Israel news

'Freedom' haggadah dedicated to Jonathan Pollard

By Nathan Jeffay, April 1, 2010

The Seder Night themes of captivity and freedom took on a new twist in thousands of Israeli households this year, with the launch of a new haggadah remembering Jonathan Pollard.

The Freedom Haggadah, sub-titled "Let's not pass over our brother Jonathan", was produced and distributed by activists campaigning for America to free the spy.

Pollard started serving a life sentence in a US prison in 1987, for passing military secrets to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy.


Analysis: Netanyahu will survive, but at what cost?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 1, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu may be presiding over one of the most precarious periods for Israeli diplomacy in decades, but on the local political front, his situation has never been better. Whatever course he tries to chart out of the quagmire that his government's relations with the Obama administration has become, it is virtually impossible to sketch a scenario in which he is forced out of power.


Israeli Uefa visit marred by funding row

By Simon Griver, April 1, 2010

The Israeli Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov, withdrew NIS 300,000 (£54,000) in sponsorship for a tour of Jerusalem by the delegates to the Uefa congress last week after the Israeli FA insisted there be no media coverage of the event.

The Uefa Congress brought 300 delegates from the football world to Israel, including Uefa President Michel Platini, FA Chairman Lord Triesman and the heads of all 53 European FAs. Also present were Fifa President Sepp Blatter and former German captain and manager Franz Beckenbauer, a member of Fifa's Executive Committee.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.