Israel news

Tel Aviv tour for Cirque du Soleil

By Sarai Sinai, May 24, 2012

A contemporary yet magical entertainment extravaganza is coming to Israel this summer.

Renowned for its daring and graceful performances inspired from around the world, Cirque du Soleil will be bringing its acts to Tel Aviv this August 2012.


Globe director's Dromgoole's 1967 Israel Habima links

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Habima's performance of The Merchant of Venice will not be the Globe's artistic director's first brush with Shakespeare with an Israeli spin.

As a toddler, Dominic Dromgoole joined his director father in Israel where he was working on Habima's production of Othello.


Family destroyed in fatal car crash in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Eight members of the same family have died after a car accident in northern Israel.

Rafael Attias, a teacher, was with his wife and seven of their children when the brakes on the car failed as they drove near to Tiberias.


Israel's Bar Refaeli is number one on Maxim 'hot list'

By Sarai Sinai, May 22, 2012

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has been ranked number one in Maxim magazine's annual "Hot 100" list.

Ms Refaeli, who has modeled for top lingerie and swimwear companies, including Victoria's Secret, has graced the covers of magazines including Sports Illustrated and Marie Claire.


Netanyahu warns 'no concessions' ahead of Iran nuclear meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated his belief that Iran intends to destroy Israel using nuclear weapons.

The Israeli Prime Minister, speaking the day before an international meeting , focused on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, takes place in Baghdad, called for steps to be taken to ensure Iran does not get an atomic bomb.


Israeli band in Azerbaijan for 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

By Jennifer Lipman, May 21, 2012

If some of the musicians performing at this year's Eurovision Song Contest would have trouble locating the host country, Azerbaijan, on a map, for one singer the competition has been something of a homecoming.

Ran Shem-Tov, the lead singer of Israel's entry – rock band Izabo – has revealed that his grandfather came from Baku, the Azari capital.


Test for Israeli coalition over IDF law

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

The new Netanyahu-Mofaz coalition got off to a rocky start this week with major disputes over a new law on national service for yeshivah students and the future of settler outposts in the West Bank.


Sean Penn planning his first trip to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Sean Penn is to visit Israel as part of his work for humanitarian aid organisations.

The actor, who is on screen this year as the rock-star son of a Holocaust survivor in This Must be the Place.

The announcement follows a meeting involving Mr Penn and IOsrael's deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon in Los Angeles last week.


Iran and Syria ordered to pay family of teenage Tel Aviv bomb victim

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Syria and Iran have been ordered by a US court to pay £200 million to the family of a Florida teenager who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in a Tel Aviv.

Daniel Wultz was 16 when he was killed in the Islamic Jihad attack on a restaurant during the Pesach holiday. Eleven people died in the blast, and Daniel's father, Yekutiel, was severely wounded.


IOC: No silence for Munich at London Games

By Marcus Dysch, May 15, 2012

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed it will not hold a minute’s silence at this summer’s games to mark the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Munich Olympics.

Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon had written to the IOC last month supporting the widows of two of the victims after they called for a specific memorial during the London Olympics.