Israel

With a smile, Rouhani has forced an Israeli strike off the table

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The past two weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have been a carefully choreographed dance between three performers.

In the first act, the American and Iranian presidents both set out the very basic parameters of a potential agreement on Iran’s nuclear pr+ogramme and warily made their first contact.

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Netanyahu: Rouhani is ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 2, 2013

The Israeli prime minister hit out at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in his speech to the United Nations yesterday, calling him a “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Mr Netanyahu warned the General Assembly that Mr Rouhani’s sweet-talking visit to the USA last week was a “ruse”, designed to buy time while his country builds its nuclear weapons.

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Shas squabbles over successor to Ovadia Yosef

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2013

The deterioration in the health of 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has thrown his party, Shas, into a battle over who will succeed the spiritual leader.

Hospitalised at Hadasa Medical Centre for over two weeks now due to a blood pressure problem, doctors had to put the rabbi into a coma after his kidney and heart showed signs of failing.

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Israelis arrests suspected Iranian spy

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

An Iranian businessman with Belgian citizenship has been arrested for spying on Israel, it has been revealed.

Ali Mansouri was detained at Ben-Gurion International Airport on September 11 as he attempted to leave Israel for Belgium.

He had been spotted photographing the United States embassy in Tel Aviv and filming activity around the city.

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Probe into Arafat assassination a joke, but time to respect both narratives

By Uri Dromi, September 25, 2013

This week, a blog titled The Elders of Ziyon reminded us of the investigation into the claim that Yasser Arafat was assassinated by the Israelis.

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Senior Labour MPs to join delegation to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

Senior Labour shadow cabinet members are due to join the party’s biggest delegation to visit Israel for years.

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy will lead the group — co-ordinated by Labour Friends of Israel — in meetings with Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon and other counter-terror experts.

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Israel's necessary doubt over Obama's UN negotiations

September 24, 2013

Contrary to what is widely assumed, Israel would like nothing more than a diplomatic solution to the Middle East’s biggest problems.

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Israelis advised Kenyans during Naorobi mall terror siege

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

Israeli counter-terrorism experts were on hand to advise the Kenyan security forces facing the Al Shabaab terrorists who killed over 60 people at a shopping mall in Nairobi this week.

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My mother’s singular aliyah

By Angela Epstein, September 18, 2013

It was, by all accounts, a “highly irregular” state of affairs. The business of assessing new Israeli immigrants, said the woman from the Interior Ministry, needed to be conducted from her office. Anyway, she had an aversion to hospitals.

But something clearly fluttered in this woman’s Jewish soul. And with only a little persuasion, she agreed to bend the rules.

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Why I write in Hebrew

By Sayed Kashua, September 13, 2013

About two years ago, I was in a western European city participating in an evening dedicated to literature. My host invited the audience to ask me questions. The first question came from a young Palestinian woman from a refugee camp in Lebanon. She declared that she had never read a single word I had written, and promised never to do so in the future.

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