Israel news

Rabbi blasts hair kippah

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The invention of a human-hair kippah — to enable Jews to hide their faith while walking in dangerous areas — has come under fire.

Shalom Koresh, a hairdresser from Rehovot in Israel, came up with the kippah (pictured below) after seeing rising antisemitism in Europe.

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Israeli activist: ‘Ecology can bring peace’

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The former deputy mayor of Jerusalem has said that Israelis and Palestinians can achieve peace by working together on environmental issues.

Naomi Tsur campaigned on green issues throughout her five-year term, and resigned in 2013 over what she saw as mayor Nir Barkat’s decision to downgrade environmental policies.

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Likud and Labour going head-to-head in poll war

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

As the election campaigns in Israel enter their final month, the main battlegrounds are increasingly within the right and centrist camps.

Both Likud and Labour believe they have little chance of convincing voters to switch camps and are concentrating on becoming the largest party in the next Knesset.

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Fury in US over Netanyahu speech plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

The shockwaves caused by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to Congress in three weeks continue to reverberate, with senior Democrats announcing their intention to be absent.

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For their latest trick, Israeli scientists turn air into water

By Nathan Jeffay, February 5, 2015

An Israeli invention that produces clean water out of thin air could save millions of lives around the world.

The machine, created by Arye Kohavi, the founder of Tel Aviv start-up Water-Gen, sucks the humidity out of the air and turns it into drinking water.

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Clowns, fire-breathing and beasts out of cages: it's the Israeli election circus

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 5, 2015

Six weeks to go until the Israeli election and the campaigns are mired in allegations of illegal funding and corruption.

This week, Likud accused the Labour party of being linked to V-15, a group that claims not to be affiliated with any of the parties and is calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be replaced.

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Eight dead in Israel after bus collision

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2015

Eight people are believed to have been killed and as many as 50 injured in a serious road crash in south Israel.

The incident is thought to have involved a collision between a bus, a tractor, and a truck in the Negev.

Magen David Adom ambulances and paramedics, as well as firefighters, were at the scene near the Lahavim junction, and were working to free passengers from the wreckage.

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Landau, the interrogator who bridged the divide

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

David Landau, who died on Tuesday aged 67 after a long battle with cancer, was a rare writer and journalist in a country that does not lack for polemicists.

He bridged social divides that to others were uncrossable chasms.

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Border clashes as IDF pair killed in ambush

January 29, 2015

Israel has reinforced its units on the northern borders with Syria and Lebanon after a missile attack on army vehicles killed two soldiers on Wednesday.

Hizbollah fired at least five anti-tank missiles at an IDF convoy outside the village of Ghajar, killing Captain Yohai Klangel, 25 and Sergeant Dor Nini, 20. Seven others were wounded.

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Party wanted Miss World to attract Knesset votes

January 29, 2015

Parties running in the Knesset elections handed in their lists of candidates ahead of the deadline for registration on Thursday night.

Efforts by some to find attractive candidates at the last moment descended into farce.

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