Horizon 2020

Dec 21 '15 / EIPA Updates

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the awarding of its Starting Grants to 291 early-career researchers, 24 of them from Israel. This put Israel in the first place in the number of research grants per capita in the framework of Horizon 2010, the European Union’s flagship programme for research and innovation. The grants, which are awarded under the “excellent science” pillar of Horizon 2020, will enable

An image from a video posted to YouTube October 2, 2015 showing the murder of an Israeli Jewish family by terrorists. (screen shot- YouTube)

Dec 21 '15 / EIPA Updates

Following almost three months of Palestinian riots, violence and deadly terror attacks against Israelis, 2/3 (67%) of Palestinians are in favor of stabbing attacks against Israelis and almost the same amount are in favor of “an armed intifada,” according to the results of a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Although

EU Israel

Dec 17 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz Israel has responded to last month’s EU decision to issue guidelines for labelling  products from the West Bank and the Golan Heights, considered as “occupied territories” by the EU , by  saying the move was “politically motivated” as it discriminates against the products of one country, Israel, while there are some 200 territorial disputes around the world, such as in Western Sahara (occupied

Yossi Cohen, former head of the national security council, leaves his home the morning after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Cohen will lead the Mossad on December 8, 2015

Dec 16 '15 / EIPA Updates

By Yossi Lempkowicz Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week announced the appointment of Yossi Cohen, currently the National Security Advisor since 2013, as new head of Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, after a charismatic career. The nomination was approved by the advisory committee on senior appointments and positions  which is headed by a former Supreme Court Justice. Cohen will replace outgoing Mossad director Tamir Pardo, who will

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas

Dec 15 '15 / EIPA Updates

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that the current wave of violence, which has seen at least 21 Israelis killed, is a “justified popular uprising.” The violence which began at the start of October has consisted mainly of stabbings and vehicle attacks on Israelis. In the latest attack on Monda, a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem drove his car into a crowd of commuters at a


Dec 11 '15 / EIPA Updates

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport was ranked the world’s fourth-best international airport, according to an annual survey by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The airport was chosen among 10 other international airports as the magazine Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015. Readers gave Ben Gurion Airport a rating of 7/10. On the magazine’s online version, Ben Gurion Airport was described as having “easy access from downtown Tel Aviv,” and being primarily


Dec 9 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli customs office employees in the port of Haifa have prevented a smuggling attempt that entailed about 4,000 dolls depicting Palestinian stone throwers, which were apparently imported for the use of incitement against Israel. The dolls, which were seized on Tuesday, bear the colors of the Palestinian flag and feature captions in Arabic such as “Jerusalem is ours” and “Jerusalem, we are coming”. Their faces are

Prime Minister Netanyahu

Dec 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that there will be no bi-national state and said that Palestinian failure to accept the reality of Israel’s existence and not the sattlements is at the root of the current impasse in the diplomatic process. Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, “I want to make clear, Israel will not be a bi-national state.” “In order to have peace,

Israeli surveillance balloon guarding climate change summit in Paris

Dec 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

An Israeli-made surveillance balloon is being used by the Paris police to help guard the global climate change conference COP21 which attracted around 150 heads of state and government Monday in the French capital. Yavne-based company RT LTA’s SkyStart 180 aerostat is in the air over Paris and provides mid-range surveillance and public security services to French police. The balloon can operate continuously for up to 72

The Dead Sea

Dec 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

Despite tensions in the Middle East, Israel and Jordan published a joint multi-million euros tender to deliver a major water-sharing project, which is designed to help meet the water needs of both countries and replenish the shrinking Dead Sea, which they both border, and supply drinking water to Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians. The project, the largest jointly developed since the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan


Dec 7 '15 / EIPA Updates

A tennis tournament organised by a Palestinian Authority (PA) school was named after two terrorists who recently attempted to murder Israelis in stabbing attacks. Basel Sidr, 19, tried to stab Israeli border policemen near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on 14 October and was shot and killed by police while trying to escape. Farouq Sidr planned to stab Israeli soldiers in Hebron on

Hadar Buchris, 21, was killed by a Palestinian terrorist as she stood at a bus stop in the Gush Etzion junction

Nov 23 '15 / EIPA Updates

A Palestinian terrorist on Sunday afternoon stabbed and killed a 21 year-old Israeli girl, Hadar Buchris, as she stood at a bus stop in the Gush Etzion junction, south of Jerusalem, in the West Bank. IDF forces who responded to Sunday’s attack immediately shot and killed the suspected stabber, identified as Atzam Tuabata, a 34-year-old resident of Beit Fajar, near Bethlehem in the West Bank. The victim,

Terror attack

Nov 20 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that ‘’there is no immunity for terrorists” after five people were killed Thursday in two separate atacks by Palestinian men, making it the most deadly day since the current wave of violence began at the start of October. The first incident took place at a busy office block in south Tel Aviv, where the assailant attempted to stab worshippers who


Nov 19 '15 / EIPA Updates

Top Israeli counter-terrorism expert Yoram Schweitzer believes that if we are experiencing more terror in the streets of Europe, more security personnel should be deployed as it is the case in Israel where there security guards at the entrance of shopping malls and other public places for example. “Europe has to strengthen was it already started to do. There is a need to increase the allocation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at the weekly government meeting in Jerusalem, on November 15, 2015.

Nov 16 '15 / EIPA Updates

“It is time for states to condemn terrorism against us like they condemn terrorism anywhere else in the world,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he drew parallels between the massive attacks by Isis-linked terrorists that rocked Paris Friday and attacks against Israelis. The world that had rallied to condemn bloodshed in France must do so for Israel as well, he said at a weekly

Rabin Square lit to honor of France after Paris terror attack in country's colors

Nov 15 '15 / EIPA Updates

Israeli  Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said the six terror attacks that struck Paris Friday, in which at least 129 people were killed and 359 wounded, 99 of them very seriously,  “reminds us of what is happening here on a daily basis, unfortunately.” “For many years, most of the world believed that terrorism is only Israel’s problem,” he continued, recalling previous attacks in

The Jordan River

Nov 13 '15 / EIPA Updates

As part of the “Jordan-gate” project, which will see the establishment of a joint industrial zone between Israel and Jordan, Israel has issued a tender for the construction of a new bridge across the Jordan River which would connect it with its neighbor from the east, the Israeli Ministry for Regional Cooperation announced. A ministry statement said that the project, which is the first ever joint

Palestinian worker at an Israeli factory in the West Bank

Nov 11 '15 / EIPA Updates

“While there are over 200 territorial disputes worldwide, the EU labeling guidelines discriminate only against Israel” EU ambassador summoned to foreign ministry to be reprimanded By Yossi Lempkowicz   The announcement Wednesday by the European Commission of the decision to label products manufactured in ‘’Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights,’’ has infuriated Israel which sees the measure as “discriminatory”, “a form

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama

Nov 10 '15 / EIPA Updates

“I want to make it clear that we have not given up our hope for peace. We’ll never give up our hope for peace. And I remain committed to a vision of peace of two states for two peoples, a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state.” This statement was made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he was meeting US President Barack Obama