Israel news

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.


The drone ambulance can ‘land on a dime, anywhere’

By Josh Jackman, January 25, 2016

An Israeli technology company including two former air force commanders and an ex-fighter pilot has created a remotely controlled drone ambulance that can transport two wounded soldiers.


Israel finds vast gas fields - but can it celebrate?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

The discovery of more giant natural gas fields off Israel's Mediterranean coast has highlighted both the potential for further offshore energy exploration and the problems underlying Israel's natural gas industry.


Peres back in hospital – but he's 'doing great’

By Jessica Weinstein, January 25, 2016

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres was back in hospital on Sunday night complaining of chest pains, just a week after suffering a mild heart attack.

Doctors treating Mr Peres said on Monday morning that Mr Peres, 92, was “doing great” and reported that he had suffered a mild cardiac arrhythmia.


EU rows back over Israel settlements resolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

An Israeli diplomatic offensive over the weekend, led personally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, brought about a "softening" of an EU resolution aimed at upping the pressure on Israel over the settlements.

The original draft resolution was designed as a follow-up to the settlement goods labelling guidelines issued by the EU two months ago.


Aged just 17, she watched as her mum was knifed to death

By Nathan Jeffay, January 21, 2016

There were two teenagers in the room. One watched in horror as the other murdered her mother.

Israeli security forces have caught the 16-year-old believed to have stabbed Dafna Meir to death on Sunday as 17-year-old Renana looked on.

The arrest provided some comfort to Israelis, but the mourning for Ms Meir intensified as people started to find out more about who she was.