Israel to invest in diaspora identity

By JCReporter, January 16, 2014

Israel plans to plough more than £1 billion into a programme to strengthen the identity of diaspora Jews.

The initiative, which will be developed and implemented jointly with local communities, is aimed at Jews between the ages of 12 and 35.


Bangladesh editor jailed for planning Israel trip

By Bernard Josephs, January 16, 2014

A Bangladeshi editor whose paper publishes articles about Israel and criticises Islamist extremism has been sentenced by a court to seven years in jail.

The hearing, in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, said that Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who runs The Weekly Blitz, had damaged the national interest with his writing and by planning to visit Israel more than a decade ago.


A worldwide reaction

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron has led the political tributes to Ariel Sharon following the former Israeli Prime Minister’s death at the age of 85.

Mr Cameron described Mr Sharon as “one of the most significant figures in Israeli history” and said he had taken “brave and controversial decisions in pursuit of peace”.


Analysis: A gargantuan figure — but his role in Sabra and Shatila diminished him

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2014

The massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut in September 1982 remain the darkest stain on Ariel Sharon’s reputation.

Hundreds and possibly thousands of Palestinians were murdered by Lebanese Christian Phalangists while the Israeli army stood by.


A warrior who knew how to get things done

By Uri Dromi, January 16, 2014

In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I ran a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars.


Take a lawyer's advice - visit the occupied territories

By David Middleburgh, January 16, 2014

I have just returned from a three-day tour of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, organised by the pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation, Yachad. The participants were all passionate Zionists and, were it not for some grey hairs and wrinkles, we could have been a youth group. In fact, we were all senior lawyers or individuals with a particular interest in the rule of law.


Ariel Sharon 1928-2014: Israel's master of survival

By David Landau, January 16, 2014

Hopefully it will be seen as reasonable and not ghoulish to compare Ariel Sharon’s long death struggle to his long life. In both, he fought with notable strength and determination. In both, his legion, loving supporters hoped and prayed for his victory. And during both, his enemies levelled accusations of financial finagling against him and his sons.


Making a worldwide drama out of Israel TV

By Jenni Frazer, January 16, 2014

It is just over 20 years since, armed with a degree in film and television studies from Tel Aviv University, a fresh-faced Alon Aranya landed in California, determined to make his mark. Many other young Israelis followed the same path, but for Aranya it really paid off.


Iron Dome intercepts rockets fired at Ashkelon

By Rosa Doherty, January 16, 2014

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down five rockets fired at Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip.

The round of rocket fire was launched at Ashkelon, home to 125,000 residents, last night just before 2am.

Warning sirens were triggered but no injuries or damage was reported.


Could Sharon now live on in Bibi?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The Israelis who eulogised Ariel Sharon at his memorial and funeral on Monday either ignored or referred only in passing to his final political acts — the disengagement from Gaza and his departure from Likud to set up his new centrist party, Kadima.