Israel

Bibi warns of 'wishful thinking' over Iran election result

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2013

The reformist-backed Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, receiving just over half of the vote to narrowly avoid a run-off.

Mr Rouhani, who will succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mobilised the moderate vote after Mohammad Reza Aref, the sole reformist candidate, withdrew from the race on Tuesday.

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G4S: Israel work does not break international law

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2013

Security company G4S has defended its work in Israel and denied that it breached international law in its management of security systems at prisons in the West Bank.

Shareholders repeatedly questioned the firm’s new chief executive, Ashley Almanza, about contracts in Israel during the company’s annual general meeting in the City of London.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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Halt Bedouin evictions, say UK rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Sixty-five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protesting against a proposed law that could see 40,000 Bedouin evicted from their homes.

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BNP leader out of love with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2013

British National Party leader Nick Griffin visited Syria this week after being invited to take part in a “fact-finding” tour by President Bashar Assad.

Travelling alongside fellow MEPs, Mr Griffin repeatedly criticised the British government’s support for rebels in the civil war, and commented on wider issues affecting the Middle East.

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Israeli firms ‘supplied US surveillance operations’

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 13, 2013

Technology developed by two leading Israeli software companies is thought to have been used in the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) Prism surveillance programme and other data-collecting schemes that were exposed in the international press last weekend.

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England football bosses make emotional visit to Yad Vashem

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson and Football Association chairman David Bernstein have made an emotional visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

During Tuesday's tour they discovered a book written by Jakob Wassermann, a relative of Mr Bernstein, which the Nazis had ordered to be burned.

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Hodgson and Bernstein visit Yad Vashem

By Zoe Winograd, June 12, 2013
Roy Hodgson and David Bernstein were moved by a "very sobering" tour of Yad Vashem in Jersusalem. The England Manager and FA Chairman were in Israel to watch the Under-21s in their final game at the UEFA European Championship.

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Israel Philharmonic sounds wonderful in its renovated home

By Jenni Frazer, June 7, 2013

"We did this for ourselves,” says the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s legendary music director for life, Zubin Mehta, sitting on the stage of the newly renovated concert hall of the IPO. “But we [also] did it for the public.

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UK should do high-tech the Israeli way, say Labour shadow ministers

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

Britain should follow the successful blueprint of Israel’s high-tech sector to repair its battered economy, according to leading members of the Shadow Cabinet.

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said the “remarkable story” seen in Israel’s start-up technology industries could be combined with British skills to boost both countries’ global business appeal.

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