Israel news

Interview: Yossi Gal

By Tim Marshall, April 27, 2016

VOne of Israel's most experienced diplomats believes the boycott movement in academia is merely a "nuisance", but that the "dramatic" rise in antisemitic incidents across Europe is an unfolding tragedy.

Yossi Gal spent 40 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was a negotiator at the Madrid Peace Conference and rose to become Director General at the MFA.


Police advise closure of Herzog case

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

The leader of Israel's opposition, Isaac Herzog, was questioned last week by police as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that he committed fraud during his 2013 leadership campaign.

Other members of his campaign team have also been questioned under suspicion that services rendered during his successful bid for the Labour Party leadership were not documented or paid for.


Health chief hits out at McDonald's

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said he would crack down on fast food and other causes of heart disease as he launched Israel's first serious anti-obesity campaign earlier this month.

In a speech to the Israeli Cardiologists Association, Mr Litzman, a United Torah Judaism member, said: "McDonald's out!


Opinion split as IDF medic set to face trial

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2016

An IDF sergeant has been charged with manslaughter by a military court following the shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month.

The case of Sergeant Elor Azaria has split Israeli society and political opinion. According to polls, a large section of the public believes he should not go on trial.


IDF weapons amnesty sees uzi submachine gun, explosives and rockets handed in

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2016

More than 1.3 million items including weapons, ammunition and night vision equipment have been handed back to the Israeli army by former soldiers.

Kalashnikov assault rifles, an Uzi submachine gun, plastic explosives, grenades and smoke bombs were among the 457 weapons retrieved during the month-long anonymous amnesty, which concluded this week.


Shin Bet arrests ‘Jewish terror cell’ members in West Bank settlement

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

Israel’s security agency has confirmed it arrested six members of a “Jewish terror cell” who carried out violence against Palestinians on the West Bank.


Knife attacker convicted of murdering teenage girl at Jerusalem gay pride parade

By Rosa Doherty, April 19, 2016

A man has been convicted of murdering a teenage girl at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade.

Yishai Schlissel stabbed teenager Shira Banki in a homophobic attack at the event last July. She died from her injuries three days later.


Israeli convicted of murdering Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir

By Naomi Firsht, April 19, 2016

An Israeli man has been convicted of murdering a Palestinian teenager after a Jerusalem court rejected his insanity plea.

Yosef Chaim Ben-David understood what he was doing and was in full control of his actions when he murdered Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July 2014, a Jerusalem court ruled today.


Bus explosion in Jerusalem

By JC Reporter, April 18, 2016

A bus explosion in Jerusalem could have been caused by an improvised explosive device, the city's mayor has said.

Police said the bus that blew up was empty at the time, but around 15 people were injured on an adjacent bus.

Two of those hurt were said to have suffered serious injuries.

Mayor Nir Barkat said an IED had been fixed to the bus's chasis and later blew up.


IDF discovers Hamas tunnel under Gaza border into Israel

By Josh Jackman, April 18, 2016

The Israeli army has uncovered and destroyed a Hamas tunnel which stretched from Gaza into southern Israel.

The 20km-long underground passageway reached 30 or 40 yards into Israel before its demolition this morning.

The IDF would not reveal its exact location, though it is understood to be near Kibbutz Holit, about 8km from both the southern border of Gaza and Egypt.