Israel

Fears of Syria gas attack recede

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2013

The Israeli cabinet will vote in the coming weeks on whether suspend the distribution of gas masks to civilians following the dramatic reduction in Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles.

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Nuclear deal with Iran fading

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

World powers are struggling to reach a provisional deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme.

As talks in Geneva moved into a third day, Iran insisted it would not sign an agreement that did not have specific guarantees of its right to enrich uranium.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said: “We are working on narrowing the gaps but the gaps are still there.”

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Scientologists open church in Karmiel

By Nathan Jeffay, November 22, 2013

The US-based Church of Scientology has just opened a centre in the Jewish city of Karmiel, which it hopes will serve the entire northern region. It will run courses in Hebrew and Arabic on the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard, the 20th-century science fiction writer who founded Scientology.

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Israel debates merit of nursery Shoah lessons

By Nathan Jeffay, November 22, 2013

Israel’s education Minister has said he wants children to start learning about the Holocaust in nursery school, sparking a debate about how young is too young when it comes to the Shoah.

There are parents who fear that their children will be traumatised by accounts of history which, for all their importance, are not appropriate learning material for the very young.

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Iran says Israel was behind embassy bomb blast

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

At least 25 people, including an Iranian diplomat, were killed and 160 wounded in Beirut on Tuesday morning in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy.

A group with links to al Qaeda took responsibility for the attack.

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Open warfare erupts among coalition MKs

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The differences between the governing Israeli parties on key issues are beginning to create open tension.

Two weeks ago, the friction was mainly between right-wing Habayit Hayehudi and centre-left Ha’tnuah over the peace talks with the Palestinians.

In recent days, the unrest has spread and is now undermining the alliance between Habayit Hayehudi and centrist Yesh Atid.

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Israel-US relations are in crisis - and Netanyahu has misread the Americans

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The crisis between Israel and the United States over the impending nuclear agreement with Iran is escalating.
Last Wednesday, in a meeting with the Senate Banking Committee in Washington which was discussing a new round of sanctions on Iran, State Secretary John Kerry repeatedly said to the senators “you have to ignore what they

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Former chief rabbi Yona Metzger arrested

By Shira Rubin, November 21, 2013

Israel’s former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested on Monday on suspicion of taking bribes, defrauding charities, breaching public trust and obstructing justice, police said.

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Kerry postpones Israel visit but ties still strong, says US

By Rosa Doherty, November 20, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a trip to Israel ahead of the talks with Iran that are due to be held in Geneva this week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that Mr Kerry would arrive in Israel on November 22 to discuss the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran as well as the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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Peace process is doomed, says security veteran

By Simon Round, November 15, 2013

There are few living Israelis who have more experience in the fields of both war and peace than Ami Ayalon.

He was a decorated navy commando who became the commander of the Israeli navy, then served as director of the Shin Bet security service before ultimately being elected to serve as a Labour minister in Ehud Olmert’s coalition government.

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