Israel news

No Palestinian state if I am re-elected, says Netanyahu

By Rosa Doherty, March 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau has said a Palestinian state would not be created if he was re-elected this week.

In a stark contradiction of a 2009 speech in which he voiced support for a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu's comments have been described as a last-minute attempt to win voters from Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party.


Netanyahu's last days?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

For the first time in six years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's premiership seems to be under serious threat.

The latest polls have consistently shown the Zionist Union list, headed by Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog, a few seats ahead of Mr Netanyahu's Likud.


Revealed: why we're all sniffy about handshakes

By Nathan Jeffay, March 12, 2015

Hand-shaking was not invented so that people could show friendship or to prove they are unarmed, but rather as a socially acceptable way of smelling each other, Israeli scientists have concluded.

A team at the Weizmann Institute filmed people shaking hands and found that they tended to smell their hands afterwards.


Hamas 'plans to offer long-term ceasefire'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority continued as normal this week despite a request by the PLO last week for the agreement to be suspended.

Meanwhile, a report this week suggested that Hamas was considering offering a long-term truce with Israel.

The PLO's decision reflected the ongoing tension between Jerusalem and Ramallah following the PA's decision to seek


Likud fears vote collapse on Israel election day

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

With a week and a half to go until the elections, both main parties see major obstacles to achieving victory.

Likud strategists are concerned that the relentless revelations regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's use of public funds and his failure to solve the housing crisis are eroding the party's support.


Hands-free phone set to change lives

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A 65-year-old quadriplegic has helped invent the first ever touch-free smartphone, made for people with his type of disability.

Giora Livne, a former naval officer in the IDF, was paralysed after a spinal-cord injury nine years ago.


Rawabi gets water link

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

The Israeli government approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid last week after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.


Was Netanyahu's speech worth it?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 4, 2015

What, if anything, did Benjamin Netanyahu achieve?


Bad Iran deal paves way to bomb, Netanyahu tells Congress

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation as he closed his speech at the US Congress today.

Mr Netanyahu warned about the nuclear threat posed by the Iranian regime and urged world leaders to maintain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

He also spoke of the “remarkable alliance” between America and Israel, adding that “we share a common destiny”.


Bibi tells Aipac: US and Israel are like a family

By Orlando Radice, March 2, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Aipac conference in Washington today that the US and Israel were “like a family, practically a mishpacha”.

Mr Netanyahu, whose decision to address Congress tomorrow has caused a deep rift between the White house and Jerusalem, told the gathering of 16,000 delegates: “Our alliance is sound, our friendship is strong.”