Israel news

Israel's street battles over assimilation

By Nathan Jeffay, September 18, 2014

Jerusalem's city centre is witnessing a backlash against hard-line right-wingers who take to the streets on popular clubbing nights to form a self-declared "honour guard" against Jewish-Arab relationships.

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Members of IDF spy unit refuse West Bank service

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

`An open letter written by 43 reserve soldiers and officers of the IDF's intelligence gathering unit in which they refuse to take part in any operations connected to the Palestinians has drawn stern condemnations in Israel.

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Israel counter-terror experts warn of potential High Holy-Days attacks

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Islamic State terrorists may target Israelis and European Jews ahead of the High Holy Days, according to a memo released today by Israel’s National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau.

The memo cited the rise in anti-Israel activism in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.

In a statement, a bureau spokesman said: "During this period, the potential threat has grown.

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Man helping Orthodox boot up and cash in

By Nathan Jeffay, September 12, 2014

When Moshe Friedman was trying to get a high-tech start-up off the ground, a potential investor raised a concern. The funder was worried that because Mr Friedman is strictly-Orthodox, he would not be able to stop himself from taking the funds and giving them to charity.

Mr Friedman came up against such prejudice on several occasions while building up his video-editing company.

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Israel fears US could soften on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Israel is concerned that the increased coordination between the US and Iran over fighting Isis could lead to a weakening of the American stance in talks over the Iranian nuclear programme.

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Israel 'one of happiest nations'

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

Stereotypically, Jews are big complainers. But in a global poll, Israel comes out as one of the least peevish nations.

The Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project positioned Israel as the eighth most satisfied nation in the world. Asked about national conditions, 49 per cent of Israelis were satisfied "with the way things are going" - nine per cent higher than in Britain.

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'Hamas man freed in Shalit deal behind teens' murder'

By Daniel Easterman, September 11, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire on a knife edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Rocket fire from Gaza could resume in two weeks if an agreement on new security arrangements or at least a framework for talks is not reached in the coming days.

There are deep divisions, not only between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but among both sides, on the best way to reach such a deal.

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Gay Masorti rabbi a first for Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

A Liverpool-born man has become the Israeli Masorti movement's first gay pulpit rabbi.

Mikie Goldstein has been inducted as the rabbi of Congregation Adat Shalom-Emanuel in Rehovot, and has broken new ground for Israel's gay community in two respects.

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Hamas man released in Shalit deal planned teens’ murder

By Daniel Easterman, September 10, 2014

The man who organised the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank was a Hamas leader released as part of the 2011 prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to Palestinian security officials.

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