Israel news

Army in secret talks to give PA security control over parts of the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israeli generals have been holding secret talks on new security arrangements with the Palestinian Authority.

The two sides have yet to agree on the details, but this week's revelation in Haaretz of the existence of the discussions caused anger among ministers who had not been informed about them.

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Move to prosecute heads of Palestinian television

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

An Israeli NGO is preparing to file a complaint to the International Criminal Court against the heads of the main Palestinian TV station, whom they accuse of inciting viewers to kill Jews.

Shurat HaDin, a law centre based in Tel Aviv, is gathering complainants from around the world to strengthen its case against Palestinian TV bosses Riyad Al-Hassan and Ahmed Assaf, who they want arrested.

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Zionist Union turning on Isaac Herzog

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Labour leader Isaac Herzog is losing control over his party as more Knesset members openly attack him and the party plummets in the polls.

Surveys conducted last week, a year after the previous election, showed Zionist Union (the joint list of Labour and Tzipi Livni's Ha'tnuah) receiving only 15 Knesset seats, down from the 24 it won in the election.

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Israel still sees Russia as key player despite Syria pullout

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

Israel is closely monitoring what it considers to be Russia's ongoing influence in Syria following President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Monday that he would pull most of his jet fighters out of the war-torn country.

Despite some initial fears of a Russia-Iran axis on its northern border, the Israeli government was largely satisfied with the level of military co-operation Moscow maintained

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Outrage over possible release of rapist Katsav

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

The possibility that former Israeli president Moshe Katsav, who was convicted on multiple rape charges, could be released from jail early has sparked anger from politicians and women's rights organisations.

Mr Katsav, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence, is up for parole in two weeks as the two-thirds mark of his sentence approaches.

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Israeli wounded in stabbing in Jersusalem

By Josh Jackman, March 11, 2016

An Israeli man has been stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist in an attack in Jerusalem.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, was moderately injured near the Jaffa Gate in the Old City. He has been taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem and is reportedly fully conscious.

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The last chance or no chance? Debating the two-state solution

By Orlando Radice, March 10, 2016

Israel is in the midst of a third intifada and close to losing the last opportunity it has to prevent future uprisings.

This was the warning sounded by Danny Seidemann, a lawyer and expert on Jerusalem's borders, during a Security Conference organised by left-leaning Zionist NGOs Yachad and the New Israel Fund in London on Sunday.

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2,500-year-old woman's stamp of authority discovered

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

In a discovery that appeared to be timed perfectly for International Women's Day last Tuesday, a 2,500-year-old artefact belonging to an "exceptional" woman was unearthed in Israel.

Archaeologists who were excavating a site outside Jerusalem's Old City found a seal made from semi-precious stone and bearing the name, "Elihana bat Gael".

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Plot to take down Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2016

This month contains two anniversaries for Benjamin Netanyahu. He will mark a year since the last election - the fourth he has won - and ten full years as prime minister, including the three he served in the late 1990s and seven in this second stretch.

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Extremism on rise in Knesset, says speaker

By Orlando Radice, March 10, 2016

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has hit out at an ongoing legislative push to suspend three Arab members of parliament, a move that could result in the resignation of the other 10 Arab MKs.

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