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40 160-km-range rockets aboard 'Iran arms ship'

The Israeli military said on Sunday it had found 40 rockets with a range of 160 kilometres (100 miles) aboard a ship allegedly transporting arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip. The army said it seized the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C on Wednesday and escorted it to the Red Sea port of Eilat where it was inspected on Sunday and unloaded in an operation dubbed "Full Disclosure". A statement said security forces searching the Klos-C had found "40 rockets (type M-302), up to the range of 160 kilometres, 181 122mm mortar shells, approximately 400,000 7.62-calibre rounds".

Israel brings arms ship to dock, hopes to shame Iran

EILAT, Israel (Reuters) - A ship seized by the Israeli navy on suspicion of smuggling arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip docked on Saturday in Israel, which planned to put the cargo on display in hope of denting Tehran's rapprochement with the West. The Klos C was taken without resistance in the Red Sea on Wednesday. Israel said it found dozens of advanced Syrian-made rockets hidden on board in Iran and destined for the ship's next port in Sudan, from where they would have been trucked through Egypt to Gaza.

Netanyahu says Israel would give up 'some settlements' for peace

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would give up "some settlements" in occupied Palestinian land to help secure a peace agreement but would limit as much as he could the number of enclaves removed. The settlements are a key issue in peace talks renewed under Washington's tutelage in July after a three-year impasse. Little progress has been reported though U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said he hopes to publish a framework for a deal soon.

Netanyahu warns on Iran, no concessions for Palestinians

By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and other world powers on Tuesday not to allow Iran to retain the ability to enrich uranium, and urged Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state if they wanted peace. Addressing the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC just a day after White House talks, Netanyahu avoided any explicit criticism of President Barack Obama but underscored the main differences with him over U.S.-led nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel's security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

Obama to Netanyahu: 'tough' decisions needed on peace

Israel needs to make some tough decisions in order to find peace with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama warned Benjamin Netanyahu in talks at the White House on Monday. But the Israeli prime minister insisted that the Jewish state had already done its part for peace, while the Palestinians had not. Israel and the Palestinians have been engaged in seven months of direct peace talks which are due to expire at the end of April, and decision time is at hand, Obama said.

Netanyahu: Iran is 'greatest' challenge

Preventing Iran from obtaining a military nuclear capacity is the "greatest challenge" for the United States and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Monday. Netanyahu came to Washington keen to impress his concerns on Obama about the ongoing talks between world powers and Iran in a bid to roll back its contested nuclear program. col-hmw/jm

Obama to Netanyahu: 'tough' decisions needed on peace

Tough decisions are needed in order to make peace with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama told Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu in talks at the White House on Monday. But the Israeli prime minister insisted the Jewish state had done its part for peace, while the Palestinians had not. col-hmw/jm

Israel PM arrives at White House for Obama talks

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday arrived at the White House to meet US President Barack Obama over the future of the peace process with the Palestinians. Netanyahu arrived in a large black 4x4 shortly before 1:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) as temperatures plummeted and a major snowstorm blanketed Washington. Obama is expected to press Netanyahu to accept a framework for extending the negotiations beyond a late April deadline, although the Israeli leader has pledged to resist any pressure.

Israel PM arrives at White House for Obama talks

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday arrived at the White House to meet US President Barack Obama over the future of the peace process with the Palestinians. Obama is expected to press Netanyahu to accept a framework for extending the negotiations beyond a late April deadline, although the Israeli leader has pledged to resist any pressure. tq-hmw/jm
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