Israel news

Analysis: Peace talks? More like high-risk pregnancy

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 16, 2010

Do not buy into the hype being created by the Americans about the first round of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Wednesday that the sides have begun discussing the "core issues", but even if that is technically true, talking about the issues is a long way from any agreement.

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Rockets hit southern Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

A Palestinian is believed to have been killed in an IDF airstrike undertaken in retaliation for terrorists in Gaza stepping up attacks on Israel.

As Benajmin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas met for peace talks in Jerusalem, at least nine mortar shells and two rockets were sent into southern Israel, the highest daily total in six months.

One Kassam rocket exploded near the city of Ashkelon in an industrial area.

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Angelina Jolie's dad criticises 'antisemitic' Time magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Hollywood star Jon Voight has accused Time magazine of being “antisemitic” for its recent cover story on "Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace."

The actor, father of Angelina Jolie and star of the film Midnight Cowboy, suggested readers should boycott the magazine. He made the comments in an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who also criticised the Time story.

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Clinton: Netanyahu and Abbas 'serious' about talks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Hillary Clinton has praised the Israeli and Palestinian leaders for taking the peace negotiations seriously.

As a second day of direct Middle East peace talks commenced, this time in Jerusalem, the US Secretary of State said Benajmin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas were "getting down to business".

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'Israel' Twitter sold for less than claimed

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

A man who was believed to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a six-figure sum did not receive that amount, according to the Israeli government.

Israel Meléndez, a Spaniard who runs an adult entertainment website in Miami, had boasted of high earnings from the sale of the account last month to the Israeli foreign ministry.

But an MFA spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that although Mr Meléndez asked for a six-figure-sum he was only paid $3,000 (£1,900).

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Mitchell urges 'responsibility' as peace talks close

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Sharm el-Sheikh have ended without agreement on the future construction of Jewish settlements.

However US envoy George Mitchell, who attended today’s talks, said that “the parties have begun a serious discussion on core issues" and that the framework of a deal within a year was still possible.

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Twitter user sells name Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

A Miami man claims to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a reported six-figure amount.

Israel Meléndez, who is originally from Spain, created the account in 2007 when Twitter was a fledgling company. However abusive messages were sent to the account and he stopped using it regularly.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Público, Mr Meléndez said that the Israeli government had asked to buy the name from him.

The Israeli foreign ministry, which was operating as @israelMFA, became @israel last month.

Mr Meléndez said: “I had not used it at all for months.”

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Borders deal could eliminate settlement question

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Hillary Clinton has said that “there are lots of ways” for peace talks to proceed between Israel and the Palestinians despite concerns that the upcoming expiry of the West Bank construction freeze will derail the negotiations.

The partial ban on building of Jewish settlements is scheduled to end on September 26, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had warned that he might walk out of talks if it is not extended.

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Travel chaos as Israeli air staff strike

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

Almost 30,000 people are expected to suffer disruption to flights to and from Israel in the lead-up to Yom Kippur because of a strike by Israeli airport staff.

Flights out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport have been grounded indefinitely.

Union officials said initially that planes would be allowed to land but that ground crews would not unload luggage. However they have now agreed to let passengers collect their luggage.

The strike has been organised by the Israel Airports Authority's employees' union following the breakdown of negotiations over the use of staff pension funds.

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Jerusalem picked as top travel destination

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

Jerusalem has been named as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.

The Israeli city is seventh on the holiday website’s annual list of the top Culture & Sightseeing Destinations in the World.

Jerusalem, commended for its “profound cultural and historical significance,” is ranked higher than London on the list.

The site advises tourists to visit the “major sights” but not to forget to “walk through the streets and simply immerse yourself in the daily life of such an ancient and revered place.”

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