Israel news

Diaspora unconvinced over Israel's desire for peace

By Simon Rocker, August 13, 2015

The Israeli government is struggling to convince diaspora Jews that it is committed to peace with the Palestinians, a report has shown.

While there was broad sympathy and concern for Israel, there was also growing discomfort among diaspora communities, the Jerusalem-based think tank the Jewish People Policy Institute found.


Tensions in Israel and Gaza amid aftermath of attacks

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2015

The police and security services have so far failed to locate the perpetrators of the arson attack on the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Douma last month.

Two family members - 18-month-old toddler Ali and his father, Saed - died, and the child's mother and brother were seriously wounded.


Inside the web campaign that aims to shine a spotlight on Israel boycotters

By Edwin Black , August 12, 2015

A number of America's most vituperative anti-Israel activists woke up one morning in February to discover they had been named and shamed by a mysterious new website called Canary Mission.

The site boldly aggregates public statements, videos, and photographs of leading members of the organised movement against Israel in their most telling and often most demonstrative moments.


Has Jerusalem’s religious tide turned?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

It was Shabbat afternoon in Jerusalem and a group of local Charedi politicians could not believe their eyes.


Shin Bet rounds-up settlers in major West Bank operation

By Jessica Weinstein, August 10, 2015

Israeli police have rounded up extremist Jewish settlers in their biggest operation in years.

The Shin Bet arrested nine people suspected of extremist activities against Palestinians on Sunday. Two more were placed in “administrative detention” without trial.


Why the attacks on Palestinians were predictable - and what next for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

It was indeed shocking. But it was not surprising.

The group that carried out an arson attack on a Palestinian home last Friday, killing a toddler and seriously wounding parents and siblings, has torched dozens of Palestinian homes and mosques over the past six years.


Israel finally passes state budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

After a long meeting that lasted most of the night, the Israeli cabinet this morning approved the long overdue state budget for 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that failure to pass the budget could bring down the government.


Nuclear deal paves Iran's path to a bomb, Netanyahu tells US leaders

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

As the lobbying intensifies over the upcoming vote in Congress on the nuclear deal with Iran, both President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been making their opposing cases to the American Jewish community.

Speaking via a special web-video feed viewed by around 100 Jewish communities across the US, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to downplay the fact that most


It’s official: tiny Israel is giant when it comes to Nobel prizes

By Nathan Jeffay, August 6, 2015

Like proud parents, Jews around the world have long kvelled about the fact that Israel punches far above its weight when it comes to Nobel Prizes.

But now it's official: Times Higher Education this week ranked the country fifth best in the world for overall Nobel performance this century.


Israelis put second ‘Jewish extremist’ in administrative detention

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2015

Israel has detained a second alleged Jewish extremist in line with the prime minister’s vow to crack down on “terror”.

Eviatar Slonim was arrested on Tuesday night, accused of belonging to an extremist organisation and placed in ‘administrative detention’.