Israel news

Amnesty report attacks Israel as well as Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Amnesty International’s most detailed probe into Hamas rocket attacks on Israel accuses the Palestinian terror group of committing war crimes — but also heavily criticises Israel’s actions in last summer’s conflict.

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Netanyahu grabs victory - now the hard work begins

March 19, 2015

Don't let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud in the final days of the contest.

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Hamas say no to long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2015

Hamas has formally rejected a proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Israel. The truce would have been in exchange for a lifting of the Gaza blockade and reconstruction of the war-ravaged strip.

The offer was a result of ongoing discussions between Palestinian, Israeli and international diplomats, and was conveyed to Hamas last week by a United Nations representative.

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Simples, says the man revolutionising Twitter

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

An Israeli-developed live-streaming app could revolutionise the way Twitter is used, according to its creator.

Meerkat has accrued almost £3 million of venture capital investment since it was launched by Israeli firm Life on Air at the end of February.

In its first 11 days the app attracted 80,000 users and has now topped the 100,000 mark.

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Software unites musicians with fans

March 19, 2015

Israeli company Fansino won the app of the year award at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a fortnight ago, beating 800 others.

Its app connects musicians to their fans by allowing artists to see the demographics of who listens to their music and through which medium, as well as telling fans about upcoming concerts.

Co-founder Haran Yaffa said: "The idea is to help music artists overcom

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Benjamin Netanyahu grabs victory against the odds

By Orlando Radice, March 18, 2015

Don’t let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in the final days of the contest.

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Huge turnaround as Netanyahu snatches victory

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

In a remarkable last-minute turnaround, Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved a resounding victory in the Israeli elections.

With 99 per cent of ballots counted by 6am this morning local time, Likud emerged with 30 seats, six ahead of the next largest party bloc, Zionist Union, which won 24 seats.

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Exit polls: Likud closes gap with Zionist Union

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Exit polls conducted by Israeli TV channels indicate that the leading party blocs are likely to win the same number of seats in the next Knesset.

This means that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a legitimate claim to form the next government, even though both groupings will seek coalitions on the left and right.

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Israel awash with excitement on election day

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Israel is a land of a thousand opinions and high emotions, and the explosive brew comes to the boil on election day.

At the Love Israel School in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb, a group of 20-something supporters of Yisrael Beiteinu bedecked in party colours dance to the thud of a car stereo.

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Netanyahu tells supporters Arabs are 'voting in droves'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his supporters that the country’s Arab citizens were voting “in droves" as the country's election campaign reached its closing stages.

He said he hoped right-wing Israelis would help him “close the gap.”

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