Israel

Survey shows Israelis to be among world’s most liberal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 1, 2014

In an international “morality” survey, Israelis have emerged as more relaxed than the average global citizen on a range of issues including homosexuality and pre-marital sex.

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Israel sabotaged talks, says Palestinian negotiator

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

Israel used “every tool possible in order to consolidate its apartheid regime”, a top Palestinian peace negotiator has claimed following the collapse of the peace talks.

Saeb Erekat said in a statement that “everything Israel did during the past nine months was aimed at sabotaging Palestinian and international efforts to achieve the two-state solution".

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Borehamwood nursery 'outstanding'

By JCReporter, April 28, 2014

The Little Bicks nursery operating from Ohr Yisrael Synagogue in Borehamwood has been rated as outstanding in all categories by Ofsted inspectors.

They found that children were "happy and busy" with easy access "to a range of excellent learning opportunities".

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Israel could become an apartheid state, Kerry warns

By JC Reporter, April 28, 2014

Israel could become an apartheid state if peace negotiations fail, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has warned.

Mr Kerry said the country could be faced with a large population of second-class citizens if it did not succeed in negotiating a two-state solution – with Israel alongside an independent Palestine - to end the Middle-East conflict.

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Make Israel's Independence Day a true Jewish festival

By Robbie Gringras, April 27, 2014

It is one of those things, isn’t it? We know that Israel means a great deal to us. We know that our bonds to Israel are complex, knotted, and strong. Many of us could not even imagine our Jewish lives without Israel, and yet we also know that the Yom Atzmaut party just isn’t going to cut it.

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Judge ends battle of tycoons

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2014

Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a fresh claim in the British courts against tycoon Lev Leviev over a Angolan diamond deal worth more than a billion pounds.
High Court judge Mr Justice Mann granted an application from Mr Leviev, who is also of Russian-Israeli background, to strike out the case nearly two years after a previous court judgment.

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Architects' Israel boycott 'short-sighted'

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

World-renowned architects have added to the condemnation of the British architectural group which has adopted an anti-Israel stance.

The Royal Institute of British Architects voted in favour of a motion last month which called for the suspension of Israeli counterparts from their international union until "illegal projects" in the West Bank cease.

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Abbas says he will dissolve Palestinian Authority if talks fail

By Charlotte Oliver, April 23, 2014

Israel will “bear full responsibility” for the Palestinian Authority - and all Palestinians living in the West Bank - if the Middle East peace talks finally fail next week, according to Mahmoud Abbas.

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Restrictions on Gaza runner Nader al-Masri hold all of us back

By Leora Garton, April 18, 2014

Nader al-Masri is a marathon runner and one of the Gaza Strip’s top athletes. He has been running for 14 years and competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Last Friday, he should have been running the second Palestinian marathon held in Bethlehem. But although Mr Al-Masri could practically run from his house to the start line (a mere 65 km), he could not make it.

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Moshe Kahlon, new dark horse of Israeli politics

By Nathan Jeffay, April 18, 2014

One of the most popular politicians to leave the Knesset in the last decade has announced plans to return to public life — spelling possible trouble for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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