Israel news

Bus explosion in Jerusalem

By JC Reporter, April 18, 2016

A bus explosion in Jerusalem could have been caused by an improvised explosive device, the city's mayor has said.

Police said the bus that blew up was empty at the time, but around 15 people were injured on an adjacent bus.

Two of those hurt were said to have suffered serious injuries.

Mayor Nir Barkat said an IED had been fixed to the bus's chasis and later blew up.


IDF discovers Hamas tunnel under Gaza border into Israel

By Josh Jackman, April 18, 2016

The Israeli army has uncovered and destroyed a Hamas tunnel which stretched from Gaza into southern Israel.

The 20km-long underground passageway reached 30 or 40 yards into Israel before its demolition this morning.

The IDF would not reveal its exact location, though it is understood to be near Kibbutz Holit, about 8km from both the southern border of Gaza and Egypt.


Being head of Mossad? It's a lonely job

By Orlando Radice, April 15, 2016

It seems appropriate that when Efraim Halevy recalls the terror of the Blitz, he does not speak of being terrified. Instead, he details the noise made by the German V2 missile as it flew overhead: "We used to hear the whistle of the rocket as they broke the speed of sound."


Terribly wounded, but these IDF veterans learned to live again

By Lianne Kolirin, April 14, 2016

In 2008 doctors feared Noam Nakash would never walk again.

The 21-year-old was just six months away from discharge from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) when he suffered life-changing injuries while serving in Gaza.

The catastrophic attack on his unit robbed him of one of his legs and left the other severely injured.


Far-right leader in Yad Vashem tour

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, visited Israel this week, on the invitation of Likud officials.

Despite Mr Strache's attempts to prove he had severed links to his party's antisemitic past, he was not formally received by the Israeli government and denied a meeting with former president Shimon Peres.


Israel 'sold kamikaze drones to Azerbaijan'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

Reports of an Israeli "suicide drone" being used by Azerbaijan's army in the recent fighting in the contested enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh has caused controversy in the Jewish state and sparked protests from Armenia.

Israel has not confirmed or denied it sells the Harop drone to Azerbaijan.


Thousands to sue Israeli ‘scam’ investment companies through London law firm

By JC Reporter, April 12, 2016

At least 2,500 people who claim to have been defrauded by binary options and forex companies – many of which operate from Israel – are being pursued through a London law firm.


Shin Bet points to substantial drop in terror attacks

By JC Reporter, April 11, 2016

Palestinian attacks on Israelis have subsided significantly in the past month, according to a senior Shin Bet official.

The official told the Israeli cabinet on Sunday that attacks had dropped from a high of 78 in October to 20 in March.


Israel and Turkey ‘close’ to reconciliation deal

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2016

A peace treaty between Israel and Turkey is set to be announced “very soon” after representatives met for talks in London on Thursday.

In a statement released on Friday, Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed “progress” was being made after a breakdown in communication between the countries five years ago.


Charedim seek to reverse ruling on conversion courts

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

The strictly-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism are trying to pass legislation that will ensure conversions are only carried out by the state's rabbinical courts.

This follows a ruling by the High Court last Thursday ordering the government to recognise conversions to Judaism carried out by privately-run Charedi batei din.