Israel news

Special aliyah flight to Israel brings 106 children

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2013

A record number of children landed in Israel today as part of a unique aliyah programme.

The 106 children, from North America, arrived at Ben Gurion airport this morning as part of a Jewish Agency for Israel mission to facilitate the move of olim.

Gilad Shalit, a former IDF soldier and captive, welcomed the new arrivals on the so-called “Children’s Aliyah Flight”.


Palestinian Authority says peace talks not ready to begin

By Anna Sheinman, July 22, 2013

A senior member of the Palestinian Authority has denied that an agreement has been reached to restart peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that the groundwork had been laid for the resumption of negotiations.


Israelis come up with anti-thrombosis airline seat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

A new airline seat that allows more leg movement during a flight, lowering the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), has been developed by a team in Israel.


Iron Dome deployed near Eilat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Israel has deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system by the Red Sea port of Eilat.

The IDF said that the deployment of the missile protection batteries was “in response to the changing security situation in Egypt”.


Crowd of 30,000 greets opening of Maccabiah Games

By Ellis Bolle, July 19, 2013

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres addressed a crowd of over 30,000 people yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem.

Speaking to spectators and athletes from over 70 countries, Mr Peres said: “We have come from different places, but we belong to the same family,”


Israel’s Hyde Park idea

By JCReporter, July 19, 2013

Jerusalem is setting up its own version of London’s Speaker’s Corner, the city council has announced.

It will be established next year in Sacher Park, which commemorates the late British Zionist Harry Sacher.


James Bond and Potter cars in Tel Aviv

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

The Batmobile, Hagrid’s motorcycle from the Harry Potter films and 007's Aston Martin from the latest Bond movie Skyfall are just three of the 14 vehicles that have arrived from Hollywood for this week’s Automotor exhibition in Tel Aviv.


Israel and Palestinians close to peace talks

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will declare the start of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks tomorrow if the Palestinian leadership agrees to return to the table.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly due to meet with fellow leaders to discuss the proposed resumption of talks at 1pm local time.


UK pushed for more exacting EU guidelines on Israel

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

It has emerged that during the EU discussions over its new guidelines prohibiting the provision of funds to Israeli organisations with operations beyond the Green Line, the UK suggested that the instruction should apply to every Israeli citizen living in settlements.


Spokesman denies Israel agreed to pre-1967 borders as basis for talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson has denied that Israel is prepared to use the pre-1967 borders and agreed land swaps with the Palestinians as a basis for peace talks.

An Israeli official had earlier stated that if the Palestinians agreed to the formula, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, could relaunch the peace talks which stopped in 2010.