Family and head clash over Israel trip

By Charlotte Oliver, October 18, 2013

A couple are furious that a Jewish school has refused to allow a term-time trip to Israel to celebrate their son’s barmitzvah and daughter’s batmitzvah.

Amanda and Simon Moss arranged a double blessing at the Western Wall for next April.


Knesset sits down for a stormy winter session

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The long winter session of the Knesset began this week with a feeling of trepidation within the ruling Likud party on two accounts.

The first is the lingering suspicion of many MKs that a peace treaty with the Palestinians is being hatched behind their backs. They were not reassured by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s hawkish speech last week at Bar-Ilan University.


Iran talks leave Israel on edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The discussions, which were described by EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton as “detailed” and “substantive”, revolved mainly around a new Iranian proposal which one Western diplomat called “very helpful”.


Swiss, Russian scientists disagree over Arafat poisoning

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2013

Long awaited results of a Swiss investigation show that when former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died, suggest his body may have contained higher-than-normal levels of the radioactive element that was used to kill former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.


Israelis and Palestinians might achieve peace if the world leaves them in peace

By Chas Newkey-Burden, October 11, 2013

Quick, gather round — I’ve found the solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I do at least have an original suggestion toward that end, and that’s something that has proved just as elusive since 1948.

It’s a curious proposition, but it might just work: let’s make 2014 the year in which the world leaves the Israelis and Palestinians alone to resolve their differences.


The enduring legacy of Rav Ovadia Yosef

By Joe Wolfson, October 11, 2013

Who was Rabbi Ovadia Yosef? An aged rabbi responsible for countless offensive statements (on Arabs, Ashkenazim and countless others he saw as opponents) and the head of a political party with a reputation for corruption? Perhaps.


Israel doesn’t need Beersheva-Eilat railway but Chinese spooks might

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2013

The security concerns raised in recent days by former intelligence chiefs over the possibility that a Chinese company may build the new Beersheva-Eilat railway is only one of the question-marks over the massive infrastructure project.


Lawyer practises in British courts from Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, October 11, 2013

With law degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, Baruch Baigel’s resume is typical of the top-flight lawyers in the running for English Law Society awards later this month. But it holds one surprise — he has never practised law from a UK office.


Netanyahu’s new ‘big’ Bar Ilan speech reassures Likud hawks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regretted agreeing to address the Bar-Ilan conference on Sunday, almost as soon as the university’s publicists began talking up the “big” speech.


EasyJet say sorry to family barred from Israel flight

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2013

A mother and her five children were prevented from boarding an easyJet flight to Israel because of a passport close to expiry — after the airline failed to make it clear they could not travel.

Rikki Bamberger was flying to Jerusalem to join her husband Mark, whose mother had just died. She was travelling with her children aged between two- and 12-years-old.