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Netanyahu Signs Coalition Deal, Names Far-Right Lieberman Defence Chief

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, May 26 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his choice for defence minister, ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday and issued assurances that the most right wing government in Israel’s history would act responsibly. Once Lieberman is sworn in, Netanyahu will have a government of 66 legislators, widening

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Shake-Up in Israeli Politics Prompts “Seeds of Fascism” Warning

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, May 23 – A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monologue: I’m alarmed by what’s happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warns of “the seeds of fascism”. Moshe Arens, who served as defence minister three times, sees it

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Israel Defence Chief Quits, Warns of “Extremist” Rise Under Netanyahu

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, May 20 – Israel’s defence minister resigned on Friday, saying the nation was being taken over by “extremist and dangerous elements” after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an effort to strengthen his coalition. Political sources say Netanyahu has offered long-time rival Avigdor Lieberman

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Jerusalem Bus Bomb Wounds 16, Netanyahu Hints at Palestinian Link

JERUSALEM, April 18 – A bomb blew up a bus and set fire to another in Jerusalem on Monday, wounding 16 people in an attack that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu linked to a six-month-old wave of Palestinian street violence. There was no immediate claim of responsibility from any Palestinian factions for the blast. Israeli

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Israel Affirms its Hold on Golan Ahead Talks With Putin on Syria

By Rami Amichay GAMLA, Golan Heights, April 17 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria’s future. “The Golan Heights will remain in Israel’s hands forever,”

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Israel Backs Out of Spat with Brazil Over Settler Named as Envoy

JERUSALEM, March 28 – Israel reassigned its pick for ambassador to Brazil to a U.S. posting on Monday, backing off in a spat with Brasilia over the nominee’s links to Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Brazil’s left-leaning government, which has supported Palestinian statehood in recent years, had balked at accepting the appointment as

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Netanyahu Cabinet at Odds Over Murder Probe of Soldier in Hebron Shooting

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, March 27 – An Israeli army murder inquiry into a soldier’s killing of a supine and wounded Palestinian assailant, the first such legal proceedings in six months of street violence, triggered friction on Sunday within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Video taken by Israel’s B’Tselem human rights group showed the infantryman

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Biden Says Israel Settlements Raise Questions About Commitment to Peace

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, March 21 – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Israel’s government on Sunday to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians and said settlement expansion is weakening prospects for peace. “Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land,

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Israeli Official Links Netanyahu’s Cancelled U.S. Trip to Defence Aid Hold-Up

JERUSALEM, March 10 – A hold-up over a new U.S. defence package for Israel was behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to forgo a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington this month, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s remarks contrasted with a statement by Netanyahu that cited his

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Netanyahu Rejects French Ultimatum on Palestinian Statehood

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Jan 31- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for a more “sober” approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in dismissing a French peace initiative as only encouraging Palestinians to shun compromise. The proposal on Friday by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for an international peace conference was the latest sign

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