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James Bond and Potter cars in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

The Batmobile, Hagrid’s motorcycle from the Harry Potter films and 007's Aston Martin from the latest Bond movie Skyfall are just three of the 14 vehicles that have arrived from Hollywood for this week’s Automotor exhibition in Tel Aviv.

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Israel and Palestinians close to peace talks

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will declare the start of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks tomorrow if the Palestinian leadership agrees to return to the table.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly due to meet with fellow leaders to discuss the proposed resumption of talks at 1pm local time.

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UK pushed for more exacting EU guidelines on Israel

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

It has emerged that during the EU discussions over its new guidelines prohibiting the provision of funds to Israeli organisations with operations beyond the Green Line, the UK suggested that the instruction should apply to every Israeli citizen living in settlements.

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Spokesman denies Israel agreed to pre-1967 borders as basis for talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson has denied that Israel is prepared to use the pre-1967 borders and agreed land swaps with the Palestinians as a basis for peace talks.

An Israeli official had earlier stated that if the Palestinians agreed to the formula, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, could relaunch the peace talks which stopped in 2010.

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So what exactly is a boycott?

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

There is deep concern within the Israeli government that new European Union guidelines on funding for organisations that operate beyond the Green Line will open the door to a widespread boycott of the country’s academic and educational institutions.

This runs contrary to the view of the EU, which believes the move will have a minimal impact on Israel.

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US anger at Israel over China bank case

By Shira Rubin, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a political bind after pulling witnesses from a US case accusing the Bank of China of transferring money to Palestinian terror groups.

Mr Netanyahu called Israel’s US envoy Michael Oren back to Israel to discuss the crisis last weekend.

The US and Jewish groups expressed shock at the Israeli decision.

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Charedim flock to Ikea

By Ben Hartman, July 18, 2013

Long referred to — jokingly — as one of the country’s main pilgrimage sites for secular Israeli families, Ikea is now also a destination for large groups of Charedi shoppers looking to snap up home supplies and furniture.

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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange boss to step down

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2013

Esther Levanon, the CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, will step down at the end of the year.

A spokesperson said the decision came “at her own request”.

A successor has yet to be announced.

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Israeli baby dies after parent leaves her in car

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013

Another Israeli child has died as a result of being left in a car under the sun, the third incident of its kind this month.

An 18-month old girl was left for five hours in a car in the West Bank settlement of Dolev on Monday. After a passer-by found the baby unconscious, paramedics rushed the girl to hospital where she later died.

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EU issues new guidelines on deals with Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013

The European Union has come up with a new policy on giving “funding, co-operation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to groups and individuals in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

The guidelines, which were released on June 30 and take effect this Friday, say that any such agreements between EU countries and Israel must exclude the settlements.

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