Israel news

High-tech group provides a model for co-existence

By Josh Jackman, December 27, 2015

Nazareth has become one of Israel's leading centres of high-tech innovation, with 700 Arab-Israeli engineers and hundreds of Jews streaming into the city every day for work.


Two Israelis die following Jaffa Gate stabbing attack

By JC Reporter, December 24, 2015

Two of three Israelis injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday have died on their wounds.

The stabbing attack, near the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, was carried out by two Palestinians, both of whom were shot by policewomen at the scene.

One of them was killed immediately and the other later succumbed to his wounds, police and paramedics said.


Israel praised in Arab world for being ‘more merciful to prisoners than Muslims’

By JC Reporter, December 23, 2015

A picture posted on Facebook by an Arab journalist comparing the condition of prisoners held in Syria with those jailed in Israel has sparked a wave of praise for the Jewish state from the Muslim world.


Political storm as NGOs accused of ‘aiding enemy’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2015

A right-wing campaign against Israeli human rights groups and growing criticism from the same quarters of President Reuven Rivlin have erupted into a nationwide row.

Much of the storm has revolved around Mr Rivlin's appearance last Sunday as a speaker at a conference organised by Ha'aretz newspaper in New York.


Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom resigns over sex assault claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 21, 2015

With at least 13 women alleging he sexually assaulted them and former bodyguards claiming he had been pursuing improper relations with female subordinates, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom was left with little choice on Sunday night but to announce his resignation from public life.


IDF shells southern Lebanon after rocket attacks

By Naomi Firsht, December 20, 2015

The Israel Defence Forces have shelled southern Lebanon in response to a rocket fire attack on Israel.

IDF artillery units shelled targets in south Lebanon on Sunday after at least three rockets were fired into Israel.

At least one rocket landed in an open area near Nahariya, according to reports. There are no reports of injuries or damage.


Rockets fired into northern Israel, no injuries reported

By Naomi Firsht, December 20, 2015

Rockets have been fired into northern Israel as the country prepares for a possible retaliation to the alleged killing of terror chief Samir Kuntar.

The Israeli Defence Forces has confirmed that three rockets hit northern Israel on Sunday.

At least one rocket landed in an open area near Nahariya, according to reports.


Terror chief Samir Kuntar reportedly killed in Israeli strike

By Naomi Firsht, December 20, 2015

Terror chief Samir Kuntar has reportedly been killed in an Israeli air strike.

Arab media reported on Sunday morning that the Hezbollah-affiliated terrorist Samir Kuntar was killed in an Israeli Air Force attack near Damascus, along with eight other fighters.

Several IAF missiles struck Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus, late Saturday night, reports said.


Israel and Turkey agree to mend ties

By JC Reporter, December 18, 2015

Israel and Turkey have reached a preliminary agreement to restore diplomatic relations, an official in Jerusalem said on Friday.

The countries were allies until 2010, when Israeli naval forces intercepted a Turkish flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade. Nine Turkish activists were killed in clashes when the ship, the Mavi Mamara, was boarded.


Silvan Shalom accused of sexual harassment

By Chere Tricot, December 17, 2015

Seven women have claimed that Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom sexually harassed them.

Some of those accusing Mr Shalom are former employees of the minister.