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Arabs blocked from buses

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon caused a political and legal row after accepting the demands of West Bank settlers to stop Palestinian workers travelling on Israeli buses.

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Grandfather of murdered baby speaks of his pain

By Nathan Jeffay, October 30, 2014

The grandfather of the three-month-old baby killed in last week's terror attack next to a light railway stop in Jerusalem has explained how her family is coping with their grief.

Shimshon Halperin said: "There's remarkable pain, but we are overcoming it by accepting the decree from heaven.

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Jerusalem on edge as attacks keep coming

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

The security and diplomatic situation in eastern Jerusalem has steadily deteriorated in recent days as Israeli and Palestinian leaders have engaged in a war of words.

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Rivlin goes to Arab memorial

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin made an unorthodox visit to Kafr Kassem on Sunday where he participated in a memorial service for 49 Arab-Israeli villagers murdered by Israeli police in 1956.

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Annapurna did what Hamas couldn't

By Nathan Jeffay, October 23, 2014

Tamar Ariel's family spent the summer worrying about her. An Israeli Air Force navigator, she served in the seven-week conflict with Hamas, but once it was over, they relaxed and she got ready to pack her bags for a holiday in Nepal.

She returned dead after she was killed in a massive avalanche during the blizzard that struck the Annapurna mountain range last week, and was buried on Tuesday.

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Israel is sick and needs treatment, says Rivlin

By Nathan Jeffay, October 23, 2014

Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin, has declared his society "ill".

Speaking this week at a conference on xenophobia, he told the audience: "The tension between Jews and Arabs within Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low. We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides."

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Bibi battles to stop collapse of coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu held emergency meetings with the leaders of the coalition parties on Wednesday in an attempt to ward off early elections.

Some Yesh Atid and Hatnuah MKs are calling for their parties to leave the coalition over the lack of any progress in the peace talks and the prime minister's decision not to back conversion reform.

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Iran nuclear deal 'close'

October 23, 2014

With a month to go before the November 24 deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, the Israeli government believes the sides are close to a deal which will leave a large part of Iran's uranium enrichment capacities intact.

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Fury over Kerry's IS remark

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Remarks by US State Secretary John Kerry linking the international campaign against Islamic State (IS) with the impasse in the Israel-Palestinian peace process have sparked a political storm in Israel and underlined the shaky state of Israel's strategic alliance with the US.

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Plans to split Israeli town into two pieces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 23, 2014

Representatives of the non-Charedi communities in the town of Beit Shemesh, to the west of Jerusalem, are lobbying to split the municipality into two separate entities - one for the strictly Orthodox and one for the others.

The move comes seven months after Shas's Moshe Abutbul was re-elected as mayor in a second round of elections following claims of voter fraud last year.

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