Israel news

Hamas supporters want to abduct wife for Gilad Shalit

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

Palestinian activists have set up a Facebook campaign to "abduct a partner for Shalit".

The page, set up earlier this week, calls for the capture of a female prisoner to use as bait so that the Israeli authorities will release Palestinian prisoners.

The group's profile photograph has been edited to show an Israeli soldier chained and held by an armed woman in a veil.

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Whenever, Wherever: Shakira to meet Peres in israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is to take part in a meeting with a Colombian representative next week – the pop star Shakira.

The singer will join Nobel Prize winners, politicians, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and US comedian Sarah Silverman at the annual Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.

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Turkey's IHH won't send ship on flotilla to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Technical problems have been blamed for the decision by Turkish activists not to send a ship in a flotilla to Gaza later this month.

The president of the Islamist group IHH, Bulent Yildirim, said they would not be able to participate.

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Israelis boycott costly cottage cheese

By Anna Slater, June 17, 2011

A group of Israelis have launched an online protest over the soaring price of cheese.

More than 75,000 people have joined a Facebook group called "Eight shekels for such a basic product? Don't buy cottage cheese for a month".

The price of cottage cheese has skyrocketed in the last few years and a 250g container is now sold in many supermarkets at £1.40.

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Peres: peace process 'about to crash into the wall'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israel's president has warned of the dangers of "foot-dragging" when it comes to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Shimon Peres said he was concerned by the stalemate situation and feared that Israel would become a binational state.

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Four people dead after Netanya explosion

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Four people have been killed and around 50 people have been injured after an explosion in Netanya.

According to police the blast, late on Thursday evening, was caused by a gas leak in the city's main Independence Square. However foul play has not been ruled out.

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Peres to Palestinians: UN declaration would be an illusion

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Shimon Peres has described Palestinian plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN as "an illusion".

The Israeli President told the Associated Press that it could be possible to conclude an agreement with the Palestinians" before September. But even if that did not happen, he said such a move would be meaningless.

"It will remain on paper and it will raise false hopes," he said.

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Solar-powered Eilat? Now that's an easy cell

By Nathan Jeffay, June 16, 2011

On Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev desert there is a new and profitable crop: electricity.
Engineers have just finished installing Israel's first major solar field on the kibbutz, which is a few miles north of Eilat and just as sunny.

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Gay, observant - and sponsored by Google

June 16, 2011

For the first time, Orthodox gay and lesbian groups had a float at Tel Aviv's Gay Pride parade last Friday. And it had corporate sponsorship that other larger organisations on the march would have given anything for - from Google.

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New dawn for Turkey-Israel ties?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

Israeli and Turkish diplomats are hopeful that following the victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday's general elections, an opportunity has opened up for an improvement in relations between the two countries.

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