Israel news

Big Succot date for Shimon Peres

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

The largest date in the world, which was grown in Israel, will hang in President Shimon Peres’ succah this year,

The Anerba date, which took seven years to grow and is around 10cm long and over 7 cm in circumference, will feature in the Israeli leader’s succah at his home in Jerusalem.

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Israel cautiously optimistic about Syrian deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

Israeli leaders were cautiously enthusiastic this week following the deal reached by the US and Russia to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons.

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Detention for illegal immigrants to Israel court ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

In a rare and unanimous landmark ruling, an expanded panel of Israeli High Court judges voted to strike down a Knesset law that enabled the police and the Interior Ministry to detain illegal immigrants for up to three years without trial.

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Turkey and Israel ‘will mend fences’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

Turkish officials are predicting an imminent rapprochement between Ankara and Jerusalem. A senior official last week told the Turkish daily Zaman that he did “not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalisation”.

This comes despite fury in Israel over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks that the Jewish state was behind the military takeover in Egypt.

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Palestinian attack on holy site Joseph's Tomb

By Hannah Pupkewitz, September 13, 2013

Palestinian rioters opened fire on IDF soldiers safeguarding 3,000 Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus on Wednesday night.

Rocks and bricks were thrown at the crowd, who were praying, and their IDF escorts.

The attack escalated when an automatic weapon was used to shoot at the soldiers, who returned fire.

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Early New Year boosts tourism to Israel

By Sharron Livingston, September 13, 2013

The early arrival of the Jewish New Year is proving to be a sweet one for tourism in Israel this September.

Jewish travellers have taken advantage of the proximity of the High Holy Days to the traditional holiday month of August to take an early break in the holy land.

In addition, 8,000 Christians are heading to Jerusalem to attend the Festival of Tabernacles from September 21-25.

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Israelis giving a lifeline to fear-ridden refugees

By Adi Schwartz, September 13, 2013

Mona decided to flee her native city of Homs when teachers in the school she ran started to disappear.

One after another, they were abducted by militia forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and Mona figured she might be next.

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Does Israel have chemical munitions?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

The current furore over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has also drawn attention to Israel’s alleged chemical capabilities.

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El Al halving night flights to Eilat

By Shira Rubin, September 12, 2013

Israel’s national airline, El Al, announced this week that it was cancelling half of its daytime flights to Eilat, citing security risks related to new flight paths and landing procedures.

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Palestinians indicate talks are going nowhere

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

A flurry of contradicting statements and leaks from Palestinian officials on the ongoing talks with Israel has underlined the difficulties involved in making any progress in the negotiations, now in their second month.

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