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Israel raises marriage age to 18

By Charlotte Oliver, November 5, 2013

The Israeli government has raised the legal marriage age from 17 to 18, following a fierce debate that split the Knesset and infuriated strictly Orthodox members of parliament.

The bill, which was introduced by MKs across various parties, was passed with 55 in favour and 11 opposed. It is intended to target strictly Orthodox sectors of society.

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You want a Zionist mission? Here’s one you should join

By Samuel Hayek, November 1, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, JNF released its annual report for 2012. The report showed that our overall income rose 76 per cent from £10 million in 2011 to £17.5 million in 2012.

It showed the money committed to projects in Israel increased by 96 per cent from £2.3 million to £4.5 million.

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Israel strikes Syrian military base

By Charlotte Oliver, November 1, 2013

Israeli warplanes have carried out a strike on a military base in Syria, according to US officials.

The attack took place overnight on Wednesday near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia.

It reportedly targeted a shipment of Russian-made missiles, which were being delivered to Hizbollah in Lebanon.

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Film alleges Jewish exile was a myth

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

For most Jews, it is an article of faith: after being “forcibly exiled” from their land, says Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the Jews never stopped praying for their return.

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Israel ‘has a bigger tale to tell'

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2013

The British have a more positive view of Israel than many realise, Israel’s new deputy ambassador believes.

Eitan Na’eh said it was increasingly known for its economic and IT prowess than as a war zone and he had arrived eager to “tell Israel’s story”.

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Sectarian war erupts over Beit Shemesh vote

By Nathan Jeffay, November 1, 2013

In most of Israel, the local elections held a week-and-a-half ago were uneventful. But in the city of Beit Shemesh, they sparked an angry reaction that is growing by the day.

On Tuesday, hundreds of residents held a demonstration demanding an investigation into alleged voter fraud and that the Charedi victory be overturned if the probe reveals wrongdoing.

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Court refuses aliyah for child sexual assault accused

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 1, 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling to deny aliyah rights to a British Jew who fled to Israel to escape his UK trial for sexual offences against children.

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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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