Israel

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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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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