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Peres says attack on Iran ‘more and more likely’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak are said to be seeking to win Cabinet support for a strike on Iran.

Israel demands UN bin Goldstone Report

Israel demanded on Sunday that the United Nations bin a report critical of its deadly 2008-2009 offensive on Gaza.

Israel demands retraction of UN Gaza criticism

Israel on Sunday demanded the retraction of a United Nations report deeply critical of its deadly 2008-2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Olmert faces growing public mistrust over bribe scandal

Public mistrust is mounting against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, with an opinion poll on Monday showing a majority of Israelis think he should resign over a new probe into corruption allegations. Fifty-nine percent of Israelis want Olmert to step down, according to the survey published by the Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

Israel launches air raid on Gaza

Israel launched an air raid on an uninhabited area of Gaza on Wednesday after warning that it would respond ''in a measured fashion'' to continuing rocket fire from the lawless territory. But Israel has for the moment ruled out a wide-scale incursion into the Gaza Strip, where escalating violence between rival groups has killed 30 people in four days.

Israel says Middle East peace possible in five years

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in interviews published on Friday that the Jewish state could clinch global peace with its enemies within five years, after Arab leaders revived a peace plan. "There is a real possibility that Israel can sign a global peace accord with its enemies within five years," Olmert said in an interview with the mass-selling <i>Yediot Aharonot</i>.

Olmert says he will set Israel’s borders in four years

Acting Premier Ehud Olmert, the frontrunner for the March 28 elections in Israel, has fleshed out a key election promise in vowing to set Israel's permanent borders within four years if his Kadima party wins. Olmert made the comments in an interview with the Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Israel piles pressure on Palestinian leader

Israel was piling pressure on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to end rocket attacks by militant groups in the Gaza Strip ahead of a summit on Monday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and United States President George Bush in Texas. A flare-up of violence over the weekend brought tensions between the two sides to a high point.

Israel mulls U-turn on destroying Gaza homes

Israel looked set on Monday for a U-turn by deciding not to destroy the homes of settlers due to be uprooted from Gaza, as a special unit was established to combat extremist violence threatening the pull-out. Meanwhile, in the fallout from Friday's suicide attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli officials briefed European Union ambassadors on Syria's alleged involvement.

Settler leader ‘prepared to die’

Leading Jewish settlers were meeting on Monday to decide whether to call for civil disobedience in protest at Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and isolated settlements in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has all but signed a deal that will enable him to evacuate settlers from Gaza and the West Bank by the end of 2005.

At least 15 die in bus attacks in Israel

At least 15 people were killed and more than 80 wounded in the twin suicide bombings of two buses in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva on Tuesday. The attack came hours after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon unveiled an accelerated timetable for his plan to pull settlers and troops out of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli prime minister faces battle

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was facing a battle on Monday to keep his coalition from fracturing and maintain his majority in Parliament after winning qualified Cabinet approval for his Gaza pullout plan. In Cairo, meanwhile, preparations ahead of the withdrawal were going ahead.

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