Nov 21, 2014

Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli officials say. The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in ...

Nov 19, 2014

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence. The attack during ...

Unrest spreads as Israeli woman is killed in knife attacks

Nov 11, 2014

Unrest spreads as Israeli woman is killed in knife attacks

An Israeli woman was killed and three others wounded Monday in two separate Palestinian knife attacks as months of unrest in Jerusalem spread across Israel and the occupied West Bank. Monday’s violence began in Tel Aviv where a Palestinian teenager from the northern West ...

Nov 4, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court divided on Jerusalem passport case

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it considered whether Congress overstepped its authority in passing a law designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports. Congress passed the law in 2002 ...

Israel tweaks 'Iron Dome' to shield maritime assets

Nov 1, 2014

Israel tweaks 'Iron Dome' to shield maritime assets

Israel’s “Iron Dome” is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza Strip war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for ...

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

Oct 31, 2014

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs European Union states would follow its lead. The move drew praise from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and criticism from Israel, and has displeased the United States, Israel’s principle ...

Sake brewer aims to build on Fukui's bonds with Israel

Oct 30, 2014

Sake brewer aims to build on Fukui's bonds with Israel

A sake brewery in Fukui Prefecture is looking to bring the taste of rice wine to Israel to strengthen relations with a prefecture that has strong historical links to the Jewish nation, links that date back to the 1940s. Jewish refugees passed through Fukui ...