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Lieberman ‘met Abbas rival in Paris’

By Naomi Firsht, January 5, 2015

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly met exiled Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan in recent weeks, sparking speculation that the Israeli government was trying to replace PA head Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr Lieberman and Mr Dahlan both denied the reports, but Israeli website Walla claimed the pair met in at least two European capitals, including Paris 10 days ago.


Palestinians push for ICC war crimes probe

By Orlando Radice, January 2, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes.

President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the ICC - on Wednesday and filed a request for Palestine to join the international court as a member state.


HarperCollins says sorry for leaving Israel off map

By JC Reporter, January 2, 2015

HarperCollins has apologised for omitting Israel from maps it publishes.

The American-based publishing giant said it regretted leaving the country out of atlases it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East.


Israeli politicians attack Europe after failed Palestinian statehood bid

By JC Reporter, December 31, 2014

Israeli politicians have rounded on European countries following yesterday’s failed attempt by the Palestinians to find UN Security Council backing for their statehood bid.


Olmert website is smash hit

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

A website started by the son of a former Israeli prime minister provided the most popular content on Facebook last month.

PlayBuzz, founded in 2012 by Ehud Olmert’s son Shaul, had 8.7 million quizzes, list articles and polls shared by Facebook users, putting it ahead of sites like Fox News and the BBC.


Israel must not let Rawabi fail

By Robert Philpot, December 31, 2014

A light breeze gently whips the Palestinian flags that fly over Rawabi. Sloping gently down the craggy green hills of Judea, with Nablus to the north, Ramallah to the south, and the Mediterranean coast visible to the west, this is the first planned city in Palestinian history.


How eight-year-old’s bid to save friend turned into $1m global campaign

By Tom Tugend, December 31, 2014

A campaign started by a couple of American primary school children two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease passed the $1 million mark in December, with donations streaming in from all 50 states and 60 countries across the globe.


Germany and Israel in £470m gunboat deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

Germany is to supply the Israeli Navy with four missile boats in a new arms deal worth 900m euros (£470m).

The German government will finance a third of the deal as part of its ongoing commitment to Israel’s security.
The IDF has been looking to buy new warships to modernise its navy and improve its ability to defend its offshore gas fields discovered in recent years.


Molotov attack leaves girl with horror burns

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

An 11-year-old Israeli girl suffered third-degree burns last Thursday when the car she was travelling in near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Shomron was firebombed.

Ayala Shapira, whose family escaped serious injury, was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.


Lieberman graft probe may redraw Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

With every day bringing new revelations in an alleged embezzlement scandal engulfing dozens of public officials, including senior Yisrael Beiteinu politicians, two questions are paramount.

First, did the party leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, know anything? Second, how will this affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections?