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Israeli PM Netanyahu knocked for skipping Nelson Mandela memorial

Netanyahu skips Mandela memorial. Israelis say ‘are you kidding?’ (via The Christian Science Monitor) Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Nov. 17. Fresh off a series of scandals over his high-flying lifestyle and expensive habits, the prime minister said Monday he would skip Nelson…

Israel deploys ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system near Jerusalem

Israel deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system near Jerusalem Sunday, an AFP correspondent said, as the United States lobbied for domestic and international support for military strikes against Syria. The correspondent said the battery was set up west of the city. A military spokeswoman would not comment on the…

Israel to approve prisoner deal in push to revive Palestinian talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged divided rightists in his cabinet to approve the release of 104 Arab prisoners in order to restart peace talk with the Palestinians. Netanyahu postponed the weekly meeting of ministers by an hour to make sure he had majority support for the measure which…

Israel looks to force ultra-Orthodox Jews into military service

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a draft law which will spell the end of a system which has seen tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox exempt from military service. The draft bill, which passed in the cabinet and later in the day in the ministerial committee for legislation, still faces…

Israel army orders settlers out of Hebron house

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military on Monday ordered a group of settlers to evacuate a contested house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, less than a week after they moved into the property. “After examining all the evidence that was handed over and after considering all the circumstances…

Israel says Gaza strikes to go on ‘as long as necessary’

JERUSALEM — Israel will continue air strikes against Gaza “as long as necessary,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, giving no indication that a ground operation was likely for now. “We extracted a high price from them and will continue to do so,” he said at the start of…

Israel scraps ads calling for expats to return

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has cancelled government-sponsored television advertisements calling on expatriates to return, after some American Jews complained that the message denigrated their lifestyles. The spots, aired on Israeli channels that are often viewed by emigrants, featured dramatized scenes of Jewish assimilation in gentile settings. In one, an Israeli…

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