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Israeli law could block peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

The Israeli cabinet’s legislative committee has voted through a proposal that, if passed into law, would require a two-thirds Knesset majority before parts of Jerusalem could be ceded to a future Palestinian state.

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We must inspire the next generation with the idea of Israel

By Yoni Chetboun, October 24, 2013

Much has been made recently in Israel of the phenomenon of Israelis making yeridah — leaving the country to live abroad. This has always happened, yet has remained under the radar. People have moved to pursue professional opportunities or academic advancement.

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Empty words over women

October 24, 2013

The elevation of Karnit Flug to the governorship of the Bank of Israel is, in one sense, entirely unremarkable. As the acting governor, she was an obvious successor (despite being third choice in the hiring process).

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Flug set to be Fischer’s spiritual successor

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Doctor Karnit Flug is starting her term as governor of the Bank of Israel at a distinct disadvantage.

Although she has been the acting governor for four months and was chosen by her illustrious predecessor, Stanley Fischer, everyone will remember that she was neither the first, nor the second, nor even the third choice of the prime minister and finance minister.

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Abbas urges EU businesses to boycott 'settlements'

By Charlotte Oliver, October 24, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged foreign companies to boycott businesses based in Israeli settlements, calling the enterprises "a violation of international law".

Mr Abbas spoke after meeting European Council President Herman van Rompuy in Brussels, as part of the Palestinian leader's visit to several European countries.

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Watch: sisterhood flash mob takes Tel Aviv

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

Women ran for leadership positions in 40 municipalities in Israel this week - more than double the numbers of previous years.

To spread the message, WePower - a feminist NGO in Israel - organized a flash mob in central Tel Aviv to the rousing sounds of "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves".

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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem's incumbent mayors are re-elected

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

The incumbent mayors of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem retained their positions in Israel’s municipal elections, it was announced early this morning.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai won with 53 per cent of the vote, beating his opponents Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz and Aharon Meduel.

This will be Mr Huldai’s fourth term as mayor, having held the position for the past 15 years.

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Family of Arab awarded Righteous Among the Nations rejects honour

By Isabelle Fraser, October 21, 2013

The family of the first Arab to be named Righteous Among the Nations has declined to take up the honour.

The award was bestowed posthumously on Dr Mohamed Helmy, an Egyptian-German doctor, by Yad Vashem for his role in saving a Jewish family in Germany during the Holocaust.

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New York Mayor Bloomberg wins $1million award honouring “Jewish achievements and values”

By Charlotte Oliver, October 21, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was announced today as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, to be presented next May in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Oxfam bends the rules

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 18, 2013

At the end of September, a two-day conference was held in Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. Entitled, Realising the Return of Palestinian Refugees, the theme was the alleged “dispossession” suffered by Palestinian Arabs at the time of Israel’s re-establishment, and the remedies that might even now be offered in atonement, as it were, for this supposed injustice.

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