Israel

‘Longest ever Gaza tunnel’ extended 700 metres into Israel, according to IDF

By Charlotte Oliver, March 25, 2014

A tunnel thought to have been built by Hamas to attack Israel extended 700 metres into Israeli terrority, the IDF has announced. It is the longest yet discovered.

The earthwork was unearthed near the border with the Gaza strip, after heavy rainstorms exposed one of its entrances in Israel.

Its length took it close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

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New Tel Aviv rock festival attracts top international bands

By Rosa Doherty, March 24, 2014

A line-up of international bands will play at a new rock festival in Israel, it was announced this week.

Artists such as The Pixies, The Hives and Soundgarden will perform in the country for the first time at the Rock ‘N’ Roller Festival in Tel Aviv in June.

They will play alongside home-grown Israeli talent Elisha Banai and his band The Forty Thieves.

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Israel’s zero-sum game for the diaspora

By Keith Kahn-Harris, March 23, 2014

Anyone who has ever written a non-fiction book on a contemporary issue knows the feeling: the cold fear that events will overtake what they write. Writers on anything connected to contemporary Israel suffer from this more than most.

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Beware kneejerk reactions to anti-Israel slurs

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 22, 2014

It’s a familiar cycle. A politician makes an incendiary allegation against Israel. Pro-Israel advocates rush to issue defensive rebuttals. An almighty scrap develops, few give any ground, but the original allegation is repeated by both sides as the controversy drags on.

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Muslim antisemitism? We've been warned

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 21, 2014

More than once I have drawn attention to the religious prejudice that underpins the ongoing conflict between Israel and its Muslim neighbours.

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Israel has two billion pound fund for possible attack on Iran

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

Israel is keeping a budget worth almost two billion pounds to fund a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, the budget information was revealed during a Knesset committee hearing which outlined plans to ensure sufficient money would be available to attack Iran in 2014.

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Old hate goes high-tech with new boycott app

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

A new smartphone app that identifies Israeli goods and services has been attacked as a modern, high-tech version of traditional Israel-hatred.

The app — which will be released within the next few weeks — has been built by Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigners at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

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Israel’s ‘best soldier’ Meir Har Zion dies

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

Moshe Dayan described him as “the best soldier in the IDF”, generations of Israeli special forces strove to emulate his deeds and some of the army’s core values were laid down by him.

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‘Third of settlers would relocate if compensated’

By Nathan Jeffay, March 20, 2014

Many residents in outlying settlements are prepared to relocate in return for compensation, according to a new survey.

Pollsters spoke to Israelis who live in the West Bank outside of the main settlement blocks, and found that around 30 per cent would relocate regardless of whether or not there is a peace deal.

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Leaders have only days to save the peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

The peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the brink of collapse.

Despite US President Barack Obama’s meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas this week, there is still virtually no clause in the current framework agreement — the core principles for negotiations — that both sides agree on.

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