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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews stage massive anti-draft protest

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews took to Jerusalem's streets for a mass prayer vigil Sunday in protest at plans to conscript their young men for Israeli military service. Wearing white shirts under dark suits and donning black hats, a sea……

Israel investigates prison shooting of American killer Samuel Sheinbein

Authorities were on Monday investigating a fatal shooting in an Israeli prison after a US-Israeli inmate was gunned down by guards after opening fire with a smuggled weapon. The Israel Prison Services said it was looking into Sunday's incident, during……

Dead Sea scrolls brought to life with digital archive upgrade that includes 10,000 new images

Website includes 10,000 new images, more manuscript descriptions and translated content, and a faster search engine In an extraordinary marriage between high-tech wizardry and ancient history, Israel’s national antiques authority has launched an updated version of its digital library of the Dead Sea scrolls, showcasing thousands of high-quality photographs of…

Israelis pay last respects to founding father Ariel Sharon

Israelis were on Sunday paying their respects to Ariel Sharon, whose controversial life inspired admiration and provoked revulsion and whose death drew emotional reactions even after eight years in a coma. Celebrated as a military hero at home, recognised as a pragmatic politician abroad and despised as a bloodthirsty criminal…

Israel unveils 1,800 settler homes after visit from John Kerry

Israel unveiled plans Friday for more than 1,800 new settler homes in a move the Palestinians said was aimed at forcing Washington to abandon its Middle East peace drive. The announcement triggered concerns in Washington and at the United Nations, and came just days after US Secretary of State John…

Israeli tech startups drawing interest from heavyweights like Apple and Facebook

Israeli hi-tech has become the target of a buying frenzy, with startups sparking investment bids and a flurry of mergers and acquisitions unseen since the dotcom bubble burst in 2000. New ventures raised $660 million in the third quarter of 2013, up from $488 million over the same period a…

Rep. Gohmert upset Obama’s Israel policy not based on Biblical prophecies

A tea party lawmaker cited the Bible during a speech Wednesday on the House floor criticizing the Obama administration for its treatment of Israel. “There are many who have been aware of Scripture, and it has often been a guide in our relations with Israel,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).…

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

Israel freed another 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, alongside US-brokered peace talks. But shortly after they walked free in a gesture meant to ease the talks’ progress, Israeli army radio reported government plans to boost settlement in annexed east Jerusalem. A group of 21 prisoners from the West Bank…

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to stop displacing Bedouins

Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged Israel to stop trying to displace Bedouin families in the West Bank, where the army last week manhandled European diplomats on an aid mission. “The Israeli military should end its unjustified attempts to forcibly remove a decades-old community,” the New York-based watchdog’s Middle East…

Israel to give ‘Prisoner X’ Ben Zygier’s family $1 million payout

Israel is to pay more than $1 million to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010, the justice ministry has said. “After negotiations, the two parties (Israel and the family) have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay 4 million shekels ($1.1…

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