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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?


Luise Rainer dies aged 104

By JC Reporter, December 30, 2014

Jewish actress Luise Rainer has died aged 104.

Rainer was a star of cinema's golden era and won back-to-back Oscars.

The German-born star was named best actress in 1936 and 1937 - a feat achieved by only five actors in Academy Awards history to date.


Palestinians postpone UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has delayed the planned vote on its United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.


Far-right parties gather in new pan-European alliance

By Rossella Tercatin, December 23, 2014

A group of Europe’s most extreme far-right parties gathered in Milan on Saturday in their first meeting as part of the newly launched “Alliance for Peace and Freedom”.

About 300 people attended the meeting, among them representatives of Italy’s Forza Nuova, Greece’s Golden Dawn, the British National Party, Spain’s Democracia Nacional and the German National Democratic Party.


Iran reprises military deal with Hamas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

Iran’s military ties with Hamas, cut off temporarily in the wake of the Syrian civil war, have been resumed.
Iranian arms shipments to Hamas were in evidence two weeks ago when the terrorist movement exhibited Iran-built Ababil drones in a parade in Gaza.

These drones have been seen in the possession of Hizbollah and have been used against rebels by the Assad regime in Syria.