Israel

Clemency for Jonathan Pollard? No

By Oliver Kamm, January 2, 2014

A child born today will grow up with absolutely no conception of privacy at all,” said Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, in his “Alternative Christmas Message” on Channel 4.

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Israel launches air strikes after civilian is shot dead

By JC Reporter, December 24, 2013

Israel has launched a series of air strikes after an Israeli man was killed by sniper fire along the border with the Gaza Strip.

According to reports, the man was a 52-year-old civilian employed by the Israeli Defence Ministry to make repairs to a section of the Israel-Gaza border fence damaged after storms.

He was shot in the chest and died on route to hospital in Beersheba.

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Why Netanyahu was wrong over Mandela

By Jonathan Freedland, December 24, 2013

There is an idle habit I picked up in childhood which I have never quite shaken off. I suspect there are other JC readers who share it too. When confronted with any kind of list of the world’s nations, my eye runs an instinctive, involuntary check to see if Israel is among them. Flags flying outside a hotel or along a boulevard: I look for the blue and white.

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Why Netanyahu was wrong over Mandela

By Jonathan Freedland, December 24, 2013

There is an idle habit I picked up in childhood which I have never quite shaken off. I suspect there are other JC readers who share it too. When confronted with any kind of list of the world’s nations, my eye runs an instinctive, involuntary check to see if Israel is among them. Flags flying outside a hotel or along a boulevard: I look for the blue and white.

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Snowden files: UK intelligence spied on Olmert, Barak

By Charlotte Oliver, December 20, 2013

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and former defence minister Ehud Barak were spied on by British and US intelligence agencies, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.

Documents released by the whistleblower reveal that the Israeli politicians were two in a list of over 1,000 prominent officials who were kept under surveillance from 2008 to 2009.

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Israel visit is dream come true for Michael Gove

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he had fulfilled a long-held ambition after visiting Israel for the first time.

During the trip, which took place last week, he signed a deal with Israeli counterparts to strengthen education links, a move he said was evidence of the increasingly strong bilateral relationship.

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Israel to levy new second home tax

By Nathan Jeffay, December 20, 2013

The cost of maintaining a second home in Israel will rocket on January 1, when a new regulation will double council tax on properties that lie empty for most of the year.

Last week, the Knesset approved the increase in taxes for so-called “phantom apartments”, following years of complaints by municipalities in tourist areas such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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Israel fears sanctions tsunami

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

Israeli diplomats are concerned that a large wave of sanctions could hit the country if the current round of talks with the Palestinians fails.

A recent spate of boycott actions in Europe and the US will have a limited effect but Israelis fear that they could be just the beginning.

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Israel storm of the century

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

Weather historians are still arguing whether this was the worst snowstorm to hit Israel in 21, 60, 93 or 140 years, but its results are hard to argue with.

From Thursday afternoon, 48 hours of rain, hail and snow — which in Jerusalem piled up as high as 70cm — paralysed transport around the country.

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PA says two killings within 24-hours is threat to peace

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013

The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of causing damage to the ongoing peace negotiations after Israeli security forces killed two suspected terrorists in the West Bank.

A spokesperson for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said: "This dangerous Israeli escalation is aiming to thwart the attempt by the Americans and international community to advance the peace process."

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