Israel news

Hamas could start executing Israel "collaborators"

By Jessica Elgot, April 1, 2010

Hamas may carry out death sentences for men convicted of “collaboration with Israel” within days.

Amnesty International reports that Hamas officials have indicated the sentences may be carried out in the next few days.

Fourteen people are known to have been sentenced to death in Hamas’ military courts, which do not meet international standards for fair trials.

However, more could be facing execution for charges of collaboration, treason and murder.

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Israeli cabinet mulls Obama's proposals for Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2010

US President Barack Obama aims to halt construction completely in east Jerusalem, including the strictly Orthodox neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo, as part of 10 demands made during his Washington meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel media has reported.

Other demands include ending the demolition of Palestinian neighbourhoods and the re-starting of indirect talks with the Palestinians to decide on future borders.

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Tanks withdraw from Gaza after 'worst clashes' in a year

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2010

Tensions have been mounting in Gaza in recent days after Israeli tanks briefly advanced into Gaza, after the deaths of two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian terrorists.

The tanks have now withdrawn from the southern town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza strip.

The Israeli army attacked after explosives were apparently planted by two Gazan terrorists on the border of Israel. Reports also suggested that the terrorists were attempting to capture an Israeli soldier.

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Murdered Iranian protester Neda's fiance slammed for Israel visit

By Jessica Elgot, March 26, 2010

The fiancé of Neda Agha-Soltan, killed during the Iranian protests last year, has been strongly criticised by Iranians for meeting Israel’s President Shimon Peres.

Neda became the symbol of the resistance in Iran after she was killed during last June’s protests against President Ahmadinejad’s regime.

Her fiancé Caspian Makan, who claims he was tortured by the Iranian police after Neda’s death, has met President Peres in Israel.

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Two Palestinians killed after Gaza border explosion

By Jessica Elgot, March 26, 2010

Two Palestinians have been killed in clashes on the border of Gaza, following a powerful explosion.

Two more are believed to have been injured at the clash which occurred near Kissufim, near Khan Younis, a city in the southern Gaza strip.

Palestinian media reported that the two men were attempting to plant explosives on the border when they were seen by the IDF, who opened fire.

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Netanyahu: I would always have built in East Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, March 26, 2010

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied claims on Friday that right-wing members of his coalition were pushing him into building in east Jerusalem – because, he said, he would have initiated such building himself.

Mr Netanyahu’s coalition has been the subject of speculation since he returned empty-handed from an apparently disastrous meeting in Washington with US President Barack Obama.

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Miliband: Move protects passports of British Jews

By David Miliband, March 25, 2010

I am saddened that Britain and Israel have found themselves at cross purposes this week.  This was not an argument that Britain chose. 

But as I said in Parliament, no country could have stood by once it had discovered another country - especially a friend - misusing its passports. 

By doing so, Israel disrespected Britain's sovereignty and put British nationals at risk. 

I am struck by the fact that all those whose passports were misused were British Jews living in Israel. 

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Analysis: Israel left UK and US with no choice

By Martin Bright, March 25, 2010

On Tuesday evening, David Miliband made a point of honouring an invitation to attend a fundraiser for two prominent Jewish parliamentary candidates who make no secret of their support for Israel.
On the very day he had made a statement in Parliament condemning the cloning of British passports, he could have been forgiven for excusing himself from an event for Luciana Berger, the former director of Labour Friends of Israel, and Ruth Smeeth from the CST.

Earlier in the day, Mr Miliband had failed to attend an event to celebrate the renovation of the Israeli Embassy.

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Analysis: Israel left reeling from US-British attacks

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 25, 2010

The day after David Miliband announced that an Israeli diplomat would be expelled from Britain, British Ambassador Tom Phillips made the rounds in Jerusalem trying to promise that the ties between the two countries, especially those regarding intelligence, would remain strong.

The same could be heard from Israeli sources: this was regrettable, but the British did what they had to. It could have been worse.

That is true. The Foreign Office has not named and shamed the Mossad representative in London, who is being given time to leave in an orderly fashion, after Pesach.

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Young Israelis keen to join IDF combat units

By Nathan Jeffay, March 25, 2010

Young Israelis are keener than ever to join army combat units, according to new Israel Defence Forces figures.

After a barrage of criticism by human rights organisations and the Goldstone Report in the wake of the Gaza War, the reputation of the Israeli army's combat units have taken a battering.

But among Israeli school leavers, the three-week military campaign appears to have done wonders for their image.

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