Israel news

The wall? It runs through school

By Nathan Jeffay, September 4, 2014

Teachers are used to nasty shocks at the start of the school year, but this week one Israeli school head arrived to find a problem that - literally - dwarfed everything else.

Staff at the Languages and Culture School in Beit Shemesh found that an 8ft wall had been built through the middle of the playground, part of a move to hand half of the building to another school in the city.


Budgets cut to pay for war

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

The overall damage to Israel's economy from 50 days of fighting is still being assessed. So far, the cost is estimated to be between NIS 15 and 20bn (£2.5bn-£3.4bn).

The cost to Israeli industry, particularly factories in the south hit by rockets or forced to close down, is estimated at around NIS 1.3bn (£230m).


Bibi to stand again despite ratings crash

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu's approval ratings have plummeted following the ceasefire as a combination of media criticism, attacks from rivals and a general disappointment that the operation failed to yield new security arrangements in Gaza have taken their toll.


After the fires, the floods of fury

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

An Israeli government decision to designate nearly 1,000 acres in the West Bank as "state land" in order to expand a settlement in the Etzion bloc has led to a diplomatic furore.


Giant Israel-Jordan gas deal in pipeline

By Orlando Radice, September 3, 2014

Israel is negotiating a $15 billion agreement to supply natural gas to Jordan.

If the deal goes through, Israel will pipe 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas over a period of 15 years to the Hashemite Kingdom.

Texas-based Noble Energy jointly operates the giant Leviathan field from which the gas will be supplied.


Campaign to strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2014

The Israeli government is embarking on a low-profile campaign against Qatar, which has emerged as the main backer of Hamas.

The campaign is neither full-scale or official due to the close ties between Washington and Qatar. One of the key elements of the diplomatic drive will be to raise questions over Qatar's suitability to host the 2022 World Cup.


Body of missing yeshivah student found

By Daniel Easterman, August 28, 2014

The Israeli police have confirmed that they have identified the body found in the Jerusalem Forest on Thursday as American yeshivah student Aaron Sofer.

The body was discovered in the forest by volunteers from United Hatzalah after a six day long search for the young man.


Israel and Hamas agree on ceasefire

By JC Reporter, August 26, 2014

Israel has agreed on an open-ended ceasefire with Hamas.

A massive rocket barrage from Gaza conicided with the deadline for the end of hostilities, however.

The deal includes an initial period in which all firing will stop and restrictions on crossings will be eased for humanitarian aid, with long-term issues to be addressed after one month.


Huge rocket attack from Hamas as truce talks continue

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2014

Israelis rushed into bomb shelters this morning as dozens of rockets were fired into Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

More than 25 rockets were fired into Moatza Ezorit Eshkol, in the south.

The wave of attacks came as Israeli forces bombed two evacuated building in Gaza City today.


From Kenton to eye of the storm

By Jenni Frazer, August 22, 2014

Slightly to his surprise, one suspects, British-born Peter Lerner has become the face of Israel in this latest conflict, an improbable blue-eyed blond who is the antithesis of the usual sabra stereotype.