Israel news

Netanyahu offers Lieberman defence portfolio

By JC Reporter, May 18, 2016

Avigdor Lieberman, Chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, has been offered the Defence Ministry and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry as part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to expand the Israeli coalition government, it has been announced.

Mr Netanyahu informed cabinet ministers of the offer this afternoon, following a meeting with Mr Lieberman.

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IDF: Hamas in joint training exercises with Daesh

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2016

Israel has accused Hamas of allowing Daesh fighters to enter the Gaza Strip for joint training.

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Death of top Hizbollah man sign that no-one is in control in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2016

Senior commanders have been killed on all sides of the Syrian war over the past five years. Generals in the Syrian army and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. Rebel chieftains, emirs of Daesh and veteran Hizbollah field operatives.

It is a dirty war, often fought at close quarters, and shifting loyalties create the conditions for treachery.

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Excitement grows as Israel reaches Eurovision finals

By JC Reporter, May 13, 2016

Israel has secured a place in the tomorrow’s Eurovision Song Contest finals.

Hovi Star - whose real name is Hovev Sekulets - was one of 10 contestants who made it through last night’s semi-finals to Saturday’s final in Stockholm.

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Hamas lashes out as IDF detects terror tunnels

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2016

A fragile calm was restored around the Gaza Strip last weekend after a series of attacks and counter-attacks between Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian groups.

Israel claimed that the Palestinians fired on IDF forces to prevent operations to uncover and destroy Hamas-built tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel.

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Israelis help fire victims

May 12, 2016

Disaster relief organisation IsraAid was due in Canada this week to join the international effort to help people fleeing the fire that has engulfed 620 sq m of Alberta province.

Shachar Zahavi, IsraAid's founding director and CEO, said the NGO would send three or four professionals by the end of this week to provide social and psychological support at evacuation centres in Alberta.

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Blood libel cleric jailed

May 12, 2016

The leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Raed Salah, is beginning a nine-month jail sentence for incitement.

Salah was convicted last year over a sermon he delivered in 2007 in Jerusalem in which he uttered an antisemitic blood libel.

"It is an honour to go to prison for the sake of al-Aqsa," Salah declared as he left his home.

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Israel fears Quartet push on talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 11, 2016

The Israeli government is concerned that a major new report on the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians could blame the current stagnation on Israeli settlement building.

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Israel remembers the fallen ahead of Independence Day

By JC Reporter, May 11, 2016

Two days of reflection and celebration began in Israel last night as Israelis remember fallen soldiers and terror victims on Memorial Day before celebrating Independence Day tomorrow.

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Two women in their 70s stabbed while walking in Jerusalem

By JC Reporter, May 10, 2016

Two elderly women have been stabbed in a terror attack in Jerusalem.

According to Haaretz, five women in their 70s had gone for a walk in the city's Armon Hanatziv neighbourhood when they were attacked by two masked individuals.

Both women were rushed to a local hospital in moderate condition, the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

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