Israel news

Gene Simmons: Israel boycotters are fools

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Gene Simmons has criticised musicians who boycott Israel.

The Kiss bassist said those who refused to perform in Israel for political reasons were “fools”.

Mr Simmons, whose mother was an Auschwitz survivor, was born in Haifa in 1949 as Chaim Witz.

He made the comments while in Jerusalem to film scenes for his reality show, the Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

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Israel's ex-president Moshe Katzav sentenced to seven years

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The former Israeli president Moshe Katzav has been sentenced to seven years in prison for rape.

In a dramatic scene, the 65-year-old cried and screamed after learning of his fate, shouting that the charges against him were a lie and that the courts had “made a mistake”.

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After rocket barrage, IDF strike Hamas sites

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The Israeli army has confirmed that it struck several terror sites in the Gaza Strip overnight, in response to the barrage of rockets fired at southern Israel by Hamas.

Hamas has fired more than 130 rockets and mortar shells across the border since the beginning of the year, including 56 in the last week.

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Israel set for Katzav rape case sentence

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

An Israeli court is expected to announce a sentence tomorrow for former president and convicted rapist Moshe Katzav.

Mr Katzav, who was found guilty after a four year case on two counts of rape and other charges of sexual harassment, could face a 16-year prison sentence. However it is thought in that case that he will attempt an appeal to Israel's Supreme Court.

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Speculation as Sarah Palin plans meeting with Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

The American politician and Tea Party leader, Sarah Palin, is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem today.

Mrs Palin, who arrived in Israel on Sunday after a trip to India, is on a private visit, but her trip has fuelled speculation that she is planning her own White House bid.

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Itamar killers 'set off alarm which was ignored'

By Anshel Pfeffer and Orlando Radice, March 17, 2011

For more than two hours, the killers moved undetected among the houses of Itamar.

They had climbed the electronic fence surrounding the settlements at 9pm, triggering a message to the local security centre.

A civilian guard was sent to check but saw nothing in the darkness, dismissing it as possibly an animal. He did not notify the nearby IDF outpost.

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Hamas prisoners 'to be treated like Gilad Shalit'

By Nathan Jeffay, March 17, 2011

Knesset members have been visiting Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails - to make the point that they can.

They are furious that wings housing Hamas prisoners are open for visitors, while Gilad Shalit is held by Hamas in an undisclosed location, with his family desperate for news of his wellbeing and even the Red Cross are barred from visiting.

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Netanyahu to unveil new diplomatic plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning a major policy speech next month in which he is expected to unveil his new diplomatic plan.

The venue and the timing of the speech has yet to be determined but it is already being dubbed "Bar-Ilan Speech Two," after the speech in June 2009 in which Mr Netanyahu accepted the principle of a two-state solution.

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Jerusalem hosts European Zoo conference

By Nathan Jeffay, March 17, 2011

On March 31, senior staff of 100 zoos across 25 countries will arrive at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (so-named because all its animals are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible) for the annual European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) directors' day and council meeting.

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Ehud Barak's wife heads to court over illegal foreign cleaner

March 17, 2011

In a rare move, the Population and Immigration Authority will press charges against the wife of Defence Minister Ehud Barak over allegations that she employed an illegal foreign worker as a cleaner at their home in Tel Aviv.

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