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  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    3 hours ago

    Behind the feud between John Kerry and Israel over the secretary of state’s efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire is a larger tension concerning the role of Turkey and Qatar in Palestinian affairs.

    Israeli officials rejected the proposal for a cease-fire advanced by Kerry in part...

  • Hypocrisy and the war in Gaza

    By Steve Greenberg

    4 hours ago

    Why do journalists and social media commenters seem to care more about Palestinians than Syrian, Libyan and other Arab and Muslim civilian populations?  This infographic by Steve Greenberg measures the number of casualties over a limited period (ending July 24) in Gaza, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria and Yemen, and compares the media coverage apportioned to each.  As Greenberg indicates, a true representation of the disproportionate media coverage given the Gaza conflict would literally go off the chart.

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

    6 days 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,...

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

    6 days 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...

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  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

    1 week 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...

  • Gazans pay heavy price for Hamas ties to Muslim Brotherhood

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    As the situation becomes increasingly dire in the Gaza Strip, some are seeing the noticeable absence of vociferous support from the Arab world for beleaguered Gazans as a function of the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood relationship. 

    ...
  • Mahmoud Abbas under fire

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Amid rumors that a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement is close after ten days of Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is coming...

  • EU leaders call on Israelis, Palestinians to end violence

    2 weeks ago

    European Union leaders on Wednesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire following more than a week of warfare.

    The leaders, meeting in Brussels, urged both sides to "de-escalate the...

  • Obama backs Egypt cease-fire attempt between Israel, Palestinians

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he supports Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to head off more deadly clashes.

    "The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said. He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.

    Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jim Loney

  • Israel sets temporary Gaza truce

    2 weeks ago

    The Israeli military agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to allow civilians in Gaza to resupply their households with basic necessities.

    The cease-fire will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday  and last for five hours, the Israel Defense Forces announced Wednesday evening. During the...

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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Hamas lists cease-fire demands

    2 weeks ago

    Hamas proposed its own 10-point plan for a cease-fire in hostilities with Israel.

    Versions of the Hamas plan, which includes U.N.-supervised border crossings and the release of prisoners, appeared Tuesday and Wednesday in Maariv, an Israeli newspaper, and “Arabs Now,” a...

  • 8 things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict

    2 weeks ago

    Israel and Hamas are fighting their third major conflict in six years, and while some things have stayed the same, the battle lines have also shifted in a few notable ways. Here are eight things you need to know about the current conflagration:

    Iron Dome has been a game...

  • Netanyahu says Israel to intensify offensive against Hamas in Gaza

    2 weeks ago

    Israel will intensify its week-old offensive against Hamas in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, after the Islamist group continued firing rockets at Israel instead of accepting an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire.

    "It would have been preferable to have solved this diplomatically, and this is what we tried to do when we accepted the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire, but Hamas leaves us no choice but to expand and intensify the campaign against it," Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.

    Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Mark Heinrich

  • Avigdor Lieberman: Israel should retake Gaza

    2 weeks ago

    Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said Israel should retake the Gaza Strip in the current military operation.

    “Israel must go all the way in Gaza. The world must give us its full backing to go all the way,” Lieberman said Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the...

  • Rockets from Gaza still striking Israel after it accepts cease-fire

    2 weeks ago

    Rockets fired from Gaza continued to land in populated areas of Israel after its security Cabinet accepted and put into effect an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire.

    The Cabinet announced in a one-sentence statement its acceptance of the cease-fire at 9 a.m. Tuesday, the time it...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘tyranny,’ likens Israeli MP to Hitler

    2 weeks ago

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel of "terrorizing the region" with its bombardment of Gaza and likened an Israeli politician to Hitler in a broadside likely to further strain fragile relations between the two countries.

    Israel on Tuesday resumed its...

  • Israel resumes military operations in Gaza after cease-fire fails

    2 weeks ago

    Israel’s military resumed operations against Hamas in Gaza, six hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal, following rocket attacks from the strip.

    The resumption of operations in Gaza was announced at about 3 p.m. Tuesday after more than 40 rockets were fired from...

  • Rockets strike southern Israeli port of Eilat

    2 weeks ago

    Three rockets exploded in and near the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat on Tuesday, and rescue teams were investigating reports that several people were injured, a military spokesman said.

    They were the first rockets to strike Eilat since a week-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict in...

  • Reports: Israel ready to accept Egypt-proffered cease-fire

    2 weeks ago

    Israel is ready to accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, multiple media reports said, although it is unclear whether Hamas also has agreed.

    The cease-fire that would end the eight-day Gaza conflict was first posted Monday on Twitter by Yossi Melman, a veteran Israeli...

  • Egypt proposes Tuesday ceasefire in Israel-Gaza fighting

    2 weeks ago

    Egypt proposed an initiative on Monday aimed at stopping fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, state news agency MENA said.

    The proposal, which would take effect at 0600 GMT on Tuesday, calls for a ceasefire within 12 hours of that time, followed by negotiations between both sides in Cairo within 48 hours. More than 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since Tuesday, while Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel.

    Reporting by Stephen Kalin, editing by Mark Trevelyan

  • Exodus to Egypt? Why African migrants marched on Israel’s border

    July 1, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    For two years, Israel’s government has been encouraging its population of African migrants to leave the country.

    But when 1,000 Eritreans and Sudanese marched on Israel’s southwestern border on Friday, they couldn’t get through to Egypt. After two days of camping out in protest...

  • Securing Syrian refugees’ future tied to Israel’s security

    June 25, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I have visited Israel many times in my life, but my most recent trip will remain seared into my memory forever. On a two-week trip to Israel and the West Bank, I saw many incredible sights. In Israel, the triumphs of the “startup nation” are miraculous and ever-present, while on...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 18, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

  • On Shavuot, reconsidering the origins of the Torah

    May 28, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Is the Torah true? 

    The story itself is pure Hollywood (and yes, there have been a few movies): God sends a messenger to free a group of slaves from the superpower of the time, Egypt. When Pharaoh says no, plagues rain down from heaven until he finally relents. The slaves leave...

  • U.S. designates Sinai group that attacked Israel as terrorist

    April 18, 2014 | 10:47 am

    The Obama administration designated a Sinai-based group as terrorist in part because of its attacks on Israel. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) shares an ideology with al-Qaeda but is not a formal affiliate, the U.S. State Department said in a statement April 9.

    The group “was...

  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    by Roger Price

    April 17, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

    March 24, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.

    The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's...

  • Gaza rockets, Israeli air strikes persist despite truce call

    March 13, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    A small armed faction in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Thursday, drawing retaliatory air strikes and pushing cross-border violence into a third day despite a truce called by the more powerful Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

    The clashes have been the most intense...

  • 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...

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