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Israeli embarrassment over officials' warm welcome for Scientology

By Nathan Jeffay, August 30, 2012

The Israeli government has distanced itself from a new Scientology centre in Jaffa, insisting that its employees who attended the opening event last week did so in a strictly personal capacity.

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What bribery trial? Olmert joins Mr Westfield for a luxury Olympics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

For the Olympics, the moorings around Canary Wharf have been transformed into a billionaires’ car-park. Super-yachts serve as accommodation that no five-star hotel can equal, and lie a short, chauffeured hop from the main Olympic sites. For more distant venues, there is a helipad handy.

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Mofaz walks, coalition crumbles, elections nigh

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

Shaul Mofaz's announcement on Tuesday afternoon that Kadima was leaving the coalition, after only 70 days of partnership with Likud, was the opening shot for an almost certain 2013 general election. Both Mr Mofaz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now heading to the polls seriously weakened.

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Mofaz and Kadima walk out of Israel's Likud-led coalition

By Jennifer Lipman, July 17, 2012

The centrist Kadima party has left Israel's coalition government, only two months after forging the partnership.

The Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz said on Tuesday afternoon that the party would be extracting itself from the Likud-led coalition in the wake of the failure to resolve the internal coalition split over the universal draft.

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Questions over Kadima and survival of Israeli coalition

By Jennifer Lipman, July 17, 2012

Rumours are circulating in the Israeli media that Kadima plans to leave the Israeli government coalition imminently.

The centrist party joined the Likud-led coalition in May, after former Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz won the leadership over Tzipi Livni.

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Israeli leaders speak on tragedy of self-immolating protester

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has described the case of a man who set himself alight at a social justice protest in Tel Aviv as a "great personal tragedy".

In an incident that resembled the self-immolation of a Tunisian man last year – seen by many as the catalyst for the Arab Spring – Moshe Silman set himself ablaze to highlight inequalities in Israel.

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Plesner’s service plan for yeshivah students has Bibi beating a retreat

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

Yohanan Plesner has been a Knesset member for five years. But until very recently, few Israelis had heard of the Kadima backbencher.

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Tributes paid to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir

July 5, 2012

Yitzhak Shamir, Israel’s seventh prime minister, was laid to rest on Monday evening on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Mr Shamir passed away on Shabbat in Tel Aviv after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.

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Shamir buried in Mount Herzl ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

Israel's second-longest serving prime minister has been laid to rest in Jerusalem.

Yitzhak Shamir, who died on Shabbat, was 96.

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Israel 'in breach of international law' over child detainees

By Martin Bright, June 26, 2012

Israel's treatment of children detained by the military authorities in the West Bank puts it in serious breach of its obligations under international law, according to a damning report by a high-level delegation of British lawyers.

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