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Man helping Orthodox boot up and cash in

By Nathan Jeffay, September 12, 2014

When Moshe Friedman was trying to get a high-tech start-up off the ground, a potential investor raised a concern. The funder was worried that because Mr Friedman is strictly-Orthodox, he would not be able to stop himself from taking the funds and giving them to charity.

Mr Friedman came up against such prejudice on several occasions while building up his video-editing company.

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Israel fears US could soften on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Israel is concerned that the increased coordination between the US and Iran over fighting Isis could lead to a weakening of the American stance in talks over the Iranian nuclear programme.

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Israel 'one of happiest nations'

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

Stereotypically, Jews are big complainers. But in a global poll, Israel comes out as one of the least peevish nations.

The Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project positioned Israel as the eighth most satisfied nation in the world. Asked about national conditions, 49 per cent of Israelis were satisfied "with the way things are going" - nine per cent higher than in Britain.

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'Hamas man freed in Shalit deal behind teens' murder'

By Daniel Easterman, September 11, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire on a knife edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Rocket fire from Gaza could resume in two weeks if an agreement on new security arrangements or at least a framework for talks is not reached in the coming days.

There are deep divisions, not only between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but among both sides, on the best way to reach such a deal.

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Gay Masorti rabbi a first for Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

A Liverpool-born man has become the Israeli Masorti movement's first gay pulpit rabbi.

Mikie Goldstein has been inducted as the rabbi of Congregation Adat Shalom-Emanuel in Rehovot, and has broken new ground for Israel's gay community in two respects.

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Hamas man released in Shalit deal planned teens’ murder

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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Gaza terror groups tunnelling again

By JC Reporter, September 9, 2014

Terror group Islamic Jihad has begun constructing tunnels under the Gaza Strip, according to Al Jazeera TV.

In a recent broadcast by the Qatar-based TV station, a reporter is taken blindfolded to the entrance of a tunnel.

Once inside the tunnel, the reporter explains that it is being “dug by resistance fighters in this border area.”

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Israeli cult leader guilty of multiple sex crimes

By Daniel Easterman, September 8, 2014

The leader of an Israeli cult has been found guilty of rape and multiple sexual crimes.

Goel Ratzon, 64, was accused of having sexual relations with 21 different women – some of whom were teenagers when the relationships started – and fathered 49 children.

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The wall? It runs through school

By Nathan Jeffay, September 4, 2014

Teachers are used to nasty shocks at the start of the school year, but this week one Israeli school head arrived to find a problem that - literally - dwarfed everything else.

Staff at the Languages and Culture School in Beit Shemesh found that an 8ft wall had been built through the middle of the playground, part of a move to hand half of the building to another school in the city.

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