Israel news

Israeli makes baseball history

By Simon Griver, June 23, 2016

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed the first-ever Israeli to earn a contract with a Major League baseball team.

Dean Kremer, a 20-year-old pitcher, has played for Israel's national baseball team for the past three years and has helped Israel gain promotion from Europe's third division.


Israel, Turkey on verge of strategic deal

June 23, 2016

Turkish diplomats said this week that a deal on the restoration of diplomatic relations with Israel will most likely be signed on July 2.

A meeting between the two countries' senior representatives is to take place on Sunday, where the final details of the agreement are to be worked out.


Talks over multi-billion US aid to Israel faltering

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, tried to wrap up negotiations on a new defence aid agreement with the US during his visit to the Pentagon in Washington this week.

The talks over a new ten-year deal have faltered over disagreements both between the two countries and in Jerusalem.


Israelis to sue Facebook over privacy

By Nathan Jeffay, June 23, 2016

An Israeli judge has given the green light for a £270 million lawsuit to be launched against Facebook, meaning that the company will be expected to defend its privacy policy in court near Tel Aviv.

A group of Israeli Facebook users filed a suit objecting to the social media company's allegedly unauthorised use of their private posts to decide which adverts to show them.


NGO 'transparency' bill discussed in Knesset

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again pushing the "NGO law", which will force Israeli human rights groups to disclose funding from foreign governments.

However, those in the Israeli government behind the legislation have softened the law's original draft in the wake of international pressure.


Young boy accidentally shot dead in Israeli response to Palestinian motorway attack

By JC Reporter, June 21, 2016

One young Palestinian bystander was killed after Israeli police responded with fire to a rock and firebomb attack on cars driving along Israel’s Route 433 this morning.

An Israeli citizen travelling on a bus and two tourists in a car were injured in the initial assaults, while
a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed and four other Palestinians were wounded when police shot at the attackers.


Barak says Israel is on the edge of an 'abyss'

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak warned that Israel was on the edge of a strategic “abyss” in his speech to the Herzliya conference on Thursday.

In a long and comprehensive assault on the Netanyahu government, he said: “A fanatical ideology has taken over Likud. They have taken over using people’s fears and weaknesses.


Moshe Yaalon declares intention to run for prime minister

By Orlando Radice, June 16, 2016

Former Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon has declared his intention to run for prime minister.

Speaking at the Herzliya conference on Thursday, Mr Yaalon’s announcement sparked loud applause.

Mr Yaalon, not known for highly emotional speeches, also lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


'I was crying, my heart was pumping'

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, June 16, 2016

When Viki Silver moved to Israel she anticipated rocket attacks, but never thought she would have to face shootings on the streets of Tel Aviv.

As two Palestinian terrorists fired at diners in the Max Brenner restaurant, an attack which left four dead and 17 injured last Wednesday night, the 27-year-old from Liverpool was just around the corner in her apartment.


'Glimmer of hope' as Israeli heads UN group

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

In an unprecedented move, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has been elected to head a permanent committee at the United Nations.

After months of diplomatic efforts, Danny Danon was elected chair of a General Assembly committee handling legal issues on Monday.