Israel news

‘I missed the terror attack only because I decided to have a night in’

By Sandy Rashty, June 10, 2016

When Liverpool-born Viki Silver moved to Israel five years ago, she knew it was a risk.

She anticipated rocket attacks, but she never thought she would have face to shootings and stabbings on the streets of Tel Aviv.


New legal trouble for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

A new legal headache was created for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week when it was revealed that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit was examining allegations made in the fraud trial of French businessman Arnaud Mimran.

Mr Mimran, who was close to Mr Netanyahu before he was re-elected prime minister in 2009, has claimed that he gave him 170,000 euros for his political campaign.


'Revolution' in Israeli links to Arab countries

By Orlando Radice, June 9, 2016

Israel's relationship with several Sunni Arab states is undergoing a "revolution", according to Jerusalem's new ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

The ambassador indicated that discussions were taking place "as we speak" on deepening security and political ties.


Bennett attack on Bibi may herald coalition changes

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

The ink on the new coalition agreement appointing Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister and bringing his party into government had barely dried last week when a new row began brewing.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home Party, launched a series of attacks on the new diplomatic initiative being talked up by the Prime Minister and Mr Lieberman.


Lieberman pledges strong response to Tel Aviv shooting

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

Israel’s new Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has promised that he would not “settle for lip service” in the security response to the Wednesday night’s shooting rampage in Tel Aviv which left four dead and 16 wounded.

The shooting, carried out by two Palestinians from Yatta in the West Bank, was the deadliest single attack since the upsurge in terror began in October.


Could Jerusalem ever be a rainbow city?

By Nathan Jeffay, June 5, 2016

We celebrate unity but division is the reality

Interview: Daniel Seidemann

Daniel Seidemann's message is stark and simple: Yom Yerushalayim may celebrate almost five decades of a "united" Jerusalem but the city has never been truly united.


Jerusalem Day march takes place peacefully

By JC Reporter, June 5, 2016

The Jerusalem Day march passed off without incident despite fears that its route through the Muslim quarter of the Old City could spark violence.

The march by religious Zionist youth, which took place on Sunday afternoon, has become an annual source of tension.


Israel hosts its biggest ever Gay Pride parade

By Jessica Weinstein, June 3, 2016

Today saw the largest ever Tel Aviv Gay Pride parade, with over 200,000 people from Israel and abroad.

Thousands of people filled the streets and partied on the beaches as music, shows, speeches and floats to kick off the beginning of European Pride season.


Israelis create the upwardly mobile phone

By Josh Jackman, June 2, 2016

A mobile phone described by its Israeli creators as "the most secure product ever made" has been launched in London.

The Solarin phone costs £14,500 and is made by Sirin Labs co-founders Moshe Hogeg and Tal Cohen. They say it offers secure emails, texting, phone calls with a total block on hacks and viruses.


Israeli coalition stabilised - for now

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2016

On Monday evening, as Avigdor Lieberman was finally sworn in as Defence Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu completed his mission to broaden his tiny coalition.

In the process he had lost two ministers, gained three new ones and added five new Knesset members to the coalition. The government now has 66 MKs backing it, a more comfortable margin than before, but it is hardly stable.