Political crisis looms as rabbis go to war

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2016

When the deal establishing a new prayer area at the Western Wall was announced in January, it seemed to be pass without too much fuss.

The Charedi parties registered their opposition to making any concessions to the Reform and Conservative movements but, since the agreement preserved the strictly-Orthodox control of the main Kotel plaza, they were content to leave it at that.


Charedi parties warn Bibi over Kotel deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2016

Shas and United Torah Judaism, the strictly Orthodox parties in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, are demanding that the government cancel the agreement signed in January with the Reform and Conservative movements allowing them use of a new prayer area by the Western Wall.


Why Israelis call this the 'ground zero' of terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2016

Once the main exit from the Old City of Jerusalem to the north, Damascus Gate - Sha'ar Shkhem in Hebrew or Bab al Amud in Arabic - is still a major thoroughfare and commercial centre of east Jerusalem.

In recent months it has also become one of the main sites for Palestinian attacks, and as a result is being called the "ground zero of terror".


Media backlash after police detain Jerusalem journalist

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 18, 2016

Police detained for questioning one of the most prominent foreign journalists stationed in Israel on Tuesday following an anonymous complaint that proved to be baseless.

The Washington Post's Jerusalem bureau chief, William Booth, was working on a report with two other Post reporters, Sufian Taha and Ruth Eglash, on the recent terror attacks near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.


Women's prayer deal was a 'betrayal' say breakaway Women of the Wall

By Nathan Jeffay, February 11, 2016

Women of the Wall betrayed its principles and sold other women down the river, some of the women who built the group are claiming.


Holes in the Wall's consensus

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 11, 2016

A compromise is an agreement whereby a dispute is settled with each party to it making concessions. Neither side gets everything it wants, but all sides can claim a victory of sorts.


The Kotel prayer-space deal leaves Charedim in charge

By Nathan Jeffay, February 4, 2016

They were left battered and bruised - but, paradoxically, stronger than ever. That was the state of the Orthodox camp following this week's peace deal in the three-decade battle over who controls the Kotel.


Tiny portion of attackers are Israeli-Arabs

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

Despite an upswing of violence in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, the attacks on Israeli citizens and security personnel have mainly taken place in the West Bank, particularly in Hebron and south of Jerusalem, in the past two weeks.


Mother of stabbed Israeli says peace is not possible

By Shira Rubin, October 8, 2015

Odel Bennett was walking through Jerusalem's Old City last Saturday when she and her husband, Aharon, were set upon by a Palestinian armed with a blade.

Minutes later, Mrs Bennett found herself running down an alley with a knife stuck in the base of her neck, desperately seeking help.

But the help never came, she told Israel's Channel 2 in an interview from her hospital bed.


Netanyahu tells Israelis: 'we will overcome this wave of terror'

By JC Reporter, October 8, 2015

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced ‘incitement’ and says that Israel will overcome the current 'wave of terror'.