Israeli government

Israel’s presidential race kicks off — despite Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

The Knesset will elect a new president for Israel on June 10.

Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s decision to call the vote in two-and-a-half weeks effectively ended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s short-lived attempt to abolish the presidency.

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Livni meets Abbas in London

By Orlando Radice, May 17, 2014

It has emerged that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Thursday to discuss the Fatah-Hamas unity deal and the future of the peace talks.

This was the first meeting between Mr Abbas and a senior Israeli minister in several months.

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What protests? Livni enchants the crowd at JNF event

By Daniel Easterman, May 16, 2014

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has revealed that she proudly displays a “wanted" picture of herself in her home alongside a similar photograph of her father when he was a militia leader during the pre-state British Mandate period.

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Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael in spotlight on transparency

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

Ministers are calling for greater transparency from the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael (JNF-KKL), which holds around 15 per cent of Israeli land “for the benefit of the Jewish people.”

On Sunday, a cabinet legislative committee moved to put JNF-KKL under the supervision of the state comptroller.

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Sex offender’s deportation to UK draws closer

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

A suspected British paedophile who fled to Israel to avoid going on trial for sex offences is likely to be deported back to the UK after a year-long legal saga.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, is set to face trial in Manchester after an Israeli court ruled that it did not have to rely on lengthy extradition procedures to return suspected criminals who entered the country illegally.

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Israel calm on Syria despite Assad ‘chlorine strike’

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The delays in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and the possible emergence of hitherto unknown weapons is not prompting Israel to rethink its defence programme against unconventional weapons.

The Israeli government decided three months ago to cease the distribution of gas masks to the entire population.

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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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Ed Miliband: 'Israel is the Jewish homeland'

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to the Israeli town of Sderot today as he continues his tour of the country.

Mr Miliband described Israel as "the homeland for the Jewish people" during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.

He also held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Isaac Herzog.

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Ed Miliband arrives in Israel as two-day tour begins

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has arrived in Israel for a two-day tour of the country.

In one of his first major foreign trips since becoming opposition leader, Mr Miliband will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Sderot, the town which has come under regular bombardment from Hamas terrorists.

On Thursday morning he held meetings with Israeli Labour Party members over breakfast.

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Last ditch attempt to save Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

Marathon talks were still ongoing this week in a last attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Meanwhile, in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who put so much personal effort into launching the talks nine months ago, appeared to be placing most of the blame on Israel for their failure.

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