Israel news

Palestinian local vote pushed back

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

The Palestinian municipal elections will not take place for another six months after President Mahmoud Abbas delayed them to ensure participation from Hamas.

In February Mr Abbas announced that the local vote, the first in six years, would be held on July 9.

At the time a Fatah spokesman said the elections would take place even if Hamas blocked them in the Gaza Strip.

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Life-saving surgery in Israel for Indonesian toddler

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

An 18-month-old boy from Indonesia is recovering in hospital after Israeli doctors at Tel Aviv's Wolfson hospital performed life-saving surgery on his heart.

Kevin, who also had surgery in Beersheva for a double cleft lip and palate, was flown to Israel for the vital medical treatment worth a total of nearly £8,000 by the charity Save a Child's Heart (SACH).

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Glenn Beck plans Jerusalem courage rally

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

Glenn Beck has revealed plans to hold a solidarity event in Jerusalem.

The controversial US pundit said on his radio show that he was arranging the "Restoring Courage" rally for the coming August, in order to create a "people of faith solution" to the conflict in the Middle East.

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Israeli baby named 'Like' after Facebook button

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

An Israeli girl will grow up with the name "Like" after her social networking enthused parents named her after a Facebook function.

According to Israeli radio station Galgalatz, her parents were looking for a unique name for their third daughter and originally looked at Chinese names before settling on Like.

Like's older sisters are called Pie and Dvash (the Hebrew word for honey).

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Protesters, police clash outside Israel's embassy in Cairo

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Egyptian authorities fired live ammunition and tear gas at groups of anti-Israel protesters after they gathered at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo on Sunday.

Officials said the protesters attacked police and threw rocks at them, and at least 185 people were arrested.

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Bloody protests on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that Israel will remain determined to defend its borders and sovereignty after clashes on its northern borders left several Arab protesters dead.

At least two Syrians were believed to have been killed and many more soldiers and protesters left injured on the Syrian border after thousands of demonstrators attempted to push across into Israel's Golan Heights.

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One dead as truck drives into Tel Aviv traffic

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

One Israeli has been left dead and 16 others injured today after a truck charged down a busy main street in Tel Aviv hitting cars and pedestrians.

Police said they were examining whether the incident was intentional and a terrorist attack. They said the driver, a man from the nearby Arab village of Kfar Qassem, was being questioned.

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Ding gone: Dana International out of Eurovision

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

Dana International will not sing for Israel at tomorrow's Eurovision Song Contest.

The transsexual singer, who brought Israel victory in 1998, failed to make it through the semi finals in Dusseldorf.

Her entry for this year's contest was a song she wrote called Ding Dong.

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Reports of Leo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli split

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has broken up with Leonardo DiCaprio, according to the New York Post.

The newspaper said the couple, who have been involved since 2005, ended their relationship last week after weeks of speculation.

The split was described as amicable and because they had "grown apart".

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Ex-Mossad chief says attack on Iran would be 'stupid'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

In a rare display of public disagreement, both chiefs of Israel's intelligence services over the past decade have voiced serious misgivings about key policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Iran and the Palestinians.

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