Israel news

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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Netanyahu plans political talks in London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit the UK next week for meetings with British politicians.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office would not say what was on the agenda beyond “political matters”.

Mr Netanyahu is also expected to visit France while in Europe.

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The silent Charedi revolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"The best solutions for the Charedi community can come from within the community, and nowhere else," says Yossi Deitch, chairman and one of the founders of the Kemach Foundation, as he looks through the personal files of some of the thousands of Charedi men and women who his organisation is helping into the workplace.

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Goldstone's colleagues turn on him

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Three members of the panel that investigated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza two years ago have published a joint statement accusing the chairman of the group, Richard Goldstone, of "misrepresenting the facts" following his retraction of the report.

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'Cold-blooded' confession from DNA pair to Fogel murders

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"This was the most shocking murder I have ever looked into," said one veteran Shin Bet investigator after a five-week inquiry into the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar.

Two suspects whose culpability, the authorities argue, is in little doubt after DNA traces linked them to the scene of the attack, now await a military trial.

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Italian Israel activist found dead in Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been captured and murdered by extremists in Gaza,.

Vittorio Arrigoni was found dead in Gaza City by Hamas officials on Thursday after he was kidnapped by a group called "Monotheism and Holy War".

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Justin Bieber performs in 'amazing' Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

Justin Bieber has performed for the first time in Israel to a crowd of screaming fans.

The star, famous for the song Baby, was greeted with rapturous applause when he took to the stage at Hayarkon Park.

The Canadian teenager, whose manager Scooter Braun is Jewish, arrived in Israel on Monday morning and checked in at Tel Aviv's Sheraton Hotel.

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Goldstone colleagues attack 'unjustified' report reversal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone's recent comments challenging the key findings of his report into Operation Cast Lead have been described by three other members of the probe as unjustified and an attempt to "misrepresent" the original document.

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