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Palestinians accelerate statehood push at UN

By Orlando Radice, December 15, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to submit a draft resolution to the UN on ending the Israeli occupation by Monday evening, with a view to having the Security Council vote on the text by Wednesday.

The resolution sets out a two-year timetable for Israel to withdraw its forces from the West Bank.

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Polish court rules shechita ban is ‘against human rights’

By Orlando Radice, December 10, 2014

The was relief across Europe this week as Poland’s constitutional court ruled that the country’s ban on shechita ran against both the country’s basic laws and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Woman raped as partner bound and gagged

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

A French Jewish woman has been raped by armed attackers who broke into her apartment demanding money and hurling antisemitic insults.

The woman’s partner was bound and gagged while one of the men carried out the assault.

The attack took place in Créteil, south east of Paris.

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Knesset votes to dissolve in preparation for election

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

The Knesset has voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for elections.

The measure was passed unanimously by 84 votes to 0, with one abstention. The move will be finalised on Monday in second and third readings.

Knesset faction leaders agreed on March 17, 2015 as the date for the election.

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Vote on Israel’s nation-state law postponed

By Orlando Radice, November 24, 2014

The Knesset debate on the “nation-state” bill passed by the Israeli cabinet yesterday has been pushed back to next week.

The controversial bill, which has been widely attacked as racist, is an attempt to formally define Israel as the Jewish nation-state.

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Islamic State took 17 of my family to the hills and shot them

By Orlando Radice, November 20, 2014

Sitting in a London restaurant, the Kurdish man across the table is talking without blinking.

In a soft voice, Bektas says: "If I didn't have a family here, I would go home tomorrow and kill Daish [Arabic for Islamic State]."

Six weeks ago, 17 members of his extended family were murdered by the fundamentalist group terrorising the Middle East.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Middle East's new map?

By Orlando Radice and Anshel Pfeffer, October 2, 2014

A series of new strategic alliances between Israel and its Arab neighbours were outlined this week by Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly.

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Bibi prepares UN rebuttal to Abbas ‘genocide’ speech

By Orlando Radice, September 29, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu will provide a forceful response to Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations against Israel in his speech to the UN General Assembly tonight.

The Israeli Prime Minister told reporters before boarding his plane for New York that he would “refute all of the lies being directed at us”.

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A superstar send-off, just as Rivers requested

By Orlando Radice, September 11, 2014

Perhaps the best description of Joan Rivers's funeral came from the late, great comedian herself.

Ms Rivers, who died last week aged 81, wrote in 2012 how she wanted her send-off to be "a huge showbiz affair... I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on. I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents."

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Giant Israel-Jordan gas deal in pipeline

By Orlando Radice, September 3, 2014

Israel is negotiating a $15 billion agreement to supply natural gas to Jordan.

If the deal goes through, Israel will pipe 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas over a period of 15 years to the Hashemite Kingdom.

Texas-based Noble Energy jointly operates the giant Leviathan field from which the gas will be supplied.

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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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Jewish life in east will disappear, says Ukrainian leader

By Orlando Radice, July 11, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Confederation of Jewish Organisations believes that in the long term, Jewish life in eastern Ukraine is doomed.

Mr Zissels, speaking ahead of a conference on Jewish life in the Ukraine at University College London last week, estimated that around one third of the Jewish population in the east had already left, with a large majority looking to escape.

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Israel weeps - but now the fallout

By Orlando Radice and Nathan Jeffay, July 3, 2014

It was a day all those present hoped they would never see.

For nearly three weeks, the prayers of every Israeli, parent and child had had been tied to the desperate belief that "their boys" would be found alive.

But at Modi'in cemetery on Tuesday, the raw grief of the tens of thousands of mourners poured out under the burning sun.

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Israel names kidnapping suspects

By Orlando Radice, June 27, 2014

Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, has named two men it suspects of having abducted three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank two weeks ago.

Photographs of Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, two longstanding Hamas activists from the Hebron region, were distributed to the press yesterday.

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Livni meets Abbas in London

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

It has emerged that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Thursday to discuss the Fatah-Hamas unity deal and the future of the peace talks.

This was the first meeting between Mr Abbas and a senior Israeli minister in several months.

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Top yeshivah rabbi apologises for 'kill ministers' lecture

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A rabbi from Israel’s leading strictly-Orthodox yeshivah has apologised for saying that Israel’s government ministers deserve death.

Nissan Kaplan, a rabbi at the prestigious Mir Yeshivah, whose classes draw upwards of 200 students, said in a recent discourse on the weekly Torah portion that he not only advocates killing ministers, but also that he educates his children in this spirit.

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Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns of Assad victory

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A former head of Mossad has warned of the increased threat that Israel will face if Bashar al Assad wins the Syrian civil war.

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‘I was the only Jew at Polish massacre memorial’

By Orlando Radice, May 6, 2014

A Holocaust survivor has spoken of his sadness at being the only Jew present at a Polish commemoration for the massacre of 9,000 people during the Second World War.

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Israel suspends peace talks

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Israel has halted the peace talks in the wake of Wednesday’s decision by Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to sign a reconciliation agreement.

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