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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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Palestinian envoy was holding the explosives that killed him

By Daniel Easterman, March 31, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador in Prague was holding explosives in his hands when he died in a bomb blast at his official residence in January, say the Czech police.

According to Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova, the Czech authorities conducted ballistics tests which demonstrated that the bomb material was being held by ambassasdor Jamal al-Jamal’s at the time of the explosion.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert found guilty of bribery

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of bribery by an Israeli court.

He was convicted on Monday morning after an investigation into his role in the so-called “Holyland affair”, in which bribes were received to speed up the development of luxury properties, during his time as mayor of Jerusalem.

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Blow to peace talks with Israel set to miss prisoner-release deadline

By Daniel Easterman, March 28, 2014

Israel will not release the fourth and last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday evening as agreed under the US-led peace talks.

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Use the back door, Paris university tells Israelis

By Naomi Firsht, March 27, 2014

Israeli students visiting a Paris university were asked to leave and re-enter through a back door to appease pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

The request came from the president of the Paris VIII University, after 50 members of the anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement protested against their presence.

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IDF and Hamas taking digs at each other over discovery of Gaza tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

The discovery of a large tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel has led to a war of words between Israel and Hamas.

The tunnel, one of the longest discovered so far, leads 700 metres east of the border, and runs close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, according to the Israeli army officers who uncovered it.

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