Israel news

Stop hitchhiking? That would be giving in to the terrorists, say settlers

By Nathan Jeffay, June 19, 2014

As Israelis have repeatedly chewed over the haunting details of the abduction, one element has kept coming up for discussion - the fact that the boys were hitchhiking.

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Analysis: Hamas may yet be consumed by its own inferno

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

A kidnap of Israeli civilians or soldiers could have happened at any time in recent years.

Since Hamas released IDF Sergeant Gilad Shalit in October 2011, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, the Shin Bet has detected 101 kidnap attempts by Palestinian organisations.

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Palestinian killed in clashes as IDF hunts teens’ kidnappers

By Sandy Rashty, June 16, 2014

More than 150 suspects – including Hamas officials - have been arrested by the IDF since Saturday, following the kidnapping of three yeshivah students last Thursday.

Last night, one Palestinian man was killed in clashes with the IDF, and two men in Hebron were arrested.

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Israeli forces search for missing West Bank students

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The IDF has confirmed it is searching for three Jewish teenagers who have disappeared in the area surrounding Hebron in the West Bank.

It is believed the yeshivah students may have been kidnapped by a Palestinian group while hitchhiking.

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Palestinian envoy to UK gives nod to Israel as 'Jewish state'

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

The Palestinian envoy to Britain has said Israel must be recognised as a Jewish state if there is to be real lasting peace between the two nations.

Manuel Hassassian said: "Both sides need to make painful concessions andreach a compromise. Israel shall recognise the state of Palestine. Palestine shall recognize the Jewish state of Israel."

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Prize for cancer detection device

By Nathan Jeffay, June 12, 2014

Israeli innovators have won a prestigious prize for a smartphone attachment that can be used to detect cervical cancer.

Tel Aviv-based Mobile OCT and its American partners were placed first in the 2014 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project.

The £180,000 prize money will help fund development and testing of the device, which will be available in October.

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Peres prepares for a return to politics at the age of 91

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

As Israel's president, Shimon Peres, joined Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican for an interfaith prayer service, few in Israel were under the illusion that they were watching Peres's final conciliatory act.

Upon landing in Rome, he told reporters with a smile "I can't talk politics," but the inference was clear.

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'Rubi' wins presidential race

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

A long and acrimonious campaign came to an end this week with the election of former Knesset speaker and Likud veteran, Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin, as Israel's 10th president.

Mr Rivlin, who is 74, came first out of five candidates with 44 votes in the first round of balloting in the Knesset, and prevailed over former minister Meir Sheetrit with 63 votes in the second round.

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Coalition division widens

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

The rift within the Israeli coalition between Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist partners widened this week.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni both warned that any move to annex settlements would result in the government's fall.

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Mahmoud Abbas condems Gaza rocket fire on Israel

By Daniel Easterman, June 11, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the firing of a rocket into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip this morning.

Israel said it would hold Mr Abbas responsible for future rocket attacks coming from Gaza after the swearing in of a new Fatah-Hamas unity government earlier this month.

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