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Israel resigned to possibility of Iran strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

The talks between the P5+1 world powers group and Iran continued beyond the March 31 deadline on Tuesday night.

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf announced there had been "enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday" but that there were "several difficult issues still remaining."

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Iran boosts its military operations a few kilometres from Israel's border

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel is concerned about Iranian plans to intensify its military operations with Hizbollah in southern Syria, close to the Golan Heights border.

The Israeli view is that the military push is at least partly a result of Iranian fears that Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations are preparing to beef up their support for the rebels in Syria.

The civil war in Syria has been raging for over four y

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Bibi keeps his cards close in coalition poker

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel's 20th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday. But, as the 120 members - a third of them first-timers - were settling in, the country was still some distance from having a new government.

Benjamin Netanyahu has already used a week and a half of the four-week period he has to form a coalition. If he fails, he will receive two additional weeks from President Reuven Rivlin.

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Ehud Olmert convicted in fraud case

By Nathan Jeffay, April 2, 2015

A Jerusalem court has convicted Ehud Olmert of fraud and breach of trust in the latest twist in a long-running scandal that led to his political downfall.

Mr Olmert was acquitted of the charges back in 2012, when the court said that the businessman Morris Talansky did give him around £400,000 during his terms as Jerusalem major and government minister, but that this did not prove criminal inte

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Israeli team in Alps to hunt for remains after air crash

By Nathan Jeffay, April 2, 2015

A team of eight Israelis has been scouring the French Alps since Monday for the remains of Eyal Baum, the Israeli who was killed in last week's Germanwings crash.

"Whatever we can find, and bring to the family for burial, is important in Jewish law, and it's important that the family knows they have a burial site to memorialise their loved one," said David Rose, a senior official in the Zaka re

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Chabad's Pesach food aid

April 2, 2015

Israel social services organisation Colel Chabad is helping thousands of poor families around Israel prepare for Pesach.

The charity has been sending food packages to 17,500 families, and will provide an additional 15,000 people with full Seder meals at Chabad houses around the country.

The Israeli government chose Colel Chabad to implement the national food security project.

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Bibi at the wheel, but prepare for a surprise left turn

March 26, 2015

On Monday morning, Moshe Kahlon arrived at the president's office in Jerusalem and recommended Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of a new government.

With the support of Mr Kahlon's Kulanu party, which brings 10 newly elected Knesset members, Mr Netanyahu crossed the threshold of a 61-MK majority and President Reuven Rivlin was no longer left with any choice but to hand him the mandate.

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UN session targets Israel

By Shira Rubin, March 26, 2015

On Monday, the first day of the UN Human Rights Council's thrice-yearly meeting on global abuses, Israel was accused of deliberately targeting civilians and violating human rights in the 50-day Gaza war last summer.

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, a human-rights NGO based in Geneva, called it a "Hate Israel Day".

Israel was discussed under Agenda Item 7.

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Tributes to Avner, the 'consummate diplomat'

March 26, 2015

Yehuda Avner, a former ambassador to the UK and senior adviser to a succession of Israeli prime ministers, died aged 86 on Tuesday.

Born in Manchester in 1928, Mr Avner moved to Jerusalem in 1956, before joining the Israeli Foreign Service.

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Amnesty report attacks Israel as well as Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Amnesty International’s most detailed probe into Hamas rocket attacks on Israel accuses the Palestinian terror group of committing war crimes — but also heavily criticises Israel’s actions in last summer’s conflict.

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