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Ehud Olmert begins prison sentence following bribery conviction

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

Ehud Olmert has started his 19 month prison sentence, becoming the first former Israeli prime minister to go to jail.

He began the sentence on Wing 10 of Ma’asiyahu Prison on Monday following his conviction for bribery and obstruction of justice in the Holyland case, relating to the years he was mayor of Jerusalem between 1992 and 2003.

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Former Israeli ambassador to London was reprimanded over ‘security breaches’

By JC Reporter, February 4, 2016

Israel’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub, returned to Jerusalem last year following allegations of security breaches at the ambassador’s residence in St John’s Wood.

The London-born Mr Taub, who began his posting to Britain in 2011, had been planning a fifth year as ambassador.

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Hilary Benn arrives in Israel for three-day Middle East visit

By Sandy Rashty, December 14, 2015

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn will visit east Jerusalem with a humanitarian group during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories this week.

Mr Benn, who landed in Ben Gurion airport this morning for the three-day visit, will tour east Jerusalem with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn to visit Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn is to visit Israel and the West Bank next week, it has been announced.

He is expected to meet Israeli politicians during time in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv before travelling to Ramallah.

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IDF in rift with political right on anti-terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The enduring wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens has led to a deepening rift between the Israeli security establishment and the right-wing section of the coalition.

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Likud's Oren Hazan mocks disabled MK

November 26, 2015

Likud MK Oren Hazan has come under fire for mocking an opposition politician's physical disability.

During a vote on the universal draft law on Tuesday, Mr Hazan shouted at wheelchair-bound Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar: "Need Issawi to help you?"

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Cabinet chaos looming over crucial gas deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 29, 2015

The Israeli Prime Minister is set to finalise a controversial new gas deal - but only if a cabinet colleague resigns.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to push through a law that permits an Israeli-American energy partnership to develop offshore natural gas fields in the face of anti-monopoly laws that would normally block such an arrangement.

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Palestinian mob torches Joseph’s Tomb holy site

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2015

A Palestinian mob has set fire to the Joseph’s Tomb religious site at the start of their so-called Day of Rage.

Believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch, the holy area near Nablus was torched by rioters in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Death and terror as attacks engulf Israel

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2015

The attacks came so rapidly at times that it was almost impossible to keep up with the wave of terror.

The violence followed the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin a fortnight ago. By Wednesday seven Israelis were dead.

Last Thursday, a 25-year-old yeshivah student was stabbed in the neck and chest near Jerusalem’s railway station.

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Israeli security cabinet authorises new measures aimed at curbing Palestinian violence

By JC Reporter, October 14, 2015

Israel’s government has authorised security measures to combat the violence sweeping the country.

Soldiers will be deployed on public transport and police will have powers to seal off East Jerusalem and impose a curfew.

Authorities will be able to demolish homes of Palestinians who have been involved in attacks.

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