Israel

  • Scarlett Johansson, Oxfam part ways over politics 31-01-2014 11:49 AM

    Scarlett Johansson has parted ways with the international charity Oxfam because of a dispute over her work for SodaStream, a company operating in a West Bank settlement that features the Hollywood star in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl. Johansson became the latest casualty of a widening...
  • Israelis pay last respects to former PM Ariel Sharon ahead of funeral 13-01-2014 08:04 AM

    Jerusalem: Thousands of Israelis bade farewell on Sunday to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the maverick warrior-statesman who helped reshape the Middle East, as his body lay in state outside parliament in Jerusalem. Sharon died at the age of 85 on Saturday after eight years in a coma caused by...
  • Israel bids farewell to Ariel Sharon 12-01-2014 12:50 PM

    Israel bid farewell on Sunday to its former prime minister Ariel Sharon, one of the most prominent military generals in the country's history and a controversial figure who died after being in coma for eight years. The farewell ceremony will be followed by a state funeral at his Sycamore Ranch...
  • Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85 11-01-2014 06:17 PM

    Tel Aviv: Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he had a stroke at the height of his power, died on Saturday aged 85, Israeli Army Radio said, quoting a relative of his family. The hospital where Sharon was...
  • Health condition of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon deteriotes 10-01-2014 12:03 PM

    The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, has deteriorated sharply in recent hours and he is close to death, the hospital treating him said on Thursday. Sharon, 85, has been on life support and out of the public gaze since suffering a massive...
  • Edward Snowden has more US-Israel secrets to expose: Foreign Media 07-01-2014 12:04 PM

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has more secrets to reveal that relate to Israel, the journalist who first brought his leaks to the world's attention said on Monday. Among allegations aired by Snowden last year were that the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ had...
  • Palestinian protesters shout slogans in protest of John Kerry's visit 04-01-2014 10:51 AM

    Ramallah: Palestinian protesters on Friday condemned the latest efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to advance peace talks with Israel, using chants evoking the Arab uprisings and telling him to go home. Hours before Kerry was due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a raucous crowd of several...
  • Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners 31-12-2013 12:35 PM

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides. The inmates, convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after interim accords were signed two decades ago,...
  • Israel frees Palestinian hunger strike icon Samer Essawi 24-12-2013 12:04 PM

    Israeli authorities freed Samer Essawi, a Palestinian prisoner who went on the longest hunger strike against Israel, after more than 17 months in jail, on Monday, his family said. Essawi, from Essaweyeh town in eastern Jerusalem, was received by hundreds of relatives, friends and supporters, Xinhua reported. He served his...
  • Nuclear agreement with Iran a historic mistake, says Israel 24-11-2013 03:20 PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government denounced world powers' nuclear agreement with Iran on Sunday as a "bad deal" to which Israel would not be bound. Yet Israeli officials stopped short of explicitly threatening military action that could further isolate the Jewish state and imperil its alliance with Washington, saying...
  • Israeli restaurant: Turn off phone, get 50 per cent discount 21-11-2013 12:54 PM

    Abu Ghosh: A restaurant owner in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem says he is on a mission to save culinary culture by making diners a simple offer: Turn off your cellphone and get a 50 per cent discount. Jawdat Ibrahim says smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He...
  • Pak N-weapons' threat under-estimated: US ex-official 20-11-2013 10:30 AM

    Washington: Nuclear weapons of Pakistan poses more danger to the global security than "over-exaggerating" threat from Iran, a former US official has said. "Are we endangering our own safety and that of Israel by over-exaggerating the nuclear threat posed by Iran while drastically under-estimating the growing threat posed by Pakistan?...
  • Apple buys Israeli chipmaker PrimeSense for $345 million: Report 18-11-2013 07:53 AM

    Jerusalem: Apple has bought PrimeSense, an Israeli maker of chips that enable three-dimensional (3D) machine vision, for $345 million, the Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Sunday without citing sources. PrimeSense has raised $85 million from Israeli and US venture capital funds such as Canaan Partners Global, Gemini Israel and Genesis...
  • Palestinian leader Arafat death probe finds polonium in his bones 07-11-2013 08:52 AM

    London: Samples taken from Yasser Arafat's body contained at least 18 times the normal levels of polonium, suggesting the Palestinian icon was poisoned with the radioactive material, Swiss scientists have said. The scientists said they were confident up to an 83 per cent level that Arafat was poisoned with polonium....
  • Israel secretly provided arms to India in 1971 war, claims book 01-11-2013 06:02 PM

    Israel secretly provided India weapons and instructors in 1971 as it prepared for the war with Pakistan that led to the emergence of Bangladesh even though the two countries did not have diplomatic relations, according to a new book by an American journalist. "The Blood Telegram" by Gary Bass, which...
  • Israeli military confirms air attack on Gaza 28-10-2013 04:01 PM

    The Israeli military confirmed on Monday its air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip following rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into Israel earlier on Monday. "In response to the numerous rockets and mortars launched at Israel in the past 24 hours, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted two concealed...
  • Portugal call up defender Sereno for injured Bruno Alves 07-10-2013 06:29 PM

    Portugal have called up centre back Sereno to replace the injured Bruno Alves for the World Cup Group F qualifying matches against Israel on Friday and Luxembourg four days later. Sereno plays for Turkish top-flight club Kayserispor and won his first international cap in June. The Portuguese Football Federation confirmed...
  • Egypt celebrates 40th anniversary of Mideast War 06-10-2013 05:33 PM

    Egyptian jet fighters staged celebratory flights over Cairo on Monday, ushering in a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the nation's last war with Israel on a day when rival rallies by supporters and opponents of the ousted Islamist president carry the potential for violence. Security forces have been deployed...
  • Iran 'a year or more' from nuclear capability, says Obama 05-10-2013 09:21 PM

    President Barack Obama says US intelligence assessments show Iran is still "a year or more away" from building a nuclear weapon. The president's assessment puts him at odds with Israel, which says Iran is just months away from being able to build a bomb. Obama, in an interview with a...
  • Israel PM slams Iran President's speech at UN 25-09-2013 04:59 PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday night, saying it is "cynical" and "full of hypocrisy". "Rouhani spoke of human rights even as Iranian forces are participating in a large-scale slaughter of innocent civilians in...
  • As ties with India grow, Israel again says won't supply arms to Pakistan 16-09-2013 10:09 AM

    New Delhi: With its defence ties with India growing at a rapid pace, Israel on Sunday asserted that it will not supply any weapons systems and military hardware to Pakistan, saying the policy in this regard was "very clear" and "strict". Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said his country follows very...
  • John Kerry reassures Israel on bid to rid Syria of chemical arms 15-09-2013 11:18 PM

    US Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israel on Sunday a US-Russian deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons would be effective, addressing concern that a lack of resolve would embolden Iranin its nuclear drive. "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs, because that affects all other...
  • Netanyahu gives guarded response to US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical weapons 15-09-2013 03:52 PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a guarded response on Sunday to US-Russian deal on Syria's chemical weapons, saying it would be judged on whether it achieved "complete destruction" of the arsenal. "We hope the understandings reached between the United States and Russiaregarding the Syrian chemical weapons will yield results,"...
  • Iranian MPs call for support to Syria 04-09-2013 05:54 PM

    Around 170 Iranian MPs in a statement on Wednesday called for support to the Syrian people in view of the looming US threat. The statement reads that the Iranian parliament representatives are ready to sacrifice their lives to support the resistance movement to Israeli occupation in Syria, IRNA reported. The...
  • Palestine to brief John Kerry on peace talks with Israel 03-09-2013 06:38 PM

    The Palestinian side will brief US Secretary of State John Kerry about some issues that "disturb" peace talks with Israel, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki said on Tuesday. Kerry would be updated on the Palestinian views when the Arab League's diplomats meet him in Rome on Sunday, Xinhua quoted Al-Maliki...
  • Israel, Saudi Arabia pressurise Obama to hit Syria hard 02-09-2013 09:06 PM

    If President Barack Obama has disappointed Syrian rebels by deferring to Congress before bombing Damascus, he has also dismayed the United States' two main allies in the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia have little love for each other but both are pressing their mutual friend in the White House...
  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet in secret 02-09-2013 11:05 AM

    Jerusalem: The Israeli and Palestinian chief negotiators met in Jerusalem under secrecy, a media report said. A Palestinian official told Israel Radio that Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat Saturday evening "discussed all the main issues but have yet to reach any understandings". The two leaders are scheduled to meet again...
  • Israel ready for every possible scenario in Syria, says PM Natanyahu 01-09-2013 05:29 PM

    Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, said that the Jewish state was prepared for "every possible scenario" in Syria after US President Barack Obama postponed a military strike. "Israel is calm and self-assured. Israeli citizens know very well that we are prepared for any possible scenario," Netanyahu told...
  • World cannot let Assad get away with chemical attack: Barack Obama 31-08-2013 08:33 AM

    The United States made clear on Friday that it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week. "We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack threatens Israel, Jordan: Obama 31-08-2013 01:32 AM

    President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened US allies Israel, Turkey and Jordan and that while "nobody ends up being more war weary than me" he is considering a narrow, limited US response. Obama, speaking to reporters at a meeting he held with Baltic...