Israel

MDA chooses UK firm to build £1.5m vehicle

By JCReporter, July 31, 2013

Israel's medical emergency service, Magen David Adom, has commissioned Spectra, a Wiltshire-based engineering company, to create a custom-built vehicle for use in national crises.

The £1.5 million National Mobile Command and Control Vehicle will provide MDA with a mobile infrastructure to manage emergencies.

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What’s next for the Mossad menagerie — Secret Squirrel?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2013

International paranoia over Israeli spy tactics reached new heights this week when Turkish authorities detained a kestrel, believing it to be part of an elaborate surveillance operation.

Locals in eastern Turkey found the bird and passed it over to the authorities, who took it to Fırat University to be X-rayed.

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First, break bread: Palestinians, Israelis have peace-talks supper

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders resume in Washington today.

On Monday evening, US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzchak Molcho and two Palestinian negotiators, Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh.

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Kosher smartphone

July 25, 2013

The world’s first kosher smartphone is being developed.

Nativ, an Israeli internet filtering company, is working to produce a kosher Android platform which can be used on LG’s L7 II smartphone.

Certain calls and social network sites will be disabled on the device, which will get its kosher character from software alterations. Users will, however, be able to obtain approved apps.

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New Parliamentary chairman for Conservative Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

Conservative Friends of Israel’s Parliamentary chairman, James Arbuthnot, is to retire from the role.

He will be replaced by Hertsmere MP James Clappison.

Mr Clappison is currently a vice-chairman of the group, but will take on the top position temporarily while CFI considers a permanent appointment.

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Hague: I’ll boost Israel-UK trade

July 25, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was “committed to driving down barriers to trade” at a UK-Israel tech collaboration event this week.

The event, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, orchestrated by the UK Israel Tech Hub and the British Embassy in Israel, was attended by a select group of business figures.

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Water company agrees to Israel boycotter's demands

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

An anti-Israel activist sat in a hole in the ground as part of a protest which convinced a water company not to fit an Israeli meter at her home.

Caroline O’Reilly was one of around a dozen boycotters to have lobbied Southern Water over its deal with Israeli water technology company Arad.

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Iron Dome deployed near Eilat

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Israel has deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system by the Red Sea port of Eilat.

The IDF said that the deployment of the missile protection batteries was “in response to the changing security situation in Egypt”.

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New concern over whether Israelis could be arrested in UK

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2013

The circumstances surrounding the visit of one of Israel’s most senior military chiefs to Britain have raised renewed fears over the issue of universal jurisdiction.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s trip to London earlier this month was given “special mission” status by Middle East Minister Alistair Burt in a move aimed at deflecting opposition from anti-Israel groups.

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Israel and Palestinians close to peace talks

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will declare the start of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks tomorrow if the Palestinian leadership agrees to return to the table.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly due to meet with fellow leaders to discuss the proposed resumption of talks at 1pm local time.

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