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Ariel Sharon Condition Deteriorates: Now ‘Life-Threatening’.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, has detriorated to a “life threatening” condition after suffering kidney malfunction, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday.

Officials at the hospital near Tel Aviv where Sharon, 85, has been treated, did not answer their telephones. A Health Ministry spokeswoman declined to comment.

The ex-general and right-wing leader was known for executing a dramatic political about face with a 2005 Gaza pullout that turned Israeli politics on its head when he quit his party and created a centrist faction that ruled Israel for several years.

The radio, echoing reports by other Israeli media outlets, said Sharon’s condition had worsened in the past several days and that his life was in danger due to kidney failure.

The Haaretz newspaper‘s Web site quoting an unnamed source said that Sharon could die in “a matter of days” if his condition continued to decline. Israel’s Channel 2 television said Sharon’s sons were at his bed side.

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Israel Will Pay for Some Elective Abortions.

Israel will pay for elective abortions starting next year for all women ages 20 to 33 — and could ultimately extend the age limit, making coverage universal, Haaretz reported Monday.

The Israeli newspaper said the proposal came from a committee that determines what medicines and medical technologies will be added to a so-called “health basket” for 2014.

Until now, subsidized abortions for women of all ages were available only in medical emergencies or in cases of rape and sexual abuse; women under 20 or over 40 were also eligible even if the reason was personal, the newspaper noted.

The proposal must be approved by the country’s Health Ministry, and then by its cabinet. Even if approved, women would still have to go before a state committee before terminating a pregnancy, the newspaper reported.

According to Haaretz, the new rule would allow state-funded abortions for an additional 6,300 women next year, at a cost of about $4.6 million.

“It was brought to our attention that there is a large group of women between 20 and 40 who for various reasons – financial or reasons of secrecy – do not terminate pregnancies,” health committee head Jonathan Halevy said, the newspaper reported.

“In the current [health] basket we’ve approved funding for pregnancy termination for women in the 20-to-33 age group, with the intention of completing the process . . . and raising the age to 40.”

Contraceptives are not paid for by the government because “when we’re talking about financing for the entire population, that’s a hefty sum,” Halevy said.

Although ending a pregnancy is technically illegal in Israel, punishable by up to five years in prison, there are several exceptions under which abortion is permitted.

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By Cathy Burke

US Officials: Iran Gained Far More Than $7 Billion in Sanctions Relief.

Senior Obama administration  officials have conceded that the value of sanctions relief to Iran from last month’s Geneva nuclear accord will far exceed the initial estimate of $6 billion to $7 billion, Israeli sources told Haaretz.The new estimate is closer to Israel’s original projection that Iran would receive at least $20 billion worth of relief from the deal it agreed to with six international powers including the United States.

“Economics is a matter of expectations,” Israeli security sources said. “The Iranian stock exchange is already rising significantly and many countries are standing in line to renew economic ties with Iran based on what was already agreed in Geneva.”

China has quickly moved to renew contracts to develop the Iranian oil industry worth around $9 billion,and several German companies have also expressed interest in deals with Tehran, the Israeli sources noted.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) has also found weaknesses in the White House’s previous estimate that Tehran gained $500 million worth of relief for  the Iranian auto industry from the Geneva deal.

In a report published this week, the FDD concluded that the White House estimate failed to account for an additional $2.5 billion in economic activity that sanctions relief would provide Iran in the next six months, according to Haaretz.
The United States had originally intended to permit only the unfreezing of about $3 billion to $4 billion in Iranian financial assets. But during the course of negotiations in Geneva, the international powers backtracked and approved a much more generous easing of sanctions.Iran has now been granted sanctions relief in areas including commerce in gold, petrochemicals, cars, and replacement parts for civilian aircraft.

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By Robert Brothers

Netanyahu Skips Mandela Memorial Because of Expense.

Image: Netanyahu Skips Mandela Memorial Because of Expense

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved — around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported.

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“The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister in Johannesburg,” Haaretz reported.

The Israeli leader has been in the spotlight recently with revelations that taxpayers dished out almost $1 million last year to maintain his three residences.

The media highlighted a bill of 17,000 euros ($23,000) for water to fill a swimming pool at his villa in Caesarea in the country’s north.

More than 50 heads of state and government have confirmed their intentions to travel to South Africa to pay their respects to the anti-apartheid hero who died last Thursday, South Africa’s foreign ministry has said.

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will be among 80,000 people attending a vast memorial service Tuesday in the Soweto sports stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final.

The commemorations will culminate with Mandela’s burial on December 15 in Qunu — the rural village where he spent his early childhood.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has announced that he will attend Tuesday’s memorial service.

Israeli leaders have paid warm homage to the former South African president who died after a long illness at the aged of 95.

Netanyahu paid tribute to Mandela as “a man of vision and a freedom fighter who disavowed violence”.

But some commentators have noted that Israel maintained close relations with the apartheid-era regime until the United States said the ties could threaten Washington’s generous annual military aid to the Jewish state.

After his release from 27 years incarceration in 1990, Mandela, who first visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in 1999, was an ardent supporter of the Palestinian cause but also a firm believer that Israelis would ultimately take the path of peace.

“In my experience I have found Jews to be more broadminded than most whites on issues of race and politics, perhaps because they themselves have historically been victims of prejudice,” Mandela wrote in his 1994 autobiography.

South African Jews played a prominent role in the struggle against apartheid, among them late communist leader Joe Slovo, who headed the ANC’s military wing.

© AFP 2013


Police: Israeli Bludgeoned to Death in West Bank.

BROSH, West Bank — An Israeli man was bludgeoned to death and a woman injured in an apparent terror attack by Palestinians on their West Bank home, police said early Friday.

It was the third violent death of an Israeli in the occupied territory in less than three weeks.

“They were beaten with blunt instruments,” at Brosh, in the northern Jordan valley, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding the assumption was “definitely” of a militant attack.

The army said roadblocks had been set up in the area of the attack and, hours after the killing, security forces were still sweeping the rocky surroundings for the perpetrators.

Police stopped media at the gates of the property and prevented them from entering.

Israeli public radio said the couple were in their home at about 1:00 am when they heard a noise outside and the sound of dogs barking.

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The man went outside to investigate and was attacked with iron bars and axes by two Palestinians, it reported. His wife was also injured but escaped and raised the alarm.

The radio said the couple lived alone at the isolated property, which they ran as a village guest house.

There were no visitors at the time, it said.

The website of Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the dead man was a retired army colonel and that the couple were in their 50s.

News website Ynet cited a witness as saying as the woman was taken to an ambulance she cried out, “Leave me, go to him, help him.”

Local council leader David Elhayani said he reached the scene about half an hour after the assault.

“It was a brutal murder,” he told public radio. “At the moment everybody’s assessment is that this was a [Palestinian] nationalist attack whose goal was murder.

“Even after the woman fled the house they ran after her calling out to one another in Arabic ‘Where is she?'” Elhayani said.

Ynet said the woman crawled through the darkness alone and with no mobile telephone before reaching a main road where she flagged down a passing motorist.

The incident occurred less than a week after a nine-year-old Israeli girl was lightly wounded as she played in her garden in the West Bank settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah.

Her injuries have been described both as gunshot and stabbing. Two young Palestinian suspects were arrested on Monday, Haaretz reported.

On September 22, an Israeli soldier was shot dead in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in what the army believes was a Palestinian sniper attack, although no suspects have been arrested.

A day earlier a 20-year off-duty soldier was found murdered near the West Bank city of Qalqiliya. A Palestinian arrested as a suspect has reportedly confessed, but the motive and circumstances of the killing are still unclear.

Israel’s hardline deputy defense minister, Danny Danon, said he string of events were all a result of what he called official “Palestinian incitement” to violence against Israelis.

He called into question the continuation of low profile peace talks between the sides and the expected release of more Palestinian prisoners as talks progress.

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“I think there’s room to consider whether to carry on the negotiations, carry on the release of terrorists,” he told public radio. “If we need to stop for a number of months; to fight terror and stop the incitement, then that’s what we need to do.”

© AFP 2013

Israeli Air Force Rehearses Long-Range Refueling And Bombing Missions.

AFP – Israeli warplanes this week practiced long-range missions including mid-air refueling in what local media said was a signal to arch-foe Iran.


The Israeli air force on Thursday posted pictures and video of the exercise on its website, without saying where or when it took place.

But the accompanying text gave what the online version of Haaretz daily called “the heaviest of hints about the goal of the exercise…a possible attack on Iran.”

Haaretz said the drill took place with the Greek air force.

Israel says that until Iran veritably halts what the Jewish State and its US ally say is a covert nuclear arms programme, all options remain on the table, including a military strike.

“When one speaks of ‘all options on the table’ it can be understood that one is speaking about the military option,” the air force web site said Thursday.

“The air force, the long arm of the Israel Defence Forces, is responsible for carrying out that option.”

It quoted an officer who took part in the exercise as saying there were special challenges in planning and executing flights “far from home” citing “weather conditions and unfamiliar ground along with possible threats along the way.” source – France 24.

by NTEB News Desk

European Union Issues Order To Redraw Israel To 1949 Borders.

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From Haaretz: The European Union has issued orders forbidding its member states from cooperating, transferring funds, giving scholarships or research grants to bodies in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem , and even the Golan HeightsHaaretz wrote Tuesday.


The new instruction, promulgated by the European Commission, which is the operative arm of the EU, sets parameters for cooperation between the EU and its members states, on the one hand, and Israeli governmental and private elements on the other. The instructions are for the years 2014 – 2020 and will go into force on Friday, July 18.

The decision also states that any future agreement signed with Israel must include a section that says the “settlements” are not part of sovereign Israel and therefore not included in the agreement.

A senior source in the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the new EU decision is dramatic, and can be called “a true earthquake.”

“This is the first time in which a explicit and formal instruction like this is issued. Until now, there were silent understandings and agreements that the EU does not work beyond the Green Line” – as the 1949 Armistice Line is known – “but this is an official and binding prohibition.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said that the EU decision is “very worrisome” and will make it difficult for the state of Israel to conduct contacts with the EU regarding cooperation agreements. source – HAARETZ

by NTEB News Desk

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