The News From Israel

11.28.12 2:30 PM ET

Plus Ça Change

"True, we’re going to see fireworks in Ramallah but the settlements will remain exactly where they are and the IDF will continue to operate in the same areas."
--Israeli official tells Yedioth that Palestinian statehood won't change anything.

  • Fatah, Hamas jointly mourn Gaza dead - A Fatah delegation on Tuesday joined premier of the Hamas-run government in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh in a ceremony to honor families bereaved in the latest Israeli military offensive. (Maan)
  • FIFA pledges help to rebuild Gaza stadium - Soccer's world governing body to help rebuild Palestine Stadium partially destroyed in IDF airstrikes during Operation Pillar of Defense. Stadium was used to fire rockets at Israel. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • World Bank to fund Gaza water services rehabilitation - The World Bank approved on Tuesday a $6.4 million grant to improve and expand coverage of water and sewage services in the Gaza Strip, the financial institution said. (Maan)
  • Experts exhume Arafat, seek evidence of poison - Switzerland hospital that carried out original tests on Arafat's clothes says results expected in several months. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Steinitz asks Barak to grant Ariel university status - Finance minister urges defense minister to approve the upgrade before he steps down from politics. Steinitz vows to provide 50 million shekels ($13 million) to the center in its first year as a university. (Israel Hayom)
  • $1M per missile: Watch Magic Wand test - If development goes ahead as planned, air defense system will be able to intercept any object launched from a distance of at least 70 kilometers. (Ynet)
  • Egypt seizes arms shipment en route to northern Sinai, report says - Ma'an news agency cites Egyptian security official saying that truck held Grad rockets, high-grade explosives. (Haaretz)

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