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Israel allegedly refuses to disclose its plans to U.S. regarding Iran

Israel has “rebuffed” President Obama’s request that it disclose any plans to attack Iran, according to an anonymously sourced article in the U.K. newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Allegedly Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was told in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel would offer no guarantees…

Israel denies cyber attack on defense websites

The websites of Israel’s military, Mossad and the Shin Bet intelligence services were back online on Monday after being unavailable the previous day due to what officials said was a “server crash.” The three sites, along with numerous other government websites, crashed on Sunday, two days after the international hackers’ groupAnonymous apparently…

Israel’s Peres says Iran attack ‘more and more likely’

Israeli President Shimon Peres said “an attack on Iran” by Israel and other countries was “more and more likely.” He told Israeli private television’s second channel: “The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn…

Israel PM orders UNESCO funding halt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered a halt to Israel’s financial contributions to UNESCO after the UN cultural organisation granted the Palestinians full membership. Netanyahu “ordered that Israel’s $2 million-per-annum participation in the budget of UNESCO be frozen, following the organisation’s decision to accept the Palestinian Authority into…

In Israel, speculation over strike on Iran grows

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking cabinet support for a military strike on Iran, Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday, after days of speculation on plans for such an attack. The report, citing a senior Israeli official, said Netanyahu was working with Defence Minister Ehud Barak to win support from…

Israel high court discusses prisoner exchange appeals

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a close a saga that has…

Israeli soldier Shalit to be returned home by Thursday

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit is to return to Israel on Tuesday at the same time as 450 Palestinian prisoners are freed if the terms of a swap deal are respected, a senior Israeli official said on Friday. “We hope that the timetable laid out in the agreement will be respected…

Israel ‘to legalize outposts on private Palestinian land’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking ways to legalise unauthorised settlement outposts built on privatePalestinian land, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Tuesday. According to the paper, Netanyahu told ministers from his rightwing Likud party on Sunday that he would order Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to set up a task force to…

Hank Williams Jr. lashes out at media in new song

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – Country singer Hank Williams Jr., whose theme song was pulled from “Monday Night Football” after he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, lashed out at the media on Monday with a topical song called “Keep the Change.” The track, which borrows its title and certain…

Israeli cabinet approves economic reforms in response to mass protests

JERUSALEM — Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved the outline of economic reforms intended to address rising frustrations about the cost of living and income disparity in the Jewish state. The proposals, which passed 21-8, were laid out by a committee appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year, as…

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