Israel news

Abbas 'blood libel' reveals shift in the diplomatic war

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has retracted the claim he made last week in the European Parliament that rabbis had called for the poisoning of West Bank wells.

In his speech in Brussels, President Abbas said that "only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians." The accusatio


Teenage girl fatally stabbed in West Bank terror attack

By JC Reporter, June 30, 2016

A 13-year-old Israeli girl was killed this morning in a suspected terror attack in the West Bank.

Hallel Yaffe Ariel was stabbed while she was asleep after a Palestinian man jumped the settlement fence and entered her home, according to initial reports. She was critically injured and died of her wounds in hospital.


Two Holocaust survivors make 'largest donation to an Israeli institution ever'

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2016

Two Holocaust survivors have made “the largest donation to an Israeli institution ever”.

Dr Howard and Lottie Marcus, who escaped Nazi Germany separately then met and married in New York, left Ben-Gurion University $400m in their will.

A spokesperson from BGU said that the gift was “the largest donation ever made to benefit any institution in the State of Israel.”


Helen Mirren condemns BDS movement as she presents Genesis Prize in Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Helen Mirren has condemned boycotts of Israel declaring her strong belief in the county.

Speaking at a press event in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor said she was a “believer” in Israel, praising Israeli artists’ contribution to the arts and criticising efforts by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott them.


An island airport for Gaza?

June 23, 2016

The Israeli government is considering a proposal to build an artificial island off the Gaza Strip that could provide its residents with a seaport and airport.

Minister of Intelligence Israel Katz told reporters that Israel was actively seeking partners to help fund the $5 billion project.

Mr Katz said Israel had no objection to easing the Gaza blockade as long as its security needs were met.


Super-jet delivery imminent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The first F-35 fighter-jet made for the Israeli Air Force was rolled out in Fort Worth in Texas on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The stealth jet is the first of 33 ordered by Israel, which intends to eventually purchase 75 planes.


Israeli makes baseball history

By Simon Griver, June 23, 2016

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed the first-ever Israeli to earn a contract with a Major League baseball team.

Dean Kremer, a 20-year-old pitcher, has played for Israel's national baseball team for the past three years and has helped Israel gain promotion from Europe's third division.


Israel, Turkey on verge of strategic deal

June 23, 2016

Turkish diplomats said this week that a deal on the restoration of diplomatic relations with Israel will most likely be signed on July 2.

A meeting between the two countries' senior representatives is to take place on Sunday, where the final details of the agreement are to be worked out.


Talks over multi-billion US aid to Israel faltering

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, tried to wrap up negotiations on a new defence aid agreement with the US during his visit to the Pentagon in Washington this week.

The talks over a new ten-year deal have faltered over disagreements both between the two countries and in Jerusalem.


Israelis to sue Facebook over privacy

By Nathan Jeffay, June 23, 2016

An Israeli judge has given the green light for a £270 million lawsuit to be launched against Facebook, meaning that the company will be expected to defend its privacy policy in court near Tel Aviv.

A group of Israeli Facebook users filed a suit objecting to the social media company's allegedly unauthorised use of their private posts to decide which adverts to show them.