Israel news

Peres prepares for a return to politics at the age of 91

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

As Israel's president, Shimon Peres, joined Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican for an interfaith prayer service, few in Israel were under the illusion that they were watching Peres's final conciliatory act.

Upon landing in Rome, he told reporters with a smile "I can't talk politics," but the inference was clear.

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Coalition division widens

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

The rift within the Israeli coalition between Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist partners widened this week.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni both warned that any move to annex settlements would result in the government's fall.

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'Rubi' wins presidential race

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

A long and acrimonious campaign came to an end this week with the election of former Knesset speaker and Likud veteran, Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin, as Israel's 10th president.

Mr Rivlin, who is 74, came first out of five candidates with 44 votes in the first round of balloting in the Knesset, and prevailed over former minister Meir Sheetrit with 63 votes in the second round.

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Mahmoud Abbas condems Gaza rocket fire on Israel

By Daniel Easterman, June 11, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the firing of a rocket into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip this morning.

Israel said it would hold Mr Abbas responsible for future rocket attacks coming from Gaza after the swearing in of a new Fatah-Hamas unity government earlier this month.

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Reuven Rivlin elected as the new president of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2014

Reuven Rivlin has been elected the new president of Israel.

The Likud party MK – widely known as Rubi Rivlin - will replace Shimon Peres as the 10th president, after 116 Knesset members voted in a secret ballot this morning.

After the second round of voting, Mr Rivlin received 63 votes, while MK Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party received 53.

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Voting underway for new Israeli President to replace Shimon Peres

By Daniel Easterman, June 10, 2014

Knesset members are voting in a secret ballot today to decide who will be the 10th president of Israel after a controversial campaign mired in scandal and political intrigue.

One of the main frontrunners, veteran Labour politician Binyamin Ben Eliezer, was forced to pull out of the race after allegations of financial misconduct.

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William Hague attacks Israel's house building in the West Bank

By Daniel Easterman, June 6, 2014

Foreign Secretary William Hague has attacked Israel's decision to authorise the construction of 1,500 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Israel rejects Hamas-Fatah unity government

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked international governments to reject a new Palestinian Authority government made up of representatives from Fatah and Hamas, a terrorist group.

Mr Netanyahu, who issued a statement ahead of the “swearing-in” of the new Palestinian cabinet today, said Hamas “was calling for the destruction of Israel”.

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Israeli push to teach Judaism as culture

By Nathan Jeffay, May 30, 2014

Noa Shabtay teaches subjects she never even heard about when she was at school. And it is not because she is teaching technology — her field has been around for centuries.

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Nice little tab: Netanyahu household gets £27k for 'basic food'

By Daniel Easterman, May 30, 2014

The Netanyahu family will spend over £27,000 of Israeli taxpayers' money this year on basic groceries, it has emerged.

The figure does not include catering for foreign dignitaries, restaurant deliveries or ice cream - which are paid for from another budget.

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