Israel news

'Man who most damaged Israel' gives first interview

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

Amos Levinberg, a former Israeli intelligence officer who was a prisoner of war in Syria nearly 43 years ago and has been described as "the man who caused the greatest damage to Israel", gave his first interview last week.

In an emotional interview on Channel Two, Mr Levinberg admitted that he had disclosed many secrets under interrogation, but blamed his superiors for having stationed him on t


Israeli road chaos sign of political logjam

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

After a weekend in which the Prime Minister's aides were briefing the media that he was considering firing Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, Benjamin Netanyahu stepped back from the brink and tasked the influential Likud politician with solving his latest coalition crisis instead.

Now Mr Katz will have to find a way to allow major infrastructure work to go ahead on Israel's railway network, with


Herzog probe dropped

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

The State Prosecutor's Office is expected not to press charges against Labour and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog after a police investigation failed to find evidence that he was aware of an allegedly illegal payment to his 2013 primaries campaign.

The allegations, which surfaced earlier this year, were among the factors that scuppered a potential coalition deal between Likud and Zionist Unio


Investigation called for as Tel Aviv car park collapses

September 8, 2016

At least four people were killed and 20 injured after a car park under construction in Tel Aviv collapsed on Monday.

Several people were trapped for hours inside the underground structure in the Ramat Hahayal neigbourhood, on the corner of Habarzel Street and Nehoshet Street.

Yoram Levy, a spokesman for the firefighters, told Haaretz there were "people buried beneath the sand".

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Why the destruction of Israel's satellite was such a blow

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 7, 2016

The Israeli government is rethinking its space policy following the destruction of the Amos 6 communications satellite in an explosion in the US last week.

The accident has placed question marks over the sale of Israel's main private satellite communications company to the Chinese.


Israeli Defence Minister Lieberman coming to UK to discuss security

By JC Reporter, September 6, 2016

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be in London this week to discuss “security, strategic and bilateral matters”.

Mr Lieberman, will arrive in the capital on Wednesday and meet his British counterpart Michael Fallon, as well as Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood and US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter.


B’Tselem activist avoids calling Hamas a terror group

By Daniel Sugarman, September 6, 2016

A spokesperson for Israeli NGO B’Tselem repeatedly refused to categorise Hamas as a terrorist organisation during an interview with a Jewish TV Channel.


At least two dead as building collapses in Tel Aviv

By JC Reporter, September 5, 2016

Two people have been killed and 20 injured after a car park under construction in Tel Aviv collapsed.

Four more people were feared trapped inside the underground structure in the Ramat Hahayal neigbourhood, on the corner of Habarzel Street and Nehoshet Street.

"There are people buried beneath the sand," Yoram Levy, a spokesman for the firefighters, told Haaretz.


Israelis protest over cancellation of Shabbat railway repairs

By JC Reporter, September 4, 2016

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated last night in protest at the cancellation of railway repairs on Shabbat, leading to the shutdown of the Tel Aviv-Haifa line today.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a halt to the planned works on Friday in response to protests from Charedi politicians.


Israeli satellite set to bring internet to rural Africa destroyed following explosion

By JC Reporter, September 2, 2016

An Israeli satellite that was integral to plans to bring high-speed internet to rural Africa has been destroyed following an explosion at Nasa’s Cape Canaveral launch complex.

A Space-X rocket that was meant to take the Israeli-made Amos-6 satellite – part-funded by Facebook - into orbit exploded during a launchpad test on Thursday.