Israel news

Media backlash after police detain Jerusalem journalist

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 18, 2016

Police detained for questioning one of the most prominent foreign journalists stationed in Israel on Tuesday following an anonymous complaint that proved to be baseless.

The Washington Post's Jerusalem bureau chief, William Booth, was working on a report with two other Post reporters, Sufian Taha and Ruth Eglash, on the recent terror attacks near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.


Israel makes up with EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 18, 2016

Israel has ended its policy of not engaging with the EU on the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

The decision to suspend all dialogue on this issue was taken in the wake of the EU's decision six months ago to publish guidelines on labelling settlement products.

Despite the move by Israel, EU policy on labelling will not change.


Boycotters round on Bruce Springsteen

By Jessica Weinstein, February 16, 2016

BDS activists on Twitter have attacked Bruce Springsteen, trying to prevent him from performing in Israel this summer.

Rumours were sparked earlier this month of ‘The Boss’ coming to Tel Aviv as part of his ‘The River’ tour and although the singer is yet to confirm this and no date has been set, an online campaign against him performing there is in full swing.


New Shin Bet chief has Daesh near top of to-do list

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 15, 2016

Shin Bet veteran Nadav Argaman is to be appointed as the next chief of Israel’s domestic security service.

Mr Argaman, 55, who joined the Shin Bet straight from the IDF, where he was a special-forces officer, spent most of his 33-year career in the organisation’s operational division, which he led.


Ehud Olmert begins prison sentence following bribery conviction

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

Ehud Olmert has started his 19 month prison sentence, becoming the first former Israeli prime minister to go to jail.

He began the sentence on Wing 10 of Ma’asiyahu Prison on Monday following his conviction for bribery and obstruction of justice in the Holyland case, relating to the years he was mayor of Jerusalem between 1992 and 2003.


British Airbnb host rejects Israeli for ‘occupying someone else’s land’

By Jessica Weinstein, February 12, 2016

A British man refused to give an Airbnb room to an Israeli, telling him: “The day you stop occupying someone’s land, I might be able to consider hosting you."

Ben Kelmer, a photographer from Tel Aviv, had reserved a room in a flat near Marble Arch for March but was refused by the flat’s owner, known on the site as Mario.


Herzog revises Labour peace plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 11, 2016

Labour and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog has won himself at least temporary reprieve from the challenges to his leadership.

Delegates at Labour's conference this weekend unanimously endorsed his new diplomatic manifesto, despite the furore in the party over his recent statement distancing himself from the two-state solution and a long list of rivals preparing to run for his job.


Women's prayer deal was a 'betrayal' say breakaway Women of the Wall

By Nathan Jeffay, February 11, 2016

Women of the Wall betrayed its principles and sold other women down the river, some of the women who built the group are claiming.


Israel boosts Arab jobs to combat terror

February 11, 2016

Israel is planning to increase the number of work permits it hands out to West Bank Palestinians to 30,000.

Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot have both recently argued that boosting Palestinian employment is likely to help reduce the terror attacks.


Bibi plans to surround Israel with fences against the 'beasts'

By Nathan Jeffay, February 11, 2016

Israel will surround itself with fences to keep out "predatory beasts," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week.

He declared: "In the neighbourhood where we live we need to protect ourselves against predatory beasts."