From failed peace talks, to Palestine recognitions across Europe, it has been a tough diplomatic year for Israel, and though the year ended with the successful attempt to block the Palestinians’ Security Council resolution, the conflict seems to be going from bad to worse.
The summer war in Gaza, strained US-Israel relations and the lavish lifestyle of Hamas officials – these are the stories that captivated Ynet readers during 2014.
Aliyah statistics for 2014 showed that immigration hit a 10 year high with the arrival of about26,500 new immigrants.
By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council. The move, which angered Israel and the United States, paves the way for the court to take jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestinian lands and investigate the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian leaders over more than a decade of bloody conflict. …
Hossam Kawasmeh admitted to orchestrating the June 12 kidnapping and spending some NIS 220,000 on weapons and cars used in the crime; he will be sentenced in a few weeks.
Army postpones until Sunday decision to extract security forces from communities near Gaza border; local residents say ‘withdrawal will damage sense of security and demographic growth’.
Following defeat at the UN Security Council, Palestinian president sends requests to join 20 international treaties – including the Rome Statute.
Italy's coastguard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe by intercepting a runaway freighter that was on a collision course with the country's rocky shoreline with 768 people on board. In the second major maritime drama of recent days, officers revealed that the huge cargo ship's engine had been locked on with the steering set on a direction that would have led to it crashing ashore in the Puglia region on the "heel" of Italy. The coastguard, already working flat out because of the Norman Atlantic ferry disaster, scrambled two helicopters overnight after realising that the Moldovan-registered Blue Sky M, was headed for the rocks. In a tweet from its official account, the coastguard said a "massacre" had been avoided.