Israel news

Israel backers hit by web ‘witch hunt’

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2013

Antisemitic abuse aimed at Israel advocates should receive the same level of public scrutiny as high-profile Twitter incidents, experts and victims have said.

The use of email and social media sites to propagate abuse has become so severe that pro-Israel campaigners have feared for their safety and been forced to call police.


IDF: north Israel attack ‘not an escalation’

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

Explosions have been heard from near the Israel-Lebanon border.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said that two rockets landed in open fields close to the north-west city of Nahariya, causing air raid sirens across northern Israel to go off.

However, the Israeli Defence Force said the rockets “fell outside of Israeli territory”.


Bar Refaeli hits out at Pink Floyd's Roger Waters over Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2013

Model Bar Refaeli has challenged Pink Floyd guitarist and singer Roger Waters over his boycott of Israel.

The Israeli said she wanted Mr Waters to stop using an image of her in the background of his concerts after he urged activists to declare a cultural boycott of the country.

The British musician is a long-standing advocate of boycott, divestment and sanctions.


Israeli hospital where Syrian fighters are saved

By Shira Rubin, August 16, 2013

A mother and her seven-year-old daughter look sallow and speak in exhausted whispers as they lie in the orthopaedic ward of the Ziv Medical Centre in Safed, northern Israel.

Last month, a bomb ripped through their home, in a Syrian village, leaving their legs completely mangled. Had they not crossed the border into Israel, those limbs would have likely been amputated.


Huge IDF revamp to meet evolving threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

Thousands of Israeli men got a phone call in recent weeks that changed their summer schedules. A week of training with their reserve units had been cancelled due to cutbacks.

For some, this signalled the end of their army lives, as the Israel Defence Force closes down a number of reserve units, including an entire armoured brigade.


Rivlin: 'On peace process, we must have open hearts'

By Orlando Radice, August 15, 2013

The man tipped to be the next president of Israel has spoken of his deep scepticism of the peace process.

Reuven Rivlin, a Likud MK and a former speaker of the Knesset, insists that “the Arabs will never accept any solution that will give them anything less than the state of Israel. They will never accept that Israel is the land of the Jewish people.”


Against the odds and under cover, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks begin

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

In deliberately low-key fashion and at an undisclosed location, the first round of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations began in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.


Trouble in paradise: fears for Eilat after terror alerts

By Anshel Pfeffer and Gur Salomon, August 15, 2013

Fears have been raised that Eilat’s status as a tourist destination could be in jeopardy if the terror attacks that took place this week continue.

Rocket fire from jihadists over the border in Egypt and the temporary closure of the city’s airport after a warning about a possible missile attack on an airline, left tourists and residents shaken.


Israel releases 25 Palestinians as peace talks resume

By Zoe Winograd, August 14, 2013

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel late last night as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

More than 1000 people gathered at the presidential compound in Ramallah to welcome the prisoners.


Rocket attack on Eilat intercepted

By Zoe Winograd, August 13, 2013

The Iron Dome intercepted a rocket attack aimed at Eilat on Monday night.

Sirens woke the city at midnight, just before the missile defence system destroyed two rockets in mid-air. There were no major injuries or damage.

An Islamist faction in the Sinai Peninsula called Magles Shoura al-Mujahideen claimed responsibility.