Israel news

Rivlin in pole position to succeed Peres as Israel’s next president

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 27, 2014

Six candidates remain in the race to be Israel's next president as the list closed today.

The candidates who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members include three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin (Likud) is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his party's official candidate.

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Israel’s presidential race kicks off — despite Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

The Knesset will elect a new president for Israel on June 10.

Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s decision to call the vote in two-and-a-half weeks effectively ended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s short-lived attempt to abolish the presidency.

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Yaalon defends IDF over ‘video evidence’ of shootings

By JC reporter, May 21, 2014

Israel has defended the actions of its soldiers over the fatal shooting of two Palestinians during a West Bank protest last week.

A video has emerged of the incident on May 15 at a Nakba Day rally at Ofer Prison near Ramallah which Palestinians are claiming shows that neither of the rioters posed a threat at the time when they were shot.

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Rachel Corrie death case returns to Israeli court

By Daniel Easterman, May 20, 2014

The Israeli Supreme Court is about rehear the case against the state over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003.

Ms Corrie was protesting against house demolitions in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement when she was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer.

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MKs propose access to Temple Mount for Jews

By Daniel Easterman, May 19, 2014

Knesset members on the left and right have proposed a new law which would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

The bill, co-authored by right-wing Likud MK Miri Regev and Labour MK Hilik Bar, is an attempt to overturn the current ban on Jewish worshippers at the site, currently reserved for Muslims.

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Top yeshivah rabbi apologises for 'kill ministers' lecture

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A rabbi from Israel’s leading strictly-Orthodox yeshivah has apologised for saying that Israel’s government ministers deserve death.

Nissan Kaplan, a rabbi at the prestigious Mir Yeshivah, whose classes draw upwards of 200 students, said in a recent discourse on the weekly Torah portion that he not only advocates killing ministers, but also that he educates his children in this spirit.

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Palestinians shot dead in Nakba Day protests

By Sandy Rashty, May 15, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank after participating in Nakba Day riots.

Soldiers reportedly shot the men in the heart with rubber bullets during a riot outside the Ofer Military Prison near Ramallah today.

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Olmert given six years in prison

By Daniel Easterman, May 13, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison and fined over £170,000 for taking bribes and fraudulent activities while he was mayor of Jerusalem.

This is the first time in Israeli history that a former prime minister has received jail time.

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Amos Oz attacks extremist Jewish settlers as 'Hebrew neo-Nazis'

By Daniel Easterman, May 12, 2014

Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most famous novelists, has hit out at radical Jewish settlers, labelling them “Hebrew neo-Nazis”.

At an event celebrating his 75th birthday, Mr Oz said strong language should be used to describe extremist settlers who target Christian sites in so-called "price tag" attacks including vandalism, arson, graffiti, and even threats against leaders of other faiths.

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Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael in spotlight on transparency

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

Ministers are calling for greater transparency from the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael (JNF-KKL), which holds around 15 per cent of Israeli land “for the benefit of the Jewish people.”

On Sunday, a cabinet legislative committee moved to put JNF-KKL under the supervision of the state comptroller.

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