Israel

Obama calls on Abbas to take risks for peace

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

US President Barack Obama met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House yesterday, telling him he must take much greater political risks in order to break the deadlock surrounding the latest round of peace talks.

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BBC upholds complaint over biased Israel reporting

By Daniel Easterman, March 17, 2014

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint against Radio 4's Today programme for providing biased and misleading information in its reporting of Israel.

According to The Times, which says it has seen an unpublished BBC document, the complaint refers to a report by Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly in 2011 on the anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Now, that’s what we call a social feed: Tel Avivians plan record Shabbat meal

By Nathan Jeffay, March 13, 2014

The Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner summed up what a struggle it can be even getting a family of four to sit down for their roast chicken.

But young Tel Avivians are convinced they can get 1,000 people all celebrating Shabbat together.

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Our leadership's failing - it's time to act

By Samuel Hayek, March 13, 2014

The residents of southern Israel have braved wave after wave of deadly missile fire, the courageous men and women of the Israeli Defence Forces put their lives on the line every single day to secure a Jewish future in the land of Israel. There are warnings emanating from the US administration of a potential threat of a third Intifada and a boycott which will affect all of the residents of Israel.

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Capture of Iran ship fails to make waves

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the visit to Tehran by the EU’s foreign policy chief this week as Israel presented missiles that Iran was shipping to terror organisations in the Gaza Strip.

Mr Netanyahu was speaking on Monday at Eilat Port where the IDF put on display 40 M-302 missiles and other ammunition captured by Israeli commandos in the Red Sea last week.

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Cameron firm in his support for Israel

March 13, 2014

It might have taken almost four years to happen but now that it has, no one can fault the substance of David Cameron’s visit to Israel. His speech to the Knesset on Wednesday was not just firm in support of Israel; it was a tour d’horizon of British-Israeli relations that met all reasonable expectations of such a speech.

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US groups attack Israeli rabbis’ grip on marriage

By Shira Rubin, March 13, 2014

A number of major Jewish American organisations plan to join forces with Israeli groups to end the Israeli chief rabbinate’s control over marriage, burials and other personal status issues.

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Israeli newspaper Maariv close to bankruptcy

By Daniel Easterman, March 13, 2014

Israeli daily newspaper Maariv ceased regular publication this week as its owner sought the court’s protection from creditors.

British-Israeli publisher Shlomo Ben-Tzvi bought the ailing Maariv a year-and-a-half ago, promising to return the paper to its former glory.

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Israeli wedding turns nasty

By Nathan Jeffay, March 13, 2014

A wedding in Petach Tikva, Israel, took a nasty turn last week when an over-enthusiastic groom stamped too hard on the glass and ended up with large pieces perforating his foot.

Medics arrived on the scene within minutes, and were ordered by the hosts to change to plain clothes to avoid panicking the guests.

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Political war looms as Charedi draft becomes law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Three controversial laws were passed by the Knesset this week in a legislative push that created rare unity among the opposition.

The laws raised Israel’s electoral threshold to 3.25 per cent, established criminal sanctions against Charedi yeshiva students who refuse to enlist in the IDF and that any decision to relinquish Israeli-held territory will have to be authorised by a referendum.

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