Israeli hackers charged over one of ‘biggest ever’ cyber frauds

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2015

Two Israeli hackers have been charged with stealing millions of dollars in one of the biggest cyber frauds in history.

Gery Shalon, 31, and Ziv Orenstein, 40, were allegedly part of a three-man hacking gang that purchased blocks of practically worthless shares before illegally manipulating the market to gain at least $2.8m (£1.8m) in profit.


Ambassador David Quarrey unveils water research projects for UK and Israeli scientists

By Rosa Doherty, July 22, 2015

Britain’s new ambassador to Israel has unveiled schemes to help improve water quality and supplies in the Middle East.

David Quarrey announced three projects under a British Council pilot programme during a visit to Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, on Wednesday.


Microsoft to buy Israeli cybersecurity firm Adallom for a record $320m

By Jessica Weinstein, July 21, 2015

Microsoft plans to acquire Israeli cloud-based, cybersecurity start-up Adallom for $320 million.

The reported sum is the most Microsoft has paid for an Israeli tech firm, and places Adallom among the top 25 biggest buyouts made by Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft bought another Israeli cybersecurity start-up, Aorato, for a reported $200 million.


EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv forced to make emergency landing in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

An easyJet flight from Manchester to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany on Thursday.

The flight, which was carrying 182 passengers, including 36 children and six babies, landed in Berlin after half the cabin crew fell ill.

All passengers were checked by paramedics “as a precaution only”. Four people were examined in hospital.


Government ends review of arms export licences to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

The government has lifted a review of arms export licences to Israel after saying it was confident that criteria imposed last year had been met.

Following the Gaza conflict last summer, the coalition government had said it would suspend 12 arms licences to Israel if hostilities resumed.


Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.


Irish dancers cancel Israel contest after threats from boycotters

By Naomi Firsht, July 7, 2015

An Irish dance academy was forced to cancel the first ever Irish dance competition to be held in Israel after receiving threatening messages from an anti-Israel group.

The Carey Academy Israel was set to hold the “1st Israeli Feis” in Tel Aviv on August 15 but called it off after a protest outside its UK dance studio in Birmingham.


Ryanair to launch £20 flights to Eilat - but there's a catch

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2015

Budget travellers will no doubt be celebrating Ryanair’s announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat – the first time the airline has run routes to Israel.

But before you pack the sunscreen, there is a catch: it will only be flying from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.


Israeli police officer implicated in bribery scandal found dead

By Charlotte Oliver, July 6, 2015

Ephraim Bracha, Israel’s highest ranking detective, has taken his own life amid claims of bribery and corruption.

The 55-year-old, who headed the Israel Police’s National Fraud Unit, was found dead early on Sunday morning near his home in the city of Modi’in.

His death followed recent reports that the father-of-four had provided suspects with information about their cases.