Israel news

Wedding app saves red faces

By Nathan Jeffay, September 1, 2016

Some of the traditional awkwardness of Israeli weddings is being solved - by technology.

In Britain, gift-giving is easy, with presents purchased from a wedding list in just a few clicks - but in Israel, guests give money, leaving many scratching their heads over the appropriate amount.


Arabs happier with Israeli education system

September 1, 2016

A much larger proportion of Israeli Arabs are satisfied with the country's school system than Jews, according to a new survey.

The poll, published on Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, revealed that only 41 per cent of Jews have a good opinion of Israeli schools, compared with 74 per cent of Druze and 67 per cent of Muslims.


Youngest premature baby ever to survive in Israel sent home from hospital

By JC Reporter, August 31, 2016

A baby born at 22 weeks has been sent from hospital, believed to be the youngest premature baby ever to survive in Israel.


Israelis win MTV award for Coldplay video

By JC Reporter, August 31, 2016

A team of Israelis won an MTV award on Sunday for their work on Coldplay's latest video.


IDF finds Syrian marrow donor for sick Arab girl

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2016

Using blood samples delivered in tea towels from war-torn Syria, Israeli doctors have cured a six-year-old Syrian girl suffering from a rare blood disease.

The girl was brought to the border between Syria and Israel needing help with a then-unknown illness, and the Israeli military took her to Rambam Hospital in Haifa, where doctors discovered that she had aplastic anaemia and was in urgent nee


Israeli plan to bypass Abbas in search for new partners

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2016

Two-and-a-half months after his appointment as Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman has signalled a change of policy towards the Palestinian Authority.

In a briefing with military correspondents last week, the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu unveiled his plan to bypass the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, and work instead with local leaders in the West Bank and the Palestinian


Israeli tech start-ups win global prize

By Anthea Gerrie, August 25, 2016

Israeli start-ups have taken the first and second prizes in the Global Innovation Awards in Beijing.

NiNiSpeech, a digital platform for treating speech disorders, beat around 3,000 competitors and was the second firm in two years from Israel to take first place.


Israel, India in joint exercise

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2016

An Israeli air Force squadron is set to visit India next month in the first joint military exercise to take place between the two countries.

The IDF's advanced F-16I "Sufa" fighter-bombers are scheduled to fly alongside Indian Sukhoi-30 jets.


Arabs to drop anti-Israel vote at IAEA summit

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2016

The improvement in ties between Israel and several Sunni Arab countries has spread into the field of nuclear diplomacy.

For the first time in years, Egypt and other Arab members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are expected not to table a motion at the body's annual assembly in September calling for increased inspection of Israel's nuclear facilities.


After Olympic joy, Israeli medal winner raises money for cancer hospital

By Lianne Kolirin, August 24, 2016

An Israeli bronze medallist has put her Olympic identity tag up for sale to raise money for charity.

Yarden Gerbi, who won third place in the women’s 63kg judo at Rio, listed the name patch on eBay after returning from Brazil.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the top bid stood at $13,100 (£9,890), which the athlete has pledged to donate to a Tel Aviv hospital.