Israel news

Hardliners ‘alienating diaspora from Israel’

By Nathan Jeffay, March 31, 2016

Rabbis and community leaders around the world have warned that extremist stances taken by Israel’s Charedi leadership are alienating members of the diaspora.


Major blow to Bibi as gas deal is rejected

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2016

The High Court has delivered the most serious blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s credibility since he began his fourth term in office.

The court struck down a key part of the natural gas framework agreed on by the government and the Israeli-US energy companies controlling the largest gas-fields off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.


Isaac Herzog named as second Israeli politician under investigation for corruption

By JC Reporter, March 30, 2016

MK Isaac Herzog, the Israeli opposition leader, has been named as the second politician under investigation for corruption.


Israeli government denies Elton John was asked to declare loyalty to Israel ahead of Tel Aviv concert

By Jessica Weinstein, March 30, 2016

The Israeli interior ministry has described claims that Elton John was asked to sign a declaration of loyalty to Israel ahead of his Tel Aviv concert in May as “wacky and crazy”.

According to Israeli media, the singer’s concert producer Shuki Weiss claimed he had been asked to sign the declaration on the singer’s behalf “as a condition for getting a work visa”.


UN selects anti-Israel Canadian law professor to report on Palestinian territories

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

Michael Lynk - who has compared Israeli settlements to “the transfer by the Nazis of German-speaking peoples into newly conquered lands during the Second World War” - will be appointed the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, the JC can reveal.

The Canadian, who teaches law at Western University in Ontario, has also said he hopes to “isolate Israel”.


Ya'alon accuses NGO of treason

By Nathan Jeffay, March 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister has accused an organisation of soldiers and ex-soldiers of treason.

Moshe Ya'alon made the claim on Monday about the work of Breaking the Silence, a controversial left-wing group that collects testimonies from soldiers about conduct witnessed during army service that they deem unacceptable.


Secret airlift 'ends historic mission to bring Yemenis home'

By Nathan Jeffay, March 23, 2016

Towards the end of last week, 19 Jewish citizens of Yemen, a country embroiled in a bitter civil war, secretly began packing their bags.

On Sunday, the last of them walked through the arrivals hall in Ben Gurion airport to start new lives in Israel.


Istanbul suicide bomber was Daesh terrorist, says Turkish government

By Naomi Firsht, March 20, 2016

A Turkish terrorist working for Daesh was responsible for the suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed at least four people, according to Turkey’s interior minister.

Three Israelis were among the dead and 11 among the 36 people injured in the attack on a busy shopping street on Saturday.


Israeli victims killed in the Istanbul suicide blast have been named

By JC Reporter, March 20, 2016

Israeli victims killed in the Istanbul suicide blast were named on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 36 others, including 11 Israelis in a busy shopping district in central Istanbul.

Avraham Goldman, 69, was named as the third Israeli victim killed in the deadly blast.


IDF turns to social media for help in combating the intifada

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israeli security forces are beginning to prevent Palestinian attacks by detecting potential perpetrators on social media.

In addition, IDF units and Shin Bet agents have been visiting the homes of young men and women expressing an intention to carry out attacks, in order to give them and their families "warning talks".