Israel news

Tel Aviv to go to Europe's largest gay parade

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

Israel’s gay community has been invited to take part in Europe’s largest gay parade.

The Tel Aviv Municipality will be the formal guests at the event in Madrid at the beginning of July.

Four representatives of Israel’s gay community, to be chosen via an audition process, will be in the Spanish capital to mark the parade.

There will also be a Tel Aviv themed party featuring Israeli performers and DJs, as well as an appearance by a bus bearing the slogan "TLV Love Embassy".


Rescue volunteers show support for Israeli Navy

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

Rescue volunteers ZAKA have showed their solidarity with the Israeli Navy by sailing a flotilla of craft bearing the slogan “We love the Navy”.

ZAKA divers and marine units demonstrated their support by sailing motor boats and jet skis along the Tel Aviv coastline.

The apolitical humanitarian organisation sends out recovery teams for everything from natural disasters to suicide bombings.


Pixies cancel Israeli performance

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

Rock group Pixies have pulled out of a concert in Israel just days before the event was to take place.

They were said to have been urged to boycott the performance by pro-Palestinian activists following the recent clashes with the Israeli navy on board an aid ship.

The American band, popular in the 1980s for their punk rock music, had been set to perform at a Tel Aviv venue on June 9.

But they surprised fans by cancelling the appearance at the Pic.Nic festival at the last minute.


Second Gaza ship boarded peacefully

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

Israel has deported another group of pro-Palestinian activists after they tried to sail a second ship into Gaza.

On Saturday, srael's navy peacefully boarded the Rachel Corrie, 30km off the Israeli coastline, to prevent the activists from breaching the blockade of Gaza.

The move followed the rejection by the Rachel Corrie of Israeli and American appeals to sail into an Israeli port.


Bibi vows new ship will not enter

By Robyn Rosen, June 4, 2010

Confusion surrounds the status of the Rachel Corrie, the latest ship carrying aid to Gaza.

The ship, part of the original Freedom Flotilla, fell behind the fleet after suffering technical problems but has been sailing towards Israel since yesterday.

Some reports claim it has turned back while others state it is due to arrive on Saturday morning.

Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu said yesterday that the ship, organised by the Free Gaza movement, would not be allowed to reach Gaza.


Analysis: Israel must learn that the military is not the solution

By Daoud Kuttab, June 3, 2010

Violent Israeli attacks against the Freedom Flottila, an international humanitarian mission to Gaza, show the failure of Israel's strategic deterrence policy.

The idea of deterrence is that you mete out enough pain to the other side that it stops trying to challenge your authority. This deterrence policy only works if the other side does not have the ability or the will to up the ante. If the other side does, this forces another round of confrontation, which by its nature requires an even harsher degree of punishment.


Turkey and Israel relations in crisis after flotilla

By Anshel Pfeffer and Sami Kohen, Istanbul, June 3, 2010

The Gaza flotilla affair has plunged the crisis in the Israel-Turkey relationship to new lows and added impetus to Israeli efforts to find alternative allies in the region.

Israeli diplomats admitted this week that the relationship with the Ankara government has never been this bad.

"If we thought that Prime Minister Erdogan could not make things any worse," said one diplomat, "his support for the flotilla and his attacks on us this week have made it clear that there is no longer any strategic alliance between the two countries. At least, not while he is in power."


Analysis: Tyrants can make up lies. Israel can’t

By David Hazony, June 3, 2010

It is easy to pin the blame for the media reactions to the flotilla affair on Israel’s faulty PR. It was slow to react, and the IDF spokesman failed to take full advantage of the new media — although they have upped their game, releasing videos that would have once remained classified and clearing a commando who took part in the raid for interviews.


Analysis: Facts no longer matter to media

By Miriam Shaviv, June 3, 2010

I could hardly bring myself to read the accounts of the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in the British press on Monday. It was simply too painful.

First, it was obvious that by opening fire Israel had committed a fatal strategic error, walking into a trap set by the so-called "peace activists". How could it have been so stupid?


Analysis: The case for Israel

By Jonathan Tobin , June 3, 2010

All friends of Israel must feel regret for the loss of life as well as embarrassment over the bungled operation that led to the deaths of pro-Palestinian activists. But that should not be confused with an admission of guilt about an illegal or unjustified use of force.