Israel news

Israel wins wine world cup

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

An Israeli wine-maker has triumphed over 3,720 competitors to take first place in a contest dubbed the "Wine World Cup".

The Golan Heights Winery, which produces bottles under the labels Yarden, Gamla and Golan, became the first Israeli company to win the top spot at Italy's annual international wine trade fair.

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Israel's ex-president Katzav to appeal against rape sentence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

Moshe Katzav is planning to appeal against the seven year prison sentence he was given following his conviction for raping a former employee.

With just a month before his sentence is due to begin on May 8, lawyers for the disgraced former Israeli president said they would ask for a delay.

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WikiLeaks papers shed light on Hizbollah's Israel plans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

A series of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks to Israeli newspapers have revealed previously unknown information about Hizbollah's capabilities and Israel's ties with the Gulf state of Bahrain.

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Teenager injured after shell hits Israeli bus

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Two people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been seriously wounded after anti-tank missile sent from the Gaza Strip hit a moving school-bus near Kibbutz Sa’ad, in Southern Israel.

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Israel calls for Goldstone report to be retracted

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

The Israeli government has called for an official retraction of the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead in Gaza following Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that, contrary to his original report, Israel did not intentionally target civilians and the IDF had properly investigated any allegations of misconduct by its soldiers.

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Judge Goldstone: Too little, too late

April 7, 2011

It is to Richard Goldstone's credit that he has now, a year and seven months after the publication of his eponymous report into Operation Cast Lead, changed his mind over its most damning and poisonous allegation.

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The Jewish woman behind next Gaza flotilla

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

Almost a year on from the Gaza-bound flotilla, pro-Palestinian activists are planning to send another fleet of ships to Gaza next month to challenge Israel's partial blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory. And one of the key players in the operation is a British-Jewish immigrant to Israel.

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Japanese tsunami the 'wrath of God'

By Yoav Sivan, April 7, 2011

The recent disasters in Japan amount to divine orders for the country to release two imprisoned yeshivah students, a Chasidic leader told his congregation in Jerusalem earlier this month.

Rabbi David Twersky, head of the Jerusalem branch of the Rachmastrivka Chasidic community, was referring to two Orthodox men who were jailed in Japan in 2008 for smuggling drugs.

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Charedi media fall foul of the rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

Israeli rabbis have launched a bitter attack against Charedi newspapers and magazines which operate without their approval.

The two main Charedi newspapers in Israel, Hamodia and Yated Ne'eman, which between them sell 45,000 copies daily, are both are overseen by a rabbinical board who keep tight control over what they publish.

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Israel PR head 's English language barrier

By Ronen Plot, April 7, 2011

This week brought Israel's PR an unexpected windfall in the shape of Richard Goldstone's retraction of the main conclusion of his commission's report on the Gaza operation. But despite its aspirations to run a slick, high-tech new-media operation, it still seems the wrong people are in charge.

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