Israel news

World leaders honour Shimon Peres at his funeral

By Daniel Sugarman, September 30, 2016

Dignitaries from around the world came to the Mount Herzl cemetery on Friday morning to pay their respects to Shimon Peres, the ninth President of Israel.


US and Israeli rabbis in furious conversions row

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 29, 2016

An angry row over the recognition of conversions to Judaism has erupted once again between the Orthodox rabbinical establishments of Israel and the US.

The dispute arose following the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's refusal to authorise at least two conversions performed by rabbis affiliated to the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA).


Defence chief: terrorists mostly hiding from us

By Jenni Frazer, September 29, 2016

The chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Avi Dichter, has said that progress made by the Israeli security services meant that terrorists now spend 95 per cent of their time hiding and only five per cent on operations.


Family honour Shimon Peres cornea donation request as Israel prepares for state funeral

By JC Reporter, September 29, 2016

Shimon Peres's family have donated his corneas, at his request, to Israel's National Transplant Centre.

The statesman registered as an organ donor with the Centre when he was President, encouraging others to follow suit.


A new year without Shimon Peres

By Naftali Bennett, September 28, 2016

I feel orphaned.


Abbas to attend Peres's funeral

By JC Reporter, September 28, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres on Friday.

This will be Mr Abbas's first official visit in Israel since September 2010, and the first time he will have shaken hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since last November.


Shimon Peres in his own words

By JC Reporter, September 28, 2016

The late Israeli President was renowned for his eloquent, insightful turns-of-phrase. Here are some of his better known quotes:

On life

“Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives!”


Shimon Peres - a timeline

By Jessica Weinstein, September 28, 2016


Shimon Peres's coffin to lie in state

By Ahron Bregman, September 27, 2016

The coffin of Shimon Peres, who died in hospital at 3.40am this morning, will be placed in front of the Knesset on Thursday morning for the public to pay their final respects.

The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalised at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv on September 13 after suffering a stroke.


Team Trump calls in Netanyahu for private meeting with Republican candidate

By JC Reporter, September 25, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu, currently in New York, has been asked to attend a private meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday morning.