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  • 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.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16- The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N.

  • JERUSALEM, Sept 16- Israel's economy grew at an annualised rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter, slower than previously thought and its weakest level since early 2009, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

  • ICL's parent company, conglomerate Israel Corp, set a nominal fundraising target of about $522.4 million through an initial public offering of 62 million ordinary shares, ICL said in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Sept 12- Israel Chemicals Ltd, a Tel Aviv- based maker of fertilizer and specialty chemicals, filed with U.S. regulators to list on the New York Stock Exchange. ICL, which has exclusive permits to extract potash and bromine from the Dead Sea, is a subsidiary of Israel Corp and the second largest company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by market value.

  • Sept 12- Israel Chemicals Ltd, a Tel Aviv- based maker of fertiliser and speciality chemicals, filed with U.S. regulators to list on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley and Barclays are the lead underwriters for the IPO, the company said. ICL is a subsidiary of Israel Corp and the second largest company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by market value.

  • *Cash-strapped Gaza under Israel- Egypt blockade. *Political infighting may impede Gaza recovery. GAZA/ NAHAL OZ, Israel, Sept 12- Fifty days of war in one of the most densely populated parts of the world have left swathes of Gaza in ruins.

  • Palestinian salaries dispute puts Gaza peace at risk Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    GAZA/ JERUSALEM, Sept 10- Tensions between Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian parties, are close to breaking point over the non-payment of salaries to Gaza's public sector workers, raising the risk of a return to conflict in the territory, officials say.

  • ISTANBUL, Sept 9- Turkey is unlikely to sign any energy deals with Israel for the construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey because of a deepening political rift over Israel's Gaza offensive, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday.

  • The FTC, which says AndroGel users paid hundreds of millions of dollars more than necessary because of the companies' actions, asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to order AbbVie to refund users that money.

  • Isareli college vows to increase Arab students  Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    Peretz Lavie, president of Israel's Technion University, argues that universities "must have a mission", after launching a program to increase the number of Arab students.

  • Peres: How to deal with a growing Islamic State  Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 8:39 PM ET

    Shimon Peres, Former Israeli President, explains why legitimization and economic sanctions can resolve geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • *Defence Ministry seeks $3.1 billion for 2015. JERUSALEM, Sept 4- Days after Israel reached a ceasefire after 50 days of war against Hamas in Gaza, the finance ministry and the central bank are at odds over how to cover hefty defence costs in next year's budget.

  • JERUSALEM, Sept 2- Israel's longer-term credit rating depends on its defence costs and the frequency of military conflicts, but a bigger budget deficit expected for 2015 is unlikely to prompt a downgrade, Standard& Poor's said. The agency is due to issue an update on Israel's rating on Sept. 19, which coincides with the start of discussions on the 2015 budget.

  • *Palladium rises above $900 on supply worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 29- Palladium rose to a 13-1/ 2- year high on Friday on worries over uncertain supplies from Russia, the world's largest producer of the metal, while gold prices eased on a dollar rise and gains in U.S. equities.

  • *Palladium rises above $900 on supply worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 29- Palladium rose to a fresh 13-1/ 2- year high on Friday on worries over uncertain supplies from Russia, the world's largest producer of the metal, while gold prices eased on a dollar rise and gains in U.S. equities.

  • JERUSALEM, Aug 27- The Bank of Israel warned the government on Wednesday that the budget deficit would reach at least 3.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2015 if taxes aren't raised and state spending is not reduced.

  • FOREX-Euro falls widely on ECB easing speculation Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    *Euro hits lowest since January 2013 against Swiss franc. LONDON, Aug 27- The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, hitting a 19- month low against the Swiss franc, as speculation that the European Central Bank will resort to quantitative easing was fuelled by yet more bad news from the euro zone.

  • Can Gaza's latest peace deal last?  Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    Firas Maksad, Managing Director at Global Policy Advisors, says war fatigue could prevent an outbreak of new fighting, but warns that regional dynamics may complicate the situation.

  • Once 'Best in the West', Israel's economy shows cracks Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    *War with Hamas weighing on consumers, industry, tourism. *Bank of Israel has cut interest rates twice; at record low. The war against Hamas in Gaza, which ran into a 50th day on Tuesday, has taken a heavy toll, hitting tourism, slowing consumer spending as people stay indoors and denting manufacturing, especially in plants close to Gaza.