Israel

Lieberman verdict will have far-reaching effect

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Next Wednesday will be a pivotal day in Israeli politics. The verdict in Avigdor Lieberman’s fraud and breach of trust case will not only determine the fate of one of the most powerful men in the country, it could also have a profound effect on the coalition’s future and on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flexibility in pursuing the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

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Councillors shown the real Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013

British councillors have taken part in the first of a series of Israel tours aimed at giving local authority representatives an insight into the country’s political system.

Organised by the We Believe Israel advocacy group, and Labour Friends of Israel, last week’s trip saw six councillors from around England meet officials and counterparts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

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Israelis see chink of light in Iran talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Veteran Israeli observers have sounded more optimistic in recent days about the chances of a breakthrough in the nuclear talks between the international community and Iran.

At the same time, there are alarming new assessments about the speed with which Iran can build a launch-ready nuclear bomb.

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Storm over Jack Straw ‘hate’ remarks

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub has said comments made by former British foreign secretary Jack Straw follow a “very troubling tradition” of familiar tropes about “sinister Jewish power”.

The ambassador was speaking after a row over Mr Straw’s remarks in a Parliamentary debate on diplomacy in the Middle East.

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Snake flies easyJet economy from Tel Aviv to London

By Rosa Doherty, October 31, 2013

An easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Luton was met on the ground by police after news broke that there was a snake on board.

Those on board were terrified when the serpent was discovered in the hand luggage of one the passengers during the flight on Wednesday.

Passenger Rafi Addlestone tweeted: “No Samuel L, but an actual snake on a plane.”

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Why Ben-Gurion is still relevant

By Tom Segev, October 31, 2013

Two years ago President Shimon Peres published a biography of David Ben-Gurion. The book, in the form of conversations with the journalist David Landau, first came out in the US and shortly afterwards in Israel. Since then more books about BG have come out in Hebrew, among them one about BG and the media, and another about the last years of his life.

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Peace is closer than you think

By Gershon Baskin, October 31, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations are shrouded with secrecy. Most of what has been written so far about what is transpiring behind the closed doors is not true.

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‘Brainwash’ abortion group targets UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013

An Israeli anti-abortion group accused of “brainwashing” and driving girls away from their families is now targeting British women.

Efrat, a deeply controversial organisation in Israel, has taken a stall at Sunday’s Jewish Living Expo at Wembley Stadium.

And its founder, Dr Eli Schussheim, has told the JC that he is coming to “raise awareness and funds”.

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‘Significant progress’ in Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Simon Rocker, October 31, 2013

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The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have made “significant progress” towards “a comprehensive agreement on all the issues” that will “bring us to the end of the conflict”, according to an Israeli expert with an inside track on the negotiations.

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No action against Brighton lecturer

By Charlotte Oliver, October 30, 2013

The University of Brighton has said it will not be taking disciplinary action against lecturer Tom Hickey following his attack on Israel studies courses in the UK last week.

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