Israel news

How US Christians came to pay for Israelis' dental care

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2014

In Israel, some social activists issue calls to the government to boost its welfare provision. Others just write a cheque and hope to "embarrass" the government into changing its ways.


Hamas busy rebuilding its rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

People in southern Israel ran to the shelters on Sunday morning as IDF sensors detected rocket launches in Gaza.

No warheads fell inside Israeli territory and the military's assessment was that Hamas had either been testing missiles or training its rocket teams.

Indirect talks are scheduled to continue in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations on a long-term solution for Gaza.


Not so Fast mum ... you might be having a baby

By Nathan Jeffay, October 2, 2014

An Israeli study has found that Yom Kippur is boom time for maternity wards - and that the reason may not be positive.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Eyal Sheiner has concluded that Jewish women are much more likely to enter premature labour on the Day of Atonement than during the rest of the year.


Israeli Jews boycotting Arab businesses

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

A survey of Israeli Jewish consumers found that 24 per cent are boycotting Arab businesses.

The telephone survey, conducted by Geocartagraphia, found that the figure had fallen since Operation Protective Edge, when that 29 per cent said they would boycott Arab businesses.

According to a report on Globes, the figures tally with a fall in sales at Arab supermarkets.


Israel ruined its own bid to host Euro 2020 soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

While the BDS movement tried to take credit for Uefa's decision not to name Jerusalem as one of the 13 host cities for the Euro 2020 tournament, the ruling has a lot more to do with the incompetence of the IFA, Israel's national football association, than political considerations.

Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium made it to the shortlist of 19, but was dropped due to the fact that the bid issued by th


Hamas appears serious about long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

Indirect talks over a long-term solution for Gaza began in Cairo on Tuesday.

The talks, between Israel and a Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, broke up on Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah and are scheduled to resume next week. The Palestinians remained in Egypt to discuss the unity agreement.


Orthodox keep own curriculum

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Israel's High Court has upheld the right of Charedi schools to ignore the country's national curriculum.

A large number of Charedi schools reduce secular education to the teaching of basic mathematics and a few other subjects, freeing up the bulk of the time for religious subjects.

In 2010, former education minister Amnon Rubinstein, along with other leading educationalists and disgruntled g


Algorithm that combats bedwetting

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Back in the 1980s in Brighton, an Israeli father started grappling with the challenge of his son's bedwetting.


Sweeteners may also cause diabetes, say researchers

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Last week, Israeli scientists suggested that artificial sweeteners may increase, not decrease, the risk of diabetes.


'Israel missing a window of opportunity in Middle East’

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2014

Israel’s expropriation of 1,000 acres of West Bank land to extend the Etzion settlement bloc was a “huge mistake”, according to the incoming president of the New Israel Fund, Talia Sasson.

The current situation in the Middle East gave Israel the chance to restart peace talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, she argued.