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  • Abbas: Hamas unity pact is off if gov’t doesn’t allow unity gov’t to run Gaza

    2 weeks ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would break his government’s unity agreement with Hamas if Hamas does not allow the unity government to operate in Gaza.

    “We won’t accept a partnership with them if the situation continues like this in Gaza where there is a...

  • The view from Gaza: A bitter resolve

    By Simone Wilson

    August 14, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother. Now, squinting through the scope of an imaginary sniper rifle, he vows to...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • Renewed Israel, Palestinian truce off to shaky start

    August 13, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians renewed a truce that had largely tempered a five-week-old war, but the deal got off to a shaky start on Thursday with rockets from Gaza slamming into Israel and Israel retaliating with air strikes.

    Hamas, which denied involvement in firing some of what...

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

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 13, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    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....

  • Israel, Palestinians pursue Gaza deal with cease-fire clock ticking

    August 13, 2014 | 8:52 am

    The threat of renewed war in Gaza loomed on Wednesday as the clock ticked toward the end of a three-day cease-fire with no sign of a breakthrough in indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians.

    A Palestinian official with knowledge of the negotiations saidEgypt...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • Who won and who lost in the Gaza war?

    August 5, 2014 | 10:28 am

    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...

  • There’s no nuance in hatred

    By David Suissa

    August 1, 2014 | 7:34 am

    One of the cherished notions of the intellectual set is the notion of nuance-- the idea that nothing is ever truly black and white. There’s always a complicating factor or two that justifies a more nuanced view of any given situation.

    More often than not, that makes sense. But to...

  • Peres on Gaza: Time to turn to diplomacy

    July 30, 2014 | 9:24 am

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Israeli government to seek a diplomatic solution to the Gaza crisis and to return Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

    The military option has played itself out, Peres said Wednesday after visiting wounded Israeli soldiers at...

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    July 24, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • A prayer for peace

    July 24, 2014 | 8:40 am

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    July 23, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • Dear Dwight Howard: Here’s what #FreePalestine really means

    By Jonathan Maseng

    July 21, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Dwight Howard has never been able to transfer his deftness on the basketball court, his drive, his sheer,  bold athleticism and vision, to his public relations.  Whether he's insulting Laker Nation, awkwardly hugging Stan Van Gundy after throwing him under a bus, or tweeting out...

  • Israel probing deaths of four Palestinian boys shelled on Gaza beach

    July 16, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Israel’s military said it was investigating the deaths of four Palestinian boys who were playing on a Gaza City beach when it was shelled.

    Gaza officials said the shelling on Wednesday afternoon was an Israeli naval or aerial attack.

    “Based on preliminary results, the target of...

  • Top Abbas adviser says Hamas makes own decisions

    July 10, 2014 | 10:49 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by...

  • Hamas finds itself in war it didn’t want — and cannot escape

    July 10, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The latest mini-war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas began with the Gaza-based militants eager to strike a blow, but the escalation that followed has left them physically and diplomatically exposed, with no ready way out.

    Hamas has sent its rockets streaking into...

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    July 9, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

  • Hamas official vows more kidnappings of Israelis

    July 2, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Hamas official Mushir al-Masri warned against Israeli retaliation for the murder of the three Jewish teens, saying that the Gaza-based terrorist group and partner with Fatah in the Palestinian unity government possesses rockets and missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

    Masri also vowed that Hamas would abduct more Israelis, Israel Hayom reported.

    “Hamas will continue kidnapping soldiers and Israelis until the last Palestinian in Israeli prison is freed,” he said.

  • In Israel, mourning turns to anger and despair

    By Simone Wilson

    July 2, 2014 | 9:28 am

    When news broke in Israel at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30 that the dead bodies of the three kidnapped boys had been discovered in a field near to where they disappeared — after 18 days of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) searches, raids and arrests across the West Bank — grief blanketed...
  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • U.S. Jews should respond to the murders with more than tears

    July 1, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Jews throughout the United States will hold memorial services this week to mourn the murders of the three Israeli teenagers. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be words of consolation. And then the mourning needs to be followed by action – political action.

    ...
  • Israel finds bodies of three missing teenagers in West Bank

    June 30, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank, and Israel vowed to punish Hamas, the Palestinian group it accuses of abducting and killing them.

    "They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by beasts," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a...

  • Rocket fired from Gaza damages road in southern Israel

    June 11, 2014 | 11:01 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza that landed on a major road in southern Israel caused significant damage.

    The Wednesday morning attack is the third incident of rockets fired on southern Israel from Gaza in the past five days. No injuries have been reported.

    Israeli officials have said...

  • Palestinians avoid U.S. aid cutoff, but what happens when Hamas runs in elections?

    June 10, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    Is the new Palestinian government kosher under U.S. law?

    A range of American Middle East policy analysts and current and former U.S. officials say that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threaded the needle last week and created a government of technocrats untainted by...

  • Kerry says U.S. to work with, monitor new Palestinian government

    June 4, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the United States would work with the new Palestinian unity government "as we need to" but would be monitoring its commitment to continued cooperation with Israel.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government of...

  • U.S. warming to Palestinian unity draws Israeli ire

    June 3, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    The new Palestinian unity government brought together rivals Hamas and Fatah, but it has opened a divide between allies Israel and the United States.

    “I’m deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas,” Prime...

  • U.S. will work with Fatah-Hamas unity government

    June 2, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    The United States plans to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the U.S. “will be watching closely to ensure that [the...

  • Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government shunned by Israel

    June 2, 2014 | 8:28 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government on Monday under a reconciliation deal with Hamas Islamists that led Israel to freeze U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Western-backed leader.

    Abbas, who heads the mainstream Fatah movement, has...

  • White House official: We will work with Palestinian unity government

    May 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

    A senior official in the White House said the United States would cooperate with a soon-to-be-formed Palestinian unity government, despite Israeli opposition.

    A unity government is set to be established within a week by Fatah, which controls the West Bank’s Palestinian areas, and...

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