Israel

EU considers blocking violent Israeli settlers from entering EU states

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The European Union is considering a move to block violent Israeli settlers from entering European Union countries.

A report earlier this year by the consuls general in East Jerusalem and Ramallah asked officials in Brussels to draw up a blacklist of “known violent settlers” who could be forbidden to enter the 27 EU states.

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Iran: nuclear moment of truth nears

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 22, 2012

In September, when Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, famously showed the United Nations General Assembly a crude picture of a bomb to highlight Iran’s proximity to nuclear weapons, pundits were struck.

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All the best clips of BBC slips, and a dose of praise for a new balance

By Raheem Kassam, November 22, 2012

Despite the propagandists’ best efforts, the BBC has been impressively balanced this week.

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How Israel kept truth flowing

By Allison Kaplan Sommer and Carly Maisel, November 22, 2012

In each of the recent conflicts Israel has experienced — the two Lebanon wars, the Gaza War and in incidents such as boarding of the Mavi Marmara, media bias has deeply frustrated the Jewish state’s supporters.

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Positive signs from White House for Netanyahu

By Jonathan Cummings, November 22, 2012

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia, announced with an eye-catching visit to Myanmar and Cambodia at the start of his second term of office, appeared to be thwarted this week.

Operation Pillar of Defence derailed his visit, demanding attention he wanted to devote to advancing US trade relationships and encouraging political freedoms across Asia.

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Amnesty takes disciplinary action over official's "Jewish MPs" tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Amnesty International has started disciplinary action after a senior official sent an offensive tweet about three Jewish MPs.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza.

He wrote: “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar…each orders a round of B52s … #Gaza”

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UK government reiterates Hamas responsibility in escalation of violence

By Martin Bright, November 20, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague used a statement in parliament on Tuesday to reiterate the UK government's view that Hamas should bear the principal responsibility for the escalation in violence in Gaza over the past week. The statement came as Israel announced it was suspending plans for a ground operation to allow talks in Egypt to take place to secure a truce.

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Jordanian prince's hopes for peace

By El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, November 20, 2012

Eyeless in Gaza II

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Guard stabbed in US Embassy attack in Tel Aviv

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2012

A security guard at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has been injured after being attacked and stabbed.

It was initially claimed that the attacker was an Arab who had approached the American building on Hayarkon Street, but police later ruled out that theory and revealed the attacker was Jewish.

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Israel tourism chief vows to cut hotel costs

By Sharron Livingston, November 15, 2012

There were record numbers of visitors to Israel in 2011 yet Israel’s tourism minister, Stas Misezhnikov, has an audacious plan to increase visitors by another 40 per cent, by making it cheaper to visit.

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