Israel news

Israel names first female major general

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

The Israeli army has appointed its first ever female major general.

Brigadier Orna Barbivay will begin her role as the commander of the IDF's Manpower Branch next month. The mother-of-three has served in the IDF since 1981.

Likud leader Tzipi Livni praised the decision. She said: "There is no rank that is too heavy for a woman's shoulders.

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Israel's left asks Europe to back Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Key figures in Israel's left-wing have called on European leaders to defy Israeli and US wishes and support the Palestinians if they attempt to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN.

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Mother begs MI6 to find soldier son

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 26, 2011

The mother of one of Israel's longest-missing soldiers, Zachary Baumel, made an emotional plea this week for MI6 and the British government to "live up to their humanitarian obligations" and reveal information about Israel's missing soldiers.

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How do you get a new nose? Use your head

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

It may not have been a nose job in the traditional sense, but the story behind 109-year-old Meir Korner's new nose is quite remarkable.

Surgeons in his home city of Haifa were forced to amputate because of a tumour - and immediately rebuilt it using skin from his own forehead.

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Security fears as Egypt opens Gaza crossing

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Israel has described Egypt's decision to reopen its border with Gaza as "problematic".

The Rafah crossing, which has been closed by Egypt for the majority of the time since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, will be now be open between 9am and 9pm except on Fridays and holidays.

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Inventors go Gaga for Google app competition

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Israeli students have stepped up to the challenge of developing unique mobile phone applications.

The winner of the Google-sponsored "Israeli Mobile Challenge 2011," was a group from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev, for a system aimed at enhancing the communal musical experience.

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Abbas says no to Netanyahu painful compromise on settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Palestinian President and his aides have rejected Binyamin Netanyahu's proposal for a two-state solution in which some settlements would end up outside Israel's borders as part of a wider compromise reflecting "the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred since 1967".

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Netanyahu: some settlements will end up outside Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has told US congressmen that Israel both wants and needs peace and a two-state solution, but that he would not accept a "return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967".

Echoing Ronald Reagan's famous speech in Berlin in 1987, the Israeli Prime Minister called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "tear up your pact with Hamas and make peace with the Jewish state".

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Paul Simon sets date for Israel gig

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Paul Simon is to perform in Israel this summer.

Mr Simon will take to the stage at the Ramat Gan stadium on July 21 for his third performance in Israel.

The iconic star, whose famous songs include The Sound of Silence and Mrs Robinson, will stop in Israel as part of a world tour to promote his new album So Beautiful or So What.

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Israeli man seeks royal wedding name-change

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

An Israeli man has requested to officially change his name to Henry William Phillip Charles Frederick Michael Louis George Edward Robert.

The ten names are all those of former British sovereigns and, according to Ynet, the man was inspired to apply for the name-change by the extensive coverage in Israel of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

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