Israel news

Inventors go Gaga for Google app competition

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Israeli students have stepped up to the challenge of developing unique mobile phone applications.

The winner of the Google-sponsored "Israeli Mobile Challenge 2011," was a group from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev, for a system aimed at enhancing the communal musical experience.

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Abbas says no to Netanyahu painful compromise on settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Palestinian President and his aides have rejected Binyamin Netanyahu's proposal for a two-state solution in which some settlements would end up outside Israel's borders as part of a wider compromise reflecting "the dramatic demographic changes that have occurred since 1967".

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Netanyahu: some settlements will end up outside Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has told US congressmen that Israel both wants and needs peace and a two-state solution, but that he would not accept a "return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967".

Echoing Ronald Reagan's famous speech in Berlin in 1987, the Israeli Prime Minister called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "tear up your pact with Hamas and make peace with the Jewish state".

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Paul Simon sets date for Israel gig

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Paul Simon is to perform in Israel this summer.

Mr Simon will take to the stage at the Ramat Gan stadium on July 21 for his third performance in Israel.

The iconic star, whose famous songs include The Sound of Silence and Mrs Robinson, will stop in Israel as part of a world tour to promote his new album So Beautiful or So What.

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Israeli man seeks royal wedding name-change

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

An Israeli man has requested to officially change his name to Henry William Phillip Charles Frederick Michael Louis George Edward Robert.

The ten names are all those of former British sovereigns and, according to Ynet, the man was inspired to apply for the name-change by the extensive coverage in Israel of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

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Israeli director's bible comedy triumphs at Cannes

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

An Israeli director is celebrating after his comedy about two academics at the Hebrew University won an award at the Cannes Film festival.

Joseph Cedar was named this year's recipient of the best screenplay award on Sunday, although he had already left France by the time the prize was awarded.

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Obama: 1967 lines would 'account for changes'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

Barack Obama has clarified what he meant by his call for a two - state solution along 1967 lines with mutually agreed land exchanges.

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Arieh Handler dies in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

Arieh Handler, the last survivor of those present at the declaration of the state of Israel, has died at the age of 95.

His funeral will be held today in Tel Aviv. There will be shivas in Jerusalem and London.

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Vice-PM plans Sunday as day of rest in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 19, 2011

Israel will soon adopt a Western-style five-day working week, if a proposal by Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom garners support.

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'Third intifada' in east Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

"Palestinians used to want to leave the West Bank and move to east Jerusalem, to take advantage of the better conditions there. Now it's the opposite," said Zoheir Kawasmeh, as he looked at the rock-strewn street outside his home in the Silwan neighbourhood.

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