Open warfare erupts among coalition MKs

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The differences between the governing Israeli parties on key issues are beginning to create open tension.

Two weeks ago, the friction was mainly between right-wing Habayit Hayehudi and centre-left Ha’tnuah over the peace talks with the Palestinians.

In recent days, the unrest has spread and is now undermining the alliance between Habayit Hayehudi and centrist Yesh Atid.


Israel-US relations are in crisis - and Netanyahu has misread the Americans

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The crisis between Israel and the United States over the impending nuclear agreement with Iran is escalating.
Last Wednesday, in a meeting with the Senate Banking Committee in Washington which was discussing a new round of sanctions on Iran, State Secretary John Kerry repeatedly said to the senators “you have to ignore what they


Former chief rabbi Yona Metzger arrested

By Shira Rubin, November 21, 2013

Israel’s former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested on Monday on suspicion of taking bribes, defrauding charities, breaching public trust and obstructing justice, police said.


Kerry postpones Israel visit but ties still strong, says US

By Rosa Doherty, November 20, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a trip to Israel ahead of the talks with Iran that are due to be held in Geneva this week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that Mr Kerry would arrive in Israel on November 22 to discuss the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran as well as the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.


Peace process is doomed, says security veteran

By Simon Round, November 15, 2013

There are few living Israelis who have more experience in the fields of both war and peace than Ami Ayalon.

He was a decorated navy commando who became the commander of the Israeli navy, then served as director of the Shin Bet security service before ultimately being elected to serve as a Labour minister in Ehud Olmert’s coalition government.


Head of the Islamic Movement found guilty of inciting violence

By Shira Rubin, November 14, 2013

The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, was found guilty of incitement to violence by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court last week.


UK tourists stranded by El Al flight cancellation

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Israeli airline El Al has failed to allay British tourists’ fears after it stopped running flights to Eilat.

The company has scaled back its flights to the resort in recent months, citing security risks related to new flight paths and landing procedures.

The airline will stop all travel to the city from next week in response to changes introduced by Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority.


Israel okays EU strictures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government will accept the new European Union guidelines on funding projects only within the “Green Line” as part of a new research agreement with the EU.


US leaders talk Jewish identity politics

By Shira Rubin, November 14, 2013

Thousands of North American community leaders met Israeli politicians, entrepreneurs and social activists to debate contemporary Jewish identity at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly conference in Jerusalem this week.

Assimilation, women’s rights at the Western Wall and the surprising amount of poverty in Israel were among the topics discussed.


Israeli scientists turn water into oil

By Nathan Jeffay, November 14, 2013

Israeli scientists are claiming to have discovered a commercially marketable alternative to crude oil that could revolutionise energy usage within a decade.

On Wednesday, a team from Ben Gurion University unveiled a process to make an eco-friendly substance that will perform the same functions as oil.