The News From Israel

Plus Ça Change

11.28.12 2:30 PM ET

"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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