Israel news

India Israeli embassy bomb: injured woman was on school run

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

The Israeli woman who was severely wounded in an attack on an Israeli embassy car in the Indian capital on Monday was on the way to pick up her children from school.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of an Israeli Defence Ministry and a mother of two, was in the car on Monday afternoon when it exploded. The driver was also hurt.


Israeli backpacker escapes jail over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

An Israeli backpacker has accepted a deal to pay £6,300 compensation to a Chilean environmental group after he was arrested for causing a devastating forest fire.

The money will be used to fund the purchase of 50,000 trees for the Chilean forestry agency to plant.


Israelis: no attack on Iran until after Madonna gig

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Israeli fans of Madonna have appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone action against Iran until after her Tel Aviv concert.

Fans of the singer, who announced this week that she will open her global tour with a show in Israel, launched a campaign on Facebook.

They are asking the Israeli Prime Minister to say "no to war with Iran" until after the May 29 gig.


Terror 'not depressing' for Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, February 9, 2012

It may be intended as psychological warfare, but terrorism does not demoralise Israelis, researchers have found.

People were no less satisfied with life when terror attacks were at a high during the Second Intifada than when they reduced, according to academics who have written a report on the subject.


'Price tag' attack on interfaith Jerusalem school

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2012

Extremist Jewish vandals are believed to be behind an attack on a mixed Jewish and Arab school in Jerusalem.

Police found Hebrew graffiti calling for "Death to Arabs" on the wall of the "Hand in Hand" school. At the same time, vandals targeted a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.


Madonna to launch world tour in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

The Queen of pop is to launch her world tour in Tel Aviv.

Madonna, whose devotion to Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) is well known, will perform in Israel on April 29. It will be her first global tour in three years.

She has played in the country twice before, including to a crowd of 50,000 people in Hayarkon Park in September 2009.


Fogel killer 'blessed' on television

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 2, 2012

The Palestinian Authority's TV channel broadcast greetings to the convicted murderers of the Fogel family last week.

During a programme in which Palestinian prisoners are sent messages by their relatives, the mother of Hakim Awad, one of the two men who brutally killed Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their three young children in Itamar last March, "blessed" her "dear son" who "carried out the operatio


No date for new Israeli-Palestinian talks

February 2, 2012

A month after Israel and the Palestinian Authority resumed direct negotiations, they already seem to have reached an impasse.

The talks, that took place in a series of five meetings under Jordanian auspices in Amman with the participation of representatives of the Quartet, (the US, Russia, the EU and the UN), have foundered over the Palestinian demand for a more detailed proposal from Israel on


Baby-faced Abbas and Netanyahu 'could make peace'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

It may just be that the key to Middle East peace is the "aawww" element.

Researchers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem have discovered that baby-faced Palestinian negotiators - those with proportionally larger eyes and thick, pudgy lips - are perceived as being kinder, warmer, more honest and more trustworthy, and so are likely to have more success convincing Israelis of their positions.


Israeli medics save the sight of a thousand

By Nathan Jeffay, February 2, 2012

Almost 1,000 people in poor countries have received a special gift from Israel over the last six months: their sight.

An Israeli non-profit called Eye From Zion has dispatched doctors to Nepal, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Cambodia, the Maldives and Ethiopia, where they have performed sight-restoring procedures and started to train local medical professionals to do so themselves.