Israel news

Figuring it out - the Zionists ready for action

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

GI Joe, Superman and Wonder Woman are more conventional action heroes.

But one Tel Aviv-based entrepreneur has decided to model his collectable figures on those who built Israel.

Asaf Harari's Zion Action figures include Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin and Golda Meir - with Israel's first female prime minister proving to be the best-seller.


Parents question teaching of Shoah

By Shira Rubin, April 23, 2015

Israeli parents reacted with shock when their toddlers were sent home from nursery school wearing yellow "Jude" patches as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations.


'We have to solve our problems' says Israeli president Rivlin

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2015

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he could not live in a Jewish state if it were not democratic ahead of his first Independence Day as head of state.

In an interview with English-speaking media, he said: “I cannot live in a Jewish state without it being democratic."


Women of the Wall defy Torah scroll ban

By Shira Rubin, April 20, 2015

Campaigners from the feminist activism group Women of the Wall (WoW) have succeeded in reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall for the first time, in defiance of regulations imposed by the Orthodox authorities responsible for the holy site.


Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.


Orchestra hires 28-year-old prodigy

By Nathan Jeffay, April 16, 2015

The Israel Philharmonic (IPO) has a new sensation on stage - a 28-year-old orchestra leader, who has never played in a fully professional orchestra before.


Israel resigned to possibility of Iran strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

The talks between the P5+1 world powers group and Iran continued beyond the March 31 deadline on Tuesday night.

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf announced there had been "enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday" but that there were "several difficult issues still remaining."


Iran boosts its military operations a few kilometres from Israel's border

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel is concerned about Iranian plans to intensify its military operations with Hizbollah in southern Syria, close to the Golan Heights border.

The Israeli view is that the military push is at least partly a result of Iranian fears that Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations are preparing to beef up their support for the rebels in Syria.

The civil war in Syria has been raging for over four y


Bibi keeps his cards close in coalition poker

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel's 20th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday. But, as the 120 members - a third of them first-timers - were settling in, the country was still some distance from having a new government.

Benjamin Netanyahu has already used a week and a half of the four-week period he has to form a coalition. If he fails, he will receive two additional weeks from President Reuven Rivlin.


Ehud Olmert convicted in fraud case

By Nathan Jeffay, April 2, 2015

A Jerusalem court has convicted Ehud Olmert of fraud and breach of trust in the latest twist in a long-running scandal that led to his political downfall.

Mr Olmert was acquitted of the charges back in 2012, when the court said that the businessman Morris Talansky did give him around £400,000 during his terms as Jerusalem major and government minister, but that this did not prove criminal inte