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  • JERUSALEM, Aug 13- Israel's government said on Thursday it had reached a deal with a U.S.-Israeli consortium on the development of the huge Leviathan gas field and two other offshore wells. After weeks of talks over the government's initial proposal in June, the controversial deal will allow Texas- based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group to keep ownership...

  • Israel cabinet passes 2015-16 budget draft Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 12:40 AM ET

    JERUSALEM, Aug 6- Israel's cabinet approved the state's budget draft for 2015-16 early on Thursday after a marathon all-night session, ending weeks of political infighting that saw last-minute deals to allow the budget to head to parliament. Parliament is expected to take its initial vote on Aug. 31 on the spending package, which will face an uphill battle...

  • Jewish leaders it was likely rockets would fall on Tel Aviv if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked and military action ensued, one of them said on Wednesday. In a separate appeal to American Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the July 14 accord, pushed back in a webcast on Tuesday against the Obama administration's argument that...

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 4- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who holds just a one-seat majority in parliament, warned ministers on Tuesday that his government would collapse if they did not put a stop to their demands and rally behind his 2015-16 budget. Ministers already secured an extra 8 billion shekels for the budget plan, which covers more than 414 billion...

  • *Delek, Noble will invest $10 billion once outline approved. TAMAR PLATFORM, East Mediterranean, Aug 4- The Tamar natural gas platform, towering 300 feet above the Mediterranean, is a rare success story in Israel's fledgling energy sector- a state-of-the-art facility that has already saved billions of dollars in electricity costs. Texas- based Noble Energy and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad...

  • *Iran deal like "pouring fuel on burning Middle East". JERUSALEM, July 15- Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence. Tuesday's agreement between six world powers and...

  • Iran deal "naked as emperor with no clothes", says Israel Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    JERUSALEM, July 15- Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence. Tuesday's agreement between six world powers and Iran has left Israeli officials scrambling for...

  • *Sanctions would "snap back" after 65 days if Iran violates deal. VIENNA, July 14- Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran...

  • *Sanctions would "snap back" after 65 days if Iran violates deal. VIENNA, July 14- Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran...

  • WRAPUP 6-Iran, big powers clinch historic nuclear deal Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 5:37 AM ET

    VIENNA, July 14- Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender." Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing...

  • *Israel still operating on 2014 budget. *Bank of Israel, IMF urge fiscal restraint. JERUSALEM, July 6- Israel's next budget will only run through the end of 2016, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted a spending plan lasting through 2017 that he hoped would give him more political stability.

  • JERUSALEM, June 30- Israel plans to leave its biggest offshore natural gas project, Leviathan, in the hands of a U.S.-Israeli consortium while opening the industry up to more competition, under a proposal announced on Tuesday. Texas- based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group, which own a number of recently discovered gas fields that supply factories and...

  • PARIS, June 30- French telecoms group Orange and Israeli mobile phone operator Partner Communications said on Tuesday they had agreed terms to end their licensing deal following a public row in Israel, but Orange said it was still committed to Israel. Israel protested to France after Orange's Chief Executive, Stephane Richard, said earlier this month he would...

  • VIENNA, June 28- Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline. Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12- year nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the...

  • *Zarif to return to Vienna on Monday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to leave Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with the country's leadership on the state of negotiations, Iran said. "Zarif will return to Tehran tonight and will come back to Vienna tomorrow," Iran's Tasnim news agency said, citing an unnamed Iranian official.

  • Israel's Bezeq Telecom takes over satellite TV unit YES Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    JERUSALEM, June 25- Bezeq Israel Telecom, Israel's largest telecoms group, has completed a deal to take full control of its satellite TV unit YES after the communications regulator determined it would not harm competition in the multi-channel TV market. Bezeq, already a shareholder, bought the remaining 50.2 percent of YES from Eurocom, a company controlled by...

  • *Graph on Israel's housing prices: http://link.reuters.com/wek34w. JERUSALEM, June 11- After huge success in slashing mobile phone rates, new Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon hopes to do the same with sky-high housing costs with reforms aimed at increasing supply and cooling demand by raising taxes on investment homes. The soaring cost of owning a home--...

  • JERUSALEM/ PARIS, June 8- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel as he tries to end a diplomatic row sparked by his remarks about ending a licensing deal there. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...