From the New York Times comes breaking news: Israeli negotiations have come to a peaceful resolution. That's right, Israel has acquired the rights to the @israel handle on Twitter.
The deal was brokered yesterday between the State of Isreal and a Miami-based pornographer named Israel Meléndez. While declining to disclose the amount paid for the handle, Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor confirmed the deal, which came after extensive talks.
Explained Palmor, "We thought we could put it to better use than [Meléndez] did."