Israel news

Netanyahu pledges reform as house rallies multiply

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The housing protests in Israel intensified this week with hundreds more tents popping up around the country, a mass rally in Tel Aviv and protestors blocking main roads.

The protests are worrying the Likud.

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Israel may abandon Oslo Accords at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The Israeli government is considering abrogating the Oslo Accords if the Palestinian Authority gains recognition of an independent state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The Oslo agreement, signed in 1993, aimed to create a framework for talks between the two sides.

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Pilgrimages a 'Christian Disneyland'

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned of the vulnerability of Christian communities in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dr Rowan Williams said British Christians need to do more to support the continued sustainability of groups in the West Bank.

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Olympic organisers urged to block Iran over Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

The leader of the World Jewish Congress has called for Iran to be suspended from international sporting events until the country allows its athletes to race Israelis.

Earlier this week Iranian swimmer Mohammed Alirezaei pulled out of a 100 metre race because an Israeli was also in the heat.

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Columbia space shuttle victim to be honoured with airport

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Israel is planning to build a new international airport and name it in memory of the Israeli astronaut who died in the Columbia disaster.

The new airport, which was given approval by the cabinet on Sunday, will cost more than £300 million to build. It is to be located 18 kilometres north of Eilat in the Timna park area.

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IDF thwarts Dead Sea weapons smuggling attempt

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Israel has intercepted a motor boat on the Dead Sea to stop two Palestinians who were transferring weapons.

According to the IDF spokespersons unit, a "weapons smuggling attempt" on a Palestinian boat was thwarted on Monday morning. The boat was on the way to Israel from Jordan,

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Israelis camp out in house price protest

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

July is a usually month in which Tel Avivians seek refuge from the sweltering heat in air-conditioned havens.
This time around, however, hundreds of students and young people have decided to sleep under the sky, erecting a couple of hundred tents along the well-to-do Rothschild Boulevard in protest over the rising housing and rent prices.

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Last flotilla boat taken to Ashdod

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

Sixteen passengers of the yacht Dignite al-Karama were taken into custody on Tuesday after Israeli naval commandos boarded the boat about 65 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza.

The ten activists, three journalists and three crew members did not try to resist the boarding and the yacht changed course for Ashdod Port.

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Liberal buys right-wing Betar

By Simon Griver, July 21, 2011

Betar Jerusalem, notorious for its right-wing football fans, has been bought by left-leaning US businessman Dan Adler, together with fellow investor Adam Levin.

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