Israel news

Attacker shot dead after stabbing attempt at Damascus Gate

By Josh Jackman, September 16, 2016

A man, described as a "terrorist", has been fatally shot after attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at a popular tourist site in Jerusalem.

The incident took place at the Damascus Gate, an entrance to the Old City. The area has been cordoned off.

It is not known whether the attacker was killed.


Cautious optimism over Shimon Peres's condition two days after stroke

By Daniel Sugarman, September 15, 2016

Hopes were raised on Thursday after Shimon Peres spent a second night in hospital without further complications following a stroke.

Dr Ze’ev Feldman, one of the doctors treating the former Israeli president at the Sheba Medical Centre in Ramat Gan, said there was a chance he could make a better recovery that initially expected.


Lieberman urges political reform in Israel

By Jenni Frazer, September 15, 2016

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for major reform of the country's political system, calling it "very complicated and very inefficient".


Israel and Iran work together on major scientific project in Jordan

By Nathan Jeffay, September 15, 2016

As some Iranian scientists worked on nuclear projects in recent years, others were given a more surprising job - co-operating with Israeli counterparts.

Physicists from the two countries have been working together to set up a particle accelerator in Jordan that will enable researchers to closely analyse all sorts of matter, from archeological artefacts to single atoms.


Prayers for Peres as condition remains unchanged after stroke

By Lianne Kolirin, September 15, 2016

Jewish communities around the world prayed for Israel's former president Shimon Peres as he lay ill in hospital after suffering a severe stroke this week.


Shimon Peres's 'chances of survival pretty good' after stroke

By Daniel Sugarman, September 14, 2016

Shimon Peres's condition is improving and his "chances of survival are pretty good", the former president of Israel's doctors have said, after he suffered a stroke on Tuesday night.


Israeli Supreme Court slams government for not opening Western Wall egalitarian area

By Daniel Sugarman, September 12, 2016

The Israeli Supreme Court has criticised the government for not taking action to open a non-Orthodox prayer section at the Western Wall, despite an agreement made almost eight months ago.

Israel’s highest court was due to hear a motion filed against the Western Wall Heritage Foundation back in 2013.


Row over tourists' food bill goes viral

September 8, 2016

An Israeli tourism organisation has sparked a debate over dining charges after eight Chinese diners paid more than £3,000 for a meal.

A receipt from a restaurant in the Arab town of Abu Ghosh, outside Jerusalem, went viral on social media this week.

The bill included a charge of around £1,200 for alcohol and £800 for the use of a private room.


Lieberman hints at work permit plan for Gazans

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman this week raised the possibility of allowing workers from Gaza to enter Israel if the calm on the southern border is maintained.

This was the first time a senior Israeli official has mentioned such a move, which, so far, has been discussed only as a remote possibility.


'Man who most damaged Israel' gives first interview

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

Amos Levinberg, a former Israeli intelligence officer who was a prisoner of war in Syria nearly 43 years ago and has been described as "the man who caused the greatest damage to Israel", gave his first interview last week.

In an emotional interview on Channel Two, Mr Levinberg admitted that he had disclosed many secrets under interrogation, but blamed his superiors for having stationed him on t