Israel news

Tony Blair vouches for convict Ehud Olmert in corruption case

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

Tony Blair has intervened in Ehud Olmert’s corruption case, providing a character reference for the discredited former Israeli Prime Minister.

A letter written by the former British premier in support of Olmert praised the ex-Kadima leader’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.


IDF hits back after Palestinian rocket strikes Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2015

A rocket was fired into southern Israel from Gaza on Thursday night, ending four months of relative calm in the area.

Israelis were called into bomb shelters after the emergency siren sounded in Sderot.

The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that the rocket exploded in an open area near kibbutzim. No one was injured in the attack.


Population up as Israel reaches 67

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

Israel's population has risen to 8,345,000 as the country marks the 67th anniversary of its independence, new figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics have revealed.

The figure is more than 10 times its 806,000 citizens in 1948.

In 2015, three-quarters of Israelis are Jewish - 6.25 million.


Netanyahu fights to make coalition stick

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A month after winning the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still does not have a coalition to form a new government.

On Tuesday he received a two-week extension from President Reuven Rivlin in which to complete his administration.

He now has to form either a right-wing, religious coalition, or turn to Labour leader Isaac Herzog and try to build a national-unity government.


Could scanner revolutionise how you live?

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

What's in your medicine? Is it time to water your plant? And how many calories are in that extra slice of cake?

SCiO, the first ever pocket-sized molecular scanner, can answer all these questions and more.


Parents question teaching of Shoah

By Shira Rubin, April 23, 2015

Israeli parents reacted with shock when their toddlers were sent home from nursery school wearing yellow "Jude" patches as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations.


Figuring it out - the Zionists ready for action

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

GI Joe, Superman and Wonder Woman are more conventional action heroes.

But one Tel Aviv-based entrepreneur has decided to model his collectable figures on those who built Israel.

Asaf Harari's Zion Action figures include Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin and Golda Meir - with Israel's first female prime minister proving to be the best-seller.


'We have to solve our problems' says Israeli president Rivlin

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2015

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he could not live in a Jewish state if it were not democratic ahead of his first Independence Day as head of state.

In an interview with English-speaking media, he said: “I cannot live in a Jewish state without it being democratic."


Women of the Wall defy Torah scroll ban

By Shira Rubin, April 20, 2015

Campaigners from the feminist activism group Women of the Wall (WoW) have succeeded in reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall for the first time, in defiance of regulations imposed by the Orthodox authorities responsible for the holy site.


Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.