Israel news

Eden’s fears about Israel in Suez war

By Bernard Josephs, October 10, 2008

A confidential report of cabinet meetings, during which ministers approved an attack on Egypt after its nationalisation of the Suez Canal, has been released by the National Archives.

The minutes, handwritten by Cabinet Secretary Sir Norman Brook, show how ministers scrambled to arrange a cover-up following claims of military collusion with Israel and France.


Olmert fails to get Russian guarantees on arms sales to Iran

By Yaakov Katz, October 8, 2008

Nearing the end of his term in office, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a lightning trip to Moscow this week in an effort to persuade the Kremlin not to sell advanced missile systems to Iran and Syria.

At the core of the talks was an Iranian request to purchase the advanced and long-range S-300 anti-aircraft missile system that would severely curtail the Israeli Air Force's freedom in the skies if a military strike was launched against the Iran's nuclear installations.


Top Israeli officals deny they endorsed Obama

By Yaakov Katz and Nathan Guttman, October 7, 2008

Two former leading Israeli security officials say they were duped into taking part in a video ad supporting United States Senator Barack Obama's campaign for president that has been widely circulated on the internet.

Uzi Dayan, a former deputy chief of staff of the IDF and former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy were among eight Israeli ex-security officials interviewed for the short film released by the Jewish Council for Education and Research.


New radar gives Israel ‘extra time’ to prepare for missile attacks

By Yaakov Katz, October 3, 2008
An American radar system capable of detecting Iranian missiles from thousands of kilometres away and providing the IDF with critical minutes to prepare for an attack arrived in Israel last week.
The radar system was brought to Israel on 12 transport planes, together with a crew of 120 soldiers who will assemble and activate it in the Negev.


Fears over further right-wing terror

By Yaakov Katz, October 3, 2008

A week after Israel Prize laureate Professor Zeev Sternhell was the target of a bomb attack, fears are mounting that a new far-right Jewish underground cell has begun operations in the West Bank and is planning more attacks against left-wing personalities.

The group is suspected of carrying out a series of recent bomb attacks, including against a Messianic Jewish family in the settlement of Ariel in which a young boy was seriously wounded.


Shin Bet: new ‘radical’ security steps needed

By Yaakov Katz, October 3, 2008

Facing a growing number of attacks in East Jerusalem, the Shin Bet security agency is recommending radical legislative changes which would allow the state to impose sanctions on the families of attackers.

In addition, security officials have claimed that the current route of the Jerusalem section of the security barrier is one of the causes of the terror escalation among residents of East Jerusalem, since it cuts them off from the capital and reinforces their connection with Palestinians in the West Bank.


Israel urges branding guru to shed its ‘war-torn’ image

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2008

One of Britain's top image-makers is to lead a campaign to recreate Israel's international profile.

Fiona Gilmore, head of the Acanchi group, was in Israel last week meeting all levels of society, from Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to environmental activists in the Negev.

Ms Livni had appointed Acanchi as part of a campaign she has led for three years to re-brand the country and lose its image as a spartan and war-torn.


Prosor’s UK tenure ‘may end early’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2008

There are suggestions in Israel that the London ambassador, Ron Prosor, might return home after only a year of service here if Shaul Mofaz is appointed Israel's next Foreign Minister.

There is widespread belief in Jerusalem that Mr Prosor would be Mr Mofaz's leading candidate to become director-general of the ministry, a post he previously held between 2004 and 2006.

Mr Mofaz, currently Transport Minister, came a close second two weeks ago to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in the Kadima primaries.


Jerusalem attacker ‘scorned’ by girlfriend

By Yaakov Katz, September 26, 2008

Defence Minister Ehud Barak has urged the Justice Ministry to expedite the legal process necessary to approve the demolition of the home of an East Jerusalem man who rammed a car into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem this week.

Kasem Mugrabi, 19, from the Jabel Mukaber neighbourhood, slammed his black BMW into a group of soldiers late on Monday night in Zahal Square, just north of the Old City walls. He wounded 17 people before being shot dead by the soldiers' commander, Lt Elad Amar.


Arab MKs hint at Livni support

By Ben Lynfield, September 26, 2008

Arab Knesset members are watching Tzipi Livni's efforts to form a coalition with interest, with one veteran MK envisioning Arabs possibly giving her a blocking majority in parliament.

Taleb al-Sana, of the four-member United Arab List-Ta'al grouping, said that in terms of both domestic and foreign policy, a government headed by Ms Livni appeared preferable f or Arab citizens to one headed by right-wing Likud party leader Binyamin Netanyahu, the likely winner if Ms Livni failed to form a government and early elections were held.