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  • What’s in the Gaza peace deal?

    2 days ago

    Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

    Following are the broad...

  • Poll: Netanyahu’s approval rating plummets

    3 days ago

    A poll of Israelis showed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating has plunged to 38 percent in the last month from a high of 82 percent.

    Netanyahu’s approval rating was at its highwater mark in the days after Israel began its ground war in Gaza, according to the...

  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    6 days ago

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS.

    After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist...

  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    1 week ago

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

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  • U.S. officials: No change in procedure for arming Israel

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. officials denied reports of a change in the procedure through which their government supplies arms to Israel.

    Speaking to reporters on Thursday, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “Let me be clear: There has been no change in policy, period.” But she also...

  • Israel blocks rights group as alternative to military service

    2 weeks ago

    Israel has disqualified its foremost human rights group as a volunteer option for youths who choose civilian national service over military conscription, officials said on Wednesday, citing the group's criticism of the Gaza offensive.

    The government move against B'Tselem, while...

  • After the fog of war: An early assessment of the Israel-Gaza conflict

    By Michael Berenbaum

    2 weeks ago

    It is far too early to assess the impact of the latest war in Gaza, but still some preliminary thoughts are in order:

    Anti-Semitism panic

    Judging by what I have been reading in the press blogs and emails, it seems as if many Jews are in a panic about the rise in anti-Semitism....

  • Netanyahu orders Israeli response to Gaza rocket fire, official says

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to respond to Gaza rocket fire moments before a three-day truce expired on Wednesday, an Israeli official said.

    "With the breach of the cease-fire by Hamas, the prime minister and defense minister ordered the...

  • How Obama and Netanyahu can make up

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not the best of friends — that seems pretty clear by now.

    But following reports during the Gaza conflict of cut-off phone calls, tough talk of “demands” and eavesdropping, it may be time for them to figure...

  • Israelis do not – do not! - trust the US to mediate negotiations with Hamas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

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    Pollster Menachem Lazar of Panels Politics predicted in our conversation yesterday that Israelis would be inclined to trust Egypt more than they trust the US when it comes to the cease fire talks. He just didn't predict how wide the trust-gap would be. Thus, when he saw the...

  • Who won and who lost in the Gaza war?

    3 weeks ago

    Now that the latest Gaza conflict appears to be over – or, nearly, so — it’s time to take stock of the winners and losers.

    Who won the war?

    Perhaps more than the other two Gaza conflicts in the last six years, Israel is the clear winner this time. The Israel Defense Forces...

  • Israel quickly goes back to ‘grumbling as usual’ mode

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    As I write on Aug. 5, as the battle winds down and another attempt at a cease-fire begins, the troops are getting ready for the battle of the aftermath. If there was a mishap, we need to know who’s at fault; if there’s a victory, someone is going to want the credit; if there’s an...

  • Israel, Palestinians accept Egypt’s 72-hour truce bid

    3 weeks ago

    Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.

    Egypt's plan called for a 72-hour-long truce to...

  • Netanyahu: All Gaza tunnels will be destroyed with or without cease-fire

    July 31, 2014 | 9:36 am

    Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Israeli troops have destroyed dozens of tunnel branches so far during the 24-day operation in Gaza, Netanyahu said Thursday...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    July 30, 2014 | 10:43 am

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Israel, U.S. deny account of tense Obama-Netanyahu call

    July 29, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    U.S. and Israeli officials sharply denied an account of a tense conversation between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The conversation described Tuesday night on Israel’s Channel One TV allegedly was the one Obama and Netanyahu had on Sunday...

  • Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza campaign, Netanyahu says

    July 28, 2014 | 10:59 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday his country must prepare for a long conflict in the Gaza Strip, squashing any hopes of a swift end to fighting that has already cost more than 1,000 lives.

    In a televised address, a grim-faced Netanyahu said that any...

  • Palestinian fighters raid Israel on Gaza ‘truce’ day

    July 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.

    The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the...

  • In Gaza, IDF ground operation takes a toll

    By Simone Wilson

    July 23, 2014 | 1:40 pm

    Up until last weekend, Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza strip seemed to be just another hard round of fire between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas — the latest in a cyclical pattern of violence that repeats itself every two or three...

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

    July 22, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    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...

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

    July 22, 2014 | 11:41 am

    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...

  • Ground invasion aims to destroy Hamas infrastructure

    July 18, 2014 | 10:31 am

    For the first time in years, Israeli ground troops crossed into Gaza.

    Rather than just return to the status quo before the conflict of “quiet for quiet” — no Hamas missiles and no Israeli airstrikes — Israel’s stated objectives are to bring a sustained cessation to missile fire...

  • Netanyahu: IDF preparing to increase ground activity in Gaza

    July 18, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Israel Defense Forces is prepared to substantially expand its incursion into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu made the announcement Friday during a cabinet meeting held at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

    “My instructions, and...

  • U.S. asks Israel to do more to protect Gaza civilians

    July 17, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties in its conflict with Hamas militants after four children were killed on a beach in the Gaza Strip.

    Even while stepping up U.S. pressure for Israeli restraint, State Department...

  • Hamas says Israel’s ground invasion will have ‘dreadful consequences’

    July 17, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Hamas said Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that started on Thursday would have "dreadful consequences."

    "It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters. "We warn (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."

    Reporting by Nidal al-MUghrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Robin Pomeroy

  • Obama: Using all resources to get to cease-fire

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    July 17, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    President Obama said his administration is using all its resources to arrive at a cease-fire in the Gaza conflict and again upheld Israel’s right to self-defense.

    “As I’ve said repeatedly, Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks that terrorize the Israeli people,”...

  • Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

    July 17, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    Israel announced the start of a Gaza ground campaign on Thursday after 10 days of aerial and naval bombardments failed to stop persistent Palestinian rocket attacks, but it signalled the invasion would be limited in scope.

    A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...

  • Israel needs an Irony Dome

    By David Suissa

    July 16, 2014 | 11:51 am

    It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties.

    I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now: “We lost half of our arsenal and...

  • Israeli naval shelling kills four boys on Gaza beach, medics say

    July 16, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israeli shelling killed four boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, a local health official said, and Palestinian militants fired a further 70 rockets into Israel after a failed Egyptian attempt to halt more than a week of warfare.

    Israel urged the evacuation of several districts in...

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