Israeli government

National Religious Party to cause a headache for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

The leadership primaries of the National Religious Party, Habayit Hayehudi, are likely to cause headaches for Benjamin Netanyahu as his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, was elected as the new party leader.


Lord Janner honoured by Israel

November 8, 2012

A jubilant Lord Janner raises a woven artwork made for him by the children of the Ma’alot Tarshiha kindergarten in the Galileee.

The nursery, attended by Jewish and Arab children, has been named in Lord Janner’s honour by the state of Israel, to mark his service to the Jewish community and the state.


Britain lashes out at Israel on settlements

By Martin Bright, November 8, 2012

Middle East minister Alistair Burt this week condemned Israel’s latest plans to extend settlement building in East Jerusalem and Ariel.

Mr Burt was reacting to the publication by the Israeli Housing Ministry of plans for nearly 1,300 new units.


Fourth UK-Israel strategic dialogue held in UK

By Anna Sheinman, November 5, 2012

The fourth UK-Israel strategic dialogue was held in the UK on Thursday. Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Simon Fraser led the team of UK government officials, while the Israeli team was headed by Rafi Barak, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General.


Mystery of Israeli Sudan attack solved?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

The most credible information coming out of Sudan over the past week came from an NGO set up by Hollywood megastar George Clooney.


Israel elections: Livni faces the parties as Olmert faces the next step

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

The political scene in Israel is expecting a return to the fray by Tzipi Livni, the former Kadima leader, although no one is sure yet — not even Livni herself — which party she will choose.

Seven months after she resigned from the Knesset following her defeat by Shaul Mofaz in Kadima’s leadership primaries, Ms Livni is already talking like a politician competing for votes.


It's not a washing machine — it’s Israel’s attempt to land on the moon

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

A team of Israeli scientists hope to boldly go where no countryman has gone before — by landing an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

The SpaceIL project’s mission is to make Israel only the third country ever to complete a successful lunar landing.


Israel elections: Bibi’s right hook alliance with Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

Three months before Israel’s general elections, all the polls had the Likud becoming the largest party in the next Knesset and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a clear course to form the next coalition.

So why did Mr Netanyahu surprise even his closest cabinet colleagues last week by announcing that Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu would be running on a joint candidates’ list?


Yasir Arafat's remains to be exhumed next month

By Hadas Haimov, October 30, 2012

Criminal investigators from France will exhume Yasir Arafat's remains next month in order to examine the cause of his death.

The move to re-examine the circumstances surrounding the Palestinian leader’s death comes after a Swiss lab discovered traces of a deadly radioactive isotope on his clothes.


British Gas in Hamas project

By JCReporter, October 26, 2012

The Israeli government may allow a British Gas project in the Mediterranean Sea off the shores of Gaza to proceed — despite the involvement of the Hamas government.