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Naftali Bennett threatens to quit Israeli government over prison release

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has threatened to quit Israel’s governing coalition if a group of Palestinian prisoners are released in a last ditch attempt to save the peace process.

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Architect of Oslo Accords Ron Pundak dies

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Ron Pundak, one of the leading figures behind the Oslo Accords, has died aged 59 after a long battle with cancer.

In early 1993, while the official negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington were failing, a secret back channel with the PLO was opened by Mr Pundak together with fellow academic Yair Hirschfield - first in London, and then Oslo.

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Rabbi attacks Orthodox over disconnect from IDF

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

A prominent Israeli rabbi has described the lack of respect shown by Charedim towards the IDF as a “huge blemish”, arguing that the “obligation to serve in the army is greater than the obligation to learn Torah”.

Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth is the head of Beit Hillel, an organisation that promotes moderate approaches to Judaism. He presides over an alliance of 200 modern Orthodox rabbis.

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‘Employer bias against Charedim and Arabs’

By Nathan Jeffay, April 11, 2014

Some 37 per cent of Israeli employers prefer not to hire Charedi men, according to a new survey which points to widespread discriminatory attitudes among bosses.

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Boy George to launch Israel's gay pride events

By Charlotte Oliver, April 10, 2014

It looks like singer Boy George could soon be changing his lyrics to “Shawarma Chameleon”, following news that he is to open gay pride events in Israel this year.

The music icon, who found fame in '80s pop group Culture Club, will officially launch Israel’s pride events in Eilat on May 15, at the annual Temptation party on Dekel Beach.

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Adelson takes another chunk of Israeli media

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

This week, Ma’ariv, once the most popular newspaper in Israel, got its fifth owner in less than four years when it was bought by Jerusalem Post owner Eli Azur for NIS 4 million (£700,000).

Mr Azur was taking advantage of a fire-sale of the media assets of UK-born businessman Shlomo Ben Zvi, whose firm owed NIS 3.5 million (£600,000) to creditors and employees.

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Secret London meeting to plan battle against Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 9, 2014

Dozens of leading politicians, campaigners and grass-roots activists gathered in Britain this week for a secret conference on tackling delegitimisation of Israel.

The three-day event, held in closed sessions amid heavy security at central London’s Hilton Metropole hotel, was attended by Israel’s Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister, Yuval Steinitz.

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Israeli device charges phone in 30 seconds

By Charlotte Oliver, April 9, 2014

Waning battery life is a modern-day annoyance every phone user knows all too well.

But Israeli startup StoreDot claims to have found the answer to our problems by developing a device that can charge a smartphone in under 30 seconds.

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West Bank settlers clash with Israeli soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2014

Israeli security forces have demolished several illegal buildings in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, despite resistance from its hard-line Jewish residents.

Six border police officers were injured as hundreds of settlers threw rocks at the demolition workers.

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Israeli diplomats ‘beat up’ Indian border official

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

Three Israeli diplomats allegedly assaulted an Indian immigration officer in New Delhi airport after a dispute over customs delays ahead of a flight to Kathmandu.

According to the Times of India, the Israeli Foreign Ministry employees held diplomatic passports, which grant them immunity from prosecution.

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