Israel news

British Airbnb host rejects Israeli for ‘occupying someone else’s land’

By Jessica Weinstein, February 12, 2016

A British man refused to give an Airbnb room to an Israeli, telling him: “The day you stop occupying someone’s land, I might be able to consider hosting you."

Ben Kelmer, a photographer from Tel Aviv, had reserved a room in a flat near Marble Arch for March but was refused by the flat’s owner, known on the site as Mario.


Herzog revises Labour peace plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 11, 2016

Labour and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog has won himself at least temporary reprieve from the challenges to his leadership.

Delegates at Labour's conference this weekend unanimously endorsed his new diplomatic manifesto, despite the furore in the party over his recent statement distancing himself from the two-state solution and a long list of rivals preparing to run for his job.


Women's prayer deal was a 'betrayal' say breakaway Women of the Wall

By Nathan Jeffay, February 11, 2016

Women of the Wall betrayed its principles and sold other women down the river, some of the women who built the group are claiming.


Israel boosts Arab jobs to combat terror

February 11, 2016

Israel is planning to increase the number of work permits it hands out to West Bank Palestinians to 30,000.

Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot have both recently argued that boosting Palestinian employment is likely to help reduce the terror attacks.


Bibi plans to surround Israel with fences against the 'beasts'

By Nathan Jeffay, February 11, 2016

Israel will surround itself with fences to keep out "predatory beasts," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week.

He declared: "In the neighbourhood where we live we need to protect ourselves against predatory beasts."


India, Israel set for £2bn arms deal

February 11, 2016

Israel and India are preparing to sign a £2bn weapons deal ahead of a planned visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Holy Land later this year.

India is planning to buy 164 laser systems for its air force, specifically for its Sukhoi-30MKI and Jaguar planes, and 250 precision-guided bunker busting bombs, according to a report in the Times of India on Tuesday.


Sara Netanyahu loses abuse case against domestic helper

By JC Reporter, February 10, 2016

The Israeli state has been ordered to pay over NIS 170,000 (£30,000) in a civil case brought against Sara Netanyahu by a former domestic helper.

On Wednesday, the Jerusalem Region Labour Court found that Meny Naftali had suffered abuse while working for the Israeli prime minister and his wife, and that he had not been paid for a number of overtime hours.


Israeli man stabbed while jogging

By JC Reporter, February 9, 2016

A manhunt has been launched after an Israeli man was stabbed while jogging outside the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel, South of Jerusalem.


Boy, 11, stabbed in Israel

By JC Reporter, February 8, 2016

An 11-year-old boy was stabbed in the Israeli city of Ramle on Monday afternoon.

A 17-year-old suspect was apprehended after police are investigated the incident in which the child was reportedly approached by a man with an Arabic accent asking him a question. He then reportedly stabbed the boy with scissors.


Israeli boy left hanging from overpass after truck crash

By Jessica Weinstein, February 8, 2016

A ten-year-old boy has been rescued after a truck crash left him hanging 13 metres above the ground from an overpass in northern Israel.