Israel

High Court push to speed up IDF draft law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The Israeli High Court order on Tuesday to prevent the government from funding Charedi yeshivahs for students whose IDF draft has been deferred has added extra urgency to the move to pass a new national service law in the Knesset.

The 8-1 ruling by the nine Supreme Court judges came following a petition by the Hiddush lobby group against the state for not drafting the students.

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Israel, Turkey inch closer

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

A delegation of Turkish officials visited Israel this week in what is being seen in both countries as the final stage before the former allies bury the hatchet and sign a compensation agreement on the killing of nine Turkish civilians on the Marmara ferry in 2010.

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Israeli pilots jailed over maps leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Fourteen Israeli combat pilots have been disciplined for storing secret maps and operational documents on their smart-phones. Two received short military prison sentences and the rest received suspended sentences and fines.

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Israel steeled as Syria delays chemical weapons detox

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The dismantlement of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has stalled.

Two deadlines for the removal of the deadliest toxins have passed but only about four per cent of the chemicals have left the country.

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Together in football

February 6, 2014

The likes of Anelka may use football to sow division and hate. But it can also be a powerful force for good, as an initiative by the British Embassy in Israel shows. The aptly named Coexistence Through Football aims to bring Jewish and Arab children together on the pitch. Our ambassador, Matthew Gould, fizzes with ideas and has made a huge mark in his three years in Israel so far.

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Hain’s one-state plan not Labour policy

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

Former Middle East Minister Peter Hain has been criticised by Labour colleagues for promoting a “one-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In a keynote address at Swansea University, the veteran MP said that after two decades of support he had become “increasingly unsure” whether a two-state outcome could be reached.

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Bennett lights fire under coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Irael’s governing coalition has cracked and teetered in recent weeks but somehow remained intact.

This week, however, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett issued his strongest threat so far to leave the government.

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French olim say hate pushed them out

By Nathan Jeffay, February 5, 2014

With French emigration to Israel up 63 per cent last year, Hebrew-language schools echo with the sound of French and French-accented Hebrew. And one of the first phrases the new arrivals pick up is “antisemitism”.

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IDF officer shot and killed by friendly fire

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2014

An IDF officer was killed by friendly fire late last night along the northern Gaza border, an army spokesperson has confirmed.

According to reports, Capt. Tal Nahman, 21, was commanding forces near the border when he was mistaken for a terrorist by Givati soldiers - an infantry brigade of the IDF.

Thought to be a suspicious figure, Mr Nahman was shot and killed on sight.

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US and Israel in war of words over Kerry boycott warning

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2014

A row between Israel and the US has erupted after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Israel about a potential global boycott if peace talks fail.

Mr Kerry warned Israel about the growing sanctions against the country at a Munich security conference on Saturday.

He urged Israel to move the peace deal forward and said any calm Israel currently enjoys was “illusionary”.

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