Kerry to offer US vision of Israel-Palestinian peace Wednesday

Kerry to offer US vision of Israel-Palestinian peace Wednesday

US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer a “comprehensive vision” of how to revive the Israel-Palestinian peace process in a major speech on Wednesday. President Barack Obama’s administration, including Kerry, is to leave office in four weeks and last week gravely offended Israel by failing to veto a critical UN resolution. But US officials […]

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday criticised an upcoming Middle East peace conference organised by France, calling it a new “Dreyfus trial” and urged French Jews to move to Israel. Representatives of around 70 countries are due to attend the January 15 conference aimed at restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Israel has strongly opposed […]

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel rejects UN settler vote, announces diplomatic retaliation

Israel lashed out at US President Barack Obama over a UN Security Council resolution passed Friday demanding it halt settlements in Palestinian territory, while vowing it would not abide by it. “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office […]

US intended to allow passage of UN draft critical of Israel

US intended to allow passage of UN draft critical of Israel

The United States intended to allow the UN Security Council to approve a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, two Western officials said on Thursday, a major reversal of US practice of protecting Israel from such criticism. Egypt, which had proposed the draft resolution, abruptly put off a vote that had been scheduled […]

Israel says ‘no’ to peace conference in Paris, favours ‘direct’ talks with Palestinians

Israel says ‘no’ to peace conference in Paris, favours ‘direct’ talks with Palestinians

Israel on Monday reiterated its strong opposition to a French plan to hold international peace talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the end of the year, saying it preferred “direct negotiations” with the Palestinians. “It was made clear to the French envoy that Israel will not participate in any international conference convened contrary to its […]

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote

Israel suspends cooperation with UNESCO after Jerusalem vote

Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday after the UN cultural organisation adopted two resolutions on annexed east Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week. In a letter sent to UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused the body of ignoring “thousands of years of Jewish ties to Jerusalem” and aiding […]

World leaders gather in Israel for Peres funeral

World leaders gather in Israel for Peres funeral

World leaders from US President Barack Obama to Prince Charles were expected in Israel on Friday for the funeral for ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres. Security forces were on high alert for the funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery, with roads closed and thousands of officers deployed. Some 70 countries […]

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

  Veteran Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, whose distinguished political career spanned almost 60 years and saw him occupy the highest office in the state of Israel, died on Wednesday at the age of 93, his personal doctor said. Peres died at around 3:00 am local time (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, […]

US, Israel sign landmark $38 billion military aid package

US, Israel sign landmark $38 billion military aid package

The United States on Wednesday signed a landmark agreement to provide Israel with $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade, the largest such aid package in US history. The deal will allow Washington’s chief Middle East ally to upgrade most of its fighter aircraft, improve its ground forces’ mobility and strengthen its missile […]

Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes

Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes

  Israeli authorities approved 466 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, settlement watchdog Peace Now said, despite growing international criticism over such projects. The approvals mostly involved new housing units, but a retroactive green light was also granted to 179 existing homes in the Ofarim settlement. Around 50 new units received final […]

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee ‘for aiding Hamas’

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee ‘for aiding Hamas’

Israel said on Tuesday it had arrested and charged a United Nations employee for allegedly providing “material assistance” to the Islamist movement Hamas. Engineer Waheed Borsh, who has worked for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) since 2003, was arrested on July 16 and indicted in a civilian court in Israel on Tuesday, a government statement […]

Israel passes controversial ‘NGO law’ despite global condemnation

Israel passes controversial ‘NGO law’ despite global condemnation

Israel’s parliament adopted a law late Monday that critics say disproportionately targets human rights and leftist groups campaigning for Palestinian rights. Supporters say it’s a blow against foreign interference in Israeli affairs. The law requires organisations to state that they rely on foreign funding in all communication with public officials and on TV, newspapers, billboards […]

I killed 13 Palestinian kids today: Israeli sniper

I killed 13 Palestinian kids today: Israeli sniper

An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged enclave. Posting on an Instagram account, David Ovadia released a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle. The image with his post, however, was deleted entirely by […]

Bodies of missing Israeli teens found near Hebron, officials say

Bodies of missing Israeli teens found near Hebron, officials say

The bodies of three young Jewish settlers who went missing near Hebron two weeks ago have been found near the city in the occupied West Bank, security officials said Monday. The search for the teens, who disappeared on June 12, has become a national obsession for Israel, setting off a frantic manhunt and large crackdown […]

Beautiful Mosaics of Sand and Shells by Svetlana Ivanchenko

Beautiful Mosaics of Sand and Shells by Svetlana Ivanchenko

Ukrainian artist Svetlana Ivanchenko makes beautiful sand and shell mosaics using materials commonly found on beaches. Each portrait were carefully assembled by hand, and no colors were used. The element you see on these portraits come from a variety of naturally colored shells and pebbles, and an occasional plant root or bark of a tree. […]

Ready to Cook Featherless Chicken

Ready to Cook Featherless Chicken

An Israeli geneticist, Avigdor Cahaner, created the world’s first featherless chicken at the genetics faculty at the Rehovot Agronomy Institute near Tel Aviv, Israel. The bare-skinned bird was created by cross breeding a broiler with a species that has a featherless neck. The idea behind the development of this naked bird is that it will […]

Snake Massage Spa in Israel

Snake Massage Spa in Israel

An Israeli health and beauty spa is offering a creepy new service for its customers – Snake Massage. For just $80 you can have large slithering reptiles such as California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes, wriggle down your back and up your spine and across your face. If you don’t freak […]

Millions of Jellyfish Cause Nuclear Reactors Shutdown Around The World

Millions of Jellyfish Cause Nuclear Reactors Shutdown Around The World

A sudden explosion in jellyfish population in different parts of the world has caused nuclear reactors to be shutdown in Japan, Scotland and Israel. Nuclear power plants draw water from nearby seas or rivers to cool down their reactors, but if the filters which keep out marine animals and seaweed are clogged, the station shuts […]