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Iranian FM: 90% of issues resolved in Geneva nuclear talks so far

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

World powers and Iran have reportedly agreed upon 90-percent of issues about the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program in talks in Geneva, Iran’s Press TV cited Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying. “If you’re asking about the amount of work that has been done, we have moved forward up to 90 percent,” the chief Iranian negotiator allegedly told reporters in Switzerland. Accord to … Read more »

White House says hopeful for Iran nuclear agreement in Geneva

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

WASHINGTON – The United States remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached between western powers and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program during talks in Geneva, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday. Stay on top of the news – get the Jerusalem Post headlines direct to your inbox! Source Article from http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=332704&R=R101

Lebanese man allegedly identified as one of Iran embassy bombers

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

BEIRUT – Lebanese authorities have identified one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut this week as a Lebanese Islamist, a security source said on Friday. The man was from the southern port city of Sidon, and was known to have had links with Islamist groups, the source said. His family were asked to meet security forces for a DNA … Read more »

Diplomats: Kerry plans to join Iran talks in Geneva, but could cancel

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

GENEVA – US Secretary of State John Kerry is tentatively planning to join the nuclear talks in Switzerland between Iran and six world powers, though he has not confirmed his plans and could still pull out, Western diplomats said on Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is en route to Geneva for the meetings between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United … Read more »

10-year-old boy killed by gunfire in clashes in Egypt’s Suez

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

CAIRO – A 10-year-old boy was killed by gunfire on Friday while walking near the site of clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt’s northern city of Suez, security and medical sources said. Morsi’s supporters have staged frequent protests in towns and cities across Egypt, many of them after Friday prayers, since the army deposed him on July … Read more »

Twin lion cubs die in Gaza zoo days after birth

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

Two lion cubs born at a zoo in the Gaza Strip died Thursday two days after their birth, AFP reported. “The lions named Fajr and Sijil died today due to a deterioration of their health at birth,” Shadi Hamad, supervisor of animals at the Hamas-run Bissan park told AFP. The twin felines, named in reference to the conflict between Hamas and Israel last November, … Read more »

34-year-old woman sets herself on fire off route 412

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

A 34-year-old woman set herself on fire Friday in an area near route 412. She was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer in serious condition. Stay on top of the news – get the Jerusalem Post headlines direct to your inbox! Source Article from http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=332691&R=R101

Syrian civil war refugees held in Egypt begin hunger strike

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

CAIRO – Dozens of refugees from Syria detained in an Egyptian police station began a hunger strike on Friday to draw attention to their plight, several of them said. The United Nations refugee agency confirmed that 52 refugees of Syrian and Palestinian origin had refused to receive food delivered by a UNHCR-funded charity to the police station where they are held in the coastal … Read more »

Russia’s Lavrov heads to Geneva for Iran nuclear talks

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was travelling to Geneva on Friday for talks between six major powers and Iran aimed at ending the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, a source in his delegation said. Lavrov also plans to meet the UN special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, the source said. Russian and US diplomats are to meet in Geneva on Monday to … Read more »

Putin: Western states must bring Syrian opposition to peace talks

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Western states must convince the Syrian opposition to attend proposed talks with President Bashar Assad’s government in Geneva and expressed hope the conference would take place “as soon as possible”. “Russia took on the responsibility of convincing the Syrian leadership. We did our part. It is up to our partners, who must convince … Read more »

Labor: A party of political cannibals

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Israel

In the neanderthal era, when cannibals would eat other human beings, they would start with the fleshy part of the body and barely touch the head. That isn’t so in the Labor party. In Labor, the politicians devour the head first, and only then finish off the rest of the party for dessert. Ehud Barak, Avraham Burg (for one day), Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Amram Mitzna, Shimon Peres, Amir Peretz, … Read more »

Dr. Flug assumes office as Bank Governor

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

Inaugural Speech by Governor Karnit Flug President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, members of the Government, distinguished guests, and dear family: I would like to thank the President of the State of Israel who accepted the Government’s recommendation to appoint me as the ninth Governor of the Bank of Israel. I thank the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance for their earlier remarks. I would also like to offer … Read more »

Natural gas installations to be built

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Tuesday, 12 November 2013) commends the National Planning and Building Council’s decision to approve the plan to build on- and off-shore installations to receive natural gas. “This is an additional step on the way to utilizing this important natural resource for the benefit of the Israeli economy. The quicker the processes move forward – thus it will be possible … Read more »

S&P reaffirms Israel’s A+ credit rating

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

(Communicated by the Ministry of Finance) On September 27, 2013, The S&P Credit Rating Agency reaffirmed the credit rating of the State of Israel at a level of A + with a stable outlook. The credit announcement was published following the annual visit to of the S&P analysts in Israel in August, during which they met with the Minister of Finance as well as the senior management at the Ministry … Read more »

Economic update September 2013

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

(Bank of Israel) Inflation data: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August increased by 0.2 percent, below projections of 0.4 percent on average. The main contributions to the increase in the CPI were a seasonal increase in the housing component and increases in energy product prices. These were offset by a seasonal decline in the clothing and footwear component and by a decline in fruit and vegetable prices. With the … Read more »

Committee to eliminate import barriers appointed

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

The Ministerial Committee regarding the Cost of Living, headed by the Minister of the Economy, Naftali Bennett, will meet to discuss ways to reduce the cost of living and eliminate barriers to competition. The committee will, inter alia, discuss competition and cost of living considerations in setting trade levies, limiting the powers of a minister in imposing surcharges that may lead to an increase in the cost of living, a … Read more »

Moody’s re-affirms Israel’s A1 credit rating

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

(Communiated by the Israel Ministry of Finance) Moody’s, the international credit rating agency, announced on August 15 that it had re-affirmed Israel’s credit rating, leaving it at a level of A1 with a stable outlook. The release of the rating announcement followed the annual visit of the company’s representatives to Israel last month, during which they met with the Minister of Finance, representatives from the Bank of Israel and other … Read more »

Israel: World leader in science and innovation

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

(Ministry of Finance, Economic Highlights) ​1st in R&D expenditure as % of GDP* 1st in quality of scientific research institutions** 1st for entrepreneurship being widespread amongst its managers* 2nd in public expenditure on education* 3rd in venture capital availability** 4th in PCT patents applications per million population** 5th for strength of investor protection** 6 Israelis in the last 10 years have been … Read more »

Banking system – annual review 2012

Author: | November 18th, 2013 | Category : Israel

As the result of a continued series of developments in the capital market during 2012, companies in the economy were unable to repay their debt, and entered into debt restructuring proceedings. As these proceedings are liable to undermine the public’s confidence in the bodies that manage their money, the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Israel established a committee for examining debt restructuring proceedings in the … Read more »