Israel news

Violence goes on but no 'wave'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The death of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein following a violent altercation with Israeli border police last Wednesday did not result in a wave of rioting as some had feared.

Sporadic attacks continued, however. On Friday, a member of Islamic Jihad carried out an acid attack against Israelis who had stopped their car to collect a passenger south of Jerusalem.

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Split may decimate Shas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Shas is facing its biggest crisis since the Sephardi-Charedi party first ran for Knesset 30 years ago.

Scarcely a year after its founder and spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadya Yosef, passed away, an irrevocable rift at the top of the party has meant that in the next elections there will be two parties claiming the mantle of the late rabbi.

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Rabbi blocks women from Kotel lighting

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

chanucah-lighting at the Western Wall will remain a men's-only affair after the Kotel rabbi this week refused a request for a communal chanuciah to be set up in the women's section.

The women's group that lodged the request - via the Prime Minister's Office - is claiming that the decision is motivated by sexism, not by religious objections.

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Hamas shows off refreshed rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Hamas celebrated its 27th anniversary on Sunday with a military parade in Gaza in which it exhibited rockets and Iranian-built drones.

In recent weeks, the Islamist movement has resumed test launches of missiles designed to be fired at civilian targets in Israel.

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The self-inflating cabin bag is a grower of an idea

By Shyam Kumar, December 18, 2014

A young Israeli entrepreneur has come up with a piece of hand luggage that can be converted into a larger, hold-only bag at the touch of a button.

At its smallest size, the Fugu case - still in prototype stage - complies with airline limitations on cabin bags.

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Death of PA minister sparks chaos fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

Security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains in the balance in the wake of the death of a Palestinian minister following an altercation with Israeli police.

Ziad Abu Ein, 55, who had been put in charge of issues related to settlements and the separation barrier by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, had been leading a demonstration against the settler outpost of A

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Divisions are all in the mind, says boffin who put hate to the tes

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A man whose son was killed by Hamas has devised a psychological method he claims can create peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Working with academics at the Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Yitzhak Frankenthal used what he calls the "Paradoxical Intervention" technique to alter the thinking of people who see conflict as the only way forward.

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West inches towards confrontation over lack of progress on two states

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

There is concern in the Israeli government that the US, the UK, France and Germany are planning fresh diplomatic initiatives and punitive measures in response to continued settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Among the plans being mulled is a joint European proposal for the United Nations to set a clear deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Israel passes controversial law on illegal migrants

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

In its last session before dissolving itself this week, the Knesset passed a new version of the "infiltrators law", which has twice been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The new law, which will allow for the Holot detention centre to remain open, was pushed through the Knesset at the last moment with a 47-23 majority, even though some Labour members claimed later they voted "for" by

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Ex-reporter accuses AP of bias on Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, December 11, 2014

The world's largest news-gathering organisation is embroiled in a row after a former employee accused its Jerusalem bureau of slanting its output against Israel.

A fortnight ago, Matti Friedman, a Jerusalem-based reporter for Associated Press from 2006 to 2011, claimed in an article that his former bureau - and much of the Jerusalem foreign press corps - was in cahoots with foreign activists, n

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