Israel news

Drive-by shooting attack in West Bank leaves six people injured and three dead

By JC Reporter, November 19, 2015

A drive-by shooting has been reported in the Etzion Bloc of the West Bank.

Three people are dead and at least six people are injured after the attack near the Jewish settlement of Alon Shvut, according to reports.

One person is in a critical condition, while several of those injured are reported to be foreign nationals who were touring the area.


Settlements authorised after 18-month freeze

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

After an 18-month settlement freeze, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of right-wing politicians this week that he would authorise 454 new flats in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo, which lies beyond the Green Line.


Hebron killing leaves Israel in tears

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

Although violence has largely died down in most of Israel, it is continuing in the West Bank.

On Friday afternoon, an Israeli father and son were shot dead by a Palestinian in a drive-by shooting south of Hebron. And on Sunday night, two Palestinians were killed in Kalkilya after they shot at IDF soldiers demolishing the homes of men who had killed an Israeli five months ago.


Abbas admits rejecting Ehud Olmert's peace offer

November 19, 2015

In a recent interview with Israel's Channel 10, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas admitted for the first time that he turn down a peace offer from former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.


Fatah cartoons blame Israel for Paris attacks

By JC Reporter, November 16, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s political party, Fatah, has posted anti-Israel cartoons on its Facebook page.

The cartoons imply that Israel – and the Jews – were behind the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris at the weekend.


Two Israelis shot dead near Hebron

By JC Reporter, November 13, 2015

A father and son have been shot dead while driving through the southern Hebron Hills, according to initial reports.

Their vehicle was attacked by a Palestinian gunman who killed the Israelis and shot a 16-year-old in the foot, before fleeing.

An IDF spokesman has said the army is searching the area.


New hasbara chief proving diplomatic disaster for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

The expected decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the appointment of a new communications chief is likely to postpone the arrival of Israel's new ambassador in Britain.


'Israel can survive if its values survive'

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

Anti-occupation group Breaking the Silence (BtS), a collective of army veterans who aim to call out wrongdoing within the IDF, is fighting for the identity of Israel, according to one of its founders.

Since March 2004, BtS has published the testimonies of more than 1,000 men and women, some still serving in the army, alleging various forms of military malpractice.


Anger as defence chief postpones Charedi draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

The implementation of Israel's national service law, which was created to regulate the enlistment of Charedi men into the IDF, is to be pushed back.

The move reflects the terms of the coalition deal that was signed earlier this year by the strictly Orthodox parties and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who agreed to soften the law in order to secure Charedi support in government.


Bikes, fish and one very slippery BDS row

By Noga Tarnopolsky , November 12, 2015

It started out as the kind of universal bear hug that only Boris Johnson can deliver.