Israel news

Horror over killing of 'loving' Dalia

By Shira Rubin, November 13, 2014

The 26-year-old woman stabbed to death near a West Bank settlement on Monday has been described by her neighbour as the "epitome of kindness".

Dalia Lamkus, a children's occupational therapist, was attacked at a bus stop near Alon Shvut, in Gush Etzion. Two others were injured in the attack.


Israel fears worst in Iran nuclear talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israeli leaders remain deeply sceptical of US intentions on the eve of the deadline to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Despite repeated US assurances that Iran will not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon and reports that no progress was made in the round of talks this week, the current assessment in Jerusalem is that the Obama administration is determined to reach a deal at


Soldier critical after stab attack in Tel Aviv

By JCReporter, November 10, 2014

An IDF soldier has been stabbed near a train station in Tel Aviv in what Israeli police are describing as a terror attack.

The soldier, who is 20 years old according to initial reports, was taken to Sheba Medical Centre, Tel Hashomer, in a critical condition.

The attacker was arrested after a struggle with police. He is reportedly a Palestinian from Nablus who entered Israel illegally.


Outrage over Amnesty 'war crimes' report

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Israel has forcefully rejected claims by Amnesty International that its army committed war crimes in the latest Gaza conflict, alleging that the NGO "serves as a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups".

The Israeli Embassy in London condemned Amnesty for its "extreme bias" and for "producing no evidence" to back up allegations in a new report, entitled 'Families under the Rubble: Isr


Likudniks welcome US midterm election result

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

The resounding success of the Republican Party in the US mid-term elections was greeted with quiet satisfaction by the Likud government this week.

Many in Israel believe that the Republicans' new-found control of the Senate and enlarged majority in Congress will have a significant impact on US foreign policy in the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.


Car attacks a trend in 'mini-intifada'

By Shira Rubin, November 6, 2014

For the second time in as many weeks, a Palestinian man ploughed into a crowded light railway station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, this time killing one and injuring 13.

Israeli police identified the terrorist as Ibrahim al-Akari, a 38-year-old father of five from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat.


Livni: bus segregation is apartheid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ramped up the controversy over the decision to prevent Palestinian workers from travelling on Israeli buses in the West Bank by describing the reasons for the move as "apartheid".

Ms Livni, who had directed the attorney general to look into the issue, made the remark in an interview on IDF Radio while discussing Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's decision last


Bus segregation means apartheid, says Livni

By Naomi Firsht, October 31, 2014

Demands for separate buses for Palestinians are discriminatory and have echoes of apartheid, the Israeli Justice Minister has said.

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon accepted requests from settlers that West Bank Arabs travelling to and from Israel should be segregated on public transport.


Israel-US ties in crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

US-Israel diplomatic relations have hit a new low as government members on both sides have traded harsh insults and criticisms in recent days.

This week, senior US government officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit", and a "coward" in interviews with the Atlantic.


Arabs blocked from buses

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon caused a political and legal row after accepting the demands of West Bank settlers to stop Palestinian workers travelling on Israeli buses.