Israel news

God's Bible? Computer says 'no'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

For almost 300 years, scholars have been poring over the Bible, trying to work out how many authors wrote it and who wrote which part. Now, Israeli computer whizzes have developed a computer programme that carries out virtually all their research in seconds.

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Palestinians: no to peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

An opinion survey carried out in the West Bank and Gaza shows a Palestinian public largely against a peace solution with Israel.

In a survey carried out by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, only 34 per cent of the sample accepted US President Barack Obama's proposal of a two-state solution, while 61 per cent rejected it.

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Israeli left takes on boycott law

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The law passed last week by the Knesset that places sanctions on those who call for a boycott of settlement produce is now heading for the legal arena - and the marketplace.

Activists from the left-wing party Meretz have launched a campaign on the web and in supermarkets to enable the public to identify products made in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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Yachad launches campaign

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

One of Israel's leading literary figures and a former army head of intelligence have backed a new campaign to rally Anglo-Jewish support behind a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The new advocacy group Yachad is asking members to sign an open letter, urging Israel to heed "calls to return to the negotiating table," which it intends to present to new Israel ambassador Danie

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Easy riding settlers go West Bank to West Coast

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is Easy Rider, settler-style.

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Hague hits out at Israel boycott law

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has criticised Israel's new anti-boycott law, calling it an "infringement of freedom of expression".

Mr Hague also said he would reserve Britain's position on whether or not to support the declaration of a Palestinian state at the UN in September as a bargaining chip to persuade both sides to return to peace negotiations.

Speaking at Foreign Office Questions o

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The scoop on Bar Refaeli's new boyfriend David Fisher

By Simon Griver, July 21, 2011

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli met her new Israeli businessman boyfriend in Rome last month.

The couple, who were both guests at the Italian wedding of Daniel Ofer, grandson of the late Sammy Ofer, has since been spotted together in Tel Aviv and St Tropez.

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Bar Refaeli takes mystery man on Tel Aviv tour

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has reportedly moved on from her former partner Leonardo DiCaprio.

The couple split up after more than five years in May, six months after he accompanied her to Israel to visit her family.

But Ms Refaeli, 26, has now been spotted in Tel Aviv with a new mystery man, named in the press as David Fisher. Mr Fisher, 35, is an Israeli businessman.

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Prosor warns UN over Hamas and Gaza rockets

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

The former Israeli ambassador to Britain, now serving as his country's envoy to the United Nations, has launched an attempt to highlight the recent onslaught of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ron Prosor emphasised that the attacks were deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and represented "a serious danger to the population".

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Hague criticises West Bank building plan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

Britain's Foreign Secretary has expressed his disappointment with Israel following the announcement on Tuesday that tenders would be issued for housing development in the West Bank.

William Hague said that the construction of more than 300 housing units for the areas of Beitar Ilit and Karnei Shomron would "create further obstacles on the difficult path to peace".

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