US signs deal to hold more weapons in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has signed an agreement that is set to strengthen US-Israel ties.

The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which was signed in Washington last Friday, confirms Israel’s status as a “major strategic partner” and America’s “unwavering support” for the country as a Jewish state.


Palestinian minister dies after West Bank protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

A Palestinian minister has died after clashing with Israeli soldiers at a protest in the West Bank today.

Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, appeared to be arguing with IDF soldiers near the Turmusiya village.

One witness claimed he was pushed by soldiers. Others claimed that he was suffocated by tear gas.

Mr Abu Ein died before reaching a hospital in Ramallah.


Israel rejects Amnesty war crime claim

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli air strikes against four high-rise buildings in Gaza during the summer amounted to “war crimes”.

The al-Basha Tower complex – which housed around 30 flats, TV and radio stations – was flattened during the strikes. There were no fatalities.

Amnesty called for an investigation into the strikes in a report into the incident.


Gantz to step down as IDF gets new chief

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

The cabinet is expected to approve the appointment of Major General Gadi Eisenkot as the next chief of staff of the Israel Defence Force on Sunday.

Maj-Gen Eisenkot, 54, is currently the deputy chief of staff and served most of his 36-year army career as a combat officer in the Golani infantry brigade.


IDF soldier appeals for better equipment

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

A former JFS student who is serving in the Israel Defence Forces is appealing for funds to buy equipment because the kit supplied by the army is not up to the job.

The 22-year-old Londoner, who has fought in Gaza and the West Bank since joining an elite infantry unit this year, wants to raise £10,000 to buy better boots and winter clothing for him and his comrades


UK minister ‘profoundly shocked’ by visit to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has visited Gaza for the first time since the conflict with Israel this summer.

Mr Ellwood is the first British minister to travel to the Palestinian territory since the violence.

He visited the heavily damaged neighbourhood of Shujaiyya and a Commonwealth war cemetery, where graves were damaged in the fighting.


Zionist Federation says pro-Israel adverts were rejected by Transport for London

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

The Zionist Federation has claimed an advertising campaign in support of Israel was rejected by a number of organisations following the Gaza conflict.

It said Transport for London had refused to run adverts comparing Hamas to other terrorist groups including Islamic State on the London Underground because they were “too controversial”.


Members of IDF spy unit refuse West Bank service

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

`An open letter written by 43 reserve soldiers and officers of the IDF's intelligence gathering unit in which they refuse to take part in any operations connected to the Palestinians has drawn stern condemnations in Israel.


Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.