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Israeli cartoon warns of Iranian nuclear danger

By Charlotte Oliver, May 21, 2014

Israel is attempting to alert the world to the dangers of Iran’s nuclear programme through the medium of animation.

A cartoon film stressing the threat posed by Iran was posted online this week, to coincide with ongoing negotiations in Vienna between Iran and six world powers.

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Abbas signs oil deal with Venezuela

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Venezuela has signed a deal to provide the Palestinian Authority with oil and diesel fuel.

The South American nation signed the deal on Friday in Caracas with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Venezuelan petroleum company PDVSA is expected to send 240,000 barrels of oil and diesel to the PA.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said: “We welcome the Palestinian people and the Arabs.

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MKs propose access to Temple Mount for Jews

By Daniel Easterman, May 19, 2014

Knesset members on the left and right have proposed a new law which would allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

The bill, co-authored by right-wing Likud MK Miri Regev and Labour MK Hilik Bar, is an attempt to overturn the current ban on Jewish worshippers at the site, currently reserved for Muslims.

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Israel sending aid to flood-hit Serbia and Bosnia

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Israel is providing emergency aid to help the victims of flooding in Serbia and Bosnia.

Israel sent medicine, food, blankets and waterproof clothing by helicopter to the region this weekend after tens and thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

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Top yeshivah rabbi apologises for 'kill ministers' lecture

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A rabbi from Israel’s leading strictly-Orthodox yeshivah has apologised for saying that Israel’s government ministers deserve death.

Nissan Kaplan, a rabbi at the prestigious Mir Yeshivah, whose classes draw upwards of 200 students, said in a recent discourse on the weekly Torah portion that he not only advocates killing ministers, but also that he educates his children in this spirit.

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Chief Rabbi's successful Israel tour

May 16, 2014

In the weeks before the Chief Rabbi’s mission to Israel, there was an undercurrent of carping about the cost and the purpose of taking 49 rabbbis to the Jewish state. Now that it has happened, it should be hailed as a great success that was clearly worth the special fundraising and energy it needed.

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US-Israel relations hit nadir over spy allegations

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two high-profile reports in Newsweek magazine on Israel’s espionage campaign against its American allies are a sign that the relationship between the two countries has sunk to a new low point.

The reports quote former American intelligence officials and Congressional staffers who claim that Israel has “crossed red lines” in its attempts to obtain confidential information.

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NUS rejects Israel boycott bid

By Charlotte Oliver, May 15, 2014

A motion calling on the National Union of Students to boycott Israeli goods was rejected on Tuesday by its National Executive Council, who warned it could lead to a “BDS agenda”.

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We need to understand Israel better, says Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Nathan Jeffay, May 15, 2014

Chief Rabbi Efraim Mirvis has said that his mission to Israel this week, which involved 49 Orthodox rabbis from across Britain, was “not a four-day wonder — it is the beginning of a process, to learn more about Israel, to grapple with issues, to be better informed and better placed to engage with members of our communities”.

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Olmert given six years in prison

By Daniel Easterman, May 13, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison and fined over £170,000 for taking bribes and fraudulent activities while he was mayor of Jerusalem.

This is the first time in Israeli history that a former prime minister has received jail time.

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