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  • *Israel joined OECD club of affluent market economies in 2010. Israel lobbied hard to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, gaining acceptance in 2010 and hoping investors would see it as a natural member of the club of affluent market nations rather than a higher-risk emerging economy. But in its most in-depth look at Israel to date,...

  • *Closer Israel ties with Cyprus, Greece alarm Palestinians. JERUSALEM, Feb 1- Israel, Cyprus and Greece have agreed to deepen their energy, security and tourism ties in the Eastern Mediterranean, a deal that may have implications for Israel's testy relationship with the European Union, too. The agreement, signed in Nicosia last week by a beaming Prime Minister...

  • NICOSIA, Jan 28- Greece, Israel and Cyprus will explore the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline to Europe, tapping huge gas reserves discovered in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years, leaders of the three countries said on Thursday. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has said experts estimate there are 10,000 to 15,000 billion cubic...

  • NICOSIA, Jan 28- Greece, Israel and Cyprus will explore the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline to Europe, tapping huge gas reserves discovered in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years, leaders of the three countries said on Thursday. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has said experts estimate there are 10,000 to 15,000 billion cubic...

  • JERUSALEM, Jan 27- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday appointed attorney Michal Halperin to run Israel's Anti-Trust Authority after a dispute over the country's natural gas reserves led to the resignation of her predecessor. Whether Leviathan gets developed will be decided by the Supreme Court. Netanyahu said Halperin's private and public...

  • TEL AVIV, Jan 26- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassured Israel's tech companies on Tuesday that he would keep any export limitations imposed on Israel's flourishing cyber security sector to a minimum. Israel had a strong year in cyber sales and investments in 2015, capturing a sizable share of the global market and boosting exports, which are a major...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 17- A Jewish-American group that lobbied for the Iran nuclear agreement said on Sunday the prisoner swap and Tehran's release of captured U.S. sailors were positive signs for U.S.-Iranian relations but that strict verification remained paramount. But improved relations do not indicate a detente with Iran, which has a history of being a...

  • *Oxfam says richest 1 pct of own more than other 99 pct. DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 18- Politicians and business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week face an increasingly divided world, with the poor falling further behind the super-rich and political fissures in the United States, Europe and the Middle East running deeper than at any time in decades.

  • *Rouhani says move is economic turning point for Iran. *Israel says Iran still wants nuclear bomb. WASHINGTON/ ANKARA, Jan 17- Three Iranian-Americans arrived in Germany after leaving Tehran on Sunday in a prisoner swap following the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal U.S.

  • *Iran and U.S. carry out prisoner swap. *Israel says Iran still wants nuclear bomb. WASHINGTON/ ANKARA, Jan 17- Three Iranian-Americans left Tehran for a U.S. base in Germany on Sunday under a prisoner swap following the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal that President Barack Obama said had cut off Tehran's path to a nuclear bomb.

  • *Rouhani says move is economic turning point for Iran. *Israel says Iran still wants nuclear bomb. WASHINGTON/ ANKARA, Jan 17- Three Iranian-Americans left Tehran on Sunday under a prisoner swap following the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal President Barack Obama said had cut off every path for Tehran to obtain a nuclear bomb.

  • *Rouhani says move is economic turning point for Iran. *Israel says Iran still wants nuclear bomb. DUBAI/ WASHINGTON, Jan 17- Three Iranian-Americans left Tehran on Sunday under a prisoner swap following the lifting of sanctions on Iran that is likely to thaw ties further with the United States as Tehran emerges from years of international isolation.

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 17- After years of political infighting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a deal on Thursday giving long-awaited approval for the development of the Leviathan natural gas field off Israel's coast. But if and when the field actually gets developed is now in the hands of Israel's Supreme Court. As part of the deal, Texas- based Noble...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Israeli politicians and more than 370,000 Britons urged their governments on Wednesday to bar Donald Trump from their countries after the Republican presidential front-runner said Muslims should be denied entry into the United States. A major chain of Middle East department stores halted sales of the real estate mogul's glitzy " Trump...

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 25- Natural gas from Israel's vast Leviathan offshore gas field will be pumped to Egypt via an existing subsea pipeline for up to 15 years under a preliminary deal announced by the field's developers on Wednesday. "We've worked with Dolphinus before and we expect to reach a final agreement quickly," Yossi Abu, chief executive of Israel's Delek...

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 25- Natural gas from Israel's vast Leviathan offshore gas field will be pumped to Egypt via an existing subsea pipeline for up to 15 years under a preliminary deal announced by the field's developers on Wednesday. "We've worked with Dolphinus before and we expect to reach a final agreement quickly," Yossi Abu, chief executive of Israel's Delek...

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 23- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was against a planned merger between mobile phone operator Cellcom and smaller rival Golan Telecom, strengthening political opposition that threatens the deal. Cellcom, Israel's largest cellular provider, agreed on Nov. 5 to buy Golan for about $300 million but the deal has upset...

  • *Israel calls it "shameful," says may affect EU peace role. BRUSSELS/ JERUSALEM, Nov 11- The European Union published new guidelines on Wednesday for labeling products made in Israeli settlements, a move Brussels said was technical but Israel branded "discriminatory" and damaging to peace efforts with the Palestinians. Drawn up over three years by the European...

  • *Israel calls it "shameful", says may affect EU peace role. BRUSSELS/ JERUSALEM, Nov 11- The European Union published new guidelines on Wednesday for labelling products made in Israeli settlements, a move Brussels said was technical but Israel branded "discriminatory" and damaging to peace efforts with the Palestinians. Drawn up over three years by the European...

  • The action is likely to hamper Tehran's efforts to gather sensitive intelligence from rivals including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, the United States and Venezuela, which were among the nations targeted. Researchers from U.S.-Israeli security firm Check Point Software said the 1,600 high-profile targets include members of the Saudi royal family, Israeli...