The figure responsible for Israel's latest religious row is a bespectacled British teenager who is gifted with magical powers, world famous and entirely fictional.
Israel on Tuesday ruled out negotiations "at this stage" on the borders of a future Palestinian state, rebuffing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and casting doubt on a U.S. push to tackle the issue.
Thousands of offspring of Nazi Holocaust survivors in Israel are seeking reparations from Germany to pay for psychiatric treatment they say they require as a result of trauma suffered by their parents.
Israel is a rather informal society with rare ceremonies of pride and pomp, but Sunday was exceptional. Veteran statesman Shimon Peres was being sworn in as Israel's ninth president, and police horses and motorcycles accompanied him to the Knesset where a military honor guard and band awaited him.
Israel released a former Palestinian Cabinet minister swept up in a West Bank raid in May, saying Tuesday he had agreed to renounce his Hamas membership and would no longer hold positions for the militant Islamic group.
Israeli officials yesterday welcomed a US proposal for a regional conference that could lead to a final peace settlement with the Palestinians but cautioned that Israel was not ready to discuss final-status issues "at this stage".
JERUSALEM Israel finalised a list yesterday of 256 Palestinian prisoners to be freed later this week to help bolster Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas.
The launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has led to an internal row in Israel, with a minister threatening to fine any bookstore that opens on the day in violation of 'Shabbat'.
Israel finalised a list on Tuesday of 256 Palestinian prisoners to be freed later this week to help bolster Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas.
The figure responsible for Israel's latest religious row is a bespectacled British teenager who is gifted with magical powers, world famous and entirely fictional. The synchronized worldwide launch of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and last installment in the wildly popular series, falls at 2:01 a.m. local time this Saturday - on the Jewish Sabbath, when Israeli law requires ...