Israel news

Flug set to be Fischer’s spiritual successor

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Doctor Karnit Flug is starting her term as governor of the Bank of Israel at a distinct disadvantage.

Although she has been the acting governor for four months and was chosen by her illustrious predecessor, Stanley Fischer, everyone will remember that she was neither the first, nor the second, nor even the third choice of the prime minister and finance minister.


Gaza tunnel was for high-profile attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 16, 2013

A tunnel leading from under the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, discovered by the IDF last week, was to be used at a future date by Hamas to carry out a terror attack or kidnapping.

The exit point of the 1,800m tunnel is near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

According to Israeli intelligence, it was almost certainly excavated by Hamas and took over 18 months to complete.


West Bank brewery taps thirst for peace

By Shira Rubin, October 10, 2013

Glittering, pretty young things swayed to local funk-rock bands, flipping their wrists in the style of the dabke, the Palestinian folk dance.

Thousands of Palestinians, Arab Israelis, foreign aid workers and tourists descended on a Ramallah hotel to celebrate Palestine’s first and only microbrewery, but there were also Jewish Israelis among the revellers.


Israelis score highly in travel freedom survey

By Anna Sheinman, October 4, 2013

Israel is ranked 20th out of 90 nations for the number of countries its citizens can visit without a visa, according to a new survey.

Of the 219 destinations in the world, Israelis can visit 144 without a visa. This ranks them higher than Russians, South Africans and residents of The Vatican.


Succot worshippers evacuated after IDF soldier shot dead

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2013

An Israeli soldier was killed yesterday by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron, according to the IDF.

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was on patrol at a West Bank checkpoint in the city when he was hit in the neck by a bullet. The soldier was immediately rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, where he died of his wounds.


Father and two children in Tel Aviv death fall

By Anna Sheinman, September 18, 2013

A father and his two children in Tel Aviv have been found dead after falling from an 11 storey building.

Local police suspect that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, which involved the 52-year-old man throwing the children, aged three and five to their deaths before jumping himself.


Big Succot date for Shimon Peres

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

The largest date in the world, which was grown in Israel, will hang in President Shimon Peres’ succah this year,

The Anerba date, which took seven years to grow and is around 10cm long and over 7 cm in circumference, will feature in the Israeli leader’s succah at his home in Jerusalem.


Israel cautiously optimistic about Syrian deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

Israeli leaders were cautiously enthusiastic this week following the deal reached by the US and Russia to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons.


Detention for illegal immigrants to Israel court ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

In a rare and unanimous landmark ruling, an expanded panel of Israeli High Court judges voted to strike down a Knesset law that enabled the police and the Interior Ministry to detain illegal immigrants for up to three years without trial.


Turkey and Israel ‘will mend fences’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

Turkish officials are predicting an imminent rapprochement between Ankara and Jerusalem. A senior official last week told the Turkish daily Zaman that he did “not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalisation”.

This comes despite fury in Israel over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks that the Jewish state was behind the military takeover in Egypt.