Israel news

Iran nuclear talks set to continue until Friday

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2015

Negotiations over a nuclear deal with Iran are to continue, after the original deadline for an agreement passed.

Diplomats from the world powers have extended discussions with Iranian counterparts in Vienna until Friday.

The talks were due to conclude on Tuesday evening.


Ryanair to launch £20 flights to Eilat - but there's a catch

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2015

Budget travellers will no doubt be celebrating Ryanair’s announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat – the first time the airline has run routes to Israel.

But before you pack the sunscreen, there is a catch: it will only be flying from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.


Six Israeli Arabs charged with supporting Daesh

By Sandy Rashty, July 6, 2015

Six Israeli Arabs – four of them school teachers - have been charged with supporting Daesh (sometimes known as IS).

The men are accused of promoting jihad in their classes, according to Israeli security agency Shin Bet.

The four teachers work in a school in southern Israel.


UN Human Rights Council backs report on 'Gaza war crimes'

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to back a controversial report on the Gaza war.

Friday’s resolution supported the report produced by the Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry. It had accused Israel and terrorist group Hamas of committing war crimes during the 50 day conflict last summer.


Israel-Turkey talks flicker as flotilla fizzles

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Relations between Israel and Turkey continue to be overshadowed by the memory of 2010's Mavi Marmara flotilla as the two countries try to edge toward a rapprochement.

Meanwhile this week, Israeli naval commandos once again prevented from more boats from reaching Gaza.


No Hamas talks, says Yaalon

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has denied reports that Israel is holding talks, direct or indirect, with Hamas on the future of Gaza.

Mr Yaalon said that the extent of Israel's current involvement was "allowing the Qataris to build infrastructure there, but they have no diplomatic role and there is no European intermediary either.


Support for two-state solution takes nosedive

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2015

Support for a two-state solution among Israelis has plummeted 11 per cent in the past year, according to a new poll.

The research also identified a drop in support among Palestinians, from 54 per cent to 51 per cent. Israeli support for the two-state solution also stands at 51 per cent following the drop.


Israeli fury over plan for rival convert court

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 1, 2015

An initiative by the Jewish Agency to set up its own independent conversion court could challenge the Israeli rabbinate's global monopoly on giyur.

Israel's rabbinical courts are currently the sole authorities that can decide on the Jewishness of converts who seek Israeli citizenship.


Fury over Jewish Agency plan for independent conversion court

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 29, 2015

An initiative by the Jewish Agency to set up its own independent conversion court could challenge the Israeli rabbinate’s global monopoly on giyur.


Israeli software can tell you likelihood of getting cancer

By Josh Jackman, June 29, 2015

You will soon be able to easily find out which deadly illnesses your genes predispose you to get, thanks to an Israeli invention.

Dr Yuval Tabach, the senior scientist at the Hebrew University’s Institute for Medical Research in Jerusalem, has created an online tool which reads your genetic map to tell you whether you could get cancer or genetic diseases.