Israel news

Bibi battles to stop collapse of coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu held emergency meetings with the leaders of the coalition parties on Wednesday in an attempt to ward off early elections.

Some Yesh Atid and Hatnuah MKs are calling for their parties to leave the coalition over the lack of any progress in the peace talks and the prime minister's decision not to back conversion reform.

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Iran nuclear deal 'close'

October 23, 2014

With a month to go before the November 24 deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, the Israeli government believes the sides are close to a deal which will leave a large part of Iran's uranium enrichment capacities intact.

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Fury over Kerry's IS remark

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Remarks by US State Secretary John Kerry linking the international campaign against Islamic State (IS) with the impasse in the Israel-Palestinian peace process have sparked a political storm in Israel and underlined the shaky state of Israel's strategic alliance with the US.

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Plans to split Israeli town into two pieces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Representatives of the non-Charedi communities in the town of Beit Shemesh, to the west of Jerusalem, are lobbying to split the municipality into two separate entities - one for the strictly Orthodox and one for the others.

The move comes seven months after Shas's Moshe Abutbul was re-elected as mayor in a second round of elections following claims of voter fraud last year.

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Amar and Stern elected chief rabbis of Jerusalem

October 23, 2014

New chief rabbis were elected for Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The new incumbents took their posts after an 11-year hiatus, during which time the city's top religious posts remained vacant.

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Border attacks are Hizbollah terror message

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2014

Two incidents on Israel's northern border last week have raised concerns that Hizbollah is planning more aggressive operations in the near future.

In an explosion on Tuesday morning near Mount Dov, close to the Lebanese border, two soldiers from an IDF bomb-disposal unit were moderately wounded.

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Netanyahu plans early elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for early elections, most likely in late 2015, two years before his government is due to complete its full term.

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How campaigners milk the food price debate

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

A Facebook post on food prices in Israel has kicked off another public debate over the financial burden on the middle classes.

Bizarrely, however, the row has not focused on a staple, but on the popular Milky dairy pudding, composed of whipped cream and chocolate milk.

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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.

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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.

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