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Snowden files reveal tangled Israeli spy links

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2013

American National Security Agency (NSA) documents published by US and British newspapers in recent weeks reveal both the extent of American-Israeli intelligence co-operation but also the efforts by the Americans to keep tabs on Israeli operations.

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New Middle East minister attacks settlements

By Marcus Dysch, November 7, 2013

Britain’s new Middle East Minister has used his first visit to Israel to criticise settlement building and warn that it could hamper peace efforts.

Hugh Robertson said settlement announcements “erode public support” in Britain, and warned that building could “endanger the viability of a two-state solution and peace process”.

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South African government boycotts Israel

By Moira Schneider, November 7, 2013

There was alarm among South African Jews last week after the country’s International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told reporters of a government policy not to engage with Israel at ministerial level until progress had been made in the peace process and in addressing Palestinians’ grievances.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman: Back in the game

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The judges of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court not only exonerated Avigdor Lieberman from charges of fraud and breach of trust on Wednesday, they accepted all the main claims of his defence team, effectively quashing any chance for the State Prosecutor to appeal and overturn the verdict.

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Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption

By Daniel Easterman, November 6, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has been acquitted of all fraud charges in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel at Jerusalem's magistrate court.

In response to the verdict, Mr Lieberman said he was now ready to move on with his life. "I don't want to dwell on this issue any more; I want to put this chapter behind me.

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Lieberman verdict will have far-reaching effect

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Next Wednesday will be a pivotal day in Israeli politics. The verdict in Avigdor Lieberman’s fraud and breach of trust case will not only determine the fate of one of the most powerful men in the country, it could also have a profound effect on the coalition’s future and on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flexibility in pursuing the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

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Shas battles over Yosef successor

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The deterioration in the health of 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has thrown his party, Shas, into a battle over who will succeed the spiritual leader.

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UK condemns new Israeli settlements

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned Israel's announcement of more than 1,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Plans were announced on Wednesday to construct hundreds of homes for Israeli settlers in 11 areas, including Shilo, Almog and Alon Shevut.

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Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements.

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Second Bank of Israel candidate checks out

By Sandy Rashty, August 2, 2013

Professor Leo Leiderman has withdrawn his candidacy to become the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

The chief economist at Israel’s Bank Hapoalim withdrew from the position on Friday, despite being appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid as the next governor just two days earlier.

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