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Israel looks to Senate to block deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The Israeli government is pursuing three parallel tracks to try to mitigate what it sees as the strategic threat posed by the "bad deal" agreed on by the P5+1 group of powers and Iran last Thursday in Lausanne.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the announcement of a framework agreement that "a deal based on this would threaten the survival of Israel" and that "such a deal would n


Fake kidnap man arrested

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The disappearance of an Israeli man near Hebron last Thursday that was originally feared to be a terror kidnapping quickly developed into a bizarre case of wilful disappearance.

Thousands of soldiers and police officers, assisted by helicopters and the Shin Bet, were deployed last Thursday afternoon after Eran Negauker, a career IDF NCO, reported that his friend, Niv Assraf, had disappeared.


Belgian kindergarten refused insurance over risk of terror attack

By Michel Gurfinkiel, April 8, 2015

A Belgian insurance company has refused to insure a Jewish kindergarten in Brussels on the grounds that "the risk of a terror attack is too high".

A spokesman for the European Jewish Association (EJA), which runs the school, said that several insurance companies had been approached, and that only one expressed such "scandalous" and "cynical" views.


Abbas calls for talks without preconditions

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has been sending Israel mixed signals about the resumption of diplomatic negotiations.

On Saturday in an interview with an Israeli-Arab website, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the re-elected prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to re-enter talks "without preconditions".

In what sounded like a reversal of statements by his senior advisers in recent week


Biggest Arab homes project since 1967 is baby step towards a peaceful Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The recent decision by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to authorise the largest Palestinian housing project in East Jerusalem since 1967 is an important step towards alleviating the shortage of new homes in the city.


Why hate party Jobbik is surging

By Michael Goldfarb, April 8, 2015

Among the most closely examined morbid symptoms of growing European antisemitism is the Hungarian political party Jobbik.

The party's arrival as Hungary's second largest political party has brought it extra scrutiny. And despite much international handwringing, the party's popularity is growing - according to some polls by as much as 50 per cent in the last year.


Two Israeli soldiers injured in West Bank stabbing

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

Two Israeli soldiers have been stabbed by a Palestinian youth at a junction in the West Bank.

One of the victims, a 20-year-old, suffered a serious wound to his upper body and is in critical condition after being flown by helicopter to Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.


Couple raises one child Jewish, one Catholic

By Rosa Doherty, April 7, 2015

A mixed-faith couple who raised one child Catholic and one Jewish said they did so to keep both faiths in the family.

The Greenbergs of Pennsylvania raised their daughter, Katie, as a Catholic, and gave their son, Steven, a Jewish upbringing.


Iran and six powers reach 'understanding' in nuclear talks

By JC Reporter, April 2, 2015

The six world powers and Iran have reportedly reached an agreement in the talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in Lausanne.

A Western diplomat told Haaretz that the parties were writing a joint announcement, to be released later this evening.


IDF searching for missing man in West Bank

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

The Israeli army and police are searching for a man who has gone missing in the Hebron area.

The man from Beersheva, an army veteran named as Niv Asraf who was reportedly stationed in Hebron, was returning from visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs with a friend.