Israel

Australia vote good news for Jerusalem

By Dan Goldberg, September 12, 2013

Israel once again has a staunch ally in Australia following the landslide election of the conservative Liberal Party.

The Labour government was swept from its six-year term on Saturday as London-born Tony Abbott stormed into office pledging to upgrade bilateral relations between Canberra and Jerusalem.

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El Al halving night flights to Eilat

By Shira Rubin, September 12, 2013

Israel’s national airline, El Al, announced this week that it was cancelling half of its daytime flights to Eilat, citing security risks related to new flight paths and landing procedures.

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Israel sceptical over chemical weapons ‘deal’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

Israeli officials were wary this week of responding to the Russian plan of securing Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

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'Temple Mount is ours', says Israeli minister

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

An Israeli government minister has said that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.

Uri Ariel, who serves as Housing and Construction Minister for the right-wing Jewish Home party, said this morning during his visit to the site that: “The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and must be open for prayer at every hour to every Jew.”

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Israel removes sex from school textbooks

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has been criticised for removing a chapter on sex education from textbooks supplied to children in state-run religious schools.

The chapter, aimed at children aged between 12 and 15, describes the reproduction process, methods of contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It was taken out after objections from Orthodox educational officials.

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Egypt’s national media in grip of bird-brained conspiracy theories

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew widespread criticism last month when he accused Israel of orchestrating the military coup in Egypt.

His “proof” was an anti-Muslim Brotherhood diatribe delivered two years earlier by Bernard-Henri Levy during a conference at which the French philosopher was seated next to Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

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George Galloway accused on Israel-Syria claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

Respect MP George Galloway has been accused of misleading the House of Commons over comments in which he appeared to claim Israel had supplied chemical weapons used in Syria.

During last Thursday’s Commons debate on Syria Mr Galloway clashed with Hendon MP Matthew Offord, who asked whether it was true that he had made the claim about Israel while hosting a show on Iranian-backed Press TV.

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Israel ‘ready for every scenario’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

As the US plans to attack Syria have been put on hold for at least a week, the IDF has completed its preparations for possible retaliation against Israel and allowed some of the reservists who had been called up to go home.

Israeli intelligence analysts do not expect the Assad regime to risk trying to strike Israel following the US attack.

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Israeli NGO that goes into Syria to aid civilians

By Shira Rubin, September 3, 2013

For the past 18 months in Syria, as the death toll has climbed past 100,000 and chemical weapons have apparently been used against residents of Damascus, an Israeli NGO has been covertly crossing the border to deliver aid to civilians.

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Israel and US in joint missile test

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Israel has conducted a joint weapons test in the Mediterranean with America.

Two missiles were fired from the centre of the sea towards the coastline to check the effectiveness of Israel’s US-funded missile defence system.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said that two “ballistic objects” had been spotted on its early warning radar system at 7:16am BST.

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