Israel news

Hamas terrorists killed as tunnel collapses

By JC Reporter, February 3, 2016

Hamas has confirmed the death of at least two operatives after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening.

Some sources put the death toll as high as four, however, while eight others have been reported missing after the tunnel caved in.


Liberal Judaism hails deal to create “egalitarian” prayer space at the Kotel

By Jessica Weinstein, February 1, 2016

A plan was approved on Sunday for a mixed-prayer space to be built at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The deal to create an area where men and women can pray together at the holiest site in Judaism, was described by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “an appropriate, creative solution”.


Israel economy continues to grow but problems remain for strictly Orthodox

By Josh Jackman, January 31, 2016

The Israeli economy is showing “remarkable resilience” with a 13th consecutive year of economic growth, a new report reveals.

Annual surveys on 34 countries’ national well-being and economic status were released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a forum for developed nations.


IDF soldiers kill gunman who shot three at checkpoint

January 31, 2016

Three Israelis were wounded on Sunday when a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces opened fire at an IDF checkpoint near Beit El in the West Bank. The attacker was shot dead by IDF forces.

Magen David Adom reported that two victims were in serious condition with wounds to the neck and thigh, respectively. The other was slightly hurt.


UK and US ‘spied on Israeli military and intercepted drone feeds’

By Jessica Weinstein, January 29, 2016

America and Britain secretly monitored Israeli military operations, according to a report made public on Friday.


Gaza is on brink, says man who talks to Hamas

By Orlando Radice, January 28, 2016

Veteran Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin has said that Gaza is once again on the brink of exploding and the only way to break the cycle of violence is by opening up the economy of the Strip.


‘Show me where I am inciting’

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 28, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has claimed that he opposes all forms of terrorism, is seeking a peace deal and was snubbed when he tried to arrange a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.


Relentless terror begins to redraw Israel politics

By JC Reporter, January 28, 2016

The ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism is forcing Israeli politics to the right.

On Monday, 24-year-old Shlomit Krigman was stabbed to death, and last week, Dafna Meir, a 39-year-old nurse, suffered an identical fate in Othniel, south of Hebron.


Path cleared for ex-IDF chief to challenge Netanyahu's prime minister spot

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2016

The decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last week to close the five-year investigation into alleged abuses of power by former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi also launched what is beginning to look like a new race for the leadership of Israel’s political centre-left.


Young woman dies of her wounds after West Bank knife attack

By Jessica Weinstein, January 26, 2016

A 23-year-old injured in a knife attack at a market in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon on Monday has died of her wounds.

Shlomit Krigman arrived at Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem in a critical condition but deteriorated overnight and died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a statement from the hospital. She would have turned 24 next week.