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  • *Israel 10- year yield 2.09 pct vs 2.25 pct for U.S. equivalent. *Israel debt market has 500 bln shekels in government bonds. Israel has about 500 billion shekels of government bonds outstanding, up from below 400 billion in 2010..

  • Gaza rebuilding slowed by trickle of aid, rivalry Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    The program was launched with high expectations at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12, but has run into obstacles, including wrangling between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah for control in Gaza and what officials say has been a trickle of promised aid. Getting cement, steel and gravel from Israel into Gaza is a major challenge...

  • Check Point tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:09 AM ET

    TEL AVIV, Israel _ Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. on Thursday reported net income of $161 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. Analysts expected $366.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    Until recently, the territory was ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas which has ceded some control. Since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, residents of the crowded territory have endured an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade and three wars between Israel and Hamas. "Both times, I found Gazans to be very sad, but this time I see much more sadness," he said,...

  • Oct 16- Delta Air Lines said Ebola fears have not hurt the carrier's bookings, forecasting strong current-quarter margins as it ramps up capacity in the Americas and trims growth on transatlantic and Pacific routes. Many of the capacity changes will begin this winter, after Delta has already reduced seats serving Moscow, Tel Aviv and Ebola-ravaged West Africa...

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 13- Israel Corp will list a company comprising some of its less profitable assets in Tel Aviv and New York and inject about $100 million into the business, it said on Monday. Under its plan, Israel Corp will continue to hold two of its most lucrative and stable companies-- potash and speciality chemicals maker Israel Chemicals and Oil Refineries,...

  • Despite pledged $2.7B, challenges ahead for Gaza Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    Israel will have to lift its border restrictions, in place since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, and allow huge quantities of cement and steel into the territory. On the Gaza side, United Nations inspectors and a Palestinian unity government trying to take over from Hamas will have to ensure that the shipments are not diverted by the Islamic militant group...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the Palestinians and all their neighbors could be achieved. "Out of this conference must come not just money but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for peace that meets the aspirations of all, for Israelis, for...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug voiced openness on Friday to reducing interest rates further or using other unconventional policy tools to boost inflation back to the target range. She was speaking during the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Countries like Switzerland and the Czech Republic which...

  • *Sweden set for shift in foreign policy with new government. STOCKHOLM, Oct 7- Sweden's decision to recognize the Palestine state- without formally consulting its allies- may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world. Until now Sweden, under a center-right government, has been close to...

  • *Israel was hoping to sell successful rocket system abroad. CARMIEL, Israel, Oct 6- Normally, an advanced new weapon system with a battle-proven success rate of 90 percent would have global defence procurement agencies on the phone in minutes. And Israel further curbs its potential client pool by not selling to countries with which it has no diplomatic ties-...

  • TEL AVIV, Oct 5- Israel plans to issue minority stakes of up to 49 percent in state-owned companies on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange over the next three years, a move the Finance Ministry said would bring in revenue of 15 billion shekels. The move, which is common in many other Western countries, is also expected to develop and strengthen Israel's capital market, the...

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is launching its first strategic plan for Jordan focusing on energy and infrastructure and boosting the economic clout of the private sector.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 1- Erel Margalit has packed a lot in, from frontline combat in Lebanon to a PhD in philosophy at Columbia University, advising Jerusalem's former mayor and launching a billion dollar venture capital firm.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 1- Within sight of Jerusalem's Old City stands a modernist building housing one of Israel's most successful venture capital firms, the backer of scores of start-ups over the past 20 years that have generated nearly $18 billion for investors.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- The mobile Internet economy remains mostly uncharted territory for app publishers, their competitors, the advertisers who support them, and investors deciding where to place their bets.

  • As risks multiply, NGOs reassess security in Middle East Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    ARBIL, Iraq, Sept 24- Aid agencies are tightening security measures in the Middle East and increasingly outsourcing work to local organizations to limit their exposure to multiplying risks across the region.

  • RPT-Culture of violence makes for hit TV in Turkey Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    *Turkish TV saturated by images of brutality. ISTANBUL, Sept 18- Sefer Calinak killed his first wife when he was 17 and murdered his girlfriend a few decades later with an axe. prime-time talk show host Seda Sayan asked Calinak, who served two separate prison sentences for the murders before being released under an amnesty program.

  • *Views sharply differ from president and Fatah chief Abbas. RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

  • JERUSALEM/ RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 18- Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of chequered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favours Western suits and ties.