Israel news

Injury time ruling saves Shabbat soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Israeli football was almost shut down last weekend following a battle over the legality of playing on Shabbat.

At the last moment, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein supplied the Israeli FA with a legal opinion that there was no need to enforce the labour law in the arena of professional football because matches had been always held on Shabbat and therefore the status quo could remain.


Why London's eruv is sprouting in Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, September 17, 2015

Jerusalem is gearing up for one of the largest Jewish art festivals ever held in the city - and one of the most unusual works to be displayed draws on the religious life of the London community.

Organisers of the Second Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art expect to attract thousands of Jewish tourists visiting Israel for the chagim, and well as large numbers of locals.

"The main o


We don't ask 'Can we go?' - The IDF's top medic on coping with disaster

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2015

The first earthquake hit Nepal on the morning of April 25. At a magnitude of 7.8, thousands were killed and tens of thousands injured.

It was just past 9am, Israeli time. At 11pm, Dr Hagit Padova was told she would be flying to Kathmandu the next morning as the senior physician on the Israeli Defence Force's emergency medical crew.


Israel-Egypt ties under pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Israel is trying to prevent a vote at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) annual conference next week on subjecting the country's nuclear facilities to international inspection.

The Egyptian-led motion could create serious problems for Israel's longstanding policy on "nuclear opacity".


EU votes to label settlement products

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

The European Parliament has expressed its support for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements. 

A total of 525 EU parliamentarians voted for the motion on Thursday; 70 voted against and 31 abstained.


Netanyahu opposes new 'gagging law'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he wants to remove a clause added to a new broadcasting law that prevents journalists on Israel's state channels from expressing opinions on air.

The clause had been proposed by United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler and was supported by the minister in charge of public broadcasting, Ofir Akunis.


Netanyahu: EU could risk losing our business

By Orlando Radice, September 9, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to London this week was dismissed in the Israeli press as a relatively low-key affair — but the Israeli Prime Minister brought a powerful message for his British counterpart, who he was due to meet on Thursday morning.


Refugee crisis: Can Israel let the Syrians in? Isaac Herzog says yes

By Nathan Jeffay, September 9, 2015

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a call from Israel's opposition to absorb Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war.

He dismissed the statement by Labour leader Isaac Herzog, saying that "Israel is a small country, a very small country, that lacks demographic and geographic depth".


Mossad snared me in UK honeytrap, says nuclear spy Vanunu

By JC Reporter, September 8, 2015

In his first interview on Israeli television, convicted nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu has revealed how he was caught in a Mossad honeytrap.

Mr Vanunu, who was released in 2004 but still lives under severe security restrictions, told Channel 2 that he met Mossad operative "Cindy" on a street in London.


Mother of burned Arab toddler dies of her wounds

By JC Reporter, September 8, 2015

The mother of the Palestinian toddler who was burned to death in a West Bank arson attack in July has died of her wounds.

Riham Dawabsheh, whose 18-month-old son and husband died in the attack by Jewish settlers, had suffered third-degree burns on 90 per cent of her body.