Israel

Erekat: we won’t recognise Israel as Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, February 11, 2014

The Palestinian Authority’s senior peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has set out an intransigent position ahead of the upcoming attempt to propose a framework for peace talks.

Mr Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio yesterday “I told Minister Livni in Munich recently that we won’t change our history, culture and religion. We are not going to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.”

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Date of Rolling Stones Israel concert revealed

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2014

The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in Israel on 10 June, according to a report on Israel Radio.

The Stones will appear at Ramat Gan Stadium for a single performance only as part of their "14 on Fire" world tour.

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Israel needs critical friends

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2014

Oh, for the conviction of those who would boycott Israel. Forget about nuance or anguished deliberation, and bring on kneejerk condemnation the minute anyone creative does anything that suggests they might, vaguely, not dislike Israel.

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One love? Plan to promote Arab clubs to Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2014

Israelis could soon be asked to forget politics and head to “Palestine” to party.

According to a report on Israel Radio, the Palestinian Authority is considering hiring Israeli advertising gurus to encourage Israelis to chill out in Ramallah.

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A synthetic emergency? Israel divided over boycott ‘threat’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2014

Is Israel facing a debilitating wave of economic boycotts or is the sudden rise in reports on financial organisations planning to divest and threats of impending catastrophe just a storm in a teacup that will blow over the moment the media finds something else to interest it? It depends very much who you ask.

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Aipac is losing its influence

By Michael Goldfarb, February 7, 2014

For 40 years, Aipac, the American Israel Political Action Committee, has been the definitive lobbying voice for Israel in US politics.

A body with 100,000 members, Aipac has used its financial muscle and political skills to become arguably the most influential non-governmental voice on foreign policy in the US.

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Eilat attack reveals reach of new Sinai jihadi group

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

A rocket fired from Sinai towards Eilat on Friday night was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery and destroyed in the air before it could cause any damage.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the jihadist organisation that has been sowing terror in Egypt, took responsibility. This was the second such attack on Eilat in less than two weeks.

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IDF soldier killed by friendly fire

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

An IDF officer was killed by friendly fire on Monday night on the northern Gaza border.

According to reports, Captain Tal Nahman, 21, was commanding forces nearby when he was mistaken for a terrorist by soldiers of Givati — an IDF infantry brigade.

The IDF said in a statement that the incident was being investigated.

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High Court push to speed up IDF draft law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The Israeli High Court order on Tuesday to prevent the government from funding Charedi yeshivahs for students whose IDF draft has been deferred has added extra urgency to the move to pass a new national service law in the Knesset.

The 8-1 ruling by the nine Supreme Court judges came following a petition by the Hiddush lobby group against the state for not drafting the students.

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Israel, Turkey inch closer

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

A delegation of Turkish officials visited Israel this week in what is being seen in both countries as the final stage before the former allies bury the hatchet and sign a compensation agreement on the killing of nine Turkish civilians on the Marmara ferry in 2010.

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