Israel news

Now it's hummus and tehina: Israel salmonella fears lead to major recall

By Daniel Sugarman, August 11, 2016

Israel’s salmonella scare continued this week, with one of the country’s major producers of hummus and tehina products announcing a recall on Thursday.

Shamir Salads said it had been informed on Wednesday by its tehina supplier, the “Tehinat Hanasich” factory, that some of its products may have been infected with salmonella bacteria.


Global donors warned over 'Hamas-funding' charities

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2016

Allegations of senior aid workers funding and supporting Hamas's military operations are only the tip of the iceberg, according to the former head of Israel's domestic intelligence agency, Avi Dichter.

Mr Dichter, now a Likud MK, said international donors were "hideously naïve" if they thought their cash was not being handed over to terrorist organisations, and many aid agencies "know very wel


How Israel became a water-surplus nation

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2016

Until a few years ago, it was one of Israel's scarcest resources. Today, the traditionally drought-fearing country has water in abundance, largely thanks to home-grown innovations in the field of desalination.

Israel has five major desalination plants producing around 600 million cubic metres a year.


Iran deal spat all about Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2016

Last weekend, 16 months after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in Vienna, the agreement sparked another angry exchange between Jerusalem and Washington.

While the flare-up ostensibly concerned US-Israel relations, it was more about internal Israeli politics.

The exchange began on Thursday with a speech by President Barack Obama at the Pentagon.


Soon I'll visit Saudi on my Israel passport, says rabbi

August 11, 2016

A former Israeli minister who is also a veteran interfaith activist has said that the day is approaching when he will be able to visit to Riyadh using his Israeli passport.


Palestinian who saved Jewish children loses job

By Jessica Weinstein, August 10, 2016

A Palestinian man has been fired after saving a Jewish family when their car was attacked.

Rabbi Michael Mark's car was overturned when a Palestinian terrorist fired at his vehicle, killing him and critically injuring his wife. A local Palestinian man and his wife came to the rescue, removing the children from the car and administering first aid.


UN official accused of aiding Hamas

By JC Reporter, August 9, 2016

A United Nations official has been arrested by Israel for allegedly abusing his position to support Hamas.


Rabbi hints at new dawn in Israel-Saudi relations

By Orlando Radice, August 5, 2016

A former Israeli minister has said that the day is approaching when he will be able to visit to Riyadh using his Israeli passport.

Rabbi Michael Melchior, who was part of an Israeli group that met a high-level Saudi delegation in Ramallah at the end of last month, said during a briefing organised by think tank Bicom: “That day could be much sooner than you dream about.”


New Knesset group to address difficulties faced by Anglo olim

By Daniel Sugarman, August 4, 2016

There is a perception among Jews from the English-speaking world that living in Israel is difficult. But a new group in the Knesset is looking to change that with the launch on Tuesday of a caucus specifically intended to support English-speaking Olim.