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Israel looks to force ultra-Orthodox Jews into military service

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a draft law which will spell the end of a system which has seen tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox exempt from military service. The draft bill, which passed in the cabinet and later in the day in the ministerial committee for legislation, still faces…

Israel instilling cyber-security in high schoolers

Israel accelerates cybersecurity know-how as early as 10th grade (via The Christian Science Monitor) Amid a rapid rise in cyber attacks on Israel, the state is accelerating efforts to recruit and develop the cyber expertise it needs to keep pace with emerging threats in the Middle East and beyond. With double…

Egypt police shut passage to Israel due to abductions

Egyptian police closed a commercial passage with Israel on Sunday in support of colleagues who shut down a crossing with Gaza to protest the abduction of policemen, state media reported. The protesters say the commercial Al-Ouga crossing between Egypt and Israel will remain closed until three policemen and four soldiers…

‘Prisoner X’ sabotaged spy mission to recover bodies: report

Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier unwittingly sabotaged a top secret spy operation aimed at bringing home the bodies of Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon, a report said Tuesday. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which broke the story in February of Zygier’s arrest, detention and suicide in a Tel Aviv jail, said…

Compensation talks over flotilla raid a key test for Turkey-Israeli relations

AFP - Israeli and Turkish officials meet on Monday for talks on compensation over a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which if successful could get the two states’ rocky relations back on track. But demands by families of the Turks who lost their lives in the May 2010 assault…

Israel bars Gaza runners from Bethlehem marathon

Israel has refused to grant permission to 26 runners from the Gaza Strip to travel to the West Bank to run in the first Bethlehem marathon on April 21, officials said on Thursday. The race, which begins at the Nativity Church, is the first event of its kind in the…

Netanyahu: Israel will not ‘abandon our fate’ to U.S. strategic interests

AFP – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel cannot rely on any other country, even an ally, when it comes to facing up to the perceived nuclear threat from Iran. “We appreciate the efforts of the international community to halt Iran’s nuclear programme,” Netanyahu said in a speech…

Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza

A rocket fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, shortly after the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry on a peace bid, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP the rocket landed in an uninhabited sector of the Negev desert,…

‘Anonymous’ launches assault on Israeli government websites

Hackers have launched an assault on Israeli websites, but the damage has been minimal as the Jewish state is prepared to fend off such attacks, one of the country’s top cyber experts said on Sunday. The hackers associated with the activist group Anonymous reportedly hit the websites of the premier’s…

Palestinian anger builds as another prisoner dies on Israel’s watch

Israeli prison guards fired tear gas to quell disturbances by Palestinian inmates on Tuesday after Maysara Abu Hamdeya, serving a life sentence over an attempt to bomb an Israeli…  …

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