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  • Israeli military calls up reservists on second day of Gaza rocket barrage

    March 13, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces called up a limited number of reservists following a second day of rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.

    The reservists — for air defense, according to the Israel Defense Forces — were summoned on Thursday, when 17 rockets were fired at Israel....

  • Israel denies ceasefire agreement, strikes back at Gaza

    March 13, 2014 | 9:06 am

    More rockets from Gaza struck southern Israel a day after a barrage from the coastal territory that left thousands of Israelis in bomb shelters.

    Four rockets were fired Thursday morning at Ashkelon and Ashdod, with two landing in open fields between the cities and one intercepted...

  • Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition

    May 16, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.

    All that may be about to change.

    The government, for years unwilling to...

  • Man behind Iron Dome addresses Milken students

    March 13, 2013 | 8:16 am

    Milken Community High School's middle and upper school students and teachers got a unique glimpse into the inner workings of some of the Israeli military’s most cutting-edge technology on March 7.

    The best part? It was delivered by someone who had an integral role in bringing it...

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  • As it pummels Gaza, Israel faces a Hamas with stronger missiles and closer allies

    November 19, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In some ways, Israel’s latest confrontation with Hamas looks like past conflicts in the Gaza Strip. Operation Pillar of Defense has left some key Hamas leaders dead, depleted weapons supplies and hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza.

    “We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and...

  • Israel hits Hamas government buildings, reservists mobilized

    November 17, 2012 | 9:08 am

    Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

    Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up...

  • Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 9:02 am

    Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce.

    The attacks came just hours after Egypt's prime...

  • Gaza militants use Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to launch 21 rockets into Israel

    November 16, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Palestinian militants reportedly fired 21 rockets from Gaza into Israel during a unilateral ceasefire called by Israel to facilitate a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s prime minister.

    Israel briefly suspended its attacks on Gaza on Friday -- the third day of Israel’s operation Pillar of...

  • Barak: Current episode with Gaza ‘not over’

    November 13, 2012 | 7:25 am

    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the current episode of rocket fire from Gaza is not over, during a visit to the border with Gaza.

    Barak on Tuesday held a security analysis with the Israel Defense Forces chiefs in the area, including Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen....

  • Israel seizes pro-Palestinian activist ship off Gaza

    October 20, 2012 | 8:08 am

    The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship on the Mediterranean high seas on Saturday to prevent it breaching Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said.

    She said no one was hurt when marines boarded the SV Estelle, a three-mast...

  • With rocket fire continuing, southern Israeli schools are closed

    March 15, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Schools were closed in southern Israel again as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continued to strike despite a cease-fire.

    The cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne canceled classes for Thursday after several rockets targeted Beersheba the day before....

  • Rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

    March 13, 2012 | 8:51 am

    At least seven rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza exploded in Israel after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

    Egypt announced that a cease-fire between terrorist groups in Egypt and Israel came into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

    “We are still following the situation...

  • Egypt negotiating between Israel and Gaza factions for ceasefire, diplomats say

    March 12, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    Egyptian intelligence officials have been leading efforts to mediate between Israel and Hamas in the last few days, in order to calm the escalation on the Israel-Gaza border.

    Egyptian diplomats said that there is an effort to bring about a ceasefire by Tuesday morning.

    “We hope that we will succeed to reach quiet tonight,” said one Egyptian diplomat.

    Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Hamas approached Egyptian intelligence and asked to pass a message to Israel regarding the renewal of calm.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Netanyahu pledges decisive response as rockets slam southern Israel

    March 12, 2012 | 8:35 am

    As southern Israel was barraged by rockets for a fourth straight day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was hitting back “strongly and decisively,” and its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was intercepting many of the rockets coming from the Gaza Strip.

    “The IDF is...

  • Kassams strike southern Israel

    February 1, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    At least four Kassam rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

    Three rockets hit Wednesday night, according to the Israel Defense Forces, though some Israeli news reports put the number at five. An additional rocket hit about three hours earlier. No damage or injuries were reported.

    In the last month, 29 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, according to the IDF.

  • Grad rocket explodes near Ashdod as Gaza tensions spiral

    March 22, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    A Grad rocket fired from Gaza exploded south of Ashdod on Tuesday after a day of escalation along the border. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    At least seven Palestinians, including four civilians, were killed earlier Tuesday during heavy exchanges of fire...

  • Eight members of the Levi family adjust to rockets in Ashkelon

    By Dina Kraft

    December 30, 2008 | 1:00 am

    ASHKELON, Israel (JTA) -- Another rocket warning siren wails and eight members of the Levi family, including a grandmother and a newborn baby, quickly cram into the small bedroom made of reinforced concrete that serves as the family's bomb shelter.

    "Come on, come on! Get in!" they...

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