Israel news

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.


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.


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".


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.


Jerusalem top holiday spot, says Trip Advisor

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Israel is home to one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the world, according to a leading travel website.

Trip Advisor released its annual ranking of holiday spots this month and placed Jerusalem at number 13, above London and Rio de Janeiro.


Israel goes Eurovision crazy for Diva Dana International

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Dana International may not be the bookies' favourite to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest, but Israel is more interested in the competition than any other country involved.

According to travel website Skyscanner, there has been a 192 per cent increase in Israeli internet searches for Dusseldorf – the city in which the contest is taking place this year.


Glenn Beck, live from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, May 11, 2011

Controversial US commentator Glenn Beck spent yesterday in Israel, broadcasting his radio show from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, and now plans to make a film in the country.


Mumbai terror orphan launches Israel's independence day

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

The orphaned son of the Israeli couple killed during the Mumbai terror attack in 2009 helped open Israel's Independence Day celebrations.

Moshe Holtzberg, now four, was at the official ceremony at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl last night to light a torch marking 63 years since Israel's birth.


Dana International outside chance for Eurovision 2011

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Israel has only an outside chance of winning the top spot at this year's Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening in Dusseldorf.

Bookmaker Paddy Power is putting former champion Dana International's chances at 80 to 1, while Ladbrokes is offering odds of 125 to 1.


Israeli leaders remember casualties of war

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Shimon Peres has pledged that Israel would continue to seek opportunities for peace at a ceremony marking Israel's annual day of remembrance for its war dead and victims of terrorism.

The Israeli president was in Jerusalem for the start of Yom Hazikaron. As was customary, a siren was sounded to mark the day, prompting a moment of silence around the country.