Israel News

Israeli Natural Gas Field is Significant Find

12/28/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A natural gas field discovered in Israel's territorial waters contains an esimated 16 trillion cubic feet of the natural resource.

Electrical log tests confirmed the size of the natural gas field, which was discovered in drilling earlier this year off the Mediterranean coast near Haifa and dubbed "Leviathan." Noble Energy Inc. announced the results of the tests on Wednesday.

Leviathan is almost double the size of the Tamar field, which was discovered off Israel’s Mediterranean coast in 2009.

More Than 19,000 Immigrants to Israel in 2010

12/27/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More than 19,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel in 2010, a 16 percent rise over last year.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption announced the increase in aliyah, the second year in a row following 10 years of declining numbers, in a statement released Tuesday.

Some 16,465 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2009 and 15,452 in 2008.

Construction Without Consensus

Post-moratorium, building resumes on West Bank communities not considered vital for Israel’s borders.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

KRYAT ARBA, The West Bank – The trip from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station to Kiryat Arba, a settlement next to Hebron, in the southern West Bank, takes just under an hour, including a couple of detours to other outlying settlements, via a public bus with bullet-proof windows.

Tzvi Katsover, the former mayor of Kiryat Arba.

Former Yukos CEO Khodorkovsky Found Guilty of Embezzlement

12/26/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of embezzlement and theft.

The conviction against the former head of the Yukos oil company was handed down by a judge in Moscow in a closed court room on Monday, the New York Times reported. He faces up to 14 years in prison, with credit for time served on a previous conviction.

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.

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