Israel

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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Last chance for peace, says Kerry

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry told American Jewry that “we may not get another chance” to establish peace in Israel.

At Monday’s annual American Jewish Committee global forum in Washington, Mr Kerry implored the committee to show their support for a two-state solution in Israel.

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Israel's education minister cracks-up during Knesset speech

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013
Education Minister Shai Piron suffered an uncontrollable laughing fit at the Knesset plenum while trying to deliver a speech explaining the penalties for the "penetration of" cell phones in jails.

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British student creates link between West Bank yeshivah and One Voice

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

A British student is trying to forge links between his West Bank yeshivah and an international movement which advocates a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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‘Syrians want to take on Israel’, says Assad

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a Lebanese TV station that there is popular support for opening up a new front against Israel.

In an interview with Al-Manar television, Mr Assad said: “There is pressure by the people to open a new front in the Golan, and even in the Arab world there is readiness to join the fight against Israel.”

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Kerry sets out peace plan — with $4bn kick

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

American State Secretary John Kerry is awaiting answers from Israel and the Palestinians on his compromise proposal for a return to negotiations between the two sides.

Meanwhile, he is promoting, along with Tony Blair, a multi-million-dollar economic plan to help the Palestinian Authority.

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Alleged sex abuser denied in rare Law of Return ruling

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

A suspected British paedophile has become one of only a tiny number of people in Israel’s history not to be granted citizenship under the Law of Return.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, fled to Israel on a false passport shortly after pleading not guilty in court to seven counts of sexual assault on three children.

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As world scraps over which Syrian army to back, it’s lose-lose for Israel

By John R Bradley, May 30, 2013

The decision by EU foreign ministers not to renew an arms embargo on the “moderate” Syrian opposition was predictably celebrated by Foreign Minister William Hague this week as “the outcome that the United Kingdom wanted”.

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Beckham sees boycotters mount protest at Uefa dinner

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

Anti-Israel protesters breached security and infiltrated a dinner for leading football executives.

Two men and a woman gained entry to the dinner held by European governing body Uefa in central London.

Guests including Uefa president Michel Platini, David Beckham, and Sir Alex Ferguson, watched as the trio climbed on to a stage, shouted and waved a Palestinian flag.

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