Israel news

Elvis in Tel Aviv: an Israel tour with a rock 'n roll twist

By Michaela Walters, March 29, 2012

A Florida based holiday company has announced that they will be conducting an Elvis themed tour around Israel.

Brian Mayes, the co-founder of Israel Theme Tours, told Business Week that the tour, which is scheduled for May 2013, will not include Elvis impersonators as fans "don't like cheesy Elvis stuff", but rather will be a classic tour of Israel.

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'Two states critical for Israel's future'

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 29, 2012

More than 2,500 policymakers, Middle East experts, religious leaders, community activists and students converged in Washington over the weekend for J Street's second national conference.

The self-styled pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group is working to re-focus the US foreign policy agenda on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Police probe Beitar anti-Arab riot

March 29, 2012

Israel's Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino vowed on Sunday to prosecute those responsible for the mayhem last week when hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem fans ran wild in a shopping mall, chanting anti-Arab songs and allegedly attacking several of the mall's Arab employees.

Mr Danino also admitted that police made some mistakes in how the incident had been handled in the Malha mall, following repo

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Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.

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Israel buckles down for 'March to Jerusalem'

March 29, 2012

Israel is gearing up for another mass demonstration and potential incursions along its borders on Friday, as thousands are expected to take part in the "Global March to Jerusalem". Organisers expect demonstraters to arrive from all over the world.

Israel will deploy more than 2,000 border police throughout the West Bank to stave off disturbances.

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Livni concedes after Mofaz wins landslide in Kadima primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Tzipi Livni has lost her party's primary race and will be replaced by Shaul Mofaz as Kadima leader.

Mr Mofaz, a former army chief, won 62 per cent of the votes and will be in place to contest the Israeli general election in October 2013.

Ms Livni's defeat comes after she faced heavy criticism for her record as Opposition leader, despite Kadima's large proportion of Knesset seats.

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Olmert: Abbas is partner for peace for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2012

The former Israeli Prime Minister has described the Palestinian leader as a "partner for peace".

Ehud Olmert, who resigned from his position in 2009 amid allegations of corruption, dismissed claims that Israel had no partner for negotiations. However he said that all options should be considered for dealing with the Iranian threat.

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Police probe violence involving Beitar Jerusalem fans

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

Police in Israel are looking into claims that supporters of the right-wing Betar Jerusalem football team verbally abused Palestinian workers in a shopping centre.

According to Ha'aretz, the clash took place at the Malha Centre last Monday after a match at the nearby Teddy Stadium, named after the former mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek.

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Mossad Dubai assassination film role for Bar Refaeli

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2012

The assassination of a top Hamas official in a Dubai hotel is to be retold on the big screen with the help of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

The January 2010 death of Mahmoud al Mabhouh has been widely attributed to Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

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Israel targets tax rises at low-use second homes

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

Owning a second home in Israel looks set to become more expensive, after the government approved a plan to charge higher council tax on homes that are not in constant use.

On Sunday, the cabinet gave municipalities the green light to impose the increase, though it is not yet clear what the criteria for liability will be, or how much the extra tax will be.

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