Israel

Hain’s one-state plan not Labour policy

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

Former Middle East Minister Peter Hain has been criticised by Labour colleagues for promoting a “one-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In a keynote address at Swansea University, the veteran MP said that after two decades of support he had become “increasingly unsure” whether a two-state outcome could be reached.

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Bennett lights fire under coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Irael’s governing coalition has cracked and teetered in recent weeks but somehow remained intact.

This week, however, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett issued his strongest threat so far to leave the government.

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French olim say hate pushed them out

By Nathan Jeffay, February 5, 2014

With French emigration to Israel up 63 per cent last year, Hebrew-language schools echo with the sound of French and French-accented Hebrew. And one of the first phrases the new arrivals pick up is “antisemitism”.

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IDF officer shot and killed by friendly fire

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2014

An IDF officer was killed by friendly fire late last night along the northern Gaza border, an army spokesperson has confirmed.

According to reports, Capt. Tal Nahman, 21, was commanding forces near the border when he was mistaken for a terrorist by Givati soldiers - an infantry brigade of the IDF.

Thought to be a suspicious figure, Mr Nahman was shot and killed on sight.

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US and Israel in war of words over Kerry boycott warning

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2014

A row between Israel and the US has erupted after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Israel about a potential global boycott if peace talks fail.

Mr Kerry warned Israel about the growing sanctions against the country at a Munich security conference on Saturday.

He urged Israel to move the peace deal forward and said any calm Israel currently enjoys was “illusionary”.

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Jesus the Palestinian, a political messiah

By Natan Levy, February 1, 2014

After the £30,000 replica wall of Bethlehem came down in the courtyard of St James’s Church Piccadilly, just before the Quakers sent their 12th year of Ecumenical Accompaniers into Palestinian villages at a cost of over £5,000 per observer, and right around the time that the Methodist Church engaged a cadre of its leading ministers and its top staffer on poverty and justice, for months of con

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IAF strikes Hamas targets in response to rocket fire

By Charlotte Oliver, January 31, 2014

The Israeli Air Force struck three suspected terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip early this morning in response to a rocket fired from the region, it has been confirmed.

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Israeli presidential race kicks off

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2014

Nine candidates are already setting out their campaigns for the presidential race with Shimon Peres scheduled to end his seven-year team in July.

The president of Israel is elected by the Knesset. All 11 presidents since the country’s foundation had been active in politics; nine of them were serving or former parliamentarians before their election.

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Himmler letters reveal coldness of mass-killer

By Toby Axelrod, January 30, 2014

A collection of letters from Heinrich Himmler — a leading architect of the Holocaust — has turned up in Israel.

The banality of many of the letters makes them horrific. For instance, amid casual observations to his wife Himmler incidentally mentions an upcoming visit to Auschwitz, signing off: “Your Heini”.

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Abbas needs the zero option

By Paul Charney, January 30, 2014

In this country, you often hear talk about how terrible celebrity culture is. Our aspirational role models include thuggish professional ball-kickers, scantily-clad twerking girls, and people who appear to be famous just for being famous. So it’s instructive to look at what goes on in other parts of the world.

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