'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Dead Sea: Environmentalists Question Pipeline Rescue Plan

Dead Sea: Environmentalists Question Pipeline Rescue Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2013

An "historic" agreement between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians is supposed to save the shrinking Dead Sea. But some environmentalists believe the plan to pump water from the Red Sea could do the salt lake more harm than good. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

Olli Heinonen on Iran: 'This Is a Step Forward, Without a Doubt'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Former IAEA deputy secretary general Olli Heinonen says the nuclear deal with Iran is an important one, with verifiable results and a timetable for a final agreement. Still, he argues, "there is no reason to celebrate." Interview By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

Tehran Treaty: Winners and Losers in Geneva Nuclear Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

The Geneva nuclear treaty with Tehran offers the West new opportunities and could change the world.  But secret documents suggest it is the hardliners in Iran who stand to profit the most from the new opening. The clear losers are Israel and Saudi Arabia. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Barack Obama is moving his foreign policy course toward diplomacy and away from military intervention. Suddenly the Iranian nuclear issue and Israeli-Palestinian conflict are back on the table -- but is the Middle East ready for a breakthrough? By Dieter Bednarz, Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Flattened Fiats: Crushing Tiny Cars for Art

Flattened Fiats: Crushing Tiny Cars for Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2013

The Israeli designer Ron Arad has taken the concept of the pressed flower to the extreme. For his new exhibit in Holon he flattened six Fiat 500s, turning them into works of art. By Christoph Stockburger more... Comment ]

'Moving Moment': Israel Ends Ethiopian Repatriation Program

'Moving Moment': Israel Ends Ethiopian Repatriation Program

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

Some 450 Jews from Ethiopia landed in Israel on Wednesday, the last arrivals in a program to relocate the community to the Holy Land. The campaign, which lasted for nearly thirty years, has been plagued by controversy. more... Comment ]

Unrest in Egypt: Closed Tunnels Could Ruin Hamas

Unrest in Egypt: Closed Tunnels Could Ruin Hamas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2013

The smuggling tunnels in Sinai are essential for the economy of the Gaza Strip. But since the unrest broke out in Egypt, they have been closed off -- plunging the ruling Hamas party into financial crisis. By Theresa Breuer more... Comment ]

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Over the last half-century, Beirut has gone from the being the "Switzerland of the Middle East" to a country plagued by instability. In a personal account, SPIEGEL reporter Erich Follath explains his difficult relationship with Hezbollah and his love of Beirut. more... Comment ]

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

Israel has been protesting all week, but to no avail. On Friday, the EU issued new guidelines prohibiting bloc money from going to Israeli institutions operating in the settlements. President Peres warned the measure could "cause a crisis." more... Comment ]

Unlikely Nostalgia: Auschwitz Through the Eyes of a Child

Unlikely Nostalgia: Auschwitz Through the Eyes of a Child

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

He was sent to Auschwitz as a boy, and never forgot the images and dreams that defined this period of his life. Now Jerusalem academic Otto Dov Kulka has written an unusual book about his life in a Nazi concentration camp. By Susanne Beyer more... Comment ]