Israel news

Israel finds vast gas fields - but can it celebrate?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

The discovery of more giant natural gas fields off Israel's Mediterranean coast has highlighted both the potential for further offshore energy exploration and the problems underlying Israel's natural gas industry.


Peres back in hospital – but he's 'doing great’

By Jessica Weinstein, January 25, 2016

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres was back in hospital on Sunday night complaining of chest pains, just a week after suffering a mild heart attack.

Doctors treating Mr Peres said on Monday morning that Mr Peres, 92, was “doing great” and reported that he had suffered a mild cardiac arrhythmia.


EU rows back over Israel settlements resolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

An Israeli diplomatic offensive over the weekend, led personally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, brought about a "softening" of an EU resolution aimed at upping the pressure on Israel over the settlements.

The original draft resolution was designed as a follow-up to the settlement goods labelling guidelines issued by the EU two months ago.


Aged just 17, she watched as her mum was knifed to death

By Nathan Jeffay, January 21, 2016

There were two teenagers in the room. One watched in horror as the other murdered her mother.

Israeli security forces have caught the 16-year-old believed to have stabbed Dafna Meir to death on Sunday as 17-year-old Renana looked on.

The arrest provided some comfort to Israelis, but the mourning for Ms Meir intensified as people started to find out more about who she was.


Israelis fear next Gaza war is not far off

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

● Hamas tunnelling back at pre-2014 levels
● Terror group rebuilding missile stocks
● Iran increases funding for Gaza militants

After a relatively calm year around the Gaza Strip, Israel is concerned that an escalation down south is approaching once again.


Pregnant woman stabbed in attack inside settlement

By JC Reporter, January 18, 2016

A pregnant Israel woman has been wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, in Gush Etzion, according to reports.

The attack took place in a warehouse inside the settlement and the assailant was shot dead at the scene.


Hunt on for killer of Dafna, slain at home in front of children

By JC Reporter, January 18, 2016

Security forces are seeking the killer of Dafna Meir, an Israeli mother of six, who was murdered at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel on Sunday.

Mrs Meir wrestled with the attacker to protect the three of her children who were in the home during the attack.

The stabber fled the scene before he could reach the children.


Aliyah from Western Europe highest ever

By JC Reporter, January 14, 2016

Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe has reached an all-time high according to figures released today.

The Jewish Agency revealed on Thursday that 9,880 Western European Jews made aliyah in 2015 – the highest number ever recorded.


Wallstrom calls for probe into killing of terrorists

January 14, 2016

Yet another provocative statement by Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom brought angry responses from Jerusalem this week.

On Tuesday, she said that there was a need for an investigation into "extrajudicial" killings of Palestinians by Israelis during the recent terror wave.


Land-sale 'informer' storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

The Israeli human rights community and the radical left are in an uproar over a TV report in which a veteran Israeli campaigner for Palestinian rights is seen taking pride in telling the Palestinian Authority about Arabs selling land to Israelis - information that was likely to lead to their execution.