Israel news

Pet Shop Boys Israel tonic

By Martin Bright, June 21, 2013

Those of us who have struggled over the years to argue against a cultural boycott of Israel have been put to shame this week by a 1980s pop-synth duo better known for their commentary on nightlife and consumer culture than their analysis of global geopolitics.

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Jewish man shot dead at Western Wall

By Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2013

A Jewish man has been killed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Doron Ben Shlush, 46, was shot several times by a security guard on Friday morning.

The security guard, 25, told police that the victim yelled " Allah Akbar " , meaning " God is greater " in Arabic, and reached for his pocket. These movements led the guard to believe the man was about to commit a terrorist attack.

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Global stars line up to sing Peres’s praises

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

A star-studded international extravaganza in Jerusalem this week celebrated President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday and served as a reminder of his 65 years of service to the state and his undying vision of peace for Israel and its neighbours.

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Moderniser is ‘evil’, says rabbi

By Nathan Jeffay, June 20, 2013

Israel’s most revered Sephardi rabbi has caused uproar by declaring that a moderate candidate for the chief rabbinate is an “evil man”.

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Don’t get too excited about Iran vote, says Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

Israel is trying to curb the West’s enthusiasm at the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the new president of Iran in the hope that the diplomatic pressure and sanctions will not be weakened until Tehran abandons its nuclear ambitions.

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Israeli chief rabbi suspected of bribery and fraud

By Zoe Winograd, June 20, 2013

Police have raided the house of Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.

On Thursday morning, Rabbi Metzger was interrogated on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering. In 2004 the National Fraud Unit launched an investigation when they suspected he had accepted illicit perks while on holiday.

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Official rankings on way at last for Israeli hotels

By Sharron Livingston, June 20, 2013

Israel is set to introduce a ranking system for its hotels after two decades in which companies decided for themselves how to rate the accommodation they provided.

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As crunch nears, Israeli leaders divided on peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

As the Israelis and the Palestinians prepare their response to the framework proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to renew talks, the Israeli government is split over the basic tenet of a peace solution: the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Peres: science the key to secure Israel’s future

By Orlando Radice, June 18, 2013

In an interview with the JC ahead of his Presidential Conference and 90th birthday celebrations, Shimon Peres said that science and technology are the key the future “identity and existence” of the Jewish state.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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