Israel

Record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

More British tourists travelled to Israel in the last 12 months than in any other year, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism showed a record year, with 3.54 million people from around the world visiting in 2013.

That represented a one per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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Israeli jets bombed Assad missile stations, say rebels

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile launcher positions in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia last night, according to unconfirmed reports from Syrian opposition groups.

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Did Al Jazeera host really praise IDF?

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2014

An episode of The Opposite Direction, Al-Jazeera’s flagship live discussion programme, caught the attention of Western commentators this week for apparently backing Israel’s military tactics over those used by Syrian armies.

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Ya'alon is right about 'messianic' Kerry

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 24, 2014

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Minister of Defence, is a military man through and through, having risen from the ranks to become Head of Military Intelligence and later Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces.

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Israel foils US embassy terror plot

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

A jihadi group with al-Qaeda links tried to recruit Palestinians in East Jerusalem to carry out terror attacks against high-profile targets, it was claimed this week.

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Knesset ovation for Canada’s pro-Israel PM

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

Few world leaders have so enthusiastically endorsed Israel’s policies as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper did this week during his first visit to Jerusalem.

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Israel on verge of creating one chief rabbi role

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

The israeli government has backed a move to disband the twin posts of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis.

Last Sunday, the cabinet’s legislative committee unanimously voted for the proposal, co-sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett.

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Israel in surrogate baby row

By Nathan Jeffay, January 23, 2014

The Israeli government was under heavy criticism from the country’s gay community and its supporters this week as anger rose over its failure to enable dozens of same-sex couples to take their babies home.

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Canberra pro-settler stance makes waves

By Dan Goldberg, January 23, 2014

Britain called in Israel’s envoy last week to protest against Jerusalem’s intention to build more settlements in the West Bank. In stark contrast, Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, in Israel last week for Ariel Sharon’s funeral, urged the international community to refrain from branding the settlements “illegal”.

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Israel plans laser beam rocket shield

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

Israeli defence firms are developing new short-range missile defence systems to protect civilians and military bases in border areas under threat.

The IDF’s Iron Dome has proved capable of intercepting the majority of missiles but is less effective at dealing with rockets and mortar rounds fired from under four miles away.

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