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16 dead, dozens injured as violence erupts along Israel's borders with Syria

Israeli troops today clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders, including the frontier with Syria, leaving 16 people dead and dozens more wounded in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations marking a Palestinian day of mourning for t...

Iron Dome intercepts first rocket

Residents in Ashkelon reported Thursday seeing Israel's new Iron Dome defense system intercept a Grad rocket fired towards the southern city from the Gaza Strip. IDF officials called the interception a "historical moment", saying it was the first ...


Israeli minister proposes Gaza artificial island

Jeffrey Heller Reuters Africa 31.03.2011
Israeli minister proposes Gaza artificial island

Israel is considering building an artificial island with sea and air ports off blockaded Gaza, as a long-term solution to shipping goods into the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, the transport minister said.

Israel's Netanyahu sues media for libel

The Israeli prime minister has filed $300,000 libel suits against an Israeli TV station and a newspaper over reports he allegedly took expensive flights, hotels and restaurant meals from wealthy associates.


Israel deploys 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system

Israel on Sunday stationed the first batteries of its "Iron Dome" short-range missile defence system in the south of the country, but stressed the initial deployment was experimental.

Israel ready to react with 'great force': Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Friday that Israel is ready to act with "great force" in response to a spate of rocket fire by Gaza militants and a deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem.


Rocket fire increases; Israel may deploy 'Iron Dome' counter-rocket defense system next week

As missile fire from the Gaza Strip escalated on Thursday, the IDF is preparing for the possible deployment of the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system along Israel’s border with Gaza.

Hamas fires dozens of mortars at Israel

Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 50 mortar shells into Israel on Saturday, the heaviest barrage in two years, Israeli officials said, raising the prospect of a new Mideast flareup.


Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza-Netanyahu

Jeffrey Heller Yahoo! News 16.03.2011
Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza-Netanyahu

Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized a cargo ship in the Mediterranean carrying what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said were Iranian-supplied weapons intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Israel to expand settlements after family killing

Harriet Sherwood The Guardian 14.03.2011
Israel to expand settlements after family killing

Israel is to build hundreds of homes in West Bank settlements in response to the murder of five members of a Jewish settler family, including two children and a baby, believed to be the work of Palestinian militants. The events of the weekend are ...


Jewish couple, three children killed in West Bank

A Jewish couple and three of their children were stabbed to death in a West Bank settlement on Saturday in what Israeli officials said was an attack by a Palestinian who broke into their home in the early hours.

Israel settlers block roads in 'Day of Rage'

Settlers tried to block a main highway and burned tyres at the entrance to Jerusalem, launching a "Day of Rage" to protest police action during an outpost demolition, officials said.


Israeli army 'ready for all eventualities': PM

The Israeli military is "ready for all eventualities" as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes "an earthquake," Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt's regime collapsed.

Israel jittery about gas supply from Egypt

AMY TEIBEL My Way News 06.02.2011
Israel jittery about gas supply from Egypt

An explosion at an Egyptian gas terminal that disrupted the supply of fuel to Israel had Israeli officials pressing Sunday to speed development of a natural gas deposit that they say can make Israel energy independent.


Israel army to enlist more ultra-Orthodox

Israel's cabinet on Sunday voted to double the number of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men called up for compulsory military service, a move described as revolutionary by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Angry crowd forces Israeli PM to halt speech

Angry relatives of 42 Israelis killed in a huge forest fire last month forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop his speech Wednesday at a ceremony honoring the dead.


Israel arrests staff from British consulate: Foreign Office

Israeli authorities have arrested two locally hired workers at the British consulate general in Jerusalem who were reportedly linked to a plot to attack a stadium, the Foreign Office in London said Monday.

Israel preparing for 'large scale war': cable

Israel's army chief told a US Congress delegation in late 2009 he was preparing for a large war in the Middle East, probably against Hamas or Hezbollah, leaked US diplomatic cables showed on Sunday.


Disgraced ex-Israeli president convicted of rape

JOSEF FEDERMAN Yahoo! News 01.01.2011
Disgraced ex-Israeli president convicted of rape

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was convicted of rape Thursday, a dramatic fall from grace for a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a symbol of achievement for Jews of Middle Eastern origin.

Israeli foreign minister: peace is 'impossible'

DANIEL ESTRIN Yahoo! News 26.12.2010
Israeli foreign minister: peace is 'impossible'

Israel's foreign minister said Sunday a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible under current conditions and that Israel should pursue a lesser deal instead — a concept the Palestinians swiftly rejected.



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