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Beitar Jerusalem riots: future in balance for football club

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 20, 2015

The future of Beitar Jerusalem, the Israeli capital's main football club, remained in the balance this week as the team's owner announced he would put it up for sale following a riot during an away game in Belgium last Thursday.


Hammond clashes with Netanyahu in press conference

By Naomi Firsht, July 16, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond clashed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a joint press conference over the Iran nuclear deal in Israel this afternoon.

"There is no requirement for Iran to change its behaviour and that's what makes this deal fundamentally wrong," Mr Netanyahu told Mr Hammond.


IDF girl who fought Daesh returns to Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 16, 2015

A 31-year-old native of Canada who spent nine months fighting alongside a Kurdish militia against Daesh returned to Israel on Sunday.

"I think we as Jews, we say 'never again' for the Shoah, and I take it to mean not just for Jewish people, but for anyone, for any human being, especially a helpless woman or child in Syria or Iraq," Gill Rosenberg told Army Radio.


Is Netanyahu cracking down on settlements?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians has long been dormant but, beneath the surface, there seem to be efforts if not to renew the negotiations, then at least to reduce tensions.

On Monday, leaders of Jewish local councils in the West Bank accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having told them that he would not be authorising new buildings in the settlements.


IDF probes colonel over killing

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

A number of senior IDF field commanders are being investigated over incidents that occurred during last summer's conflict in Gaza, and a colonel was questioned this week over a shooting in the West Bank in which a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed.

Colonel Yisrael Shomer, the commander of the Binyamin Brigade, currently stationed in the West Bank immediately north of Jerusalem, was attacked by


Anger over missing Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The news that two Israeli citizens went missing nearly a year ago in Gaza has raised questions about the government's handling of the disappearances and why it kept quiet about them until now.

Avera Mengistu, 28, a resident of Ashkelon, and an unnamed resident of the Bedouin township of Hura, separately managed to cross the border to the Gaza Strip in late 2014.


Orthodox campaign for refurb of torched church

By Nathan Jeffay, July 16, 2015

One month after an arson attack on a historic Israeli church, Jewish suspects have been arrested - and rabbis are raising money to refurbish the church.

On Sunday, Israeli police arrested three Jewish men suspected of torching and daubing Hebrew graffiti on the Church of the Multiplication in the Galilee, where Jesus is said to have fed 5,000 people.

The arrests mark a significant step forwa


Ryanair: Eilat flights will not have anti-rocket pod

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Ryanair's announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat - albeit from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland - has opened up a plethora of travel options for Israel-bound tourists.

But having fought off other companies for the routes, the budget airline this week faced a new commercial challenge when Israeli airlines announced they would install missile defence systems on planes flying to and from t


Israeli drivers mapping their own road to peace

By Bill Strubbe, July 16, 2015

Once or twice a week, just before dawn, Amatzia Dayan from Kibbutz Ein Hashofet drives through the border crossing near Magen Shaul. There, he picks up Palestinian children and their families from Jenin to ferry them to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

The sick children may be suffering from cancer, leukaemia or other life-threatening illness.


NSA leak: Israeli commandos killed Syrian general attending dinner party

By Tal Fox, July 15, 2015

According to a National Security Agency (NSA) document leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, Israeli naval commandos killed a top Syrian General during a dinner party at his beach house in 2008.