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  • Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

    3 days ago

     Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

    The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    1 week ago

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • Study: Israeli home demolitions deter terrorism

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli house demolitions effectively decrease terrorist attacks, according to a new study.

    The study, “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Politics, found that Israel’s policy of demolishing the...

  • Rattled by wartime rockets, Israel plans alternate airport

    2 weeks ago

    An airport planned for Israel's southern desert is being billed as a wartime alternative to Tel Aviv, which was briefly shunned by most foreign carriers in July because of Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

    The targeting of Israel's main Ben Gurion airport was a heavy blow to its...

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  • Internal Palestinian tensions could threaten Palestinian Authority

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Palestinian unity government that was meant to put an end to the long-time rivalry between the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, and the Fatah movement, in charge in the West Bank, has expired, say Hamas leaders....

  • Words matter: How vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    3 weeks ago

    Settlements or Jewish communities? West Bank or Judea and Samaria? East Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem? Those are some of the language choices that journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are faced with each day—and those choices should not be taken lightly, experts...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Exchanging charges of incitement, Israelis and Palestinians stand firm

    November 20, 2014 | 11:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the wake of the most recent spate of violence that is reverberating through Israel and the Palestinian territories, newspapers, television and street corner debates are all focusing on the issue of incitement – albeit perhaps...

  • Israel blows up home of Palestinian who rammed car at Jerusalem tram stop

    November 19, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    Israel on Wednesday destroyed the home of a Palestinian who last month ran over and killed two people at a Jerusalem tram stop, a day after two militants killed four rabbis and a policeman at a synagogue in the city.

    The home of Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi, 21, was blown up before...

  • Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge

    November 19, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.

    The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • Palestinian analyst: ‘Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood one in the same’

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    November 17, 2014 | 11:44 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite the formation of a national consensus government, Hamas has not only failed to reconcile with Fatah, but the Islamist group is also beset by an internal rift between a majority who follow the agenda of the Muslim...

  • Egypt to deepen buffer zone with Gaza after finding longer tunnels

    November 17, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Egypt will double the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip to 0.62 miles after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year.

    Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area after at...

  • Gaza commemoration for Arafat canceled following attacks on Fatah leaders

    November 10, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    A commemoration rally in Gaza for the late Palestinian Fatah party leader Yasser Arafat was canceled after attacks on Fatah leaders there.

    The event set for Tuesday was canceled on Sunday, two days after the homes and cars of Fatah leaders were blown up, as well as the stage...

  • Israel tried to limit civilian casualties in Gaza: U.S. military chief

    November 6, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    The highest-ranking U.S. military officer said on Thursday that Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza and that the Pentagon had sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the operation.

    Army General Martin...

  • Arsonist in kosher Paris supermarket blaze gets 4 years in jail

    By tessc

    November 5, 2014 | 11:51 am

    The four-year prison sentence given to the man who torched a kosher supermarket in suburban Paris “sent an important message,” the chief rabbi of France said.

    The Correctional Tribunal of Pontoise near Paris on Oct. 26 sentenced a 27-year-old ambulance driver for setting fire to...

  • 19 years since the murder of Yitzhak Rabin – we can’t let democracy die

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 4, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Where were you on the day Yitzhak Rabin was murdered?


    This is a question every Israeli can answer. We all remember that night, November 4, 1995. A big rally took place in the heart of Tel-Aviv, under the title "Yes to peace, No to violence." In his speech there, Prime Minister...

  • Egypt reports finding hundreds of new Gaza tunnels

    November 4, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Egypt said it found hundreds of new tunnels between Gaza and the Sinai.

    Cairo, which is creating an eight-mile buffer zone, discovered the tunnels using satellite imagery, the Times of Israel wrote, citing a report on Sky News Arabic.

    The Egyptian army plans to uproot 10,000...

  • Lack of stability in Gaza risks return to war, says U.N.

    November 4, 2014 | 9:52 am

    There is still not an effective or united Palestinian government in place in Gaza and unless stability is achieved rapidly, another conflict will engulf the territory, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday.

    Robert Turner, director of operations for the United Nations...

  • Israel closes border crossings with Gaza following rocket launch

    November 3, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Israel closed its two border crossings with Gaza in the wake of a rocket fired into Israel from the coastal strip.

    In Gaza, Hamas called the decision to seal the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings indefinitely beginning Saturday “collective punishment.” The Israeli government in a...

  • Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel’s Netanyahu ‘damaging’

    October 30, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an...

  • U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes

    October 30, 2014 | 9:17 am

    Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a U.N. human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

    A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt ...

  • Letters to the editor: Molly Forrest, economics in Palestine and good-looking Jews

    October 29, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Golden Years Shine at the Home

    My mother was one of the fortunate people who became a resident at the Joyce Eisenberg facility (“Molly Forrest Plans the Future,” Oct. 24). They provided her with outstanding care and attention, for which I will be forever grateful.

    Rosita...

  • Belgium university to address race issues following Gaza-themed student game

    October 27, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Following the cancellation of a Gaza-themed students’ game with anti-Semitic overtones, the University of Liege in Belgium set up a pedagogic team to sensitize students to race issues.

    The game, which had been planned for Oct. 18, was an initiation ceremony for students of the...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet

    By Jared Sichel

    October 23, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Angered by a controversial anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will listen....

  • The West Bank and Gaza: Give economics a chance

    October 22, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    In the wake of this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas, it is evident that neither party achieved its military or political objectives. And while a cease-fire is currently in place, fundamental steps to resolve the conflict aren’t on the agenda. Given a history of costly and...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • Hamas leader’s daughter received medical treatment in Israel

    October 20, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said.

    Ismail Haniyeh's daughter's week-long admission to a...

  • Secretary Ban: “Being born in Gaza is not a crime”-but what Hamas did to its people is

    October 17, 2014 | 11:30 am

    UN Secretary General Ban just visited Gaza and Israel. He expressed shock of the devastation visited upon the people of Gaza as well as the damage done UN facilities during this summer’s conflict.  

    “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 hundred were...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet, pressure publisher Elsevier

    By Jared Sichel

    October 15, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Angered by a controversial, anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will...

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