Israel news

Israel will ‘never discover’ Arad’s fate

July 18, 2008

Israel will probably never find out the fate of missing navigator Ron Arad, a senior Israeli figure said this week.

Last weekend, Hizbollah delivered a dossier on its efforts to locate the navigator, who bailed out over Lebanon 22 years ago, as part of the prisoner deal.

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Olmert’s ‘last chance’ to save his future

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

The cross-examination of key witness Morris Talansky that began yesterday (Thursday) in Jerusalem and will continue into next week is expected to be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s last chance to save his political future.

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Israel ‘did not abuse reporter’

July 18, 2008

Israel has denied allegations by a Palestinian journalist that he was abused at a border crossing. Mohammed Omer, 24, said he collapsed during questioning. But Israeli officials insisted he was treated fairly and that his account was full of contradictions.

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Terrorism bill passed by Knesset

July 18, 2008

A bill that would allow the Interior Minister to revoke the citizenship of anyone convicted of offences relating to terrorism has been approved by a Knesset committee.A further bill ending state payments for the burials of terrorists was also approved by a separate committee.

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Lifeguard finds artefact

July 18, 2008

An Israeli lifeguard has found a 2,500-year-old talisman to ward off the evil eye during his regular morning swim. The marble disc, discovered by David Shalom near the site of the ancient Yavne-Yam port city, was used to keep bad luck away from ships.

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Nefesh’s 15,000th oleh

July 18, 2008
Aliyah organisation Nefesh b’Nefesh brought its 15,000th new immigrant to Israel last week in an event broadcast for the first time as a live webcast. Two-hundred olim from the United States and 30 from Britain were welcomed at Ben-Gurion airport.

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First grisly stage of prisoner swap begins

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2008

The IDF Chaplains Corps began exhuming bodies from a special graveyard this week as part of the first stage of the prisoner exchange between Israel and Hizbollah.

For its part, Hizbollah presented their preliminary report on missing IAF navigator Ron Arad, shot down over Lebanon in 1986.

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Bulldozer killer’s home may not be demolished

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2008

High-ranking IDF officers have advised Defence Minister Ehud Barak not to order the demolition of home of Husam Dwiat, who killed three Israelis last Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Calls for the demolition of the house of Dwiat’s family in the Sur Bahir neighbourhood of East Jerusalem were heard from politicians following the tractor rampage in which Dwiat killed Bat Sheva Unterman, Elizabeth (Lili) Goren and Jean Relevy and wounded more than 50 others, before being shot by an off-duty soldier.

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Miller hearing begins

July 11, 2008
A preliminary hearing in the Israeli civil courts into the death of James Miller, the British film-maker killed in May 2003, was due to start yesterday (Thursday) at Tel Aviv District Court. A further hearing, at which both sides will submit their documentary evidence, will take place in three months’ time. Mr Miller, an award-winning film-maker and producer, was shot in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, allegedly by an IDF soldier.

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MPs terrified by ‘close’ Sderot gunfire

By Dana Gloger, July 11, 2008

Conservative MPs have described their horror at experiencing a gunfire exchange in Sderot this week.

The politicians were close to the shoot-out between Israeli soldiers and snipers across the border when they visited the town on Wednesday as part of a five-day trip organised by Conservative Friends of Israel.

Peterborough MP and shadow communities and local government minister Stewart Jackson said: “We couldn’t see the gunfire, but could hear that it was close by. Not being able to see it actually made it more frightening.”

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