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Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

Israeli official apologizes for calling Kerry 'messianic'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon apologized for dismissing Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace push as naively obsessive and messianic.

Palestinian minister: No to new settlement units

JERUSALEM, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Palestinian minister said plans by Israel to tie the release of Palestinian prisoners to new settlement building "scuttles the possibility of moving forward."

Israel wants missile boats to protect offshore gas fields

HAIFA, Israel, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Israel's Defense Ministry is seeking more money to purchase four German missile boats to protect the country's offshore gas fields, officials said.
Israel may halt gas mask distribution

Israel may halt gas mask distribution

JERUSALEM, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Israel's defense establishment is considering halting the distribution of gas masks because threats of a chemical attack have decreased, officials said.

Israel privatizes oldest defense firm, nets $5.7B

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The board of state-owned Israel Military Industries, maker of the famous Uzi submachine gun and one of Israel's leading weapons manufacturers, has approved a long-mooted privatization plan that will secure the state an estimated $5.7 billion amid hefty cuts in military spending.
Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

Mideast peace talks 'long and serious,' Israel says

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The first direct Mideast peace talks in five years were "long and serious," Jerusalem said before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's follow-up visit Thursday.
Israelis protests planned Palestinian prisoner release

Israelis protests planned Palestinian prisoner release

JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Israeli terror victims Sunday protested the government's plans to release 104 Palestinian prisoners days before the first group is to be set free.

Israel, Lebanon investigating border explosion

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman Thursday urged the military to investigate thoroughly a border incident that left Israeli soldiers injured.

Rafael gears up for Israel's new defense era

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 22 (UPI) -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, one of the Jewish state's leading defense companies and producer of the famed Iron Dome anti-rocket system, says it's reorganizing amid plans to restructure Israel's armed forces for a new era of warfare.

Israel slashes armor, air units in $1.9B defense cuts

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 12 (UPI) -- Israel test-fired a new rocket propulsion system Friday as part of its drive to boost its missile capabilities, while the military prepared to retire much of the army's vaunted tank force and several air force squadrons to save $1.9 billion in defense spending over the next five years.

Israel braces for Golan action amid Syria blasts mystery

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 11 (UPI) -- Israel is bolstering its military forces on the Golan Heights, its de facto border with Syria, against a possible attack by Hezbollah amid growing speculation that Israeli warplanes or warships blitzed Russian-anti-ship missiles at the Syrian naval base of Latakia last week.

Israel seeks $5B in U.S. loans to buy arms

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 1 (UPI) -- Israel is reported to be seeking U.S. loan guarantees of $5 billion to finance the purchase of the advanced weapons systems the U.S. administration has offered the Jewish state under a $10 billion packages for its Middle East allies.

Washington rebukes Moscow on new Syrian arms

PARIS, May 29 (UPI) -- Washington rebuked Moscow for pledging new weapons to Syria after Europe green-lighted arming rebels, and Israel vowed to take action if Moscow's arms arrive.
Israel talks Iran war as U.S, sells arms

Israel talks Iran war as U.S, sells arms

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 22 (UPI) -- A new flurry of threats by Israeli leaders to launch airstrikes against Iran on their own if need be has coincided with a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to finalize an arms deal that will guarantee Israel's regional military supremacy for a decade or two.
Hagel: Israel has unilateral right to strike Iran

Hagel: Israel has unilateral right to strike Iran

JERUSALEM, April 22 (UPI) -- Israel has a unilateral right to strike Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Chuck Hagel said ahead of talks in Jerusalem Monday on Iran's nuclear program threats.
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