Israel news

Israeli elections: Predict this one at your peril

By Daniella Peled, October 30, 2008

It is unfortunate, but hardly surprising, that Israel finds itself heading for new elections. No
Israeli government has managed to make it through its full term in a generation.

Still, it is a pity. Israel could have done with a little stability right now, what with the global financial crisis, the threat from Iran, a soon-to-be new US president, talks with Syria, negotiations with the Palestinians and all the usual stresses and strains of being a beleaguered state in the Middle East.

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Israeli elections: Blackmail, threats and a policy or two

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2008

Israel's ruling party, Kadima, will try to run its election campaign on the promise to reform Israel's shaky electoral system. Kadima spin-doctors are planning to leverage the breakdown in coalition talks with Shas to portray party leader Tzipi Livni as a no-nonsense stateswoman who will not give in to blackmail.

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Israel in shock over Anglo family killings

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2008

Israeli police are still searching for a motive for a triple killing and suicide in which a policeman apparently shot his wife and two young children before turning his gun on himself.

Leeds-born Michael Fisher apparently shot his wife Hila, 30, and children Yuval, three, and Yarden, eight weeks, in their flat in Hod Hasharon last week.

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JC printing in Israel

October 30, 2008

From this week, the Jewish Chronicle is being printed locally in Israel for fast distribution in the country each week.

The JC will be available on Sundays along with the Jerusalem Post. The arrangement is designed to make it easy and convenient for Israelis and other residents to enjoy the world's oldest Jewish newspaper.

JC editor David Rowan said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the Jerusalem Post, a terrific and influential newspaper, and look forward to welcoming many new readers in Israel."

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Israel's parties in election turmoil

October 30, 2008

Election season has kicked off in Israel this week as party leaders accused one another of racism, corruption and betrayal following Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's failure to establish a new coalition and President Shimon Peres's decision to send the country to the polls.

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Israel set for early elections

October 27, 2008

Kadima party chair Tzipi Livni is to take the country into general election ‘without delay' after failing to form a coalition government.

She had been tasked with putting together a coalition following her success in Kadima party primaries and following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's pledge to resign following corruption allegations.

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Peres to be knighted?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2008

Israeli President Shimon Peres may receive an honorary title from the Queen on his forthcoming visit to Britain next month. The details of the visit, which was reported first in the JC last month, and the bestowing of any possible title, are still under discussion between the Foreign Office and Buckingham Palace.

Mr Peres will visit Britain on November 18 for three days and though the trip is not classified as an official state visit, he will also meet the Queen.

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MoD criticised over test flights in Galilee

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2008

The UK Ministry of Defence has stirred local opposition by demanding that trials of a £317 million aircraft fleet it is buying from Israel should take place over Galilee.

The Army's new unmanned aerial vehicle system, which it is buying from an Israeli firm, must now be moved from an airfield on the Golan Heights.

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Dune-crash pilots killed

By Yaakov Katz, October 24, 2008

In the second plane crash in as many months, two Israeli Air Force pilots died on Wednesday when their jet crashed into the Negev Desert.

The two pilots were flying in a French-made Fouga Magister, known in the IAF as "Zukit" - the IAF's primary training plane. One of the dead, 19-year-old Ilan Carmi, had been on the prestigious Pilot's Course for the past 18 months. The other pilot was identified as Cpt Matan Assa, 24, who was serving as a flight instructor.

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Roll up for West Bank settlements tours

By Michal Levertov, October 24, 2008

A £770,000 PR campaign launched on Rosh Hashanah by an umbrella settler group has more than doubled the number of Israelis who visited West Bank settlements during the holidays, according to organisers.

Around 25,000 Israelis took part in tours and events at the settlements and nearby sites following an intensive three-week advertising campaign intended not just to boost tourism but to change mainstream attitudes towards the Jewish presence in the West Bank.

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