Israel news

Israeli killed by terrorists on Egyptian border

By Jessica Elgot, June 18, 2012

An Israeli construction worker has been shot and killed on the Egyptian border, by terrorists crossing from the Sinai peninsula.

Gunmen attacked a convoy of construction workers who were building a security fence, injuring one and killing another, who is believed to be an Israeli-Arab. Two of the terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire as Israeli soldiers arrived.

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Former soldier decides to live in West Bank as he 'hates Zionism'

By Josh Jackman, June 15, 2012

A former Israeli soldier has renounced his citizenship in order to live in the West Bank as a Palestinian.

Andre Pshenichnikov, a 23 year-old Jewish immigrant from Tajikistan who recently left the IDF after four and a half years of service, was arrested on Thursday in the Deheishe refugee camp, near Bethlehem, on charges of living illegally in the Palestinian territories.

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'Significant deficiencies' in Netanyahu's flotilla leadership

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu showed poor leadership over the flotilla to Gaza and the subsequent clashes on board the Mavi Marmara, an Israeli government report has found.

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Over to basketball correspondent Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

It is any basketball fan's dream – to write a column about the sport's winners and losers for a national newspaper.

But for Gilad Shalit, it will also mark his first professional role after nearly six years as a prisoner of Hamas terrorists.

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Israeli scientist wins World Food Prize for pioneering work

By Josh Jackman, June 13, 2012

An Israeli inventor was awarded the 2012 World Food Prize on Tuesday, at a ceremony hosted by the US State Department.

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IDF General warns on Syria and 'existential war' facing Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

A senior figure in the Israeli army has warned that Syria is home to "the world's largest arsenal of chemical weapons".

Speaking at a ceremony to mark three decades since the battle of Sultan Yacoub between Israeli and Syrian troops during the first Lebanon war, Maj Gen Yair Naveh cautioned that little had changed in the intervening period.

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Fifa's Sepp Blatter urges Israel's Avi Luzon to act on hunger striker

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

The president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, has appealed to the Israel Football Association over the case of a Gaza prisoner who went on a hunger strike for nearly three months.

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David Arquette celebrates his barmitzvah at Jerusalem's Western Wall

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Hollywood actor David Arquette has celebrated his barmitzvah at the Kotel.

The Scream star, who was once married to Friends actress Courtney Cox, is Jewish but was brought up on a commune and as a 13-year-old did not have the chance to celebrate his religious coming of age.

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Hague: Ulpana settlement plan sets 'dangerous precedent'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2012

The British government has criticised the "dangerous precedent" set by Benjamin Netanyahu's government after he reached a compromise on a controversial outpost in the West Bank.

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Music made in Tel Aviv, inspired by Northern Soul

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

Born in Wigan and Manchester clubs in the 1970s, the mod-inspired northern soul scene has found its way to Israel 50 years later, with a Tel Aviv-based band bent on a revival of the genre.

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