Israel news

Arab-Jew deception rape 'was violent'

September 7, 2010

Evidence revealed last week has cast new light on the case of Saber Kashur, the Arab man convicted of rape for telling a woman with whom he had sex that he was Jewish.

The sex was considered a rape only because Kashur masqueraded as a Jew.

The Jerusalem DA's office agreed however that, although the rape was violent, Kashur would be charged with the lesser crime of "rape by deception" in order to avoid the victim being cross-examined.

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Analysis: Bibi changed. He really does want a deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 7, 2010

On the surface nothing significant has changed. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in Washington, stuck to his proven tactic of giving nothing away until he absolutely has to.

President Mahmoud Abbas brought up all the old Palestinian demands, including the right of return. The gulf between the two sides seems as wide as ever. Meanwhile, building in the settlements is set to resume in only two weeks and blow up talks that have barely resumed.

But something has changed.

Israelis who returned from the Washington summit have shed their outer layer of cynicism.

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Israel and Russia in arms accord

September 6, 2010

Israel has signed the framework of a military co-operation agreement with Russia that could lead to exports of weapons and technology.

Israel defence minister Ehud Barak met his Russian opposite number Anatoly Serdyukov in Moscow on Monday where they discussed both weapons and military co-operation.

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Shimon Peres: peace in Middle East 'tangible'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

Shimon Peres has expressed his hope that the New Year will lead to the signing of a historic peace treaty and bring “tranquility, prosperity and security” to the Middle East.

In a Rosh Hashanah message the Israeli president referred to the Washington-sponsored peace talks and said that this year hopes for peace in the region appear “tangible”

Addressing global Jewry, Mr Peres said that more young Jewish people should visit Israel.

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Rachel Corrie case opens in Haifa

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

The parents of a pro-Palestinian activist who died during a protest in Gaza 2003 have arrived in Haifa to pursue a civil court case against the state of Israel.

The second stage of the Rachel Corrie case opened yesterday in Haifa’s district court. The American activist died aged 23 in March 2003 after being crushed by an IDF bulldozer.

She had come to Rafah at the height of the Palestinian intifada with the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, to demonstrate against the demolition of houses.

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Netanyahu: 'we need to think outside the box'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu has called for a creative new approach to the Middle East conflict.

Following the launch of a new round of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington this week, Mr Netanyahu said there was a need to “think outside the box”.

He told Israel’s cabinet that for the negotiations to succeed: “We will have to learn the lessons of 17 years of experience from negotiations and to think creatively.”

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Lanvin designer's H&M project

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2010

An Israeli fashion designer whose dresses are red carpet staples is to develop a clothing collection for H&M.

Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of the Lanvin fashion house since 2000, will be on sale in 200 H&M stores around the world, including Israel.

“Lanvin for H&M” will be unveiled on November 2 and be in store by the end of the month.

Mr Elbaz, a former IDF soldier, will collaborate on the line with Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin's men's clothing designer.

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More peace talks set as Hamas warn of attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

Benajmin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to meet on September 14 for the next stage of Middle East peace negotiations and then at regular points through the next year.

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Hamas: Israelis killed because of 'opportunity'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2010

A senior Hamas official has said that the terror organisation will not take the blame if the latest round of Middle East peace talks collapses – despite having perpetrated two attacks on Israeli civilians in two days.

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Is this just the start?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2010

The murder of four residents of the Beit Hagai settlement on the dark, winding road from Hebron was almost expected - as was the settlers' reaction.

Just two days earlier, the IDF Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, had met the commanders of the Judea and Samaria Division and warned them to be on the look-out for attempts to disrupt the opening of the direct peace talks in Washington.

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