Low-key talks held between Israel and the Palestinians

By JC Reporter, July 27, 2015

Israel and representatives from the Palestinian Authority held low-key talks in Amman over the weekend.

According to the Times of Israel, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom met senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in a bid to calm tensions between the two sides, which have increased in the past week.


UK rabbis criticise ‘unjust’ demolition of Palestinian homes

By Charlotte Oliver, July 27, 2015

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis have written to Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, asking him to “do what you can” to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes in a West Bank village.


Pro-Israel activists in London protest against Iran deal

By Josh Jackman, July 27, 2015

Activists opposing the nuclear deal between Iran and western powers have delivered a letter outlining their objections to 10 Downing Street.

After a demonstration in Whitehall on Sunday attended by more than 30 supporters, pro-Israel grassroots group Campaign For Truth (C4T) handed over the message, which compared the agreement to appeasement of the Nazis.


Sir Eric Pickles to lead MPs’ delegation to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel has announced that its chairman Sir Eric Pickles will lead on a delegation of MPs to Israel.

The former cabinet minister will lead CFI’s new team of parliamentary officers on the high-profile trip next week.


Around 1,600 sign petition to protect Israel youth lacrosse team at Scottish tournament

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Almost 1600 people have signed a petition calling on Edinburgh to guarantee the safety of teenage girls representing Israel at an international lacrosse tournament.

Edinburgh Friends of Israel launched the online petition following threats from the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign to disrupt the team’s appearances.


Israeli hackers charged over one of ‘biggest ever’ cyber frauds

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2015

Two Israeli hackers have been charged with stealing millions of dollars in one of the biggest cyber frauds in history.

Gery Shalon, 31, and Ziv Orenstein, 40, were allegedly part of a three-man hacking gang that purchased blocks of practically worthless shares before illegally manipulating the market to gain at least $2.8m (£1.8m) in profit.


Ambassador David Quarrey unveils water research projects for UK and Israeli scientists

By Rosa Doherty, July 22, 2015

Britain’s new ambassador to Israel has unveiled schemes to help improve water quality and supplies in the Middle East.

David Quarrey announced three projects under a British Council pilot programme during a visit to Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, on Wednesday.


Microsoft to buy Israeli cybersecurity firm Adallom for a record $320m

By Jessica Weinstein, July 21, 2015

Microsoft plans to acquire Israeli cloud-based, cybersecurity start-up Adallom for $320 million.

The reported sum is the most Microsoft has paid for an Israeli tech firm, and places Adallom among the top 25 biggest buyouts made by Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft bought another Israeli cybersecurity start-up, Aorato, for a reported $200 million.


EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv forced to make emergency landing in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

An easyJet flight from Manchester to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany on Thursday.

The flight, which was carrying 182 passengers, including 36 children and six babies, landed in Berlin after half the cabin crew fell ill.

All passengers were checked by paramedics “as a precaution only”. Four people were examined in hospital.


Government ends review of arms export licences to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

The government has lifted a review of arms export licences to Israel after saying it was confident that criteria imposed last year had been met.

Following the Gaza conflict last summer, the coalition government had said it would suspend 12 arms licences to Israel if hostilities resumed.