Israel news

Bodies of kidnapped teenagers found

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Police have found the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas activists three weeks ago.

This evening Israeli authorities confirmed reports that the human remains found earlier this evening were indeed the bodies of the abducted teenagers.

The security cabinet convened an emergency meeting as the IDF boosted its military presence around Hebron.

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Israeli security officers sacked over kidnapping

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Israeli security officers have been dismissed after an investigative body found a “serious failure of conduct” on the night three teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas insurgents.

The investigative committee, which released its report today, found that operators monitoring the police emergency hotline had mishandled the phone call on the night of the kidnapping.

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‘Ex-Fatah militants’ killed in IDF Gaza strike

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

The Israeli air force has hit a target in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two people and wounding several others, according to Palestinian reports.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the target was a vehicle driving along Gaza’s main coastal road near the al-Shati refugee camp, not far from the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

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State seeking billions from Israel's JNF

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2014

Israel's Finance and Justice Ministries are set to propose a law that would nationalise the income of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF).

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Computer game 'stops negativity'

By Nathan Jeffay, June 27, 2014

Israeli researchers have developed a computer game that gives people the strength to keep negative thoughts in check and stay happy.

Noga Cohen, a research student at the Psychology Department at Ben Gurion University, was determined to find a way to help people stop repeatedly turning over negative or "ruminative" thoughts in their minds.

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Man freed in Shalit deal 'killed cop'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A former Palestinian prisoner who was released under the Gilad Shalit deal has been charged with murder.

Ziad Awwad was indicted on Monday for the April 14 murder of Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi.

Mizrahi had been driving his family to Kiryat Arba to celebrate Pesach and was shot dead near Hebron. His wife was wounded in the attack.

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Syria skirmish is gravest yetas child killed

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A 14-year-old boy was killed and three men injured at the Golan border on Sunday in the first fatal incident to involve Israeli citizens since the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago.

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Did UN man pass $20m to Hamas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is trying to bar the UN's chief representative in the region from Israel over allegations that he tried to funnel funds to Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Lieberman's office confirmed over the weekend that he was in favour of declaring the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry a persona non grata.

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Hopes begin to bite the dust

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The Israeli operation that began following the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach was scaled down this week.

The emphasis has shifted from a widespread manhunt and mass arrests of Hamas members to intelligence-gathering and more focused searches.

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Terrorist released in Shalit deal arrested over policeman’s murder

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency , June 23, 2014

Israeli authorities have accused a terrorist released in the Shalit deal of murdering Baruch Mizrahi, the police officer killed on Passover eve near Hebron on April 14.

The accused, Ziad Awad, 42, a resident of the Arab village of Idna near Hebron, was arrested by an elite police unit while they were searching for the three abducted boys last week.

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