Israeli-Arab teenager charged over Tel Aviv bus bomb

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

An Israeli-Arab teenager has been charged with planting the Tel Aviv bus bomb that wounded 15 people on November 21, during the recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

Eighteen-year-old Mohammed Mafarja, a Bir Zeit University student from Taibe, allegedly informed associates when the bomb was in place, before they detonated the device using a mobile phone.


El Al bomber Hindawi loses parole bid

By James Brewster, December 17, 2012

A convicted terrorist who has served 26 years in prison for trying to blow up an Israeli airliner has lost his latest High Court bid for parole.

Lawyers for Nezar Hindawi, 57, argued he no longer poses a security threat anywhere in the world and could safely be released on licence.


Did Iran bomb Amia? The evidence is clear

By Matthew Levitt, December 14, 2012

Iranian and Argentine diplomats recently concluded a first round of negotiations over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.


HSBC fined £1.2bn over ‘Iran cash transfers’

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

HSBC is expected to pay £1.2bn to settle allegations that it allowed money to be moved to Iran and organisations with ‘terrorist’ links.

The anticipated $1.9bn settlement is higher than the $1.5bn US authorities warned it could take to settle the allegations made in a US Senate Homeland Security report in July this year.


Two arrested in connection with Toulouse shootings

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

Two people have been arrested in connection with killing of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse earlier this year.

A Gypsy and his former partner have been questioned by police on suspicion of acting as accomplices to self-proclaimed “Islamic warrior” Mohammed Merah.


Tel Aviv bus bomb suspect arrested

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Israeli security officials have arrested a man who they believe was responsible for Wednesday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv.

The suspect is thought to have thrown the bomb on to the bus before it was detonated remotely.

The explosion left 27 people with injuries, just a few hours before a ceasefire deal was struck to halt fighting between Israel and Hamas.


Gaza: The war that worked

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Israel breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday as a military operation which could have gone one of two ways avoided a ground war.

As the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect, tens of thousands of Israeli ground troops, many of them reservists who had been summoned days earlier from their homes, were stood down.


Even-handed Morsi is Israel’s biggest win

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Israeli officials say that the behaviour of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is “perhaps the biggest achievement for Israel in the entire operation” as the Muslim Brotherhood leader emerged as the mediator between Israel and Hamas.


Gaza conflict: ‘I make a joke out of the rocket fire to keep baby calm’

By Nathan Jeffay, November 22, 2012

Like many southern Israel residents, Sderot father-of-four Yigal Levi has mostly stayed at home in recent days. He tried venturing out, away from his shelter, and it terrified him.


Missile defence system delayed ground invasion, say experts

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Many defence experts said that it would be technologically impossible and prohibitively expensive to design a system capable of tracking and destroying incoming rockets with interceptor missiles.