Campaigners keep the fires lit for Shalit

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The fifth anniversary of the capture of Gilad Shalit has rekindled the debate over the price worth paying for his release. A flurry of diplomatic activity in Israel in recent weeks has so far failed to deliver a breakthrough.

On Shabbat, June 25, it will be five years to the day in which Palestinian fighters attacked a tank by Kerem Shalom, killed two and took Shalit.


Why 'hook-nosed' Begin was denied entry to UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Menachem Begin was refused a visa to enter Britain in 1955 after the Foreign Office warned that his admission could damage relations with the Israeli government.


On this day: Shlomo Argov is shot

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The Israeli ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, was walking out of the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, when he was shot in the head at point-blank range by three attackers.

He survived the attack, barely, and underwent emergency brain surgery. The attack left him paralysed in his early 50s, except for some movement in his head.


Tension as Bolivia hosts Iranian terror suspect wanted by Argentina

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Bolivia's foreign minister has issued an apology to Argentina after inviting a wanted Iranian terror suspect to an official ceremony.

David Choquehuanca offered his "deepest apologies" to his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman for hosting Iran's defence minister at an event on Tuesday.


British ambassador learns 'reality' of Sderot life

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has praised the spirit of Israelis who live under the constant threat of terror attack, while on a visit to the southern town of Sderot.

Matthew Gould spent Wednesday with Sderot's mayor David Buskila. The town is located just 840 metres from the Gaza border and continues to face rocket attacks by Hamas.


Lorry rampage a 'lone terror attack'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

A return of deadly terror attacks in Israel's cities or a fatal flat tyre? The timing of the incident seemed to leave little room for doubt.

On Sunday morning, for the Palestinian Nakba Day, a lorry began hitting cars and pedestrians on a crowded thoroughfare in the Tikva neighbourhood of south Tel Aviv.


Synagogue plotter felt Muslims treated 'like dogs'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The Americans arrested when buying weapons on Thursday, on suspicion of planning terror attacks on New York synagogues, were apparently angry that the world treated Muslims "like dogs".

Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old said to be of Algerian descent, was heard by undercover police saying that he needed the arms "for the cause" and expressing interest in attacking the Empire State Building.


Families want the lessons of 7/7 learned

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The sister of one of the Jewish victims of the 7/7 bombings has urged that the coroner's recommendations at the inquest should not be "swept under the carpet".

Lady Justice Hallett produced a report at the end of a 19-week inquest into the deaths of 52 people who were among passengers on trains and a London bus targeted by four suicide bombers in London in 2005.


Arrests in New York synagogue attack plot

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Two men thought to be planning to strike synagogues in New York have been arrested just ten days after the city celebrated the death of the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The pair, described as Muslims of North African descent, were detained by police as they attempted to buy AK-47s, hand grenades and other weapons.


On this day: Liberation of the Sabena jet

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

On May Sabena flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv was hijacked outside of Vienna with 90 passengers and 10 crew members on board.