Israel news

Independent military experts judge Israel's Gaza campaign 'reasonable, lawful and entirely justified'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2015

Israel fought “an exemplary campaign” during the Gaza conflict last year, an independent group of prominent military personnel and a former United Nations war crimes prosecutor has concluded.


Why Einstein remains a close relative of Israel

By Josh Jackman, December 10, 2015

A century ago, Albert Einstein formulated one of the most important scientific ideas in history.

The theory of relativity was proposed in four lectures delivered in Berlin in November and December 1915.

It was essentially a new theory of gravitation, superseding Sir Isaac Newton's, which had lasted for 250 years.


Breaking Shabbat law could lead to fines or jail for Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 10, 2015

A new Shabbat law is causing strife in the Israeli coalition.

The law, proposed by Likud's deputy interior minister Yaron Mazuz, will set much sterner fines for businesses which open on Shabbat.


Compensation at last for victims of Arab hate

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2015

Israel's finance minister has confirmed that Jews from Iraq, Morocco and Algeria will be entitled to compensation for the first time.


Two Israelis stabbed as violence continues in Hebron

By JC Reporter, December 9, 2015

Two Israelis were stabbed in the West bank city of Hebron on Wednesday.

The men, both in their 20s, were evacuated to Jerusalem for medical treatment. One was stabbed in his leg while the other sustained multiple wounds to his upper body, according to Magen David Adom.


Four thousand anti-Israel dolls seized by customs

By JC Reporter, December 8, 2015

Four thousand anti-Israel dolls were seized by customs workers in Haifa on Tuesday.

The dolls, which were dressed in the Palestinian colours of red, green, black, and white, and in face-covering keffiyehs, were set to be sent to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and bore the slogans “Jerusalem is ours" and "Jerusalem, here we come".


Women of the Wall successfully hold Chanucah celebration at the Kotel

By Josh Jackman, December 7, 2015

Around 100 women attended the Women of the Wall Chanuciah-lighting ceremony at the Kotel on Sunday.

Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova used her parliamentary privilege to force guards to allow the entry of a large menorah into the women’s section. Guards had earlier tried to confiscate it from other activists.


Israel will not be a binational state, says Netanyahu

By JC Reporter, December 6, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has said today that Israel will not become a binational state.

Speaking at Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, the Israeli Prime Minister responded to US Secretary of State John Kerry who said in a speech on Saturday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is trending toward a one-state reality.


Israel bans European school trips over security fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The Israeli Education Ministry has banned most school trips to Europe over fears of further operations by Daesh.

In a special directive that went out to all Israeli schools this week, the ministry's security department instructed schools to suspend all delegations and trips to Europe unless the students are accompanied by certified security personnel.


IDF in rift with political right on anti-terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The enduring wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens has led to a deepening rift between the Israeli security establishment and the right-wing section of the coalition.