Israel news

Economic rage consumes Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to meet personally with the leaders of the housing protest, now into its fourth week of encampments and demonstrations.

The prime minister tried to seize the initiative this week after being caught off guard by the scale and perseverance of the protesters.

Meanwhile, cracks started to show within the protest's leadership.


Should Israel be in World Cup finals European draw?

August 4, 2011

Simon Griver: Yes

Israel's chances of reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 look slim after being drawn in Group F


Gays bow to anti-Israel pressure

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

British campaigners have criticised the cancellation of a major gay and lesbian conference in Israel, after pressure from Palestinian gay groups.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation [IGYLO ] was attacked by two Israel-based Palestinian gay groups, Al Qaws and Aswat, for choosing to host its general assembly in Tel Aviv.


Israel 'smeared candidate' for Irish presidency

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Israel has been accused of launching a smear campaign against Irish presidential candidate, Senator David Norris, after a blogger wrote about his relationship with an Israeli peace activist.

John Connolly, a 22-year-old Zionist blogger from Ealing, revealed last month that Senator Norris's former partner, activist Ezra Nawi, had been convicted of a series of crimes, including sleeping with an


Mysteries surround death of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira's death turned out to be as enigmatic as his life.

One of the most venerable mystics in Israel, Rabbi Abuhatzira was murdered in his own yeshivah last Thursday by Asher Dahan, a part-time teacher from the strictly-Orthodox town of Elad.


Gaza terrorists send two more rockets into Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Two more Grad rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Wednesday evening.

One hit the entrance the Southern city of Ashkelon, the other an open area in the Lakhish region, not far from the border town of Sderot.

A Lakhist resident told Ynet that the rockets were frightening but that many residents did not have bomb shelters. "We have nowhere to go," she said.


Indian artists plan Tel Aviv exhibit boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

A group of Indian artists have announced that they will boycott an exhibition of Indian art in Israel next year.

The show is set to open in April 2012 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, but five prominent artists said this week that they would not take part.


Fogel family murderer convicted

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

A man has been convicted of the brutal slaughter of the Fogel family earlier this year.

Hakim Awad's victims included three-month-old Hadas Fogel, two of her siblings and her parents.

Their bloodied bodies were discovered by 14-year-old Tamar Fogel when she returned to the family home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar late on a Friday night in March.


Israeli judge calls for West Bank outpost demolition

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The president of Israel's Supreme Court has called for residents of a West Bank outpost to evacuate it within the next nine months.

Dorit Beinisch also criticised the Israeli government for not keeping to an earlier promise to force the dismantling of the Migron outpost.


Netanyahu ready for peace deal on 1967 lines

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

Israel's Prime Minister has for the first time offered to accept a Palestinian state based along 1967 lines.

Benjamin Netanyahu's shift in direction comes three months after US president Barack Obama called for the same framework in a speech on the Middle East.