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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Professor Leo Leiderman has withdrawn his candidacy to become the next governor of the Bank of Israel.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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Power pledges to support Israel at UN

By Ellis Bolle, July 18, 2013

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, has promised to combat what she called the “unacceptable bias” against Israel at the global body.

The decision to appoint Mrs Power raised initial concerns in Jerusalem due to her past statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Candidate for chief rabbi is 'severe bigot'

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

borderline racist, sexist and homophobic statements made by the leading candidate in the Sephardi chief rabbinate election have caused outrage in Israel, with Knesset members and Israeli citizens calling for his disqualification.

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Israeli government passes law to enforce universal military draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

It took years of controversy, two committees, two landmark Supreme Court rulings and long months of other acrimonious debates but finally, on Sunday, the Israeli government passed the law regulating the national service of Charedi yeshivah students.

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Time to ‘clean out’ Gaza, says Lieberman after rocket attack

By Zoe Winograd, June 24, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said on Israeli radio that “Israel will have to seriously consider the option of conquering all of Gaza and really cleaning it out.”

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UK minister condemns 'abhorrent' attacks on Arab property

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has criticised the so-called "price tag" attacks committed in the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh this week, calling them “an abhorrent phenomenon”.

The attacks, which were reportedly carried out by right-wing Israeli settlers, included graffiti reading “Arabs out” and “racism or assimilation”, sprayed on walls and the slashing of car tires.

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Watch Shimon Peres’s Presidential Conference LIVE

June 18, 2013

Facing Tomorrow, the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference, will run until Thursday in Jerusalem under the auspices of President Shimon Peres.

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Settlement freeze backed by Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 13, 2013

Former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has thrown his weight behind a temporary freeze on public building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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