Israel news

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.


Analysis: Salvaging the wreckage

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 3, 2010

In the aftermath of the disastrous raid on the Gaza flotilla, the Israeli leadership is scrambling to prevent two specific developments. The first is a re-run of the Goldstone Commission that produced a damaging report on Israel's conduct in Operation Cast Lead last year. Few Israelis imagine that another report commissioned by the United Nation's Human Rights Council would be any kinder to their country.

The other major concern is a campaign of international pressure on Israel to remove the blockade of Gaza at a disadvantageous moment.


Jerusalem locals fight to save swimming pool

By Ben Lynfield, June 3, 2010

One of the few fun alternatives to going to shul on Shabbat morning in Jerusalem appears to be in danger.

At the Jerusalem Pool on Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony neighbourhood last Saturday, six-year- olds with inflatables were screeching with delight in azure water. Nearby, in lanes, older swimmers were doing breaststroke laps and a snack bar was offering up hafuch - Israeli cappuccino - along with rusty coloured sausages.


Israeli house prices soar to record levels

By Nathan Jeffay, June 3, 2010

Israel's housing market was the third hottest in the world during 2009, according to an international house price survey.

The Global House Price Index, compiled by the multinational property agency Knight Frank, showed that house prices in Israel increased more than in any other developed country except Hong Kong and China.

According to the survey, prices in Israel increased by an average of 21.3 per cent in the course of 2009, compared to a 3.4 per cent increase in Britain and a 3.1 per cent decrease in America.