Israel

Israel okays EU strictures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government will accept the new European Union guidelines on funding projects only within the “Green Line” as part of a new research agreement with the EU.

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US leaders talk Jewish identity politics

By Shira Rubin, November 14, 2013

Thousands of North American community leaders met Israeli politicians, entrepreneurs and social activists to debate contemporary Jewish identity at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly conference in Jerusalem this week.

Assimilation, women’s rights at the Western Wall and the surprising amount of poverty in Israel were among the topics discussed.

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Israeli scientists turn water into oil

By Nathan Jeffay, November 14, 2013

Israeli scientists are claiming to have discovered a commercially marketable alternative to crude oil that could revolutionise energy usage within a decade.

On Wednesday, a team from Ben Gurion University unveiled a process to make an eco-friendly substance that will perform the same functions as oil.

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IDF soldier stabbed to death on bus

By Charlotte Oliver, November 13, 2013

An IDF soldier has died in hospital after he was stabbed in a suspected terror attack on a bus in Afula this morning.

The attacker was a Palestinian 16-year-old from the West Bank city of Jenin who had been living in Israel illegally.

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Raising the marriage age is a true step forward for women

By Adi Blutner, November 9, 2013

Bar-Ilan University’s Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Centre for the Advancement of the Status of Women is joining women around the country in celebrating a historic day for the state of Israel.

This week, the Knesset passed a bill that will raise the minimum legal marriage age in Israel to 18, up by one year from the current age of 17.

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Girl who forced Bibi u-turn on migrants

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2013

Rotem Ilan, the young activist who played a key role in persuading the Israeli government not to deport 1,200 children of migrant workers three years ago, has told the JC that the country still operates a “revolving door” policy on immigration.

In 2010, Ms Ilan sent a letter to President Shimon Peres alerting him to the impending deportation.

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Ilan Ziv: the exile is a myth, and so is Zionism

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

The Israeli film-maker behind a controversial documentary about the Jewish exile from Israel has told pro-Palestinian campaigners that he believes neither Jews or Palestinians have historical claims to Israel.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth, was shown on BBC4 on Sunday.

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Israel hosts multi-national air drill

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The first-ever large multi-national military exercise will take place in Israel in two weeks as squadrons from the United States, Greece and Italy arrive in the Negev for Blue Flag 2013, which Israeli military commanders hope will be the inaugural annual training event for allied air forces.

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US: sanctions will stay until Iranians stop making bomb

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

American and European officials have assured Israel that there are no plans to ease the sanctions on Iran until it signs a comprehensive agreement to rein in its military nuclear programme.

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Bibi ‘concerned’ about peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare statement on the ongoing talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.

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