Analysis - Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election


JERUSALEM - Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolised by an overpriced dessert.

Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel 19 Dec 2014

GAZA - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.


Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered 19 Dec 2014

GAZA - Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion (3.44 billion pounds) to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.


Israel raps Palestinian U.N. draft as 'gimmick' 18 Dec 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel's foreign minister on Thursday described as a gimmick a Palestinian-proposed U.N. Security Council draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.


Palestinian U.N. draft calls for Israel occupation end by 2017 18 Dec 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year and an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017.

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran 17 Dec 2014

GAZA - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday.


Israeli settlements squeezing Palestinian tourism, officials say 17 Dec 2014

HERODIUM, West Bank - Standing on the monumental hillside south of Bethlehem where King Herod the Great was buried more than 2,000 years ago, Fadi Kattan stretches out his arm to point out the nearby Israeli settlements of Tekoa and Nokdim.

Kerry says U.S. made no 'determinations' on Palestinian resolution 17 Dec 2014

LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States had made "no determinations" about any possible U.N. Security Council resolutions to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel's Arrow 3 missile shield fails interception test - sources 16 Dec 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback for the U.S.-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian during West Bank clash 16 Dec 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the military and Palestinian witnesses said.