Israel

‘Major step forward’ for Shoah claims

By Nathan Jeffay, March 15, 2013

An Israeli delegation to Warsaw has held “unprecedented” discussions about securing compensation for Jewish families who lost assets in Poland during the Holocaust.

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UJIA to launch iEngage think-tank

By Simon Rocker, March 14, 2013

The Israeli Embassy and UJIA are acting to counter disengagement with Israel by setting up a programme for community leaders with one of the Jewish world’s most respected think-tanks.

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Land of hope and story

By Simon Rocker, March 14, 2013

Five years ago, Shlomo Sand published one of the most contentious Jewish books of recent times. In The Invention of the Jewish People, which appeared in English translation in 2009, the Tel Aviv University history professor debunked the idea of Jewish peoplehood.

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Wobbles ahead of Barack Obama's Israel trip

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

last-minute itinerary changes have played havoc with Israeli preparations for President Barack Obama’s planned 48-hour trip to the Holy Land from March 20-21.

Before the election of Argentinian Pope Francis I on Wednesday night, there had been speculation that Mr Obama might have had to interrupt his visit and attend the installation ceremony if an American pontiff had been chosen.

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Disquiet over Italy’s rising political star

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

The Israeli government is planning to try to engage with members of the new power in Italian politics, the Five Star Movement (5SM), while trying to avoid its leader, Beppe Grillo.

5SM was the surprise of the Italian elections three weeks ago when it succeeded in capturing 25.5 per cent of votes for the Chamber of Deputies and 23.8 per cent for the Senate.

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Pacts will founder on the peace process

By Amir Mizroch, March 14, 2013

After six weeks of wrangling, on Wednesday night a deal was done that looked set to pave the way for Israel’s 33rd government.

The coalition negotiations have taken a tortuous path, and the fact that they have gone all the way to the 42nd and last day of the mandated time allotted does not speak well of the ability of the erstwhile political partners to work together in the future.

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BBC insists: UN wrong, Israel killed Gaza baby

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

The BBC has contested the findings of a United Nations report into an explosion that killed the baby son of one of the corporation’s correspondents.

Jihad Mashhrawi’s 11-month-old son Omar was killed after Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza in November last year.

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Review: Facts

By John Nathan, March 8, 2013

These are some of the facts. In 1992, an American archaeologist called Albert Glock was shot and killed in Bir Zeit, on the West Bank. Reports say he was killed by an Israeli weapon used by a unidentified masked gunman who escaped using a car with Israeli number plates. Theories surrounding the case include plots by Hamas cells and Israeli agents.

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More five-star hotels for Israel

By Jenni Frazer, March 8, 2013

Last year we reported that Israel’s Tourism Minister, Stas Misezhnikov, was keen to improve travel to Israel. He told us at November’s World Travel Market: “We need an extra 19,000 hotel rooms to increase competition and reduce room rates.” Mr Misezhnikov insisted: “There will be no more paying five-star prices for three-star hotels.”

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If you truly love Israel, don’t bury it in unexamined cliché

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 8, 2013

Next time you take part in a debate about the Israeli-Palestinian situation, here’s how to spot the people who care more about point-scoring than progress: they will be the ones saying Israel does nothing right, and also the ones saying that Israel does nothing wrong.

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