Israel news

The landmines along the way to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

A date has now been set for the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington, which is to be the start of the first round of talks between the two sides in three years. However, there are several pitfalls that could derail the talks at an early stage.

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Ahrah Al-Sham: Israel’s new neighbour

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

Western promises to send aid to Syria’s rebels seem to have come to little as Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview on Sunday that Britain was not planning any arms shipments. Sources in Washington have also confirmed that there are no concrete plans to supply weapons to the rebels.

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Peace talks to begin on Tuesday

By Alexandra Krendel, July 25, 2013

Peace talks between Israel and Palestine will resume on Tuesday in Washington DC, Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom has said.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, responsible for Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians, is expected to participate in the Washington meeting.

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Israel plans new railway lines, to run through West Bank

By Alexandra Krendel, July 25, 2013

Plans for a West Bank railway plan serving both Israelis and Palestinians are going ahead, despite the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to co-operate with the proposal.

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Israel fears blame for failure of peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

The Israeli government is concerned that if the newly revived peace talks between it and the Palestinians fail, it will be blamed — with severe diplomatic consequences.

Officials in Jerusalem have expressed fears that any collapse in the peace process would lead to a renewed diplomatic push aimed at forcing Israel to relinquish control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Majority of Israelis back any peace deal

By Alexandra Krendel, July 24, 2013

Over 50 per cent of Israelis would support any peace agreement submitted to a referendum by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a recent poll has found.

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Special aliyah flight to Israel brings 106 children

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

A record number of children landed in Israel today as part of a unique aliyah programme.

The 106 children, from North America, arrived at Ben Gurion airport this morning as part of a Jewish Agency for Israel mission to facilitate the move of olim.

Gilad Shalit, a former IDF soldier and captive, welcomed the new arrivals on the so-called “Children’s Aliyah Flight”.

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Palestinian Authority says peace talks not ready to begin

By Anna Sheinman, July 22, 2013

A senior member of the Palestinian Authority has denied that an agreement has been reached to restart peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that the groundwork had been laid for the resumption of negotiations.

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Israelis come up with anti-thrombosis airline seat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

A new airline seat that allows more leg movement during a flight, lowering the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), has been developed by a team in Israel.

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Iron Dome deployed near Eilat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Israel has deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system by the Red Sea port of Eilat.

The IDF said that the deployment of the missile protection batteries was “in response to the changing security situation in Egypt”.

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