outpost was declared a closed military zone, in order to prevent anyone from obstructing the demolition.
The Israel Defense Forces and border police dismantled two buildings in the West Bank outpost of Mitzpeh Yitzhar early...

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13 Dec 2011

Israel Education Minister: Palestinian state in West Bank ‘dangerous move’

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Tuesday that the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank is a dangerous move which will not bring peace. Sa ar, who spoke during a trip to promote student trips to Shiloh, a Jewish historical site located in the West Bank, stated that the strengthening of radical Islamic elements in the region, as well as the conduct of the Palestinian Authority on the world stage should cause Israel to question the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Tuesday that the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank is a...

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13 Dec 2011

Right-wing activist calls on IDF soldiers to sabotage equipment

A day after settlers attacked a West Bank IDF base, one of Yitzhar settlement's most prominent residents, Boaz Albert, published a "personal letter" to IDF soldiers calling on them to sabotage the army's equipment and prevent evacuations.
A day after settlers attacked a West Bank IDF base, one of Yitzhar settlement's most prominent residents, Boaz Albert,...

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12 Dec 2011

Israeli soldiers clash with mourners at funeral of Palestinian protester

Palestinian youths have clashed with Israeli soldiers at the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian who died after being hit in the head with a teargas canister fired by an Israeli soldier. A procession of hundreds had carried the taxi driver's body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, from a hospital in Ramallah to Nabi Saleh, the small West Bank village where he lived and was fatally injured.
Palestinian youths have clashed with Israeli soldiers at the funeral of Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian who...

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12 Dec 2011

IDF agrees to expansion of West Bank settlement

Israel's military establishment has approved the establishment of a new, permanent neighborhood and a farm near the West Bank settlement of Efrat. The projects will go beyond the community's current built-up area, constituting an effective expansion of the Etzion Bloc of settlements toward the north and north-east. After they are completed, Jewish settlement in northern Gush Etzion will reach the edges of Bethlehem's southernmost suburbs.
Israel's military establishment has approved the establishment of a new, permanent neighborhood and a farm near the West...

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12 Dec 2011

Israel calls for ‘paralyzing’ sanctions against Iran

Iran's ruling clerics could use nuclear weapons to strengthen their grip on power and the world must urgently impose crippling sanctions to prevent them from building such arms, Israel's defense minister said on Sunday.
Iran's ruling clerics could use nuclear weapons to strengthen their grip on power and the world must urgently impose...
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9 Dec 2011

Barrage of rockets strike southern Israel

5 rockets exploded in southern Israel Friday, including one shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. No damage was reported. The barrage came hours after a Qassam rocket landed in an open area in Hof Ashkelon on Friday afternoon, following IAF strikes in Gaza overnight Thursday.
5 rockets exploded in southern Israel Friday, including one shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. No damage...

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9 Dec 2011

Barrage of rockets strike southern Israel

5 rockets exploded in southern Israel Friday, including one shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. No damage was reported. The barrage came hours after a Qassam rocket landed in an open area in Hof Ashkelon on Friday afternoon, following IAF strikes in Gaza overnight Thursday.
5 rockets exploded in southern Israel Friday, including one shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. No damage...

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9 Dec 2011

Israeli Planes Attack Gaza Targets

Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza early Friday, killing one Palestinian, as militants fired more rockets into southern Israel. Tensions flared after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Thursday killed two Palestinians whom the military described as terrorists involved in a plot to attack Israelis.
Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza early Friday, killing one Palestinian, as militants fired more rockets into...

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9 Dec 2011

Israeli Planes Attack Gaza Targets

Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza early Friday, killing one Palestinian, as militants fired more rockets into southern Israel. Tensions flared after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Thursday killed two Palestinians whom the military described as terrorists involved in a plot to attack Israelis.
Israel carried out more airstrikes in Gaza early Friday, killing one Palestinian, as militants fired more rockets into...

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5 Dec 2011

Egyptian election results ‘disturbing’ says Israel’s defence minster

Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, has said that initial results from Egypt's parliamentary elections are "very, very disturbing". Few official results have been released from the first round vote, but leaked counts point to a clear majority for Islamist parties led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, has said that initial results from Egypt's parliamentary elections are "very,...
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5 Dec 2011

Number of gender-segregated religious schools in Israel tripled during past decade

Gender segregation is in effect at 65 percent of the state-run religious elementary schools in Israel, according to data obtained by Haaretz from the Education Ministry's elementary school supervision department. The figures show that boys and girls study together in only 140 religious elementary schools around the country, with the remaining schools strictly adhering to absolute gender separation - in some places starting in Grade 1, and elsewhere in Grades 3 or 4
Gender segregation is in effect at 65 percent of the state-run religious elementary schools in Israel, according to data...

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5 Dec 2011

Israel concession on Palestinian funds forced by German submarine deal

Israel's decision to release frozen public funds to the Palestinians last week came after Germany insisted it did so as a condition for the completion of the sale of a submarine, a German newspaper reported Sunday.
Israel's decision to release frozen public funds to the Palestinians last week came after Germany insisted it did so as...

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3 Dec 2011

Barak We can’t wait until Iran has nuclear bomb

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday that Iran is getting closer to developing a nuclear bomb, and that new and more crippling sanctions should be imposed on the Islamic Republic. Speaking on "Meet the Press," a Channel 2 program, Barak denied however that the latest blasts that occurred in Iran mark the beginning of a military campaign. Barak said actions against Iran are being carried out in the diplomatic sphere, through sanctions and through the activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday that Iran is getting closer to developing a nuclear bomb, and that...

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3 Dec 2011

U.S. Senate approve sanctions against Iran central bank, despite Obama objection

The Senate unanimously approved tougher sanctions against Iran on Thursday, voting to penalize foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran's central bank, the main conduit for its oil revenues. The Senate acted despite warnings from Obama administration officials who said threatening U.S. allies might not be the best way to get their cooperation in action against Iran.
The Senate unanimously approved tougher sanctions against Iran on Thursday, voting to penalize foreign financial...
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3 Dec 2011

Panetta: Israel must mend fences in region

United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has urged Israel to "reach out and mend fences'' with Turkey, Egypt and others in the Middle East, saying he is troubled by Tel Aviv's growing isolation in the region. During remarks on Friday at the Brookings Institution, Panetta also pressed Israeli leaders to do more to restart peace talks with the Palestinians and underscored US President Barack Obama's determination to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has urged Israel to "reach out and mend fences'' with Turkey, Egypt and...

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3 Dec 2011

After American Outcry, Israel Ends Ad Campaign Aimed at Expatriates

One video advertisement shows a Jewish elderly couple distraught that their Israeli granddaughter in the United States thinks Hanukkah is Christmas. Another shows a clueless American boyfriend who does not get why his Israeli expatriate girlfriend is saddened on Israel s memorial day. -- For many American Jews, the Israeli government-sponsored ads, intended to cajole Israelis living in the United States to come home, smacked of arrogance, ignorance and cultural disrespect of America. Jewish groups in the United States expressed outrage, saying they were causing a rift with American Jews who support Israel. On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aborted the campaign.
One video advertisement shows a Jewish elderly couple distraught that their Israeli granddaughter in the United States...
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2 Dec 2011

Barak: Israel isn’t looking for war with Iran over its nuclear program

Speaking on the chances of an Israeli strike of Iran's nuclear program on Thursday, Barak told Israel Radio that "Israel isn't looking for war with Iran and has no intention of acting right now." The defense minister added, however, that Israel was "very strong, and far from being paralyzed with fear or fright and must proceed quietly and calmly." Barak referred to recent European and U.S. financial sanctions against Iran, in the wake of an attack by protesters on the U.K. embassy in Tehran, saying that "any step that would prevent the need for military actions is a positive one, and British and European response in recent days to events in Iran have been correct."
Speaking on the chances of an Israeli strike of Iran's nuclear program on Thursday, Barak told Israel Radio that "Israel...

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1 Dec 2011

Israel does not intend to strike Iran nuclear facilities ‘right now,’ Barak says

Israel isn't looking for war with Iran, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday, adding that he would be pleased if diplomatic moves and sanctions would sway Tehran away from its contentious nuclear program.
Israel isn't looking for war with Iran, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday, adding that he would be pleased if...

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1 Dec 2011

Corruption in Israel drops to record depths, new survey shows

Corruption in Israel has risen to record dimensions, at least according to the latest survey tracking perceptions in the business community by the organization Transparency International. Israel's ranking was affected by the parade of high officials indicted in the last couple years, says Galia Sagy, head of Israel Transparency International.
Corruption in Israel has risen to record dimensions, at least according to the latest survey tracking perceptions in the...

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1 Dec 2011

Netanyahu balks at Abbas proposal for Palestinian state borders

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently provided representatives of the Middle East Quartet with a new proposal on borders for a Palestinian state and security arrangements that Israel would be provided in a peace agreement. The Quartet, which is comprised of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia, has demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provide a counterproposal, however Israel has refused to do so, saying that any counterproposal should be presented in direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently provided representatives of the Middle East Quartet with a new...

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1 Dec 2011

Report offers chilling view of Israel’s working poor

More than half of the poor families in Israel have jobs, and that number has increased in recent years, according to new data published by the National Insurance Institute in its latest report. The report also states poverty among working families has deepened.
More than half of the poor families in Israel have jobs, and that number has increased in recent years, according to new...

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30 Nov 2011

Israel Releases Funds to Palestinian Authority

Israel agreed on Wednesday to transfer to the Palestinian Authority about $100 million in tax and customs payments that it has withheld for four weeks in protest over the Palestinians membership efforts at the United Nations and pursuit of power-sharing with Hamas.
Israel agreed on Wednesday to transfer to the Palestinian Authority about $100 million in tax and customs payments that...

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29 Nov 2011

Al-Qaida linked group claims responsibility for Katyusha fire against Israel

The Sheikh Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a militant group affiliated with Al-Qaida on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the four Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon at Israel overnight. The small organization, whose members live mostly in hideouts in Palestinian refugee camps across southern Lebanon, has claimed responsibility for past rocket attack on Israel, as well.
The Sheikh Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a militant group affiliated with Al-Qaida on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the...

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29 Nov 2011

Palestinian Economy Minister charged with embezzlement, insider trading

Palestinian Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh has been charged with financial wrongdoing, court sources said on Tuesday, piling pressure on Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's beleaguered government. There was no immediate comment from Abu Libdeh, who has always denied accusations of corruption. Under Palestinian law he will no longer be able to work as a minister and his functions will be frozen pending a verdict.
Palestinian Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh has been charged with financial wrongdoing, court sources said on...

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29 Nov 2011

Former MI chief: Iran has enough material for 4 or 5 nuclear bombs

Former Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Tuesday that Iran had enough material to develop "four or five" nuclear bombs, adding that it was imperative for Israel to maintain good relations with members of the international community capable of dealing with that threat.
Former Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Tuesday that Iran had enough material to develop...

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29 Nov 2011

Israel retaliates following rocket attack from within Lebanon

Recent calm along the Israel-Lebanon border broke early Tuesday after unknown assailants in southern Lebanon fired four rockets into northern Israel, the first such attack since 2009. Israel immediately retaliated with a volley of artillery strikes targeting the source of the rocket fire, near the Lebanese village of Eid Tashaad.
Recent calm along the Israel-Lebanon border broke early Tuesday after unknown assailants in southern Lebanon fired four...

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28 Nov 2011

Netanyahu Israel mulling release of frozen Palestinian tax money

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he is considering releasing Palestinian tax revenue that Israel has frozen for more than a month, after UNESCO accepted the Palestinians as a full member.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he is considering releasing Palestinian tax revenue that Israel has...

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28 Nov 2011

Egypt turmoil may prompt Israel to strike Gaza

Israel may well decide to strike Gaza - but that decision will be determined not in Jerusalem, but by events in Cairo. -- As a regional power, Egypt clearly needs a large, strong army. Less clear is the question of what this army might oppose during the second decade of the 21st century. Col. Muammar Gadhafi's Libya, which threatened clashes with Egypt during the 1980s and 1990s, has collapsed. Ships now relay large quantities of state-of-the-art arms from Gadhafi's arsenals to Egypt's shores or Sinai, and from there to Gaza. To the south, Sudan's situation has stabilized, more or less.
Israel may well decide to strike Gaza - but that decision will be determined not in Jerusalem, but by events in Cairo....

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27 Nov 2011

Rabbi Yoffie to Haaretz Anti-democratic laws ‘catastrophic’ for Israel’s ties with Diaspora Jews

The leader of the Reform movement in the U.S. warned Sunday, in an exclusive interview with Haaretz, of the damage anti-democratic laws will have on Diaspora Jews and Israel alike. "The anti-democratic laws that have passed, or that are expected to pass, in the Knesset are not bad only for Israel. These laws could have a catastrophic impact on relations between Israel and the Jews of the Diaspora - especially American Jews," warned Rabbi Eric Yoffie.
The leader of the Reform movement in the U.S. warned Sunday, in an exclusive interview with Haaretz, of the damage...
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27 Nov 2011

In Israel, concerns about stifling of dissent

The writing was on the walls. Death threats, spray-painted in red letters, covered the stairwell leading to the apartment of Hagit Ofran, an activist who monitors Israeli building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem for the anti-settlement group Peace Now.
The writing was on the walls. Death threats, spray-painted in red letters, covered the stairwell leading to the...

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27 Nov 2011

Israel’s Other Occupation

CLEARLY, there s a war here, sometimes even worse than the one in Samaria, the yeshiva student said. It s not a war with guns. It s a war of light against darkness. We were sitting in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Acre in Israel. The war he described was another front in the struggle he knew from growing up in a settlement in the northern West Bank, or Samaria: the daily contest between Jews and Palestinians for control of the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.
CLEARLY, there s a war here, sometimes even worse than the one in Samaria, the yeshiva student said. It s not a war with...

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25 Nov 2011

Ahmadinejad calls on Iranians to remain united against Western sanctions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on his people to not let themselves be intimidated and to remain united against Western sanctions designed to make the country give up its nuclear aspirations, the ISNA news agency reported Friday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on his people to not let themselves be intimidated and to remain united...
25 Nov 2011

Fayyad: Palestinian Authority will soon become completely incapacitated by Israel

The Palestinian Authority is "fast approaching the point of being completely incapacitated" by Israel's refusal to hand over tax revenues belonging to the authority, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Thursday.
The Palestinian Authority is "fast approaching the point of being completely incapacitated" by Israel's refusal to hand...

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25 Nov 2011

Palestinian factions set election date

The leaders of the main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, have agreed to to hold elections in May 2012 after holding talks in Cairo over a power-sharing arrangement. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader, hailed a new "partnership" after Thursday s talks in the Egyptian capital, their first working meeting since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007.
The leaders of the main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, have agreed to to hold elections in May 2012 after...

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23 Nov 2011

Netanyahu calls for stronger sanctions on Iran than those imposed by U.S.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for stronger sanctions on Iran than those imposed this week by the United States, Britain and Canada to try to curb its nuclear ambitions. "Iran is developing nuclear weapons. If anyone had any doubts, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) report certainly dispelled them," Netanyahu told parliament, referring to the UN body's findings on Nov. 8 that suggested Iran had worked on designing a nuclear bomb.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for stronger sanctions on Iran than those imposed this week by the...

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22 Nov 2011

Thousands rally in Tel Aviv in support of democracy in Israel

Approximately 2,000 protesters rallied in Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday against the series of Knesset bills seen by them as draconian and anti-democratic. The rally came after on Monday a contentious bill toughing Israel's libel passed its first hurdle in the Knesset, passing first reading despite vocal resistance from both opposition and coalition members.
Approximately 2,000 protesters rallied in Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday against the series of Knesset bills seen...

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20 Nov 2011

Jordan King to visit Ramallah, discuss Palestinian unity government with Abbas

King Abdullah II of Jordan will arrive Monday in Ramallah on a very rare brief visit to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud. The two leaders will meet at the headquarters of the Palestinian government before noon. Senior Israeli officials estimate that the king s visit is in anticipation of Abbas planned meeting later in the week with Khaled Meshal, the head of Hamas political wing, and the possibility of establishing a Palestinian unity government.
King Abdullah II of Jordan will arrive Monday in Ramallah on a very rare brief visit to meet with Palestinian Authority...

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19 Nov 2011

Hamas: Next Palestinian government will be located in Gaza

Fatah and Hamas have agreed that the next Palestinian government will be located in the Gaza Strip, and hence the next head of the Palestinian government will be from Gaza, an adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday.
Fatah and Hamas have agreed that the next Palestinian government will be located in the Gaza Strip, and hence the next...

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18 Nov 2011

If Israel Bombs Iran, It’ll Jam, Spoof and Hack First

Iran s nuclear program inspires perennial rumors of an Israeli air raid. No one really knows if one is coming. But if it does, it won t be a conventional bombing run. Israel has quietly developed powerful jamming, spoofing and electronic weapons to confuse the mullahs before, during and after an attack.
Iran s nuclear program inspires perennial rumors of an Israeli air raid. No one really knows if one is coming. But if it...

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17 Nov 2011

UN nuclear watchdog to soften Iran resolution, as gesture to China and Russia

A new resolution on Iran drafted by the International Atomic Energy Agency only moderately condemns the Islamic Republic's nuclear defiance, softening the body's recent damning report revealing that Tehran was working toward developing atomic weapons.
A new resolution on Iran drafted by the International Atomic Energy Agency only moderately condemns the Islamic...

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17 Nov 2011

Israel may target Iran civilian infrastructure as part of military strike, report says

Israel intends to electronic warfare on Iranian civilian infrastructures in the event of a strike against the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities, The Daily Beast reported on Thursday, amid ongoing fallout from a damning report by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog.
Israel intends to electronic warfare on Iranian civilian infrastructures in the event of a strike against the Islamic...

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17 Nov 2011

Israeli ministers to debate bill forcing government to approve settlement construction

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is scheduled to debate a bill on Sunday that would obligate the government to authorize building in the 10 largest settlements in accordance with their "natural development."
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is scheduled to debate a bill on Sunday that would obligate the government to...

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15 Nov 2011

Peres: World doesn’t need military assault on Iran nuclear program

Speaking to CNN, President advocates for 'moral attack' on Tehran; Peres also rejects notion that Israel stands alone in facing Tehran's nuclear program, says Iran is as global an issue as the economic crisis.
Speaking to CNN, President advocates for 'moral attack' on Tehran; Peres also rejects notion that Israel stands alone in...

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10 Nov 2011

A Russian warning to Israel over Iran

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has described any possible Israeli military strike against Iran as a "very serious mistake", adding that such action would have "unpredictable consequences".
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has described any possible Israeli military strike against Iran as a "very...

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9 Nov 2011

Iran Wins – End of democracy in Israel

To bring an end to the existence of a Jewish state, to erase Israel from the map, this is the sum total of what Iran must do now: Nothing. Iran wins because of what many Israelis now see that Israel is turning itself into: Iran. - Wave upon wave of legislation, governmental fiat, and clerical fanaticism, bigotry, graft, and extortion, which are fast turning Israel into the only former democracy in the Middle East.
To bring an end to the existence of a Jewish state, to erase Israel from the map, this is the sum total of what Iran...
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