Israel news

Israeli intelligence chief warns on Iran and Arab Spring

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The IDF intelligence chief has accused Iran of supporting attempts by groups of Palestinian protesters to breach Israel's northern border in May and June which led to bloody and fatal clashes.

Major General Aviv Kochavi, speaking during a knesset hearing, also said the Iranians were exploiting the Arab Spring in order to consolidate power in the Middle East.


Activists say French flotilla has set sail for Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

French pro-Palestinian activists have reportedly managed to sail a boat out of a Greek port with the intention of breaking the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.


Israeli institution is top workplace outside US

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

An Israeli research centre has been named as the best place for academics to work outside the United States.

The Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, was praised by Scientist Magazine in its annual survey of thousands of academic workplaces.


Israeli creates iPhone app to send SOS signals

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

An Israeli developer has created an iPhone application to save the day after a road crash – wherever you are in the world.

The Mayday Light software uses GPS technology to identify when phone users have had car or motorcycle accidents. It monitors speed and if a vehicle suddenly stops it sends out a distress signal.


Israelis head into diaspora in search of roots

By Nathan Jeffay, June 30, 2011

As Diaspora Jews flock to Israel to explore their Jewish identity this summer, thousands of Israelis will embark on a culture trail of their own - in the diaspora.

A new poll has found that 69 per cent of Jewish Israelis consider it important to visit Jewish sites when on holiday or travelling for business.


Israeli lab trumps sci fi with mind-erasing jab

By Nathan Jeffay, June 30, 2011

It seemed like wild science fiction when characters in the 1997 film Men In Black erased people's memories with a device called a "neuralyzer".


Settler rabbi arrested for 'incitement'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

The arrest this week of the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Dov Lior, on suspicion of incitement has provoked outrage from the religious right and a rare statement by the Attorney General that "no one is above the law".

Rabbi Lior, one of the spiritual leaders of the settlers, had already been questioned by police five months ago.


First Temple findings reinforce Jewish Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, June 30, 2011

Claiming one in the eye for the Palestinian trend of "Temple denial", Israeli archaeologists are preparing, for the first time, to open buildings from the First Temple era to the public.

In recent years Palestinians, including leaders of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, have claimed in growing numbers that there was never a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

The new finds mean that not onl


Israeli navy on alert as second Gaza flotilla looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

The boats of the second Gaza flotilla are expected finally to set sail this weekend from the Greek coast.

The flotilla was initially planned to sail on Tuesday but a number of delays, including a mysteriously broken propeller shaft and anonymous complaints to the Greek Coast Guard, have delayed embarkation.


Irish flotilla activists accuse Israel of sabotage

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

Irish Palestine campaigners have accused "agents of Israel" of damaging a ship they planned to send to Gaza.

According to the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the ship, the MV Saoirse, had been "sabotaged". It accuses "agents of Israel" of the "extensive" damage but does not provide any evidence to back up the claim or detail the alleged damage.