Israel

Alistair Burt exits Foreign Office

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Alistair Burt has confirmed he is leaving his position as Foreign Office minister in today’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Burt posted on Twitter: “Standing down today. The last three and a half years have been a pleasure working on an extraordinary portfolio with talented people. Thank you all!”

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World's top Sephardi rabbi dies

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has died aged 93, following a three-week long bout of illness.

Rabbi Yosef’s family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders, had been called to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital this morning after doctors warned that he was about to die.

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Israel plans to run for UN Security Council

By Charlotte Oliver, October 4, 2013

Israel plans to run for a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2019-2020, its UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said yesterday.

Mr Prosor told Reuters that Israel would face Germany and Belgium for one of two seats given to the “Western European and Others Group”. It will be the first time the country has put itself forward.

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How can alleged ‘sex abuser’ have Right of Return?

By Nathan Jeffay, October 4, 2013

He fled England where he is due to be tried for child sex offences. He entered Israel on a fake passport. Now, Todros Grynhaus is appealing to the Israeli courts to claim that he has been unfairly treated.

Grynhaus is claiming that the State of Israel was wrong to refuse him citizenship under the Law of Return, which gives automatic citizenship to Jews and people of Jewish descent.

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‘Iran has a few months to prove credibility’

By Simon Rocker, October 4, 2013

Iran has just a few months to prove that its new diplomatic offensive is not a smokescreen to mask moves towards nuclear bomb capability, according to one of the United States’ most experienced Middle Eastern diplomats.

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J Street eyes the political big time with Biden, Livni and Indyk

By Dan Friedman, October 3, 2013

Ever since its founding a mere five years ago, America’s main progressive Israel advocacy group, J Street, has aimed to join the big time.

With Vice President Joe Biden giving the keynote address at this year’s annual convention in Washington DC, the organisation may just have made it.

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With a smile, Rouhani has forced an Israeli strike off the table

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The past two weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have been a carefully choreographed dance between three performers.

In the first act, the American and Iranian presidents both set out the very basic parameters of a potential agreement on Iran’s nuclear pr+ogramme and warily made their first contact.

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Netanyahu: Rouhani is ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 2, 2013

The Israeli prime minister hit out at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his speech to the United Nations yesterday, calling him a “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Mr Netanyahu warned the General Assembly that Mr Rouhani’s sweet-talking visit to the USA last week was a “ruse”, designed to buy time while his country builds its nuclear weapons.

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Shas squabbles over successor to Ovadia Yosef

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2013

The deterioration in the health of 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has thrown his party, Shas, into a battle over who will succeed the spiritual leader.

Hospitalised at Hadasa Medical Centre for over two weeks now due to a blood pressure problem, doctors had to put the rabbi into a coma after his kidney and heart showed signs of failing.

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Israelis arrests suspected Iranian spy

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

An Iranian businessman with Belgian citizenship has been arrested for spying on Israel, it has been revealed.

Ali Mansouri was detained at Ben-Gurion International Airport on September 11 as he attempted to leave Israel for Belgium.

He had been spotted photographing the United States embassy in Tel Aviv and filming activity around the city.

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