Israel news

Ya'alon accuses NGO of treason

By Nathan Jeffay, March 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister has accused an organisation of soldiers and ex-soldiers of treason.

Moshe Ya'alon made the claim on Monday about the work of Breaking the Silence, a controversial left-wing group that collects testimonies from soldiers about conduct witnessed during army service that they deem unacceptable.

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Secret airlift 'ends historic mission to bring Yemenis home'

By Nathan Jeffay, March 23, 2016

Towards the end of last week, 19 Jewish citizens of Yemen, a country embroiled in a bitter civil war, secretly began packing their bags.

On Sunday, the last of them walked through the arrivals hall in Ben Gurion airport to start new lives in Israel.

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Istanbul suicide bomber was Daesh terrorist, says Turkish government

By Naomi Firsht, March 20, 2016

A Turkish terrorist working for Daesh was responsible for the suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed at least four people, according to Turkey’s interior minister.

Three Israelis were among the dead and 11 among the 36 people injured in the attack on a busy shopping street on Saturday.

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Israeli victims killed in the Istanbul suicide blast have been named

By JC Reporter, March 20, 2016

Israeli victims killed in the Istanbul suicide blast were named on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 36 others, including 11 Israelis in a busy shopping district in central Istanbul.

Avraham Goldman, 69, was named as the third Israeli victim killed in the deadly blast.

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IDF turns to social media for help in combating the intifada

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israeli security forces are beginning to prevent Palestinian attacks by detecting potential perpetrators on social media.

In addition, IDF units and Shin Bet agents have been visiting the homes of young men and women expressing an intention to carry out attacks, in order to give them and their families "warning talks".

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Army in secret talks to give PA security control over parts of the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israeli generals have been holding secret talks on new security arrangements with the Palestinian Authority.

The two sides have yet to agree on the details, but this week's revelation in Haaretz of the existence of the discussions caused anger among ministers who had not been informed about them.

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Move to prosecute heads of Palestinian television

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

An Israeli NGO is preparing to file a complaint to the International Criminal Court against the heads of the main Palestinian TV station, whom they accuse of inciting viewers to kill Jews.

Shurat HaDin, a law centre based in Tel Aviv, is gathering complainants from around the world to strengthen its case against Palestinian TV bosses Riyad Al-Hassan and Ahmed Assaf, who they want arrested.

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Zionist Union turning on Isaac Herzog

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Labour leader Isaac Herzog is losing control over his party as more Knesset members openly attack him and the party plummets in the polls.

Surveys conducted last week, a year after the previous election, showed Zionist Union (the joint list of Labour and Tzipi Livni's Ha'tnuah) receiving only 15 Knesset seats, down from the 24 it won in the election.

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Israel still sees Russia as key player despite Syria pullout

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israel is closely monitoring what it considers to be Russia's ongoing influence in Syria following President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday that he would pull most of his jet fighters out of the war-torn country.

Despite some initial fears of a Russia-Iran axis on its northern border, the Israeli government was largely satisfied with the level of military co-operation Moscow maintained

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Outrage over possible release of rapist Katsav

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

The possibility that former Israeli president Moshe Katsav, who was convicted on multiple rape charges, could be released from jail early has sparked anger from politicians and women's rights organisations.

Mr Katsav, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence, is up for parole in two weeks as the two-thirds mark of his sentence approaches.

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