Israel

Absence of Orthodox frees lawmakers to liberalise Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, November 7, 2013

On Sunday, the Knesset took the second major step in as many weeks to rein in the power that hard-line rabbis exert over the general population.

The government’s legislative committee threw its weight behind a bill to make conversion much more accessible. It will do so by decentralising conversion and empowering local, state rabbis to oversee the process.

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The corn snake? It flew budget too

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

Passengers were shocked to discover a snake on board an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to London last week.

Adam Gubbay, a former Hasmonean student, had smuggled the non-poisonous corn snake onto the aircraft in his hand luggage.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman: Back in the game

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The judges of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court not only exonerated Avigdor Lieberman from charges of fraud and breach of trust on Wednesday, they accepted all the main claims of his defence team, effectively quashing any chance for the State Prosecutor to appeal and overturn the verdict.

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Israeli exam suspended after disparity in results

By Shira Rubin, November 7, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has announced that it will suspend an annual examination, known as the Meitzav exams, in the upcoming year, in the light of a sharp disparity in academic performance between various sections of the population.

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Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption

By Daniel Easterman, November 6, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has been acquitted of all fraud charges in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel at Jerusalem's magistrate court.

In response to the verdict, Mr Lieberman said he was now ready to move on with his life. "I don't want to dwell on this issue any more; I want to put this chapter behind me.

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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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