Confidant of Israel’s Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case – media

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Feb 21 : A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state’s witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader’s political survival, local media said. Shlomo Filber’s decision to testify for the state against his former boss is a dramatic […]

New corruption cases entangle Netanyahu aides

By Jeffrey Heller and Tova Cohen JERUSALEM, Feb 20 : Israeli police alleged on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu’s former spokesman tried to bribe a judge to drop a fraud case against Netanyahu’s wife, the latest corruption investigation encircling the long-serving prime minister. The new bribery case was one of two revealed on Tuesday involving the […]

Israel awards top literature prize to novelist critical of its policies

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Feb 12 : Israel’s national prize for literature, one of its most prestigious honours, is to be awarded this year to novelist David Grossman, an outspoken critic of Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians. Grossman, 64, has expressed support for Israeli conscientious objectors, creation of a Palestinian state and the need to […]

Israeli jet shot down after bombing Iranian site in Syria

By Maayan Lubell and Lisa Barrington JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, Feb 11 : Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border. The F-16, one of at least eight Israeli planes despatched in response […]

Israeli jet shot down after bombing Iranian site in Syria

By Maayan Lubell and Lisa Barrington JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, Feb 10 : Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border. The F-16, one of at least eight Israeli planes despatched in response […]