Israel

Good luck, Mr Kerry, the two sides remain divided

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry sounded hopeful this week when he tried to relaunch the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians — but it seems that so far he has only succeeded in highlighting the distance between the two sides and major differences within the Israeli cabinet.

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‘Jews are defined by words, not religion or ethnicity’

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2013

Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy once released a song called, These Boots are Made for Walking. Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s book, Jews and Words, could have been sub-titled, These Books are Made for Talking.

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Hacker collective fails to take a byte out of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

The much-heralded #OpIsrael, a campaign by the hacker collective Anonymous to “wipe Israel off the face of the internet”, created a good deal of media hype but failed to cause much more than a nuisance to Israelis.

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Israel's wealthiest man is moving to the UK

By Zoe Winograd, April 9, 2013

Idan Ofer, whose net worth is estimated at $6.5 billion, is reported to be relocating to London for “family reasons”. His son, who has recently finished his Israeli army service, may decide to study in the UK and Mr Ofer's mother, Aviva, already lives in London.

Mr Ofer, 57, is the controlling shareholder of Israel Corporation, which has interests in shipping and energy.

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Air France fined for refusing to fly activist to Israel

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

Air France has been court ordered to pay a $12,800 (£8,400) fine for taking a pro-Palestinian activist off a plane for not being Jewish.

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Budget airline Jet2 to end Manchester to Israel route

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

Budget airline Jet2 will stop running its Manchester to Israel route later this year.

The company began low-cost flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport almost four years ago.

It announced this week that the "difficult decision" had been taken to remove the route, but would not give a further explanation.

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Brothers and others

By Moris Farhi, April 4, 2013

Exposure
By Sayed Kashua (Trans: Mitch Ginsburg)

Deliberations on our individuality, our place in the world — whether or not our attitudes towards social, political and religious responsibilities offer acceptable meanings to life — have been major themes in literature since Antiquity.

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Israel's Jewish population passes six million

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2013

As Jewish diaspora has shrunk, the number of Jews in Israel has passed the six million mark, making it the home of the largest number of Jews in world, according to a university report published in Yedioth Ahronoth.

The report attributes the figures to the increasing number of people who have made aliyah and Israel's rising birth rate.

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Obama leaves sweet taste, but little more

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 28, 2013

President Barack Obama’s high-profile, 48-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week appeared to end on a low-key note.

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Violence takes Israel in the right direction

By Colin Shindler, March 22, 2013

The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right
By Ami Pedahzur
Oxford University Press, £18.99

In 1969, 32 per cent of the Israeli electorate voted for the centre right and its allies. Forty years later, this had increased to more than 52 per cent, securing the premiership for Netanyahu. Israeli academic Ami Pedahzur tells the story of this remarkable transition.

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