Israel

Space IL: Flying to the moon on a shoestring

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

British donors have raised £610,000 towards Israel’s budget space mission to the moon.

The SpaceIL unmanned capsule is due to launch next year at a cost of only £22 million, funded by private investors —the cost of space missions is usually counted in billions.

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Israel's diplomatic strike over as deal agreed

By Daniel Easterman, April 3, 2014

The first full-scale strike by Israel’s Foreign Ministry diplomatic staff has ended after weeks of embassy closures and diplomatic cancellations.

“Israel’s fighters abroad will return to serve on Israel’s global front lines. We are sorry for the needless hardships caused,” said the Foreign Ministry workers committee.

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Peace process near collapse as Palestinians make UN move

By Daniel Easterman, April 2, 2014

The Palestinians have initiated moves to join 15 UN agencies, causing yet another blow to the stalling peace process.

One implication of the move is that it could become easier for Palestinians to prosecute Israeli officials in the International Criminal Court.

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Pollard may be released to save peace talks

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2014

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard may be released by the United States in a bid to save the Middle East peace process, according to new reports.

A US official told the New York Times that no decisions had been made, but confirmed there had been talks about releasing the American jailed for spying for Israel.

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Blow to peace talks with Israel set to miss prisoner-release deadline

By Daniel Easterman, March 28, 2014

Israel will not release the fourth and last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday evening as agreed under the US-led peace talks.

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Jewish lawyers plan a brief visit to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A group of British lawyers plan to organise a visit to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to similar trips which, they say, give “a distorted impression” of the Israeli legal system.

UK Lawyers for Israel will run the tour with the Zionist Federation to allow them to meet their Israeli counterparts.

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Use the back door, Paris university tells Israelis

By Naomi Firsht, March 27, 2014

Israeli students visiting a Paris university were asked to leave and re-enter through a back door to appease pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

The request came from the president of the Paris VIII University, after 50 members of the anti-Israel Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement protested against their presence.

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IDF and Hamas taking digs at each other over discovery of Gaza tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

The discovery of a large tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel has led to a war of words between Israel and Hamas.

The tunnel, one of the longest discovered so far, leads 700 metres east of the border, and runs close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, according to the Israeli army officers who uncovered it.

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No sex charge for Energy Minister Silvan Shalom

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Police are expected to close an investigation into sex offence allegations against Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom — but his presidential campaign may have suffered a terminal blow nonetheless.

A woman identified only as M, a former Science Ministry employee, complained last week that he had pressured her to have sexual relations with her in his Jerusalem hotel room in 1998.

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Threat to ‘Bibi’s paper’ Yisrael Ha'Yom

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

Members of six different Knesset parties have backed legislation designed to limit the influence of Yisrael Ha’yom, the free daily newspaper financed by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson which supports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the seven years since it began being distributed for free, the paper has become the country’s most widely-read, eclipsing tabloid Yediot Ahronot.

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