Israel news

Swedish firm to quit West Bank

By Michal Levertov, October 30, 2008

A Swedish company has apologised for setting up a factory in a settlement-based industrial zone and announced it will move it within Israel.


Settlers turn against their state

By Ben Lynfield, October 30, 2008

The Intensifying enmity of far-right settlers towards the state erupted into violence this week after soldiers destroyed two illegal structures in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.

In response, settlers vandalised Palestinian cars, desecrated a Muslim graveyard and gave incendiary radio interviews. Shmuel Ben-Ishai, a Hebron settler, told Army Radio: "We hope they [the soldiers] will be smitten by their enemies, that all of them will be like Gilad Shalit [the soldier held by Hamas] and that they will all be slaughtered."


Gap closing in race for Jerusalem mayor

By Simon Griver, October 30, 2008

As the campaign for Jerusalem mayor approaches the November 11 election date, strictly Orthodox candidate Rabbi Meir Porush appears to be closing the gap on secular frontrunner Nir Barkat.

In a poll published by the Dahaf Institute, Rabbi Porush, a United Torah Judaism MK, won 36 per cent of the vote compared to 48 per cent for Mr Barkat's independent Jerusalem Will Succeed party.

Russian-Israeli billionaire Arkady Gaydamak polled 6 per cent and Dan Biron of the Green Leaf party, which wants to legalise marijuana, failed to reach even 1 per cent.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.