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  • Amid violent clashes, Egypt closes border with Gaza

    August 15, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Egypt closed the border between Sinai and the Gaza Strip as clashes between its government security forces and protesters backing deposed President Mohamed Morsi continued for a second day.

    The Rafah crossing was closed “indefinitely,” the French news agency AFP reported...

  • Arab Idol’s residency is more than just an address

    August 8, 2013 | 10:21 am

    This article orignally appeared on themedialine.org.
     
    Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West...
  • Israel will not sign EU agreements with settlement guidelines

    August 8, 2013 | 10:15 am

    Israel reportedly wants modifications in the European Union’s new guidelines barring funding for ventures in the occupied territories before it signs any new agreements with the EU.

    The decision to ask the EU to reword, or “clarify,” the guidelines was made Thursday at a meeting...

  • ‘Arab Idol’ champ to move from Gaza to West Bank

    August 7, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    “Arab Idol” winner Mohammed Assaf has received permission from Israel to move from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank in order to pursue his musical career.

    Assaf, who lives in the Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza, made the request to change his residency with the Israel...

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  • Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months

    July 30, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Tuesday gave themselves about nine months to try to reach an agreement on ending their conflict of more than six decades in U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The two sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on...

  • Hamas shutters critical media in Gaza Strip

    July 26, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip shuttered two news outlets that published reports tying Hamas to the Muslim Brotherhood recently ousted from power in Egypt.

    The French news agency AFP reported Thursday that the attorney general in Gaza’s Hamas-run government ordered the closure...

  • Two soldiers killed by gunmen in North Sinai, security and medical sources say

    July 25, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Two Egyptian soldiers were killed and four were injured on Thursday when gunmen opened fire on a military checkpoint near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, security and medical sources told Reuters.

    Militants also attacked four other army sites in Sheikh Zuweid, which lies...

  • Egyptian army helicopter briefly enters Gaza airspace

    July 12, 2013 | 11:14 am

    An Egyptian military helicopter briefly crossed into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Gaza Strip on Friday, in a possible sign of increased security jitters a week after Egypt's army toppled President Mohamed Morsi.

    Security sources in Egypt and Israel both described the...

  • Egyptian fighting squeezes the Gaza Strip

    July 9, 2013 | 10:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Ahmed Abu Hamda, a journalist and producer in the Gaza Strip, had some work to do in the morning. But as happens frequently in Gaza, there was an electricity blackout because the area’s sole power plant is running low on fuel.

    ...
  • From schools to bomb shelters, Israel lagging on promise to disabled

    June 27, 2013 | 10:00 am

    A thick concrete bomb shelter sits by the side of a central street in this embattled southern Israeli town, but Naomi Moravia can’t get inside.

    Shelters like this one are crucial in Sderot, which is located about a mile from the Gaza Strip and is the frequent target of...

  • Egypt steps up Gaza tunnel crackdown, dismaying Palestinians

    June 24, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory.

    Palestinians involved in the tunnel business say that the campaign, which began in March and...

  • Retaliating for rocket attacks, Israel slams Gaza terror sites

    June 24, 2013 | 7:17 am

    Israeli airstrikes hit terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks on southern Israel.

    Two weapons storage facilities in central Gaza and a rocket launch site in southern Gaza were struck Monday morning, the Israeli military said in a statement.

    Earlier...

  • Vocally Support the American Effort to Reach a Two-State Solution Now

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 11, 2013 | 7:31 am

    Those who say that PA President Abbas' constant refusal to sit down with PM Netanyahu without preconditions to restart negotiations for a two-state solution is an indication that he and the Palestinians are not able or willing to make peace is not the entire story.

    When Israeli...

  • My Muhammad al-Dura case journey

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Thirteen years ago, right at the beginning of the so-called second Palestinian Intifada, on Sept. 30, 2000, a reporter of a French TV station aired some 60  seconds of footage of the killing of a Palestinian boy. Muhammad al-Dura, 12 at the time, was caught with his father in an...

  • Hamas rejects Arab League’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

    May 3, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Islamist Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip on Friday rejected a revised Middle East peace initiative put forward by the Arab League, saying outsiders could not decide the fate of the Palestinians.

    In meetings this week in Washington, Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace...

  • Rockets fired on Israel from Gaza for third day

    April 4, 2013 | 9:16 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, the third day in a row that rockets have been fired at Israel from the coastal strip.

    Several rockets were fired from Gaza on Thursday morning, but only one landed in an open area in southern Israel. The rest exploded within Gaza's...

  • Hostilities flare along Israeli-Gaza border

    April 3, 2013 | 1:06 am

    Israel pressed Hamas on Wednesday to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war in November.

    The Israeli military said two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern...

  • Oren says ‘Gatekeepers’ makes his job harder

    March 18, 2013 | 2:41 am

    Israel's U.S. ambassador,  Michael Oren, said the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" complicates his mission.

    The movie compiles interviews with six former leaders of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, and records their perceptions of how successive...

  • Sequester cuts to Israel expected to be $155 million

    March 5, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The sequester is expected to cost Israel $155 million in defense assistance.

    A senior staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee told JTA that defense assistance to Israel would likely be cut by 5 percent, or between $150 million and $160 million of the...

  • Israeli army jeep hit by bullets near Gaza

    March 1, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    An Israeli army vehicle was hit by a volley of bullets near the Gaza Strip as Palestinians staged riots near the fence separating Gaza from Israel.

    Army Radio reported that the incident on Friday, in which no one was hurt, was the first such attack since Israel’s assault on Hamas targets in Gaza as part of Operation Defensive Shield last year.

    On Tuesday, a rocket launched from Gaza landed near Ashkelon. Rioting also occurred on Friday in a number of places in the West Bank and in Jerusalem.

  • Egypt-Gaza tunnels must be destroyed, Cairo court says

    February 26, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday the government must destroy all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, removing a route for smuggled weapons but also a lifeline for Palestinians.

    Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with the Hamas Islamists that run Gaza, but many...

  • Report: Israel mulling apology for ‘operational errors’ on Turkish flotilla

    February 22, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Israel reportedly may apologize to Turkey for “operational errors” during its fatal raid on a 2010 Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    The Turkish newspaper Radikal on Feb. 20 reported that the partial apology may have been the subject of...

  • Bulgaria expels visiting Hamas lawmakers

    February 18, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    Bulgaria reportedly expelled a group of Hamas lawmakers who were visiting from the Gaza Strip.

    Bulgarian officials removed the three officials from their hotel room on Feb. 15.

    The lawmakers blamed their expulsion on Israel.

    "We entered the country with an official visa, so...

  • Egypt seizes two tons of explosives bound for Sinai

    February 15, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Egypt seized two tons of explosives hidden in a truck carrying a shipment of fruits and vegetables bound for Sinai on Friday, security sources said.

    The country's security forces are trying to reassert control over the Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and has...

  • Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

    February 12, 2013 | 7:38 am

    Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the construction of a hospital.

    The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday that the construction of the Turkish-Palestine Friendship Hospital, which it called "the most symbolic...

  • Some reasons for Israel’s skepticism towards the Palestinian Authority

    By Arthur Cohn

    January 28, 2013 | 10:27 am

    The biased news coverage on Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, is frightening. It is therefore of vital importance to mention in discussions about the Middle East all relevant facts, in order to give the audience a full and balanced picture. I would like to illustrate...

  • Alleged Tel Aviv bus bomber charged

    December 19, 2012 | 9:37 am

    An 18-year-old Palestinian man was indicted for allegedly leaving a bomb on a Tel Aviv bus that left more than 20 Israelis wounded when it detonated.

    Mohammed Mafarja was charged Wednesday in Tel Aviv District Court with planting the bomb on the No. 142 bus in central Tel Aviv...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will build in Jerusalem despite criticism

    December 19, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday his government would press ahead with expanding Jewish settlements around Jerusalem despite Western criticism of its plan to build 6,000 more homes in territory Palestinians seek for a state.

    In addition to several...

  • U.S. senators urge Morsi to halt Gaza arms smuggling

    December 4, 2012 | 10:27 am

    A bipartisan slate of U.S. senators urged Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to crack down on arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip.

    "In order for the cease-fire to hold, it is imperative that your government bolster its efforts to halt all weapons smuggling taking place via both...

  • Emanuel blasts Netanyahu for ‘betraying’ Obama

    December 3, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

    Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first...

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