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Israeli settlers: ‘If we have to live in a Palestinian state, so be it’

By Noga Godein, February 6, 2014

Many on the Israeli right reacted with outrage at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent suggestion that, under a peace agreement, Israelis living in West Bank settlements could choose to remain under Palestinian sovereignty. But, among settlers themselves, it seems that all options are on the table.

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Record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

More British tourists travelled to Israel in the last 12 months than in any other year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism showed a record year, with 3.54 million people from around the world visiting in 2013.

That represented a one per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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Lihi Lapid: Confessions of a woman of valour

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

Yair and Lihi Lapid are, in the eyes of many, Israel’s most glamorous couple. And, with Yair Lapid’s recent rise to prominence as Finance Minister in Israel’s coalition — the most powerful.

The one downside is that, now he is a political insider, his popularity is not what it was in his former life as an actor, playwright and celebrity writer.

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Astronaut wanted, must speak Hebrew

By Rosa Doherty, January 23, 2014

Admirers of Israel’s high-tech prowess this week had another reason to celebrate: the Jewish state intends to put a man in space.

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) has been in talks with its US, European, Russian and Chinese counterparts about dispatching an astronaut to stay on the International Space Station.

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Israel and India seal multi-million pound tech deal

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2014

A multi-million pound fund is set to strengthen economic ties between Israel and India.

Government representatives established a £24 million investment pot to support technological ventures between entrepreneurs from both countries.

The two governments will each put in half the money over a period of five years.

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Britain condemns Gaza rockets

By Daniel Easterman, January 17, 2014

Britain has condemned the firing of five rockets from Gaza into the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon yesterday.

Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson said that the rockets fired into Israel were a “violation of international law”.

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Study shows Al Qaeda responsible for 95 per cent of suicide bombings

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2014

Al Qaeda is responsible for 95 per cent of the world’s suicide bombings, and poses an ongoing threat to the Israel, according to a new study.

Researchers at Tel Aviv's Institute for National Security Studies found that the jihadist terrorist network, which has promised to wipe Israel of the map, was responsible for the vast majority of suicide attacks last year.

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Terror rockets fired from Gaza as Sharon is buried

By JCReporter, January 13, 2014

Israeli military jets have hit two targets in Gaza after rockets were fired at an area close to where the funeral service for Ariel Sharon was taking place.

Israel reportedly had warned Hamas not to launch rockets during Monday afternoon’s funeral at the former prime minister's family farm in the Negev - a few miles from Israel’s border with Gaza.

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Palestinian embassy blast mystery

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Palestinian diplomat killed in Prague last week by an explosive device hidden in a safe.

Even if the explosion was an accident, as both the Czech police and the Palestinian Authority are claiming, it served as a reminder of the connections between Soviet Bloc powers and Palestinian terror back in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Ex-envoy says Israel killed all Amia culprits

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

A former Israeli ambassador sparked a diplomatic row with Argentina and may have inadvertently admitted Israel’s responsibility for a Mossad hit in an interview last Friday.

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