Israel news

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.

More..

Netanyahu attempts to bury report on migrants

By Shira Rubin, March 27, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has attempted to block an official report on the country’s treatment of African asylum seekers.

Harel Locker, Mr Netanyahu’s Chief of Staff, urged the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira to restrict access to the document out of security concerns, as well as a fear that it could harm the country’s foreign relations.

More..

No sex charge for Energy Minister Silvan Shalom

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Police are expected to close an investigation into sex offence allegations against Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom — but his presidential campaign may have suffered a terminal blow nonetheless.

A woman identified only as M, a former Science Ministry employee, complained last week that he had pressured her to have sexual relations with her in his Jerusalem hotel room in 1998.

More..

Pharrell Williams very happy about Israeli video

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

American singer Pharrell Williams has paid special tribute to the Israelis who covered his award-winning single ‘Happy’.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer chose the video tribute filmed in Tel Aviv, to be shown at the UN’s International Day of Happiness .

More..

Thousands of runners take part in Jerusalem Marathon

By Naomi Firsht, March 21, 2014

Jerusalem hosted its fourth annual marathon today, with over 26,000 runners taking part.

Roads across the centre of the city were closed to cars as the crowds turned out to see Kenyan athlete Ronald Kimeli Kurgat come home in first place in a course-record time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.

He was one of 2,460 foreign runners from 54 different countries participating.

More..

Israel has two billion pound fund for possible attack on Iran

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

Israel is keeping a budget worth almost two billion pounds to fund a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, the budget information was revealed during a Knesset committee hearing which outlined plans to ensure sufficient money would be available to attack Iran in 2014.

More..

Israel’s ‘best soldier’ Meir Har Zion dies

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

Moshe Dayan described him as “the best soldier in the IDF”, generations of Israeli special forces strove to emulate his deeds and some of the army’s core values were laid down by him.

More..

‘Third of settlers would relocate if compensated’

By Nathan Jeffay, March 20, 2014

Many residents in outlying settlements are prepared to relocate in return for compensation, according to a new survey.

Pollsters spoke to Israelis who live in the West Bank outside of the main settlement blocks, and found that around 30 per cent would relocate regardless of whether or not there is a peace deal.

More..

MK campaigns for release of Jews convicted of terror offences

By Daniel Easterman, March 19, 2014

Outspoken Likud MK Miri Regev is leading a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of several “nationalistic” Jewish prisoners convicted of terrorism against Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel.

The demand comes as Israel prepares to release the fourth and final round of Palestinian prisoners on March 29, a move that is deeply controversial.

More..

British ‘execution’ that changed Israeli history

By Patrick Bishop, March 14, 2014

On the morning of 12 February 1942, a British detective shot dead a Jewish fugitive in a tiny rooftop flat in Tel Aviv.

More..