Israel news

Did UN man pass $20m to Hamas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is trying to bar the UN's chief representative in the region from Israel over allegations that he tried to funnel funds to Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Lieberman's office confirmed over the weekend that he was in favour of declaring the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry a persona non grata.

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Hopes begin to bite the dust

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The Israeli operation that began following the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach was scaled down this week.

The emphasis has shifted from a widespread manhunt and mass arrests of Hamas members to intelligence-gathering and more focused searches.

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Terrorist released in Shalit deal arrested over policeman’s murder

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency , June 23, 2014

Israeli authorities have accused a terrorist released in the Shalit deal of murdering Baruch Mizrahi, the police officer killed on Passover eve near Hebron on April 14.

The accused, Ziad Awad, 42, a resident of the Arab village of Idna near Hebron, was arrested by an elite police unit while they were searching for the three abducted boys last week.

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Autopsy reveals live bullets

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

An autopsy of the body of Nadim Nawara, one of the two Palestinian teenagers killed last month north of Jerusalem, has indicated that his death was caused by live bullets.

The IDF has denied that its forces used live fire in the incident in which Nawara and Muhmmad Salama, both 17, were killed.

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Stop hitchhiking? That would be giving in to the terrorists, say settlers

By Nathan Jeffay, June 19, 2014

As Israelis have repeatedly chewed over the haunting details of the abduction, one element has kept coming up for discussion - the fact that the boys were hitchhiking.

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Analysis: Hamas may yet be consumed by its own inferno

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

A kidnap of Israeli civilians or soldiers could have happened at any time in recent years.

Since Hamas released IDF Sergeant Gilad Shalit in October 2011, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, the Shin Bet has detected 101 kidnap attempts by Palestinian organisations.

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Palestinian killed in clashes as IDF hunts teens’ kidnappers

By Sandy Rashty, June 16, 2014

More than 150 suspects – including Hamas officials - have been arrested by the IDF since Saturday, following the kidnapping of three yeshivah students last Thursday.

Last night, one Palestinian man was killed in clashes with the IDF, and two men in Hebron were arrested.

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Israeli forces search for missing West Bank students

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The IDF has confirmed it is searching for three Jewish teenagers who have disappeared in the area surrounding Hebron in the West Bank.

It is believed the yeshivah students may have been kidnapped by a Palestinian group while hitchhiking.

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Palestinian envoy to UK gives nod to Israel as 'Jewish state'

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

The Palestinian envoy to Britain has said Israel must be recognised as a Jewish state if there is to be real lasting peace between the two nations.

Manuel Hassassian said: "Both sides need to make painful concessions andreach a compromise. Israel shall recognise the state of Palestine. Palestine shall recognize the Jewish state of Israel."

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Prize for cancer detection device

By Nathan Jeffay, June 12, 2014

Israeli innovators have won a prestigious prize for a smartphone attachment that can be used to detect cervical cancer.

Tel Aviv-based Mobile OCT and its American partners were placed first in the 2014 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project.

The £180,000 prize money will help fund development and testing of the device, which will be available in October.

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