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Israel and EU reach deal on £400m research scheme

By Nathan Jeffay, November 28, 2013

Tensions between Israel and the EU cooled down from boiling point on Tuesday, when the two parties reached a compromise on a bitter disagreement over settlements.

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Herzog won Labour by talking diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

Hilik Bar, secretary-general of the Israeli Labour Party, is sitting puffy-eyed in his Knesset office. As the party’s organisational head, last week’s primaries were his responsibility and he is still catching up on lost sleep.

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El Al releases new details on low-cost airline launch

By Daniel Easterman, November 28, 2013

El Al has today revealed more details about its new low-cost carrier called UP, which will offer fares starting at around £42 for a one way ticket and 50 flights a week from five European cities.

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Middle East Minister marks anniversary of Gaza ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, November 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Hugh Robertson has called on Israel and Hamas to respect their 12-month ceasefire and for Hamas put an end to “militant activities, including rocket fire”.

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Mick Davis: Bibi hinders peace efforts and diaspora's attempts to defend Israel

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

The chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, Mick Davis, this week triggered fresh controversy over Israel by claiming it was doing too little to convey a commitment to peace.

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Iran deal: should we embrace it?

By Lawrence Freedman and Saeed Ghasseminejad, November 28, 2013

YES by Lawrence Freedman

It is possible to imagine a better deal — it always is in a negotiation — but, in practice, this outcome exceeded expectations.

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Israeli singing legend Arik Einstein dies

By Charlotte Oliver, November 27, 2013

Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein died late last night at the age of 74, after suffering the haemorrhage of a major artery.

He had been rushed to the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv earlier in the evening, but died on the operating table.

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Herzog replaces Yachimovich as leader of Israel’s Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

Isaac Herzog has been elected new chairman of Israel's Labour Party with 58 per cent of the votes.

Mr Herzog replaces Shelly Yachimovich as the leader of the largest opposition party in the country.

Mrs Yachimovich has led the party since 2011.

He said: "We are embarking today on the real journey to change the face of the state."

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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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