Israel News

iPad Comes to Israel

12/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The iPad is now officially available in Israel.

Apple's official Israeli representative iDigital and Office Depot began selling the devices Tuesday, more than eight months after it became available in the United States and throughout the world, Israel's business daily Globes reported.

In late November, Apple released a Hebrew-language interface and keyboard.

Statehood Gambit By Palestinians Seen Serious

This time around, unilateral move viewed as way to further isolate Israel; ‘grand diversion’ for PA.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
Washington Correspondent

It’s not the first time the Palestinians have tried it, but with peace talks at an impasse and the Obama administration showing every sign of backing off its earlier commitment to aggressive diplomacy, threats of unilateral action seeking recognition of a state not gained through negotiations may be more serious this time around.

Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath .

Firefighter’s Death Brings Carmel Toll To 44

12/20/2010 - 19:00

Jerusalem (JTA) — The death of a firefighter who tried to save passengers on a burning bus raised the toll from the Carmel Forest fire to 44.

Danny Hayat, 35, died Saturday at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. He was burned over at least two-thirds of his body and had undergone two skin transplants since the fire two weeks ago. He was in an induced coma.

With Rotem Bill Still In Dispute, Sharansky Seeks A Deadline Extension

Wants another six months to find conversion compromise; Reform leader wary of political promises.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Despite assurances that there would be no backroom deal to allow passage of a conversion bill giving the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate veto power over all Israeli conversions, the leader of the Reform movement is worried.

“[Natan] Sharansky has spoken with the prime minister and has been assured this will not happen,” said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. “But in the turmoil now in Israel, we are concerned that ultimately we could be the victims here. Therefore, we feel a need to be exceedingly vigilant.”

Jewish Agency Chair Natan Sharansky: “It is my hope that we will have additional time to work without pressure or one-sided step

Rocket from Gaza Injures Israeli Girl

12/20/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A girl on her way to school was injured when a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza exploded near a kindergarten in a western Negev kibbutz.

In addition to the girl, 14, an adult living on Kibbutz Zikim near Ashkelon was also injured by shrapnel from the blast, and four others were treated for shock, according to a statement from the Israeli military.

There were 10 children in the kindergarten when the rocket struck about 20 feet away.

Begin, Rabin to Appear on New Israeli Bills

12/19/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The images of former Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Rabin will appear on new Israeli currency.

Writer S.Y. Agnon and the poet Rachel have also been chosen for the honor.

The Bank of Israel announced the new series of banknotes, and its honoring of the political and cultural history of Israel, on Sunday.

The two prime ministers were chosen for signing peace treaties with Israel's neighbors, Begin with Egypt and Rabin with Jordan and an interim agreement with the Palestinians, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer said.

Gaza Rocket Attacks Pound Israel

12/19/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Southern Israel was pounded by rockets fired from Gaza.

Seven mortar shells fired from exploded Monday morning in open areas of the western Negev, between Beersheba and Ashkelon.

On Sunday evening, four rockets struck south of Ashkelon.

Human Rights Watch Report: West Bank ‘Separate but Unequal’

12/18/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel deprives Palestinian residents of the West Bank of basic necessities while Jewish settlements flourish, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

The 166-page report, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” released Sunday, is based on case studies comparing Israel's treatment of settlements and next-door Palestinian communities in the same areas.

The main umbrella settlers' group called the report "Goebbels-like propaganda."

Body of American Tourist, Allegedly Killed by Arabs, Found Near Jerusalem

12/18/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The body of an American tourist was found near Jerusalem a day after she was attacked and kidnapped, allegedly by Arab assailants.

Christine Logan's body was identified Sunday morning by Jerusalem police. Logan and a friend, Susan Kaye Wilson, a tour guide from Givat Ze'ev who made aliyah from Great Britan in 1991, were attacked Saturday while hiking at Khirbet Hanut, an archaeological site near Beit Shemesh.

When Firefighters From Abroad Came To Jerusalem

12/15/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A unique event occurred in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 7th – foreign armies marched through the narrow alleys of the ancient city – parading fast towards the Western Wall.

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