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Israeli champion of Palestinian and women's rights dies

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Shulamit Aloni, a fiery former left-wing Israeli leader and cabinet minister who championed Palestinian and women's rights, died on Friday, family and colleagues said. She was 85. Aloni founded a civil libertarian faction in the 1970's after quitting then Prime Minister Golda Meir's Labour party in a dispute over religious influence in government. Her movement evolved into a tiny party that is still in Israel's parliament.

Kerry meets Israeli PM on sidelines of Davos forum

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he seeks to push forward an intensive Middle East peace drive. The two men held closed talks on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town of Davos, ahead of what Washington has billed as a major address by Kerry on the Middle East to the gathering later in the day.

Israeli leftwing firebrand Aloni dead at 85

Firebrand Israeli leftwinger and former cabinet minister Shulamit Aloni, a supporter of Palestinian statehood and opponent of the Orthodox Jewish establishment, died on Friday aged 85, her party said. "Aloni died peacefully at a ripe old age, surrounded by her family," a statement on the website of the leftwing Meretz party that she headed. It did not elaborate on the cause or place of death.

Israel PM urges European 'fairness' in Mideast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Europe on Thursday to demonstrate fairness in its Middle East policy, after a spat over settlements blew up last week. Speaking to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Netanyahu said Europe could make a positive contribution in the Middle East but warned that it could also have a "negative effect."

Israel PM urges European 'fairness' in Mideast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Europe on Thursday to demonstrate fairness in its Middle East policy, after a spat over settlements blew up last week. Speaking to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Netanyahu said Europe could make a positive contribution in the Middle East but warned that it could also have a "negative effect."

Israel's Peres opposes Netanyahu peace demand

Israeli President Shimon Peres privately opposes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state, saying it obstructs peace talks, local newspaper Israel Hayom said Wednesday. "In conversations held by Peres in the past weeks with senior diplomatic and political figures, he explained that this insistence by Netanyahu was 'unnecessary,' as he put it, since it could derail the peace negotiations," the paper wrote.

Harper's speech to Israeli Knesset garners international attention

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official tours don't often generate international headlines, but Monday's historic address to Israel's parliament was a notable exception. Harper's unequivocal words of support for Israel and broad admonitions to other countries earned considerable coverage in news outlets around the world. Articles were plentiful in Israeli media, with pundits weighing in on both the content of and rationale behind Harper's words. But the unique nature of Harper's address to the Knesset caught the attention of some U.S. media outlets as well.

Israeli PM to target tech investors at Davos forum

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he hoped to persuade business leaders from the global high tech sector attending this week's annual economic forum in Davos to invest more in Israel. High tech products account for nearly half of industrial exports from Israel, whose economy is expected to grow at a healthy clip of 3.3 percent this year.

Israeli PM to target tech investors at Davos forum

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he hoped to persuade business leaders from the global high tech sector attending this week's annual economic forum in Davos to invest more in Israel. High tech products account for nearly half of industrial exports from Israel, whose economy is expected to grow at a healthy clip of 3.3 percent this year.

Israel PM threatens to teach Hamas lesson 'very soon'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to teach Gaza's ruling Hamas movement a lesson "very soon" following a surge in militant rocket attacks on the Jewish state. "We foil terrorist attacks when we identify that they are in the making and we respond against those who attack us," Netanyahu was quoted as saying by his spokesman, Ofir Gendelman. "If Hamas and the other terror organisations forgot this lesson, they will learn it again the hard way and very soon," he said. hmw/bpz
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