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Why the attacks on Palestinians were predictable - and what next for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

It was indeed shocking. But it was not surprising.

The group that carried out an arson attack on a Palestinian home last Friday, killing a toddler and seriously wounding parents and siblings, has torched dozens of Palestinian homes and mosques over the past six years.


Israel finally passes state budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

After a long meeting that lasted most of the night, the Israeli cabinet this morning approved the long overdue state budget for 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that failure to pass the budget could bring down the government.


Nuclear deal paves Iran's path to a bomb, Netanyahu tells US leaders

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

As the lobbying intensifies over the upcoming vote in Congress on the nuclear deal with Iran, both President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been making their opposing cases to the American Jewish community.

Speaking via a special web-video feed viewed by around 100 Jewish communities across the US, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to downplay the fact that most


It’s official: tiny Israel is giant when it comes to Nobel prizes

By Nathan Jeffay, August 6, 2015

Like proud parents, Jews around the world have long kvelled about the fact that Israel punches far above its weight when it comes to Nobel Prizes.

But now it's official: Times Higher Education this week ranked the country fifth best in the world for overall Nobel performance this century.


Israelis put second ‘Jewish extremist’ in administrative detention

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2015

Israel has detained a second alleged Jewish extremist in line with the prime minister’s vow to crack down on “terror”.

Eviatar Slonim was arrested on Tuesday night, accused of belonging to an extremist organisation and placed in ‘administrative detention’.


Chasidic family proclaims ‘miracle’ of twin births

By Shira Rubin, August 4, 2015

A Breslov Chasidic family last month praised the “miracle” birth of two pairs of twin baby girls — born to twin mothers, who are themselves married to twin brothers.


Israeli chief rabbis publish front page advert condemning violence

By Jessica Weinstein, August 4, 2015

The Chief Rabbis of Israel have taken out a front page ad in the Jerusalem Post condemning the recent violence in Israel.

The advert, which condemns violence against both Jews and non-Jews, was also published in Hebrew in Israel’s other major papers.


Three Israelis injured after car firebombed in Jerusalem

By JC Reporter, August 4, 2015

Three Israelis were wounded when a firebomb was thrown at their car in Jerusalem on Monday evening.

A 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital with first and second degree burns over 15 per cent of her body, but her husband, who was in the car with her, was unharmed.

A third victim was lightly wounded after the firebomb caused the first car to hit another vehicle.


How a Facebook post saved an Israeli wedding

By Jessica Weinstein, August 3, 2015

A Facebook post helped to save an Israeli couple’s wedding party on Sunday.

When Annette and Lior Solomon got married at the weekend, many guests didn’t turn up, assuming the wedding had been cancelled as the bride’s father had recently passed away.


Settler arsonists ‘part of group planning to overthrow Israeli government’

By JC Reporter, August 3, 2015

Investigators into the arson attack in the Palestinian village of Douma last week believe that the perpetrators are affiliated with the same group that has torched mosques, churches and Palestinian homes over the past year.