Israel

New York Mayor Bloomberg wins $1million award honouring “Jewish achievements and values”

By Charlotte Oliver, October 21, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was announced today as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, to be presented next May in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Oxfam bends the rules

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 18, 2013

At the end of September, a two-day conference was held in Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. Entitled, Realising the Return of Palestinian Refugees, the theme was the alleged “dispossession” suffered by Palestinian Arabs at the time of Israel’s re-establishment, and the remedies that might even now be offered in atonement, as it were, for this supposed injustice.

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Palestinian killed after ramming tractor into IDF base

By Charlotte Oliver, October 18, 2013

A Palestinian man was shot and killed last night after ramming a tractor into an IDF base, in what the army is describing as a suspected terror attack.

The incident happened at the IDF’s Rama Base, which is just just north of Jerusalem, next to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Al-Ram.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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