Israel news

Border attacks are Hizbollah terror message

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2014

Two incidents on Israel's northern border last week have raised concerns that Hizbollah is planning more aggressive operations in the near future.

In an explosion on Tuesday morning near Mount Dov, close to the Lebanese border, two soldiers from an IDF bomb-disposal unit were moderately wounded.


Netanyahu plans early elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for early elections, most likely in late 2015, two years before his government is due to complete its full term.


How campaigners milk the food price debate

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

A Facebook post on food prices in Israel has kicked off another public debate over the financial burden on the middle classes.

Bizarrely, however, the row has not focused on a staple, but on the popular Milky dairy pudding, composed of whipped cream and chocolate milk.


How US Christians came to pay for Israelis' dental care

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2014

In Israel, some social activists issue calls to the government to boost its welfare provision. Others just write a cheque and hope to "embarrass" the government into changing its ways.


Hamas busy rebuilding its rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

People in southern Israel ran to the shelters on Sunday morning as IDF sensors detected rocket launches in Gaza.

No warheads fell inside Israeli territory and the military's assessment was that Hamas had either been testing missiles or training its rocket teams.

Indirect talks are scheduled to continue in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations on a long-term solution for Gaza.


Not so Fast mum ... you might be having a baby

By Nathan Jeffay, October 2, 2014

An Israeli study has found that Yom Kippur is boom time for maternity wards - and that the reason may not be positive.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Eyal Sheiner has concluded that Jewish women are much more likely to enter premature labour on the Day of Atonement than during the rest of the year.


Israeli Jews boycotting Arab businesses

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

A survey of Israeli Jewish consumers found that 24 per cent are boycotting Arab businesses.

The telephone survey, conducted by Geocartagraphia, found that the figure had fallen since Operation Protective Edge, when that 29 per cent said they would boycott Arab businesses.

According to a report on Globes, the figures tally with a fall in sales at Arab supermarkets.


Israel ruined its own bid to host Euro 2020 soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

While the BDS movement tried to take credit for Uefa's decision not to name Jerusalem as one of the 13 host cities for the Euro 2020 tournament, the ruling has a lot more to do with the incompetence of the IFA, Israel's national football association, than political considerations.

Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium made it to the shortlist of 19, but was dropped due to the fact that the bid issued by th


Hamas appears serious about long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

Indirect talks over a long-term solution for Gaza began in Cairo on Tuesday.

The talks, between Israel and a Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, broke up on Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah and are scheduled to resume next week. The Palestinians remained in Egypt to discuss the unity agreement.


Orthodox keep own curriculum

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Israel's High Court has upheld the right of Charedi schools to ignore the country's national curriculum.

A large number of Charedi schools reduce secular education to the teaching of basic mathematics and a few other subjects, freeing up the bulk of the time for religious subjects.

In 2010, former education minister Amnon Rubinstein, along with other leading educationalists and disgruntled g