Israel news

Rawabi gets water link

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

The Israeli government approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid last week after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.


Was Netanyahu's speech worth it?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 4, 2015

What, if anything, did Benjamin Netanyahu achieve?


Bad Iran deal paves way to bomb, Netanyahu tells Congress

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation as he closed his speech at the US Congress today.

Mr Netanyahu warned about the nuclear threat posed by the Iranian regime and urged world leaders to maintain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

He also spoke of the “remarkable alliance” between America and Israel, adding that “we share a common destiny”.


Bibi tells Aipac: US and Israel are like a family

By Orlando Radice, March 2, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Aipac conference in Washington today that the US and Israel were “like a family, practically a mishpacha”.

Mr Netanyahu, whose decision to address Congress tomorrow has caused a deep rift between the White house and Jerusalem, told the gathering of 16,000 delegates: “Our alliance is sound, our friendship is strong.”


Mayor Barkat is have-a-go hero in blade attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat found himself in the spotlight this week after he helped apprehend an 18-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a civilian near City Hall on Sunday evening.

The mayor, who had been passing the scene in his car, jumped out with a bodyguard and overpowered the attacker.


Israel braced for nail-biter

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

With less than three weeks of campaigning left before the election and polls showing the two main parties neck-and-neck, both sides are still looking for a key issue that will shift large numbers of voters.

A series of revelations regarding the use of public funds by the Netanyahu family do not appear to have made much of a dent in Likud's prospects.


Interview: Peter Beinart

By Orlando Radice, February 26, 2015

Jewish American academic Peter Beinart, a long-standing critic of Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza, has labelled the election "depressing" and hit out at the "timidity" of the centre-left coalition, Zionist Camp.

Mr Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism, in which he controversially advocated boycotting products from settlements, said he was disturbed by the lack of discussion of the


'Americans holding from Israel details of Iran talks'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Tension between Washington and Jerusalem is growing as yet another crucial stage in the talks between the international community and Iran begins.

American and Israeli media outlets reported this week that the Obama administration has been limiting the information it has been sharing with Israel on the status of the talks and the details of an impending agreement.


Teflon Bibi rides out new expenses storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

The report issued on Tuesday by State Comptroller Yoseph Shapira on major overspending at Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence was potentially explosive for the prime minister.

The report contained allegations of excessive spending on fancy meals, the cleaning of his private weekend home in Caesarea, and hairdressing for his wife, Sara.


Top rabbi drowns iPhone

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

A senior Israeli rabbi revealed that he destroyed a student’s iPhone because of the device’s supposed spiritual dangers, according to an audio recording that has just surfaced.

Charedi media claimed to have found the recording of a sermon by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef in which he argued that smartphone usage was enough to invalidate a marriage.