EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv forced to make emergency landing in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

An easyJet flight from Manchester to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany on Thursday.

The flight, which was carrying 182 passengers, including 36 children and six babies, landed in Berlin after half the cabin crew fell ill.

All passengers were checked by paramedics “as a precaution only”. Four people were examined in hospital.


Government ends review of arms export licences to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

The government has lifted a review of arms export licences to Israel after saying it was confident that criteria imposed last year had been met.

Following the Gaza conflict last summer, the coalition government had said it would suspend 12 arms licences to Israel if hostilities resumed.


Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.


Irish dancers cancel Israel contest after threats from boycotters

By Naomi Firsht, July 7, 2015

An Irish dance academy was forced to cancel the first ever Irish dance competition to be held in Israel after receiving threatening messages from an anti-Israel group.

The Carey Academy Israel was set to hold the “1st Israeli Feis” in Tel Aviv on August 15 but called it off after a protest outside its UK dance studio in Birmingham.


Ryanair to launch £20 flights to Eilat - but there's a catch

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2015

Budget travellers will no doubt be celebrating Ryanair’s announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat – the first time the airline has run routes to Israel.

But before you pack the sunscreen, there is a catch: it will only be flying from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.


Israeli police officer implicated in bribery scandal found dead

By Charlotte Oliver, July 6, 2015

Ephraim Bracha, Israel’s highest ranking detective, has taken his own life amid claims of bribery and corruption.

The 55-year-old, who headed the Israel Police’s National Fraud Unit, was found dead early on Sunday morning near his home in the city of Modi’in.

His death followed recent reports that the father-of-four had provided suspects with information about their cases.


Returning city families usher kibbutz renaissance

By Shira Rubin, June 25, 2015

Hadar Shlomo remembers a childhood in Kibbutz Nir-Am in southern Israel as an experience "lacking self-expression and freedom".

She recalled with distaste how all the families ate in the same dining room, received the same allowance, and were provided with two pairs of shoes per year - one for the winter months, and a pair of sandals ahead of the summer.


Hawkish Israeli minister Silvan Shalom favours restart of peace talks

By Orlando Radice, June 22, 2015

Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has said that he is in favour of a resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution as soon as the world powers’ talks with Iran have come to a conclusion.

The minister, who would head up any such diplomatic process with the Palestinians, said: “We want to resume negotiations but it takes two to tango.”


Jewish leaders condemn attack on Jesus ‘miracle’ church

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Jewish leaders around the world have condemned a suspected arson attack on a church in northern Israel where Jesus was supposed to have fed the “five thousand” with fish and bread.

Hebrew graffiti found on a wall suggested Jewish extremists may have been behind the attack on the Roman Catholic church of Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on Thursday.