Israel news

Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements.

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Women of the Wall blocked from holy site by chanting protesters

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

The Women of the Wall conducted a Rosh Chodesh service at the back of the Western Wall plaza on Wednesday morning, despite the presence of protesters and a police barricade.

The 300 women were not able to pray directly in front of the wall due to a large crowd of strictly Orthodox protesters who were screaming and chanting while standing between the feminist group and the holy site.

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US has given ‘yellow light’ for Iran strike, says ex-IDF chief

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

A former head of Israeli military intelligence has said that America is strengthening its support for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013

Israel’s Economy Minister and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett wants to end co-operation with the European Union, Haaretz has reported.

The suggestion comes as a response to new EU guidelines that advise against co-operation with Israeli bodies that are located beyond the Green Line or that have ties with settlements.

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Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013

Israel’s Economy Minster and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett wants to end co-operation with the European Union, Haaretz has reported.

The suggestion comes as a response to new EU guidelines that advise against co-operation with Israeli bodies that are located beyond the Green Line or that have ties with settlements.

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Netanyahu aims to open army service for Israel’s Christians

By Zoe Winograd, August 6, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to facilitate the entry of Christian Arabs into the IDF.

Mr Netanyahu is to set up a forum to promote the army and civil service among the Christian community.

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Netanyahu seeks new rules on bank governor selection

By Zoe Winograd, August 5, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might change the process of selecting the Bank of Israel governor after two candidates stepped down last week.

Reportedly, Mr Netanyahu is considering including the Turkel Committee, an advisory committee on senior appointments, in the decision-making process.

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Second Bank of Israel candidate checks out

By Sandy Rashty, August 2, 2013

Professor Leo Leiderman has withdrawn his candidacy to become the next governor of the Bank of Israel.

The chief economist at Israel’s Bank Hapoalim withdrew from the position on Friday, despite being appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid as the next governor just two days earlier.

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Jewish Agency setting up network for gay olim

By Simon Rocker, August 1, 2013

The Jewish Agency is setting up a network for new gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) olim at the initiative of a British immigrant.

Roy Freeman, 40, who is originally from Luton, moved to Israel last year after spending 11 years in Australia, where he chaired an LGBT group Dayenu in Sydney.

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Messi and Barca come to pass their way to peace

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2013

A boost for relations between Israel and the Palestinians will be received in the shape of a visit by the illustrious Barcelona football team to Israel this weekend to provide coaching clinics for Israeli and Palestinian children.

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