Israeli government

Israel's big investment in Arab education

By Ben Hartman, October 25, 2012

Israel is preparing a NIS 300 million investment into higher education for its minorities.

Under the programme, institutions will have to offer remedial Hebrew courses, translate their websites into Arabic and make special counselling available to Arab students, or risk losing funds.


Tzipi Livni to challenge Bibi in her return to politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Former deputy prime minister Tzipi Livni is planning a return to the political arena at the head of a new centrist party, challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and her former party, Kadima, in the upcoming elections.


Peres tells Ashton: Stopping bloodshed here is greatest call of our time

By Sahar Zivan, October 25, 2012

President Shimon Peres told Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Wednesday: “To stop the bloodshed here and to stop the danger in Iran are the two main calls of our time, for the sake of their people and of ours.”


Israel asks citizens to boost tourism as patriotic duty

By Anthea Gerrie, October 19, 2012

Israelis are being pressed to entice more tourists to the Jewish state as their patriotic duty — with the incentive of winning a holiday at home for themselves.

The Ministry of Tourism is launching a new website this month containing postcards and video clips visitors can use to introduce overseas friends, family and colleagues to the country.


Netanyahu calls early elections for Israel

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu last night called for elections to take place eight months earlier than scheduled, after his coalition failed to agree on the 2013 budget.


Israeli tourism minister spent Shalit meeting ‘drinking’

By Ben Hartman, September 13, 2012

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov regularly escapes the watchful eye of his security detail and goes out partying until he is completely intoxicated, according to several of his security guards.


Netanyahu considers lie detector tests for his cabinet

By Anna Sheinman, September 5, 2012

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering lie detector tests for his security cabinet after leaks of sensitive information from a meeting on Tuesday.


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.


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.


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.