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News Analysis: Israel reacts strongly to new EU guidelines


THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — The intensity with which Israel reacted this week to new European guidelines prohibiting support for projects based in disputed territories surprised not only EU diplomats, but also their Israeli counterparts.

The guidelines, which preclude already nonexistent EU grants to Israeli entities in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convene an emergency...

Kerry announces resumption of Mideast peace talks

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations will resume, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced. “The representatives of two proud people today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling,” Kerry said in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday, where he was on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his job in February. Top negotiators from both sides — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and...

Israeli-Arabs protest Bedouin relocation plan

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of Israeli-Arab citizens shut down access to main roads throughout Israel’s North over a government plan to relocate Bedouin settlement in the Negev.

The protests on Monday afternoon came hours after protesters and police clashed during a rally against the plan in Beersheva. Several protesters were injured and 14 were detained, according to Ynet.

Arab-Israeli residents of Wadi Ara and Umm al-Fahm blocked roads in northern...

Knicks’ Stoudemire becomes part owner of Jerusalem basketball team

(JTA) — New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has purchased a stake in the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire said Friday on his Twitter feed that he joined an ownership group led by businessman Ori Allon that purchased the team, which participated this season in the Eurocup.

“Excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh...

Palestinian man convicted in stabbing murder of Eviatar Borovsky

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli military court convicted a West Bank Palestinian man for the April murder of Eviatar Borovsky, a West Bank father of five.

The Samaria Military Court on Sunday convicted Salam Zagal of Tulkarem on Sunday for the killing of Borovsky of the Itamar settlement.

Zagal stabbed Borovsky, 31, to death as Borovsky waited at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. Border Police officers shot Zagal...

Netanyahu on ‘Face the Nation: ‘I won’t wait until it’s too late’ on Iran

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran will not be allowed to cross the red line set by Israel with regard to its nuclear capability, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on “Face the Nation.”

“They’re not there yet. They’re getting closer,” Netanyahu told Bob Schieffer, the host of the CBS News program. “They should be — they should understand that they are not going to be allowed to cross it.”

“I won’t wait...

Report: Israeli airstrike hit Syrian missile warehouse

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel was responsible for an attack earlier this month on a missile warehouse in Syria, unnamed U.S. officials said.

A New York Times report on Saturday cited the officials in saying that Israel carried out the July 5 air attack near Latakia, a major Syrian port city, targeting advanced anti-ship cruise missiles sold to the Syria government by Russia.

Israeli officials and Pentagon officials declined to comment...

After draft riot, haredi demonstators arrested for assault

(JTA) — Israeli prosecutors indicted two haredi Orthodox men for assaulting police officers called to the scene of a mob attack on a haredi soldier in Jerusalem.

The two men, Joseph Braun and Jacob Krischavski, were charged on July 11 with attacking several police officers two days earlier during a riot that erupted in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim. If convicted, the defendants could face at least three years...

Israel slams candidacy of Iran and Syria for U.N. rights body

(JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations warned that electing Iran and Syria to the United Nations Human Rights Council would create a discrediting conflict of interest.

“It’s like placing a mob boss in charge of the witness protection program,” Ambassador Ron Prosor said July 11. He was reacting to reports that Iran and Syria planned to run for open seats on the council’s 47-member body.

The General Assembly’s...

Archaeologists discover sphinx in Israel

(JTA) — Archaeologists in northern Israel discovered an Egyptian sphinx thought to date back at least three millennia.

The sphinx was unearthed Tuesday, according to the French news agency AFP, and bears a dedication to the Egyptian ruler Mycerinus, who ruled circa 2500 BCE and built one of the three Pyramids at Giza. Researchers estimate that the sphinx arrived at its location in the town of Tel Hazor in around...