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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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Peter Hain's one-state solution is a sobering vision

By Jonathan Freedland, January 30, 2014

If you want to know what a politician really thinks, wait till he or she leaves office. It’s when politicians no longer have to court votes, or worry about party discipline, that they finally speak their true mind.

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Israel critic Nathan Filer wins Costa Book of the Year

By Charlotte Oliver, January 29, 2014

A debut novelist who is a staunch critic of the Israeli government has won the Costa Book of the Year.

Nathan Filer won the £30,000 prize last night, beating bookies’ favourites Kate Atkinson and Lucy Hughes-Hallett, for his first novel, The Shock of the Fall – a story about mental illness.

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Record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

More British tourists travelled to Israel in the last 12 months than in any other year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism showed a record year, with 3.54 million people from around the world visiting in 2013.

That represented a one per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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Israeli jets bombed Assad missile stations, say rebels

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile launcher positions in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia last night, according to unconfirmed reports from Syrian opposition groups.

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Did Al Jazeera host really praise IDF?

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2014

An episode of The Opposite Direction, Al-Jazeera’s flagship live discussion programme, caught the attention of Western commentators this week for apparently backing Israel’s military tactics over those used by Syrian armies.

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Ya'alon is right about 'messianic' Kerry

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 24, 2014

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Minister of Defence, is a military man through and through, having risen from the ranks to become Head of Military Intelligence and later Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces.

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Israel foils US embassy terror plot

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

A jihadi group with al-Qaeda links tried to recruit Palestinians in East Jerusalem to carry out terror attacks against high-profile targets, it was claimed this week.

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