Israel news

Details of new EU sanctions plan revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the European Union might try to convince its member nations to implement sanctions against Israel over building projects beyond the Green Line.

Haaretz this week revealed that possible sanctions appear in a document prepared by the Middle East department of the EU's foreign service.

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Nationality Law 'may stain Israel in eyes of free world'

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

The British Reform movement has criticised a controversial bill before the Knesset which seeks to reinforce Israel's Jewish character.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed the planned Nationality Law, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has forced a postponement of the vote due to have taken place on Sunday.

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Coalition fails to unite in face of terror attack

November 20, 2014

The terror attack on Tuesday morning in a Jerusalem synagogue pushed party politics aside for a while but the tensions in the coalition are still simmering.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed senior members of Likud to "prepare for early elections." While most of the coalition's party leaders, including Mr Netanyahu are not in favour of going to the polls after only

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Israel lifts age restriction on worshippers at Temple Mount mosque

By Naomi Firsht, November 14, 2014

Age restrictions on Muslims praying at Temple Mount have been lifted for Friday prayers.

Due to the violent clashes in recent weeks, entry to the Dome of the Rock mosque was limited to men over the age of 35 and women.

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Threat of intifada as terror hits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israel and the West Bank were on a knife edge this week as both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were hit by terror attacks and Palestinian leaders raised the spectre of a third intifada.

Security forces struggled to restore calm as violent demonstrations spread throughout the West Bank and threatened to erupt among Arabs living within the Green Line.

Monday saw two terror attacks on Israelis in what

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Knesset rounds on Bibi's paper

November 13, 2014

The Knesset's approval of a bill this week that will outlaw free newspapers is being seen as a move to curtail the power of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The controversial bill will realistically apply only to Israel Hayom, the pro-Netanyahu paper owned by his major supporter and donor Sheldon Adelson, who also funds Republican campaigns in the US.

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Palestinians say rockets still work

By Nathan Jeffay, November 13, 2014

Palestinians remain convinced that launching rockets is good for their national cause - four months after such attacks sparked the seven-week conflict that brought death and destruction to Gaza.

Six out of ten believe that the attacks help "Palestinian goals", according to a poll released by the Jerusalem media and Communications Centre (JMCC).

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No flotilla war crimes inquiry

By Marc Goldberg, November 13, 2014

The International Criminal Court has said it will not launch a war crimes investigation into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship in 2010, in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

The Turkish law firm that submitted the case said it would apply for a review of the decision.

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that although there was a "reasonable basis" to believe that Israel commi

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Horror over killing of 'loving' Dalia

By Shira Rubin, November 13, 2014

The 26-year-old woman stabbed to death near a West Bank settlement on Monday has been described by her neighbour as the "epitome of kindness".

Dalia Lamkus, a children's occupational therapist, was attacked at a bus stop near Alon Shvut, in Gush Etzion. Two others were injured in the attack.

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Israel fears worst in Iran nuclear talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israeli leaders remain deeply sceptical of US intentions on the eve of the deadline to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Despite repeated US assurances that Iran will not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon and reports that no progress was made in the round of talks this week, the current assessment in Jerusalem is that the Obama administration is determined to reach a deal at

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