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  • 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...

  • Hamas lists cease-fire demands

    July 16, 2014 | 9:53 am

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 11:44 am

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 10:38 am

    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

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  • Avigdor Lieberman: Israel should retake Gaza

    July 15, 2014 | 8:49 am

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 8:39 am

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 8:38 am

    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

    July 15, 2014 | 8:29 am

    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

    July 14, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    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

    July 14, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    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

    July 14, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    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

    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...

  • Nadia Haroun, deputy head of Egypt’s dwindling Jewish community, dies

    March 11, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of Egypt’s tiny Jewish community, has died.

    Haroun, 59, whose sister, Magda, heads the community, was buried Tuesday in Cairo. She died after suffering a heart attack last week.

    Hundreds attended Haroun’s funeral, including several Egyptian public figures, Ahram Online reported.

    Haroun was a lawyer and an architect. Her father, Chehata, was a nationalist politician who was anti-Zionist.

    There reportedly are fewer than 100 Jews living in Egypt.

  • Court bans activities of Islamist Hamas in Egypt

    March 4, 2014 | 9:40 am

    An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned all Hamas activities in Egypt in another sign that the military-backed government aims to squeeze the Palestinian Islamist group that rules the neighboring Gaza Strip.

    Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the authorities...

  • And the Oscar goes to ... Israel?

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    There’s a good chance that when they announce the winner in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it will be the Egyptian film “The Square.”

    It’s one of my favorite movies this year. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir...

  • Egypt government resigns, paving way for Sisi to seek presidency

    February 24, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    Egypt's government resigned on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.

    After the July overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and subsequent...

  • The Egypt flip-flop

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 19, 2014 | 1:10 pm

  • Sinai-based militants claim responsibility for bus blast in Egypt; Israel prepared to treat victims

    February 18, 2014 | 9:53 am

    The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said on Tuesday the bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai that killed two South Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday was a suicide attack carried out by one of its fighters, and threatened more strikes against economic...

  • Egypt charges two ‘Israeli agents,’ two Egyptians with spying

    February 18, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Egypt's public prosecutor charged on Tuesday two men it said were Israeli intelligence agents and two Egyptians with conspiring in Israel's interests, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office.

    "The public prosecutor ordered Ramzy Mohamed, Sahar Ibrahim, Samuel Ben...

  • Arabic voice of Donald Duck fired over anti-Israel tweet

    February 12, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    An Egyptian radio host who calls himself the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East was fired after sending anti-Israel tweets.

    Wael Mansour tweeted the news of his firing on February 6, six months after his tweet against Israel.

    “Disney decided I am no longer the...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Divine partnership: Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

    January 3, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    “Come to Pharaoh … that you may know I am HaShem” (Exodus 10:1-10:2). 

    The story in this week’s portion is as recognizable as any in the entire Torah. Discussed at the Passover seder, it begins with Moses and the eighth plague of locusts, continues through the plague of darkness...

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