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  • Netanyahu asks Kerry to help resume U.S. flights to Israel

    4 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday to help restore U.S. commercial flights to Israel that had been canceled over the Gaza fighting, an Israeli official said.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a 24-hour...

  • Iran talks extended, but uranium enrichment remains stumbling block

    4 hours ago

    The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

    Iran and the major powers, led by the United States, agreed July 18 to extend the talks another four months, citing progress in a number...

  • For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

    4 hours ago

    Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza.

    He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get...

  • Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office [VIDEO]

    4 hours ago

    Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

    Some two dozen protesters gathered for the “die-in” at FIDF’s New York office on Tuesday. The incident was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace...

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  • Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office

    6 hours ago

    Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

    Some two dozen protesters gathered for the “die-in” at FIDF’s New York office on Tuesday. The incident was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace...

  • Rockets discovered at second U.N. school in Gaza

    6 hours ago

    Rockets were discovered in a second United Nations school in Gaza.

    The school in which the rockets were discovered on Tuesday is located between two other United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools, that are currently serving as shelter for 1,500 internal Gazan refugees,...

  • J Street delineates why it pulled out of Boston pro-Israel rally

    6 hours ago

    J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns.

    The liberal Jewish Middle East lobbying group, a constituent of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, publicized its stance on the...

  • Rebels likely downed Malaysian jet ‘by mistake,’ U.S. officials say

    7 hours ago

    U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday they believe pro-Russian separatists likely shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 "by mistake."

    Last week's downing of the airliner, in which all 298 people aboard were killed, has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis, in which separatist gunmen in the Russian-speaking east have been fighting government forces since pro-Western protesters in Kiev forced out a pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed Crimea in March.

    Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Jason Szep and Peter Cooney

  • Letters from Israeli soldiers part III

    7 hours ago

    A letter written by Yoav (28) who is currently on standby near the northern border line:

    "We are now deep into a military operation, an operation we knew was coming as soon as the latest operation came to an end back in 2012. Not because we did not get meaningful results, but...

  • Letters from Israeli soldiers part II

    7 hours ago

    A letter written by Sara (23) who was called for reserve duty at Israel's Home Front Command:

    "To you, the person reading this letter,
     

    I was called for reserve duty in the middle of the day, while I was with the children I am working with. I cried. It was after the...

  • Another soldier killed in Gaza, IDF announces

    7 hours ago

    The Israel Defense Forces announced that another Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza.

    Sgt. Avitar Moshe Torjamin, 20, of Beit Shean, was killed Tuesday morning in what the IDF said in a statement was a “fire exchange” in the southern Gaza Strip.

    At least 27 soldiers have been killed since the start of the Gaza operation; one soldier remains missing, though presumed dead.

  • Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

    8 hours ago

    Shortly before their synagogue became shrouded by tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews wielding baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the synagogue’s heavy metal gate.

    They had gathered outside the main synagogue in this Paris suburb Sunday to defend...

  • Kaddish for a Texan who gave his life in Gaza

    9 hours ago

    The soldiers walk past us, two single-file lines between the gravestones, their blank, sunken faces barely visible in the darkness. The coffin appears, hoisted on their arms and wrapped in an Israeli flag. We follow in its wake.

    Within minutes, some 20,000 people have massed...

  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid

    9 hours ago

    With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority.

    David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded...

  • Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

    9 hours ago

    The air war has become a ground war. The Israeli population, always on edge, has become a nation in mourning.

    And a military operation that nearly ended after eight days has become a bloody invasion of Gaza that could last weeks and has Israeli officials divided over how it ought...

  • Finding unity in a bomb shelter

    9 hours ago

    When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough.

    That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of...

  • Discovering that Israeli troops aren’t made of Teflon

    10 hours ago

    My children have been following the Gaza operation since it began 15 days ago.

    They really have no choice, our television is turned to news reports of the operation during all of my waking hours, which are longer than theirs. My son staring at his iPod this evening complained...

  • Interpol team begins identifying victims of flight MH17 crash

    10 hours ago

    International police agency Interpol said on Tuesday one of its teams had started identifying victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 flight that crashed over Ukraine last week.

    "The remains of victims recovered so far were labeled and numbered before being transported in...

  • As rockets fly, poor towns in southern Israel cry out for better protection

    11 hours ago

    Fares Alhozael doesn’t want much from the Israeli government.

    The roads in his neighborhood aren’t paved, and earlier this year Israel destroyed his cousin’s house for having been built illegally.

    Slumped on a faded bed in the bare, beige, tin-roofed house he shares with his...

  • Tunnel vision: Why Hamas’ tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

    11 hours ago

    Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

    But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons: One, the much-heralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system,...

  • Delta grounds flights to Israel, diverts plane to Paris

    11 hours ago

    Delta Airlines suspended flights into Tel Aviv until further notice and diverted a flight on its way there due to rocket fire from Gaza.

    The flight en route from New York’s Kennedy Airport was sent to Paris on Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck and destroyed a home in...

  • Israeli soldier missing but presumed dead

    11 hours ago

    An Israeli soldier is missing, the Israeli army confirmed, though it is widely presumed he is dead.

    On Tuesday, more than a day after Hamas said it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed the soldier was missing but indicated it was highly unlikely...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

    11 hours ago

    The foreign ministers of GermanyFrance and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

    After 10 days of bombardment, ...

  • Kerry urges Hamas to end conflict, has ‘constructive’ Egypt talks

    11 hours ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their cease-fire proposal.

    After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose...

  • Two more IDF soldiers killed in Gaza fighting

    12 hours ago

    Two more Israeli soldiers were killed in combat in Gaza, while another soldier presumed dead is missing.

    The two soldiers were killed on Monday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement, and the families were notified.

    The missing soldier is believed to have been...

  • Planeload of North American immigrants lands in Israel

    12 hours ago

    New immigrants from North America arrived in Israel equipped with instructions about what to do if there were a siren warning of an incoming rocket.

    The 228 olim, including 100 children making aliyah with their parents, landed Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport...

  • U.S. commits $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza

    12 hours ago

    The United States has committed $47 million to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    The money will be for “direct humanitarian assistance,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday night in Cairo at a news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban...

  • State Department warns Americans on Israel travel

    12 hours ago

    The U.S. State Department warned American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank.

    The warning issued Monday also reaffirmed the “longstanding strong warning” to U.S. citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip. It was reissued due to the “current...

  • Delta grounds flights to Israel, diverts plane to Paris

    12 hours ago

    Delta Airlines suspended flights into Tel Aviv until further notice and diverted a flight on its way there due to rocket fire from Gaza.

    The flight en route from New York’s Kennedy Airport was sent to Paris on Tuesday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck and destroyed a home in...

  • Dan Markel, legal scholar, dies at 41

    1 day ago

    Legal scholar and Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel died on July 19, after being fatally shot in his Florida home on July 18. Much has been said of his prominence in the legal community, which was on its way to legend. But too little has been said about...

  • Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

    1 day ago

    The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

  • Consul General David Siegel on the death of Max Steinberg

    1 day ago

    We are heartbroken by the death of Max Donald Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces in the elite Golani Infantry Brigade. On July 20th, Max valiantly fell in the line of duty on the frontline of Operation Protective Edge. The people...

  • Kerry arrives in Cairo to press for Gaza cease-fire

    1 day ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to try to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be challenging.

    More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them...

  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

    1 day ago

    The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

    The main protagonists are Arab...

  • U.S. issues travel warning for Israel, West Bank and Gaza

    1 day ago

    The State Department warned U.S. citizens on Monday against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, citing the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

    "The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the...

  • Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

    1 day ago

    Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe.

    After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air...

  • Israel blocks subpoena in terrorism case over Florida teen’s death

    1 day ago

    Israel persuaded a U.S. judge not to require a key witness to testify in a case where Bank of China Ltd is accused of supporting terrorism by Palestinian militants, including the 2006 death of an American teenager in a suicide bombing.

    U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in...

  • Obama tells Kerry to broker ‘immediate’ cease-fire in Gaza

    1 day ago

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to push for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    “As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas,”...

  • Slain Americans in Gaza among long line from U.S. to fight for Israel

    1 day ago

    Three days before he was killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, American Nissim Sean Carmeli sprained his ankle, and a doctor asked the Texan if he wanted to heal before going into action.

    He refused, according to Maya Kadosh, Israel's deputy consul for the U.S. Southwest.

    "He...

  • Obama: Russia must press Ukraine rebels to allow plane probe

    1 day ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an international investigation into the shootdown of a passenger jet last week.

    Obama denounced the Russian role in eastern Ukraine in some...

  • Backstreet Boys scrap Israel shows due to Gaza crisis

    1 day ago

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Backstreet Boys canceled three sold-out concerts in Israel due to the Gaza conflict.

    The American pop band posted a message Sunday on its official website announcing the cancellation of the July 29-31 concerts at the Raanana Amphitheater “to assure the...

  • Belfast synagogue vandalized on back-to-back days

    1 day ago

    A window was smashed on successive days at a synagogue in Belfast, Ireland.

    The vandalism at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation took place on Friday night and the following day, the BBC reported. In the latter incident, the replacement window was shattered.

    Police are treating the...

  • From Grizzly Bears to Gaza Rockets: Alaskan olim head for Israel

    1 day ago

    Rebecca Scoggin lived in a lot of places growing up: Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks, Homer, Anchorage. But except for the two years she lived in Seattle after high school, she never lived outside Alaska.

    At least she hadn’t until a few months ago. Inspired by a Birthright trip she took...

  • The war zone

    1 day ago

    As the hourly barrages of rockets continue from Gaza to Israel, I can’t help but focus simultaneously on my own personal challenge, though it be of little significance in comparison- my big, hot, third trimester of pregnancy, showing all the signs of “advanced maternal age,”...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    1 day ago

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Brooklyn man, extradited from Israel, arraigned in ’08 beating death

    1 day ago

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A former Hasidic community watch group member in Brooklyn was arraigned in New York in a 2008 beating death after being extradited from Israel.

    Yitzchak Schuchat, 31, was arraigned Friday in state Supreme Court in the death of Andrew Charles, according to New...

  • Life – if you can call it that – under Israel’s Iron Dome

    1 day ago

    I’ve become pretty great at rocket dodging. As a New Yorker living in Tel Aviv while researching a book, I never thought I’d say that. And yet it’s true: since Hamas began firing rockets into Tel Aviv on July 8, I’ve learned to move quickly.

    Out jogging when a siren blares? I...