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World powers 'have given up' in Iran nuke talks: Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Jerusalem : In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that world powers "have given up" on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations.

Netanyahu's comments, at a meeting of his Likud Party outside of Jerusalem, come as he plans to address the US Congress on the nuclear negotiations.

The West fears Iran could build an atomic bomb with its nuclear program. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes. The Islamic Republic is now negotiating a final deal with the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, with hopes of on a preliminary deal in March and a follow-up pact in June.

Netanyahu to endorse Reuven Rivlin in presidential poll

Benjamin NetanyahuJerusalem, May 29 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will endorse Reuven Rivlin in next month's presidential election, a spokesperson for his office said Wednesday.

Rivlin, a veteran politician from the right-wing Likud Party, was a former speaker of the Israeli parliament -- the Knesset. He has had bad blood with Netanyahu who initially did not immediately support him.

The Israeli prime minister said he took his time to consider other nominations and "see the final list of candidates" before making a decision in a conversation with Rivlin Wednesday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

Israeli PM associates Holocaust to Iran's ambitious nuclear deals

Benjamin-NetanyahuJerusalem, Apr 29 : Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has linked the Holocaust to suspected ambitious nuclear deals of Iran.

The comments from Netanyahu came as he inaugurated the country's annual Memorial Day for the 6 million Jews killed in Holocaust and has issued warning to the world to prevent another Holocaust.

In his speech, Netanyahu linked the Nazi genocide to Iran's suspected nuclear deals attempts and its repeated attempts to disregard the Holocaust.

Israel backs Jewish settlers in West Bank

Moshe Ya'alonJerusalem, April 14 - Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon Sunday authorised Jewish settler families to move into a controversial building in the old city of Hebron in the West Bank, media reported.

"Following up with the court's decision... the settling of the house by those who purchased it was approved today (Sunday)," Ya'alon said, adding that a restricted number of families had been allowed to move into the building, Xinhua reported.

The four-story building is located in the old city of Hebron in the part populated by Jewish settlers.

IMF sees moderate economic growth for Israel

IMF sees moderate economic growth for IsraelJerusalem, April 9 - Israel's economic growth and unemployment rate are both expected to go up in coming future against the backdrop of a stronger global economic recovery, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday.

Israel's economic growth will increase from this year's 3.2 percent to 3.4 percent in 2015, driven mainly by the start of gas production from the country's offshore Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, Xinhua quoted the IMF as saying in its biannual economic forecast, the World Economic Outlook 2014.

Israel to give up 'some settlements' for peace push

Benjamin-NetanyahuJerusalem, March 8 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to give up "some settlements" in the occupied West Bank in order to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

"Obviously some of the settlements won't be part of the agreement, everybody understands that," Xinhua quoted the prime minister in an interview which will be broadcasted Saturday on Israel's Channel 2 news.

Netanyahu has for the first time stated his willingness to exchange settlements for peace.

Google acquires Israeli security start-up SlickLogin

Google acquires Israeli security start-up SlickLoginJerusalem, Feb 17 - The global internet giant Google is acquiring SlickLogin, an Israeli developer of sound-based password alternative, in an "acqui-hiring deal", which means SlickLogin's staff and knowledge will be integrated into Google, SlickLogin confirmed the deal on its website Sunday.

Israeli drug giant to lay off 5,000 workers

Israeli drug giant to lay off 5,000 workersJerusalem, Oct 11 - The world's biggest generic drugs manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will fire 10 percent of its workers worldwide, the Israeli-based company announced Thursday.

Most of the 5,000 employees will be fired by the end of 2014. The move will help Teva save $2 billion annually by 2017, compared to the previously guided range of $1.5-2 billion, reported Xinhua citing the company's statement.

Kerry to announce Israel-Palestine peace summit

John-KerryJerusalem, June 29 : US Secretary of State John Kerry may soon announce a peace summit to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a media report said Saturday.

"There is a high probability that a four-way summit will take place, perhaps as soon as this week," Israel's Ha'aretz daily cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying.

The report said the summit will take place in Jordan's capital Amman, with the participation of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the US and Jordan.

Palestinians should have a state as a right: Blair

tony-blairJerusalem, June 19 : Palestinians "should have a state, not as a reward for good behaviour but as a right", Tony Blair, the official envoy of the Middle East Quartet, said Wednesday.

Blair cautioned Israeli leaders that the "window of opportunity" for peace with the Palestinians might close shortly, Xinhua reported.

"Some say the two-state solution is a fantasy. The fantasy is thinking one-state is sustainable or consistent with Israeli values," Blair said at the Fifth Presidential Conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Israel to raise tax on alcoholic beverages

Yair-LapidJerusalem, June 5 : Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid has signed a decree to raise the purchase tax on alcoholic drinks by 25 percent.

As of July 1, the purchase tax on alcoholic beverages would be $28.5 per liter of alcohol, instead of $23 per liter.

Lapid surprised alcohol consumers in the country by bringing the decree into effect five months earlier than expected.

The Israeli government expects to gross in an estimated 200 million shekels (about $54 million) as a result of the hike.

Israeli firm grows bones from fat

bonesJerusalem, April 12 : An Israeli biotech company has developed a way to turn extra fat into new bones to replace missing or damaged bone structure.

With the new findings, Bonus Biogroup based in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, will help millions of people all over the world suffering from bone diseases such as osteoporosis, bone infection and also accidents that cause irreparable damage to the bones, reported Xinhua.

By making the cells grow in a scaffold after scanning the patient's bones to determine the shape, these cells then fill a mould and make a completely new bone resembling the lost one.

Israeli aerospace giant eyes Brazilian market

Israeli aerospace giant eyes Brazilian marketJerusalem, April 8 : Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is operating its integrated command, control and communication center in Brazil, the company said in a statement.

Israeli personnel have been dispatched to operate MC4, developed by IAI's MLM Division (which specializes in the development and production of missiles, communications, simulators and other space related products), in an undisclosed Brazilian state as part of intense marketing efforts.

Obama urges Israel against building Jewish settlements

Obama urges Israel against building Jewish settlementsJerusalem, March 22 - US President Barack Obama called on the Israeli government Thursday to stop building settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying continued settlement activity was "counterproductive" to peace.

Obama, who is on a three-day state visit in Israel, made the appeal during a keynote speech to Israeli students, Xinhua reported.

Israel tests upgraded Arrow missile interceptor

Israel tests upgraded Arrow missile interceptor Jerusalem, Feb 26 : Israel successfully carried out Monday the first flight test of its Arrow III ballistic missile interceptor, the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry''s Missile Defense Organization and the U. S. Missile Defense Agency jointly conducted the trial from an Israeli range on the Mediterranean coast.

The interceptor flew an exo-atmospheric trajectory in line with the test plan, the statement added.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stone cars, several vehicles damaged E. Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stone cars, several vehicles damaged E. JerusalemOn Friday in East Jerusalem, there were dueling demonstrations as leftists protested construction in a Palestinian area and ultra-Orthodox Jews stoned cars.

Ynetnews. com has reported that about 300 people gathered for the weekly demonstration in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. This week's rally had a broader target, Dov Khenin, a member of the Knesset, or parliament, said.

Israel to build fence along border with Egypt

Jerusalem, Jan 11 - Israel will close off its southern border with Egypt by building a fence to prevent the entry of "infiltrators and terrorists", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

"I decided to close Israel's southern border to infiltrators and terrorists. This is a strategic decision to ensure the Jewish and democratic character of the state of Israel," Netanyahu said.

Israeli police estimate that some 100-200 labour immigrants, refugees and criminals cross illegally into Israel through the border with Egypt each week.

Israeli man divorces 11th wife - begins search for number 12

Israeli man divorces 11th wife - begins search for number 12Jerusalem, Dec 29 : Setting a new record for Israeli Jews, an Israeli man has divorced for the 11th time, the Jerusalem Post daily reported Tuesday.

The 50-year-old from the Jerusalem area said his custom is to divorce his wives every two years and look for a new bride immediately thereafter.

"I throw out a hook and the fish come on their own," he is reported to have said.

The man has been re-setting his own record for the past several years. The previous Jewish Israeli record for divorces by a single person was six.

In the West Bank, a hotel with no name - and no guests

In the West Bank, a hotel with no name - and no guestsAtarot/East (Jerusalem), Dec 23 - The beds have been freshly made. In the lobby, the waiters have set the coffee tables nicely. In the kitchen, the cooks are preparing meat balls in a tomato sauce. At the reception desk, Fakhre Alame stands ready to welcome guests - even though the young man in the snow-white shirt knows that nobody is coming. Not today, not tomorrow, just as has been the case for the past 42 years.

Israel inner cabinet meets to discuss prisoner swap deal

Israel inner cabinet meets to discuss prisoner swap dealJerusalem, Dec 21 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to convene his inner cabinet for a discussion on a prisoner swap with Hamas - which would see Israel release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in return for Gilad Shalit, the soldier held in the Gaza strip for over three years.

Although Sahlit's father, Noam, said the negotiations over his son's release had reached the point of no return, Israeli officials were quoted on Channel 2 News as saying that the deal was still not completed.




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