Kerry looks to boost peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week in an attempt to revitalise the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The talks, which began five months ago as a result of Mr Kerry’s efforts, have become bogged down amid mutual accusations.


French forensics experts say Arafat was not poisoned

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2013

French scientists have ruled out the possibility Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned.

News agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) tweeted the update on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that, in the opinion of the forensics experts, he died due to a “generalised infection”.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP that the French results were "not a surprise".


Two-year-old child injured in stone-throwing incident

By Charlotte Oliver, November 29, 2013

Israeli police arrested four men last night in connection with a stone-throwing attack in Jerusalem that left a toddler injured .

The suspects, Arab youths aged between 15 and 20, are believed to have hurled stones at a car on Thursday evening in the Armon Hanatziv area of Jerusalem.


Middle East Minister marks anniversary of Gaza ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, November 28, 2013

Middle East Minister Hugh Robertson has called on Israel and Hamas to respect their 12-month ceasefire and for Hamas put an end to “militant activities, including rocket fire”.


Open warfare erupts among coalition MKs

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The differences between the governing Israeli parties on key issues are beginning to create open tension.

Two weeks ago, the friction was mainly between right-wing Habayit Hayehudi and centre-left Ha’tnuah over the peace talks with the Palestinians.

In recent days, the unrest has spread and is now undermining the alliance between Habayit Hayehudi and centrist Yesh Atid.


Swiss scientists say polonium found in Arafat’s bones

By Charlotte Oliver, November 6, 2013

Yasser Arafat had at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his body when he died, according to a Swiss investigation.

Scientists have confirmed they found unnaturally high levels of the radioactive element in the former Palestinian leader’s ribs and pelvis, as well as in soil around his remains.


Political chasm opens over prisoner release

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

The release of 26 Palestinian prisoners this week and a proposed law to prevent such occurrences in the future have caused the most serious rift in the coalition since it was formed earlier this year.


Peace is closer than you think

By Gershon Baskin, October 31, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations are shrouded with secrecy. Most of what has been written so far about what is transpiring behind the closed doors is not true.


‘Significant progress’ in Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Simon Rocker, October 31, 2013


The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have made “significant progress” towards “a comprehensive agreement on all the issues” that will “bring us to the end of the conflict”, according to an Israeli expert with an inside track on the negotiations.


No action against Brighton lecturer

By Charlotte Oliver, October 30, 2013

The University of Brighton has said it will not be taking disciplinary action against lecturer Tom Hickey following his attack on Israel studies courses in the UK last week.