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  • Israel permits construction of 1,200 new homes in Gaza Strip

    June 21, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Israel has authorized the construction of 1,200 new homes and 18 schools in the southern Gaza Strip.

    It will be one of the largest building projects in Gaza in years.

    Israel’s Civil Administration made the announcement Tuesday, the AP reported.

    The homes will replace some of the...

  • U.S. citizens leave for Gaza flotilla

    June 21, 2011 | 10:11 am

    A group of Americans have left for Athens to join a flotilla of ships planning to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    The 36 American participants, as well as four crew members and nine journalists, are planning to sail on the American-flagged boat The Audacity of...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • White House: Israel has a right to defend borders

    May 16, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The White House said Israel has a right to defend itself from unauthorized border crossings and blamed Syria for “inciting” violence.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday addressed incidents along Israel’s Lebanon, Syria and Gaza Strip borders the day before in which...

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  • Fatah, Hamas agree to reconciliation deal

    April 27, 2011 | 11:17 am

    The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a reconciliation deal.

    The surprise deal to form an interim government and hold general elections within a year was reached in secret negotiations in Cairo between the two sides, according to reports. A formal...

  • WikiLeaks: Iran providing Hamas with smuggle-ready rockets, says IDF

    April 15, 2011 | 3:39 am

    Iran is manufacturing special missiles for Hamas that can be smuggled through tunnels into the Gaza Strip, according to the report of a conversation between Israel Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Harel and U.S. ambassador to Israel James Cunningham.

    A cable on the...

  • Israeli military admits killing of Gaza terrorist

    November 4, 2010 | 12:08 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that it assassinated a senior Palestinian terrorist in the Gaza Strip.

    Muhammad Namnam, 25, was killed Wednesday when his car exploded outside police headquarters in Gaza City. 

    Several hours after the explosion, the IDF admitted that it killed...

  • Israel intercepts Jewish boat headed for Gaza

    September 28, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Israeli commandos peacefully intercepted a boat carrying Jewish activists who hoped to breach Israel’s embargo of the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli Navy boats blocked the Irene, which was carrying 10 passengers and crew, at about midday Tuesday and diverted the boat to Israel’s Ashdod...

  • Israel hits Gaza weapons storage facilities

    September 16, 2010 | 11:54 am

    Israel’s Air Force struck two weapons storage facilities in the Gaza Strip.

    The attacks early Thursday morning were in response to the nine rockets and shells fired from Gaza at southern Israel on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces.

    Two of the mortar...

  • Israel hits Gaza targets in retaliatory airstrikes

    July 26, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli airstrikes reportedly destroyed a weapons manufacturing site and two smuggling tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

    Monday’s attacks were in response to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza on southern Israel over the weekend, according to an Israel Defense Forces statement.

    No Israeli...

  • Power shower

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  • Houseguests for Hosni

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

  • Israeli strategists weigh Gaza options

    By Leslie Susser

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The collapse of the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt has done much more than break Israel's siege of the Hamas-run strip. It also has opened up new, far-reaching strategic options for Israel while exposing it to grave new dangers.

    Some strategists say Israel should use...

  • Comics invade Sderot

    By Avi Liberman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Just 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of beautiful downtown Tel Aviv is Sderot. Just 47 minutes from there is the Gaza Strip.

    Location, location, location.

    You know the old joke.

    So who books Sderot? Answer is Avi Liberman.

    Besides himself, this year, he brought Mark Schiff...

  • Splinter group keeps settler outpost movement alive

    By Dina Kraft

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Her heart pounding, the 15-year-old girl with a long, honey-colored braid down her back scrambled down the steep hillside in the black of night, running from police who had swarmed in to evacuate her and others who had come to set up an illegal settlement outpost.

    It was a scene that...

  • Briefs: The fence is the line,  gas cuts for Gaza

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ramon: West Bank Barrier to Be Border

    Haim Ramon indicated that Israel's West Bank security barrier will be the future Israel-Palestine border. Israel's deputy prime minister, speaking Monday night at the Israel Policy Forum's annual gala in New York, said Israeli and Palestinian...

  • Israel booming but helicopters may be an omen of trouble ahead

    By Jack Weiss

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent morning, as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ratcheted up warnings that Israel was preparing to launch a major operation in the Gaza Strip, I stand on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lookout a few hundred yards from Gaza, as two dark Apache helicopters swoop down and...
  • Israel cuts power and fuel to Gaza in bid to stop rocket attacks

    By Leslie Susser

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Critics may be describing Israel's controversial policy of cutting fuel supplies to Gaza to deter Palestinian rocket attacks as collective punishment, but government leaders in Jerusalem see it as something else: humane.

    In the face of unceasing rocket attacks on Israeli towns,...

  • Shabbat in Sderot beneath a canopy of Qassams

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moments before we met, Mayan Bar-On bolted for the center of her family's home on Kibbutz Nir-Am along the Gaza border.

    Away from the windows, away from the doors, in a hallway underneath a red-tile roof that couldn't withstand a Qassam strike, she and her 9-year-old brother, Gabi,...

  • L.A. Times gives indicted Hamas leader a soapbox for lies

    By Tamar Sternthal

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Op-Ed contributors to the Los Angeles Times are an eclectic bunch, including novelists, historians, policymakers, humorists, activists, and most recently, genocidal terrorists. On July 10, 2007, Mousa Abu Marzook, "the deputy of the political bureau of Hamas," authored an Op-Ed full...
  • We pledge allegiance to your shorts

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Camp Pranks

    There is something inherently cruel in laughter at the expense of other people ("We Salute Your Shorts," July 13).

    It's one thing to satirize, mock or lampoon where it's appropriate. However, pranks at summer camp often are hurtful and scary for children.

    It's...
  • IFF: Engaging in disengagement—five horrible days in Gaza

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the first news stories I covered in Jerusalem 10 years ago was the excavation of holy artifacts by the city. Ultra-Orthodox Jews were protesting the excavations, because they said they were disturbing ancient Jewish graves upon which the entire city was built. It was a common...
  • Films: Oscar buzz surrounds Israel ‘Disengagement’ documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Storm of Emotions," a documentary on the agonizing evacuation of Jewish settlers from their Gaza Strip homes, is the first Israeli production in decades to have a serious shot at Oscar honors. A close-up and personal account of the "disengagement" operation in August 2005, the film...
  • Wary Olmert takes chance on Gaza cease-fire

    By Leslie Susser

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Disappointed by cease-fires so often in the past, but casting an eye to a better future, Israelis greeted this week's cease-fire announcement in the Gaza Strip with a mixture of skepticism, fear and hope.

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is determined to give the truce a chance in the...

  • Sderot Attack Interrupts Villaraigosa’s Call

    By Marc Ballon

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime supporter of Israel, was interrupted twice in attempts to place a call to Eli Moyal, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot.

    Palestinian terrorists have been attacking the city almost daily with Kassam...

  • Challenges Loom for New Olmert Regime

    By Dan Baron

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just in time for Israel's 58th Independence Day, Ehud Olmert has clinched his new coalition government.

    But while the prime minister promises to set the Jewish state's borders and to calm, if not end, the conflict with the Palestinians, domestic realities post serious challenges.

    ...
  • Nation & World Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scholar, Not Rabbi, to Head Conservative Seminary

    With Conservative Judaism at a crossroads, the movement's flagship institution has chosen a scholar of American Jewry to guide it. The new leader of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), announced this week, is Arnold Eisen, a Jewish...

  • In Political Tsunami, Sharon Bolts Likud

    By Dan Baron

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli politics usually make for fine drama -- and 2006 is shaping up to be no exception to that rule.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon quit the Likud Party this week to form a new centrist party to compete in early elections expected to take place in March.

    Sharon's new party, to be...

  • The Officer’s Grin

    By Emanuel Cohn

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Gaza 1995. Though my tank brigade is stationed in the Jordan Valley, I am deployed to Rafiah. Rafiah lies in the southern Gaza

    Strip, on the Israeli-Egyptian border.

    Together with some of my colleagues, I am charged with the mission of delivering weapons to the Palestinian...

  • Goodbye Morag

    By Yaakov Katz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This tiny settlement near the shores of the Mediterranean, in its last days of existence, has been torn into unhappy -- and often angry -- factions this week as Israeli security forces loitered around its sandy streets, together with hundreds of activists.

    The soldiers are here to...

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