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  • 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...

  • Israeli peace activist says Hamas’ Jabari received truce document—and Israel knew

    November 15, 2012 | 9:00 am

    Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin said that hours before Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military leader received a draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel.

    The draft also included mechanisms for maintaining a cease-fire during upticks in rocket fire...

  • 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....

  • Jewish settlers to move into contested Hebron building

    October 12, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, has reportedly ordered authorities to allow the Jewish owners of a building in Hebron to move into it.

    According to Haaretz, Barak on Thursday ordered the Civil Administration -- a military body responsible for civilian matters in...

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  • Barak after clear-the-air meeting with Bibi: We ‘see eye-to-eye’

    October 8, 2012 | 8:02 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “see eye to eye” on the Iran threat and U.S.-Israel ties.

    Barak made his remarks in a statement on Oct. 6 following a 90-minute meeting with Netanyahu at which they agreed to continue working...

  • Barak orders haredi Orthodox conscription

    August 1, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis.

    Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription, according to reports.

    The order came as the Tal Law, which...

  • Panetta to meet Barak, Netanyahu, Peres in quick trip to Israel

    August 1, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Israel to discuss United States-Israel defense ties and the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    Panetta will meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

    “We are a...

  • Israel: Syria Government Still in Control of Chemical Weapons

    July 24, 2012 | 9:13 am

    The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, a senior Israeli defense official said on Tuesday.

    Israel’s foreign minister warned separately that the Jewish state would act decisively if Syria handed over any chemical or biological weapons to its...

  • Amid new Iran nuke rumors, Barak and Panetta to meet

    May 17, 2012 | 2:54 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, in Washington amid reports that Iran may have achieved the capability to build a nuclear bomb.

    Israel has said that such a capability is a “red line” that could trigger military action.

    The...

  • President Obama's diplomacy has been given a chance

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 4, 2012 | 10:34 am

    According to Jewish tradition, prophecy ceased with the end of the Biblical era, but it doesn’t take a prophet to predict that Israel will not be attacking Iranian nuclear installations, at least not for a while.

    The conventional wisdom had been that the Israelis had a window of...

  • Iranian national believed responsible for Thai blasts

    February 14, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Bombs that exploded in a Bangkok house being shared by an Iranian national were being prepared for a large-scale attack against an Israeli target, unnamed Israeli officials are quoted as saying.

    The unnamed officials made their remarks to the Israel media on Tuesday.

    The Iranian...

  • South Sudan president makes lightening visit to Israel

    December 20, 2011 | 9:05 am

    The president of the new country of South Sudan arrived in Israel for a short working visit during which the possibility of repatriating Sudanese infiltrators to the country set to be discussed.

    Salva Kiir met Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who offered to...

  • Obama to meet with Ehud Barak

    December 16, 2011 | 7:49 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with President Obama on Friday morning, according to sources.

    The meeting will come shortly before President Obama’s address Friday afternoon to the biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, which is being held in nearby...

  • Barak: No strike on Iran anytime soon

    December 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday an Israeli attack on Iran is not imminent but all options remain open to stop what Israel sees as an Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons.

    “We have no intention, at the moment, of taking action, but the State of Israel is far from being...

  • Iran: Explosion occurred during research on weapons that could strike Israel

    November 16, 2011 | 9:06 am

    A massive explosion that killed 17 troops including an officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s missile defenses last week took place during research on weapons that could strike Israel, the Islamic Republic’s military chief said on Wednesday.

    Iran has insisted the blast at a...

  • Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran

    November 3, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the cabinet for the opponents of...

  • Obama calls for keeping pressure on Iran

    November 3, 2011 | 10:38 am

    President Obama called for keeping up international pressure on Iran amid news reports that Israel may be preparing for war with the Islamic Republic.

    The president’s comments, made Thursday at a joint news conference in France with President Nicolas Sarkozy, were delivered...

  • Israel test-fires ballistic missile: Israel Radio

    November 2, 2011 | 9:15 am

    Israel test-fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, Israel Radio said, amid a heightened public debate over the possibility of an Israeli attack against Iran’s nuclear program.

    “Israel today carried out the test-firing of a rocket propulsion system from the Palmachim base (in...

  • Turkey suspends defense, trade ties with Israel

    September 6, 2011 | 8:17 am

    Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country has suspended defense industry ties with Israel and halted trade pending a decision on permanently suspending all trade.

    “Trade ties, military ties, regarding defense industry ties, we are completely suspending them. This...

  • Teen injured critically when Gaza rocket hits bus

    April 7, 2011 | 8:26 am

    An Israeli teen was critically injured when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the school bus in which he was riding.

    The driver of the bus, which had dropped off all the schoolchildren except for the injured teen, also was wounded by shrapnel in Thursday afternoon’s attack,...

  • Barak’s new faction receives ministerial positions

    January 18, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with ministerial positions.

    The Labor lawmakers who joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday are Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense...

  • Barak: Final status talks within months

    December 14, 2010 | 9:52 am

    After meeting with U.S. leaders, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak predicted that comprehensive talks with the Palestinians on all final status issues would begin within months.

    “We will have a serious discussion in coming months on security, borders, Jerusalem and refugees,”...

  • Barak, Obama’s favored warrior, assumes diplomatic posture

    May 4, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    Fifteen years after Ehud Barak walked into politics wearing the warrior’s mantle, he is easing into the diplomat’s lapels.

    The former military chief of staff, whose 1999-2001 premiership was dogged by his reputation as cerebral and remote, in his current role as defense minister is...

  • Obama to Barak: U.S. committed to Israel’s security

    April 26, 2010 | 4:50 pm

    President Obama told Israel’s defense minister that the United States is committed to Israel’s security.

    Obama spoke with Ehud Barak at the White House, where the defense minister had arrived on Monday to meet with U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones.

    Obama also told Barak...

  • Barak asks court to delay outpost home demolition

    April 15, 2010 | 11:40 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak asked the Israeli Supreme Court to delay discussion on the demolition of homes in a West Bank outpost.

    Barak, in a letter sent Wednesday to Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish, pointed out that Maj. Eliraz Peretz, who was killed in a confrontation on...

  • Ehud Barak: Settlement freeze is a national necessity

    September 8, 2009 | 2:59 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday called a freeze in West Bank settlements a ‘national necessity,’ a day after he approved building permits for nearly 500 new housing units in six separate blocs.

    “We extent our hand in peace to all of our neighbors,” Barak said during a toast held to mark the upcoming Jewish New Year, adding that he hopes Israel, the Palestinians and the international community “realize that the time has come and we must not miss this opportunity.”

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

  • Barak to Settler Leaders: Evacuate Outposts

    September 2, 2009 | 8:40 pm

    Some 23 unauthorized outposts will be evacuated, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told settler leaders. Barak met with leaders of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria Monday at the main Israeli army base in Tel Aviv.

    He said the outposts, which the...

  • Netanyahu Made an Offer Barak Couldn’t Refuse

    March 24, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    From Haaretz.com

    There is no debate over two of the achievements of the Labor-Likud coalition agreement that was initialed on Tuesday morning: It was reached after negotiations unprecedented in their brevity - taking less than 24 hours - and it grants Labor a scandalous package of...

  • LABOR JOINING BIBI: Kosher Stamp or Fig Leaf?

    March 24, 2009 | 6:03 pm

    Depending on one’s interpretation, Labor’s decision to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition grants Israel’s incoming government either a kosher seal of approval or a fig leaf to disguise a right-wing agenda.

    Either way, Labor’s move will make Netanyahu Israel’s...

  • Analysis: New Hamas Gaza rocket attacks pose dilemma for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 25, 2008 | 11:55 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The renewal of intense Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas has put Israelis in a somber mood during the usually festive week of Chanukah.

    The new fighting erupted Friday -- the day a six-month truce between Hamas and Israel expired and the Islamist...

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