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  1. Israel's new defense minister could clash with his soldiers

    Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsMay 25 07:22 AM

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with the military he now commands.

    Israel's new defence chief jokes about curbing h... - Reuters Middle East via Yahoo Maktoob News

  2. Israel's incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he is now to command.

  3. Israel's Netanyahu adds hard-liner to coalition

    Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsMay 25 05:06 PM

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military — and clouding already slim hopes for a resumption of peace efforts.

  4. Youssef Al-Mahmoud, a spokesman for the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, said that by bringing in Lieberman, the Israeli government "is mixing extremism with craziness". The former foreign minister also angered the Israeli top brass, whom he will oversee, by joining protests last month against the court-martial of a soldier who shot dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant.

    Israel's new defence chief jokes about curbing h... - Reuters via Yahoo UK & Ireland News

  5. The United States said Wednesday that the make-up of Israel's new right-wing coalition raises "legitimate questions" about the government's commitment to a two-state solution in its conflict with the Palestinians. The spokesman also restated the United States' support for a negotiated end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians based on two states living side by side within agreed ...

  6. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu names one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military _ clouding hopes for peace talks

  7. Beth Israel to Close Hospital, Open Smaller Facility

    The Wall Street JournalMay 25 10:08 PM

    Downsizing is part of a $550 million plan to respond to changes in health care that the New York City property’s owner says has led to a decline in hospitalizations.

  8. Is fascism rising in Israel?

    The Christian Science MonitorMay 23 12:27 PM

    Israel has been "infected by the seeds of fascism," said former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has joined forces with far-right nationalist Avigdor Lieberman.

  9. Bank Leumi Le-Israel Ltd., Israel’s second-largest lender, has drafted a five-year plan to cut more than 10 percent of its workforce, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

  10. Israel lifts Gaza cement import ban

    AFP via Yahoo! NewsMay 22 02:20 PM

    Israel said late Sunday it was lifting a ban imposed last month on private imports of cement to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. "In accordance with the security assessment and the understandings reached with the international community, as of today Sunday May 22 the re-entry of cement into Gaza has been approved," said a statement from the government body responsible for implementing policies in the ...

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