Israel

Israeli fighters ‘strike Hizbollah missile base’

By Rosa Doherty, February 25, 2014

Israeli jets hit a Hizbollah stronghold on the Lebanon-Syria border last night, according to reports.

The air strike allegedly killed several Hizbollah operatives, as well as a number of civilians, in the Nabi Sheet area.

A Lebanese security source told AFP: “Two Israeli raids hit a Hizbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria.”

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Israelis excited over Spanish passport law

By Noga Godein and Gur Salomon, February 21, 2014

After midnight at the second birthday party of the trendy Jerusalem bar, Mitteh, a bunch of drunken 20-somethings are kidding around. The subject of their mirth is the new Spanish law guaranteeing citizenship to any descendant of Jews who were expelled during the Spanish Inquisition.

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Now for the real news on Israeli TV station i24News...

By Jenni Frazer, February 20, 2014

Frank Melloul is a dapper Frenchman who oozes affability, as befits his former role as a diplomat, advising presidents and prime ministers.

Lucy Aharish is model-thin, with chocolate-brown eyes and artfully disarranged hair, a persuasive manner and machine-gun speed conversation.

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Chief Rabbi’s first official Israel visit

By Simon Rocker, February 20, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is to lead a rabbinical mission to Israel in May in order to put education about Israel “firmly back in the pulpit”.

The expected participation of 50 Orthodox rabbis would make it the largest mission of its kind mounted by a chief rabbi, his office believed.

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Row in Israel over ‘unwanted’ Africans

By Tom Tugend, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is under attack over its treatment of 50,000 Africans who have entered the country across the porous border with Egypt.

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Israeli concern over Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the cordial but insubstantial tones of the nuclear talks taking place in Vienna this week are the start of prolonged negotiations which will allow Iran to increase its nuclear
capabilities.

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Communal groups split over use of 1967 border on maps

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

A new grassroots campaign that asks communal organisations to use only maps of Israel which feature the Green Line has caused a split.

The Sign on the Green Line initiative was launched this week by 16 young people from a range of religious movements and youth groups.

It aims to secure promises from Jewish groups to use only maps depicting Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

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Interview: Naftali Bennett in London

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

“If you say the right things, then you’re very popular,” says Economy Minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett with an ironic smile. “The media embraces you, the world embraces you, but in the end it will be my children and me paying the price. I’m not prepared to give up the truth for popularity.”

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Israel’s UN Ambassador chairs Human Rights Council elections

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2014

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor was chosen on Tuesday to chair elections for the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), adding to the recent surge of Israeli involvement with the UN in Geneva and New York.

Mr Prosor was unanimously selected by 170 member countries to supervise the voting of the committee, which is elected every two years to monitor human rights around the world.

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Anger over Knesset attack on Reform movement

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

Britain’s Reform movement has urged members to protest to Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub after attacks on Reform within the Knesset.

Likud-Beiteinu’s David Rotem, who chairs the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, apologised on Sunday after referring to Reform as “another religion” last week.

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