Israel news

UK and US ‘spied on Israeli military and intercepted drone feeds’

By Jessica Weinstein, January 29, 2016

America and Britain secretly monitored Israeli military operations, according to a report made public on Friday.


Gaza is on brink, says man who talks to Hamas

By Orlando Radice, January 28, 2016

Veteran Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin has said that Gaza is once again on the brink of exploding and the only way to break the cycle of violence is by opening up the economy of the Strip.


‘Show me where I am inciting’

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 28, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has claimed that he opposes all forms of terrorism, is seeking a peace deal and was snubbed when he tried to arrange a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.


Relentless terror begins to redraw Israel politics

By JC Reporter, January 28, 2016

The ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism is forcing Israeli politics to the right.

On Monday, 24-year-old Shlomit Krigman was stabbed to death, and last week, Dafna Meir, a 39-year-old nurse, suffered an identical fate in Othniel, south of Hebron.


Path cleared for ex-IDF chief to challenge Netanyahu's prime minister spot

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2016

The decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last week to close the five-year investigation into alleged abuses of power by former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi also launched what is beginning to look like a new race for the leadership of Israel’s political centre-left.


Young woman dies of her wounds after West Bank knife attack

By Jessica Weinstein, January 26, 2016

A 23-year-old injured in a knife attack at a market in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon on Monday has died of her wounds.

Shlomit Krigman arrived at Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem in a critical condition but deteriorated overnight and died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a statement from the hospital. She would have turned 24 next week.


Church hit by Jewish extremists

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

The "Revolt" group, believed to have been behind the "price tag" attacks against non-Jews in Israel and the West Bank, was thought to have been largely dismantled by the security forces, but anti-Christian vandalism continues.

On Sunday morning, graffiti was found on the walls of the Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery just outside Jerusalem's Old City.


Emotion-control? Easy

By Rosa Doherty, January 25, 2016

Researchers from Ben Gurion University in Beersheva have discovered a way to positively influence the way we manage negative emotional reactions.

Thanks to simple brain-training exercises on a computer, Noga Cohen, the author of the study, found that people can be taught to ignore irrelevant information, minimising reactions to emotive events.


Move to revive ‘discriminatory’ NGO legislation

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

In an attempt to keep the "NGO transparency" bill alive, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has removed a section that requires activists representing foreign-funded human rights organisations to wear special identifying tags in the Knesset.


Israel, Brazil near to diplomatic standoff

By Shira Rubin, January 25, 2016

Israel and Brazil remain at loggerheads five months after Brazil refused to recognise Israel's appointment of a right-wing settler as its next envoy to the South American country.