Israel news

'Revolution' in Israeli links to Arab countries

By Orlando Radice, June 9, 2016

Israel's relationship with several Sunni Arab states is undergoing a "revolution", according to Jerusalem's new ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

The ambassador indicated that discussions were taking place "as we speak" on deepening security and political ties.


Bennett attack on Bibi may herald coalition changes

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

The ink on the new coalition agreement appointing Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister and bringing his party into government had barely dried last week when a new row began brewing.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home Party, launched a series of attacks on the new diplomatic initiative being talked up by the Prime Minister and Mr Lieberman.


Lieberman pledges strong response to Tel Aviv shooting

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

Israel’s new Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has promised that he would not “settle for lip service” in the security response to the Wednesday night’s shooting rampage in Tel Aviv which left four dead and 16 wounded.

The shooting, carried out by two Palestinians from Yatta in the West Bank, was the deadliest single attack since the upsurge in terror began in October.


Could Jerusalem ever be a rainbow city?

By Nathan Jeffay, June 5, 2016

We celebrate unity but division is the reality

Interview: Daniel Seidemann

Daniel Seidemann's message is stark and simple: Yom Yerushalayim may celebrate almost five decades of a "united" Jerusalem but the city has never been truly united.


Jerusalem Day march takes place peacefully

By JC Reporter, June 5, 2016

The Jerusalem Day march passed off without incident despite fears that its route through the Muslim quarter of the Old City could spark violence.

The march by religious Zionist youth, which took place on Sunday afternoon, has become an annual source of tension.


Israel hosts its biggest ever Gay Pride parade

By Jessica Weinstein, June 3, 2016

Today saw the largest ever Tel Aviv Gay Pride parade, with over 200,000 people from Israel and abroad.

Thousands of people filled the streets and partied on the beaches as music, shows, speeches and floats to kick off the beginning of European Pride season.


Israelis create the upwardly mobile phone

By Josh Jackman, June 2, 2016

A mobile phone described by its Israeli creators as "the most secure product ever made" has been launched in London.

The Solarin phone costs £14,500 and is made by Sirin Labs co-founders Moshe Hogeg and Tal Cohen. They say it offers secure emails, texting, phone calls with a total block on hacks and viruses.


Israeli coalition stabilised - for now

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2016

On Monday evening, as Avigdor Lieberman was finally sworn in as Defence Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu completed his mission to broaden his tiny coalition.

In the process he had lost two ministers, gained three new ones and added five new Knesset members to the coalition. The government now has 66 MKs backing it, a more comfortable margin than before, but it is hardly stable.


Women retracts claim she was raped by Palestinians

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2016

A Jewish Israeli woman who claimed to have been raped by two Palestinian men has admitted to lying about the allegations.

The 22-year-old woman, who is mentally challenged, had originally said that that the men raped her in Tel Aviv on Yom Ha’atzmaut, while cursing and urinating on her.


Israel changes prostitution rules in order to protect 'working women'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2016

Israel will no longer prosecute brothels as long as they are owned by the women who work in them.

While no change has been made to the laws forbidding prostitution, the state prosecution office promised on Monday not to press charges against prostitutes as long as they are either running their business from their own homes or on premises rented by the prostitutes themselves.