Israel signals no opposition to Egypt’s return of islands to Saudi Arabia

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Apr 12 : Israel signalled today it did not oppose the return of two Red Sea islands in a strategic strait to Saudi Arabia by Egypt, with one senior lawmaker seeing a chance to get closer to Riyadh, with which Israel has no formal peace agreement. The islands of Tiran and […]

Israel says half-year surge in Palestinian street violence wanes

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Apr 10 : A half-year-long surge in Palestinian street attacks against Israelis is waning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today, while Hamas accused the US-backed Palestinian leadership of treachery for helping Israel stem the violence. Since October, Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and two US citizens in knife, car-ramming and gun […]

Crime or heroism? Soldier’s shooting raises moral questions in Israel

By Dan Williams TEL AVIV, Apr 6 : To Israel’s military prosecutors, a soldier who fired a bullet into the head of a wounded and motionless Palestinian assailant may be guilty of homicide. To many Israelis, he is a hero. That has fuelled an unprecedented debate over the role and ethics of Israel’s conscript armed […]

Arab-Jewish segregation comments spark furore in Israel

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, April 6 : A far-right Israeli politician has been admonished by his party and roundly condemned by commentators after suggesting Jewish and Arab women should be separated in maternity wards in apartheid-style segregation. Betzalel Smotrich, a 36-year-old member of parliament from the Jewish Home party, which is part of Prime Minister […]

Israeli law to allow suspension of Arab legislators passes first hurdle

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Mar 28 : Israel’s parliament gave initial approval today to a bill that would allow members to suspend from the legislature colleagues whom they believe have supported Israel’s enemies or have acted against the state. The proposal was strongly criticised by opposition members who said it was aimed against Israel’s Arab […]

Israeli court blocks government’s natural gas plan in blow to energy firms

By Ari Rabinovitch JERUSALEM, Mar 27 : Israel’s Supreme Court blocked a controversial plan to develop the country’s natural gas fields today, dealing a blow to energy companies operating in the eastern Mediterranean and drawing fire from the government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal last year with Texas-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek […]