Israel news

Pope Francis to fly El Al on journey home from Israel

By Daniel Easterman, April 14, 2014

Pope Francis will fly with Israeli national carrier El Al when he returns home from his visit to Israel next month.

El Al will assign a special crew and mark the plane with the official Vatican seal for the Boeing 777 flight.

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How Israel just changed the game: the new Super Hercules aircraft and Ofek 10 Spy Satellite

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Last Wednesday, the Israeli Air Force passed two milestones.

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Naftali Bennett threatens to quit Israeli government over prison release

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has threatened to quit Israel’s governing coalition if a group of Palestinian prisoners are released in a last ditch attempt to save the peace process.

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Last ditch attempt to save Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

Marathon talks were still ongoing this week in a last attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Meanwhile, in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who put so much personal effort into launching the talks nine months ago, appeared to be placing most of the blame on Israel for their failure.

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Ehud Olmert faces fresh probe

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

A week after he was convicted on charges of bribe-taking and fraud in the Holyland case, former prime minister Ehud Olmert was once again being interrogated by the police, this time for allegedly obstructing justice.

On Monday, Olmert was confronted with the claims made by his long-serving secretary and chief of staff, Shula Zaken.

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Space IL: Flying to the moon on a shoestring

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

British donors have raised £610,000 towards Israel’s budget space mission to the moon.

The SpaceIL unmanned capsule is due to launch next year at a cost of only £22 million, funded by private investors —the cost of space missions is usually counted in billions.

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Israel's diplomatic strike over as deal agreed

By Daniel Easterman, April 3, 2014

The first full-scale strike by Israel’s Foreign Ministry diplomatic staff has ended after weeks of embassy closures and diplomatic cancellations.

“Israel’s fighters abroad will return to serve on Israel’s global front lines. We are sorry for the needless hardships caused,” said the Foreign Ministry workers committee.

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Peace talks edge closer to abyss

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 3, 2014

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were on the brink of collapse this week.

By Wednesday, the Americans had suspended their role as go-betweens, Israel had refused to release the last tranche of prisoners and the PA had formally requested recognition as a member-state from international organisations.

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Peace process near collapse as Palestinians make UN move

By Daniel Easterman, April 2, 2014

The Palestinians have initiated moves to join 15 UN agencies, causing yet another blow to the stalling peace process.

One implication of the move is that it could become easier for Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

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John Kerry in surprise Israel visit to 'save' peace process

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2014

John Kerry has made a surprise return to Israel in an apparently desperate attempt to save the floundering Middle East peace process.

The US Secretary of State is expected to meet Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Monday for a new round of talks.

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