Israel

Transport chaos in Jerusalem as snow storm leaves thousands stranded

By Daniel Easterman, December 13, 2013

Hundreds are stranded on the roads leading up to Jerusalem and tens of thousands of homes in the city are without power, on the third day of one of the worst storms in Israel’s history.

According to reports, between 1,500 and 2,000 people were rescued from cars trapped in the snow last night and hundreds of others were evacuated to the city’s two main conventions centres.

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Tel Aviv now broadcasting English-only radio station

By Shira Rubin, December 12, 2013

As Israel’s first English-language radio station and with its offering of original cultural and political analysis, TLV1 is unprecedented in the country’s radio scene, says CEO Avner Shelem.

The station is headquartered in Tel Aviv and operates exclusively on private donations and without any support from the government.

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Bedouin land plan shelved by Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

The Israeli government has shelved the Prawer-Begin Plan for the Bedouin villages in the Negev.

The legislation was halted amid mounting opposition within the coalition.

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He’s gone from JFS to X Factor

By Charlotte Oliver, December 12, 2013

Six months ago, JFS schoolboy Adir Tov was studying hard for his GCSEs and looking forward to going on tour to Israel with his friends.

Now the 16-year-old is the sole British contestant on Israel’s X Factor — and is about to start singing on the TV competition’s live shows as one fifth of a boy band.

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A pipeline to peace? Israel, Jordan, PA sign water deal

By Sharon Udasin, December 12, 2013

It was a signing ceremony that hinted tantalising at what, one day, the Middle East could become.

On Monday, high-level representatives from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority sat around a table at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC to sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow the countries to share millions of cubic metres of water.

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BBC to screen first-ever Israeli drama

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013

The BBC is to screen its first ever Israeli drama, it announced today.

The corporation said it had bought the crime series, Hostages from production company Armoza Formats.

The series, made up of 10 60-minute episode was previously shown on Israel’s Channel 10 and tells the story of a surgeon who is ordered to sabotage a routine operation on his country's leader .

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Roger Waters compares Israel to Nazi Germany

By Daniel Easterman, December 9, 2013

Rock musician Roger Waters has said that Israeli policies towards Palestinians are comparable to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

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Israel, Jordan and Palestinians to build Red-Dead pipeline

By Rosa Doherty, December 9, 2013

Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have unveiled plans to build a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

Officials from all the parties are due to sign an agreement today which will see the production of millions of cubic metres of drinking water for the arid region around the Dead Sea.

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Peace is solar-powered, says Israeli green energy guru

By Nathan Jeffay, December 6, 2013

INTERVIEW YOSEF AMBRAMOWITZ

Israel’s foremost green energy pioneer is visiting London next week, where he will propose, among other innovations, a “renewable energy” solution to the Iranian crisis.

“Nuclear power is the power of war and solar power is the power of peace,” said Yosef Abramowitz, who has set up massive solar fields in Israel’s Negev desert.

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Kerry looks to boost peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week in an attempt to revitalise the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The talks, which began five months ago as a result of Mr Kerry’s efforts, have become bogged down amid mutual accusations.

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