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Israel foreign minister threatens striking staff with court

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened Tuesday to seek a court order forcing ministry staff, who have been on strike since Sunday, back to work. Lieberman, who has been locked out of his own office at the ministry, told a news conference in parliament he was examining "the possibility" of obtaining back-to-work orders. He also said he was pressing retired judge Steve Adler, the official arbitrator in the dispute, to get union representatives and treasury officials back to the negotiating table.

Kerry angered by Israeli minister's sharp criticism

In a rare move, Secretary of State John Kerry protested Wednesday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about strong criticism of US foreign policy by his outspoken defense minister. In a telephone call, Kerry told Netanyahu the comments made by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon are inconsistent with strong ties between Israel and the United States, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Kerry protested Israel minister's criticism

In a rare move, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday protested to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about strong criticism of US foreign policy by his outspoken defense minister. In a telephone call, Kerry told Netanyahu the comments made by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon are inconsistent with reality, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "Clearly his comments were not constructive," Psaki told reporters, after Yaalon slammed the US administration for showing weakness around the world.

Kerry protested about Israel minister's criticism

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday protested to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about strong criticism of US foreign policy by the Israeli defense minister. In a telephone call, Kerry told Netanyahu that the comments made by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon are inconsistent with reality, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. jkb/dc/sst

Ukrainian Jewish head raps Israeli reticence on Crimea crisis

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Ukrainian Jewish leader opposed to the Russian takeover of Crimea failed to drum up support this week from Israel, which is sitting out the crisis pitting its U.S. ally against Moscow. Edward Dolinsky, head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, made a lobbying trip to Jerusalem with influential Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Alexander Feldman. They were not received by officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

Israel to act 'very forcefully' against rocket fire

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday pledged to act "very forcefully" against anyone seeking to harm Israel after Gaza militants fired a barrage of 25 rockets over the border. "We will continue to strike those who want to harm us, we'll act against them very forcefully," Netanyahu was quoted as saying by his spokesman Ofir Gendelman on Twitter. hmw/jad/srm

Britain opposes boycotts of Israel

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday voiced opposition to boycotts of Israel, in an address to parliament on the first day of an official visit to the Holy Land. "Britain opposes boycotts," he said. "Whether it is trade unions campaigning for the exclusion of Israelis or universities trying to stifle academic exchange, Israel's place as a homeland for the Jewish people will never rest on hollow resolutions passed by amateur politicians," Cameron said.

Israel PM says no deal unless Palestinians recognise Jewish state

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ruled out any deal with the Palestinians unless they recognise Israel as the Jewish state and give up their refugees' right of return. "I will not bring a deal that doesn't cancel the (refugees') 'right of return' and doesn't include Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state," Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman said on his official Twitter feed. hmw/bpz

Israel FM to meet Kerry, Lavrov amid talks deadlock

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman left Israel on Thursday for Rome to meet his US and Russian counterparts amid deadlock in peace talks with the Palestinians. "The minister will meet John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov," his spokesman said, as Israel and the Palestinians engage in a war of words on the stalled US-brokered negotiations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and to "abandon the fantasy" of flooding Israel with returning Palestinian refugees.

'Is this the Oscars?' Israeli PM at Hollywood premiere

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a Hollywood film premiere Tuesday -- launching a film about Israel in Tinseltown itself. "Is this the Oscars?" Netanyahu -- fresh from meeting President Barack Obama in Washington -- quipped after arriving in Los Angeles, still recovering from the Academy Awards. The event was a screening at Paramount Studios of a new TV movie designed to showcase Israel for tourists, with Netanyahu himself the guide for a whistle-stop tour of the Jewish state.
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