Israel news

Abbas aide: 'Unworkable' for Hamas to recognise Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A Palestinian official close to President Mahmoud Abbas has called the demand that Hamas recognises Israel's right to exist "unfair".

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Katzav wins rape sentence delay for appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

Moshe Katzav has won a delay to his prison sentence after Israel's Supreme Court ruled it should not start until his appeal is heard.

The disgraced former Israeli president was due to go to jail for seven years on May 8, following his conviction last December for two counts of rape and other charges.

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Israel: Abbas should 'choose peace' not Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call off the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and terrorist organisation Hamas.

The deal is to be celebrated at a Cairo ceremony tomorrow, paving away for a unity government and elections.

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Palestinians divided on Bin Laden death

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

The Palestinian Authority has hailed the killing of Osama bin Laden as a step towards overcoming the violent tactics of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

However, the comments by PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib came as jihadist groups vowed revenge for the death of their leader.

Mr Khatib said: "Getting rid of bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide.

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'Israel funded Argentina in Falklands war'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

A new book claims the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin supported emergency arms shipments to the Argentine military at the height of the Falklands War.

It is claimed that Mr Begin's supposed hatred of the British from his days fighting the pre-independence mandate led to the move.

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Joseph's Tomb killing was 'not terror attack'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

The death of 24-year-old Breslav Chasid Ben-Yossef Livnat in Nablus on Sunday was described by the IDF as a "serious event" but not a terror attack.

The settlers, though, had no doubts: their friend had been murdered by Palestinian policemen because he was a Jew.

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Ambassador Gould's Royal Wedding party plans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel will be celebrating the Royal Wedding with more than 750 guests in Tel Aviv tomorrow.

Matthew Gould will be joined by Israel's top actors, footballers and business leaders, as well as politicians including Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

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Concern over Fatah's deal with terrorists Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

Israel and the United Sates have reacted with caution to the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The longtime rivals revealed last night that they had reached a deal to form an interim government for the Palestinian Authority and to set a date for an election.

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Royal wedding street party planned in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Preparations are underway for William and Kate's official Sheva Brachot celebration in Israel on Friday night.

In honour of the Royal couple's nuptials this Friday, a group of British-born Israelis have planned a Shabbat feast worthy of Buckingham Palace.

More than 200 guests have been invited to the street party, to be held in the city of Modi'in.

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Duran Duran to perform in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Hot on the heels of Justin Bieber and Mark Ronson, British band Duran Duran has announced plans to perform in Israel for the first time in 17 years.

The 1980s New Wave band behind hits including My Own Way and Planet Earth, once described as "the prettiest boys in rock", played in both Haifa and Tel Aviv in 1994.

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