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Netanyahu against vetting of Supreme Court judges

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

The political battle over new laws aimed at limiting foreign funding of human rights organisations and changing Israel's Supreme Court continued to rage this week, with no clear winner emerging.

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Battle on for control of Israel's Supreme Court

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 10, 2011

Left and right are fighting it out in the Knesset over the future composition of the senior bench of Israel's judiciary.

Next week, the Judiciary Appointments Committee will select three new judges for the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and the politicians are trying to influence its decisions.

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Israel's social justice rally fails to make waves

November 3, 2011

The social protest movement that swept Israel during the summer tried to revive itself last weekend in Tel Aviv, but despite a star-studded line-up of supporters, it was a far smaller affair.

According to police estimates, the rally drew around 20,000 and much smaller numbers at simultaneous protests in Jerusalem and Haifa.

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General in Israel for secret Iran talks

November 3, 2011

High-level defence talks - with Iran at the top of the agenda - took place this week in Britain and Israel as reports of a possible strike against Iran's nuclear programme intensified.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak arrived in London on Wednesday for talks with his UK counterparts, immediately after a visit to Israel by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.

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Female journalist elected as new leader of Israel's Labour party

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

A former journalist and television presenter has been chosen as the next leader of Israel's Labour party.

Shelly Yachimovich triumphed over former Defence Minister Amir Peretz on Wednesday with 54 percent of the vote.

Ms Yachimovich, 51, has been in politics for just six years and before that hosted various current affairs programmes.

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Israel's tent city protesters begin packing up

By Jessica Elgot, September 5, 2011

After the largest protest since the “tent city” protests in Israel began, activists are beginning to pack up their tents, promising to move on to the “next phase”.

On Saturday, more than 400,000 Israelis demonstrated across the country. Around 250,000 gathered in Tel Aviv's Kikar Hamedina.

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'No ceasefire' yet between Israel, Hamas

By Jessica Elgot, August 22, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has denied that any cease fire has been agreed with Hamas to stop operations in the Gaza Strip, following cross-border violence over the last five days.

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Yitzhak Shamir's wife Shulamit mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The wife of Israel's seventh prime minister has died at the age of 88.

Shulamit Shamir, who was born in Bulgaria in 1923, is survived by her husband Yitzhak.

He led Israel for two separate terms as prime minister, between 1983 and 1984 and between 1986 and 1992.

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Fake Gaza flotilla video criticised

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A PR stunt publicised by an Israeli government staffer has been criticised because it featured an Israeli actor posing as a gay man involved in pro-Palestinian activism.

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Israelis train for attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Israel this week completed a five-day national emergency exercise designed to test the co-operation between the IDF, civilian emergency services, government departments and local authorities in the case of missiles being fired on Israeli cities.

The scenario for the annual exercise was a war in which missiles are fired on Israel from Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and Iran.

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