Israel news

Bill seeks equal burial for non-Jewish soldiers

By Nathan Jeffay, July 5, 2013

Israel may soon end the practice of excluding non-Jewish soldiers from the main sections of military cemeteries.

When the Iron Curtain fell, large numbers of people from formerly Soviet states qualified for Israeli citizenship even though they were not Jewish according to religious law.


Alicia Keys defies boycotters to perform to packed house in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 5, 2013

American singer Alicia Keys performed to a full stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday night after refusing to bow to calls for her to boycott the show.

The multiple Grammy - award winner welcomed her Israeli audience by asking in Hebrew, “Ma koreh Tel Aviv?” (“What’s happening Tel Aviv?) before opening with her hit single Karma.


Far-right Likud politicians causing a headache for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

Likud politicians representing the far-right faction in the party were elected on Sunday to most of the senior positions in the party establishment causing a serious headache for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is trying to prepare the ground for the renewal of the peace process with the Palestinians.


Talks produce no result but Kerry remains hopeful

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Sunday after a weekend of meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships that failed to produce an agreement on the re-launch of diplomatic talks between the two sides.


Leonard Cohen moves concert after Jewish Chronicle story

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

Could it be that Leonard Cohen is planning to mark the high holy days in the traditional manner this year?

To the delight of his Jewish fans, and in a decision that would no doubt have pleased his talmudic scholar grandfather, the Canadian star has changed the date of his upcoming London concert so that it no longer clashes with Yom Kippur.


IDF fears jihadists may ‘sweep the region’

By Stephen Pollard, July 4, 2013

The Syrian civil war could spill over far beyond its borders according to senior Israeli military sources, leading to fears that jihadis could “sweep through the region”.

Military analysts also believe that no end is remotely in sight to the conflict and that it could last for 15 years.


Prison guards act to halt Eritrean hunger strikes

By Nathan Jeffay, July 4, 2013

The Israeli prison service has subdued a growing protest movement that had been taking root among African asylum seekers under its detention.

More than 300 Eritreans who illegally crossed into Israel over its southern border had been on hunger strike at the Saharonim detention facility in southern Israel.


Israeli man found guilty of parents' murder

By Anna Sheinman, July 1, 2013

An Israeli man has been found guilty of murdering both his parents to fund his gambling habit and has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Daniel Maoz’s denied he was responsible for the brutal stabbing of his parents Noah and Nuritz Maoz. Despite DNA evidence linking him to the scene, he accused his identical twin brother Nir of being responsible.


Organic spray protects tomatoes — and big ships

By Nathan Jeffay, June 28, 2013

In a laboratory in Hebrew University, scientists have developed a spray that repels bacteria with the same ease that insect sprays repel mosquitoes.

If the innovation by 35-year-old Meital Reches and her team fulfils its potential, its first use will most likely be in hospitals, where it could dramatically reduce the incidence of infections. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless.


Jitters over Israel’s new head banker

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to reassure the money markets on Sunday when he announced that veteran economist Jacob Frenkel had agreed to return to the post of governor of the Bank of Israel, replacing Professor Stanley Fischer.