Israel news

Vanished girl back from Syria, 68 years later

By Nathan Jeffay, December 17, 2015

After almost seven decades living as part of an Arab family in Syria, a Jewish woman has returned home to Haifa.

Rachel Elkayam disappeared from Tel Aviv in 1947 aged 16. Her parents and siblings had no idea what happened to her. In actual fact, she had eloped with a Muslim man.


Erdogan hints at détente

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 16, 2015

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last Sunday that the "normalisation process" between Israel and Turkey "would be good for us, Israel, Palestine and the entire region".


The IDF is the most ethical army in world, say military experts

By Josh Jackman, December 16, 2015

Israel fought an "exemplary campaign" during the Gaza conflict last year, an independent group of former military leaders has concluded.

A report by the High Level Military Group (HLMG), made up of 11 former military personnel from five continents and a former UN war crimes prosecutor, was compiled this summer after six fact-finding trips.


Israeli start-up turns shipping data into policy-shaping information

By JC Reporter, December 14, 2015

Ship tracking does not sound particularly glamourous but Windward, a maritime “big data” start-up from Tel Aviv, is using it to answer some big, globally important questions.


Bibi's pet in the doghouse after biting party guests

By JC Reporter, December 14, 2015

Kaya, the family dog of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has mingled with plenty of high-level dignitaries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry.

However, last week Mr Netanyahu announced that the dog had been quarantined after biting an MK and a minister’s spouse during a Chanucah party at the PM’s residence.


Hamas claims responsibility for car ramming in Jerusalem

By JC Reporter, December 14, 2015

Hamas claimed responsibility for a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem that injured 14 people, including a baby who is still in critical condition.


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.