Israel news

Mayor Barkat is have-a-go hero in blade attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat found himself in the spotlight this week after he helped apprehend an 18-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a civilian near City Hall on Sunday evening.

The mayor, who had been passing the scene in his car, jumped out with a bodyguard and overpowered the attacker.

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Israel braced for nail-biter

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

With less than three weeks of campaigning left before the election and polls showing the two main parties neck-and-neck, both sides are still looking for a key issue that will shift large numbers of voters.

A series of revelations regarding the use of public funds by the Netanyahu family do not appear to have made much of a dent in Likud's prospects.

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Interview: Peter Beinart

By Orlando Radice, February 26, 2015

Jewish American academic Peter Beinart, a long-standing critic of Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza, has labelled the election "depressing" and hit out at the "timidity" of the centre-left coalition, Zionist Camp.

Mr Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism, in which he controversially advocated boycotting products from settlements, said he was disturbed by the lack of discussion of the

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'Americans holding from Israel details of Iran talks'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Tension between Washington and Jerusalem is growing as yet another crucial stage in the talks between the international community and Iran begins.

American and Israeli media outlets reported this week that the Obama administration has been limiting the information it has been sharing with Israel on the status of the talks and the details of an impending agreement.

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Teflon Bibi rides out new expenses storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

The report issued on Tuesday by State Comptroller Yoseph Shapira on major overspending at Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence was potentially explosive for the prime minister.

The report contained allegations of excessive spending on fancy meals, the cleaning of his private weekend home in Caesarea, and hairdressing for his wife, Sara.

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Top rabbi drowns iPhone

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

A senior Israeli rabbi revealed that he destroyed a student’s iPhone because of the device’s supposed spiritual dangers, according to an audio recording that has just surfaced.

Charedi media claimed to have found the recording of a sermon by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef in which he argued that smartphone usage was enough to invalidate a marriage.

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Chasid’s ‘Sacred Sperm’ film causes stir

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

The Chasid who made a film about masturbation has said that he was caught off-guard by the massive interest that it generated.

“I’m surprised because I didn’t realise that it would interest people around the world,” said Ori Gruder.

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New details of 'PA terror funding'

By Edwin Black, February 12, 2015

According to documents obtained from a New York terror trial, payments made to Palestinian terrorists and their families were signed off at the highest level within the PA, and adjusted according to the specifics of each terrorist act.

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Rabbi blasts hair kippah

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The invention of a human-hair kippah — to enable Jews to hide their faith while walking in dangerous areas — has come under fire.

Shalom Koresh, a hairdresser from Rehovot in Israel, came up with the kippah (pictured below) after seeing rising antisemitism in Europe.

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Israeli activist: ‘Ecology can bring peace’

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The former deputy mayor of Jerusalem has said that Israelis and Palestinians can achieve peace by working together on environmental issues.

Naomi Tsur campaigned on green issues throughout her five-year term, and resigned in 2013 over what she saw as mayor Nir Barkat’s decision to downgrade environmental policies.

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