Israel

Greek Orthodox priest launches King's College London's Israel Society

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2014

King's College London's newly launched Israel Society held its first event last week, when Father Gabriel Nadaf visited campus.

The Greek Orthodox priest, who encourages Arab Christians to participate in military and national service, is a leading and sometime controversial voice in Israeli politics.

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Worldwide protests and further arrests in ongoing search for kidnapped students

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2014

Israel's efforts to rescue three kidnapped teenagers continued late Tuesday night, with the arrest of 64 Palestinians – including 51 prisoners who were released in 2011 in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit.

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Mahmoud Abbas condems Gaza rocket fire on Israel

By Daniel Easterman, June 11, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the firing of a rocket into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip this morning.

Israel said it would hold Mr Abbas responsible for future rocket attacks coming from Gaza after the swearing in of a new Fatah-Hamas unity government earlier this month.

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Voting underway for new Israeli President to replace Shimon Peres

By Daniel Easterman, June 10, 2014

Knesset members are voting in a secret ballot today to decide who will be the 10th president of Israel after a controversial campaign mired in scandal and political intrigue.

One of the main frontrunners, veteran Labour politician Binyamin Ben Eliezer, was forced to pull out of the race after allegations of financial misconduct.

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William Hague attacks Israel's house building in the West Bank

By Daniel Easterman, June 6, 2014

Foreign Secretary William Hague has attacked Israel's decision to authorise the construction of 1,500 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Palestinian teenager found guilty of stabbing soldier

By Charlotte Oliver, June 3, 2014

A Palestinian teenager was convicted on Monday by an IDF military court of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death late last year on a public bus in northern Israel.

IDF recruit Eten Atias died in hospital aged 18 last November after the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, who could not be legally identified, attacked him as their bus entered the Afula central bus station.

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Diaspora wants Israel to stay a liberal democracy

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

Since most diaspora Jews live in liberal democracies, it is little surprise that they attach importance to Israel’s credentials as a democracy. But what would happen if Israel were seen to move away from its democratic foundations?

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Historic advance in Jewish-Catholic relations, but the world will recall just one photograph

By Nathan Jeffay, May 29, 2014

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Rarely has a single event shown just how far Jewish-Catholic relations have advanced in recent decades. Pope Francis’s 27-hour visit to Israel this week came five decades after the first papal visit to the Jewish state. And it is difficult to imagine a more different trip.

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Welfare fears as cuts loom in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 28, 2014

Major cuts are expected in Israel following a Bank of Israel report which said that the government needs to pull NIS 18 billion (£3bn) out of its welfare budget next year.

The Finance Ministry is now caught in a tug-of-war between the government’s welfare departments and a very nervous defence establishment.

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Final list emerges for Israeli president race

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2014

Six contenders remained in the race to be Israel’s next president as the list closed on Tuesday.

The candidates, who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members, included three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his Likud party’s official candidate.

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