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  • Israeli reservists frustrated, willing to fight in Gaza again

    November 26, 2012 | 9:29 am

    At 6:30 a.m. on Friday morning, two days after the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas began, the phone rang in Rafi’s house in Jerusalem, calling him up for reserve service in his combat infantry unit.

    Rafi, 28, who, like all the reservists...

  • Report: Palestinian killed, 19 hurt by IDF gunfire

    November 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Israeli soldiers reportedly killed one man and wounded another 19 near the fence which separates Gaza from Israel.

    Troops opened fire in Khan Younis on Friday after "several rioters damaged the fence and attempted to cross into Israel's territory," the IDF spokesperson told...

  • Operation Pillar of Defense: Lessons learned

    November 21, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    As Israel and Hamas mostly stilled their guns Wednesday night after reaching a cease-fire agreement, ending eight days of intense bombardment, both sides took home some new lessons about their foes.

    By firing longer-range rockets capable of reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Hamas...

  • Israel’s battle damage report says Hamas crippled

    November 21, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense has crippled the military power of Gaza's ruling Islamist movement Hamas, the Israeli military said on Wednesday, as an Egyptian-brokered truce halted eight days of combat.

    In a statement, the military named key militant leaders killed by...

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  • Ban Ki-moon urges ‘maximum restraint’ after Israel-Hamas ceasefire

    November 21, 2012 | 11:48 am

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and Hamas to stick to pledges under a cease-fire deal which came into effect on Wednesday to end the eight-day conflict around the Gaza Strip.

    "We urge the parties who agreed to the ceasefire to keep their promises. There may be challenges implementing this agreement," Ban told reporters after talks with King Abdullah at the monarch's residence in the Jordanian capital.

    Ban urged the two sides to exercise "maximum restraint."

  • Netanyahu hints at ‘severe military action’ if truce fails

    November 21, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Wednesday that if an Egyptian-brokered truce with Islamist militants in Gaza did not work Israel would consider "more severe military action" against the Palestinian territory.

    "I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so," Netanyahu told a news conference as the ceasefire ending a weeklong Gaza offensive came into effect.

    Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Cease-fire agreement between Israel and Gaza [FULL TEXT]

    November 21, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Following is the verbatim English text of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza that was reached on Wednesday with Egyptian mediation. The text was distributed by the Egyptian presidency.

    Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

    ...
  • Clinton says ceasefire comes at ‘critical’ moment

    November 21, 2012 | 10:15 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza had come at a crucial time for countries of the Middle East.

    "This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt's new government is assuming the responsibility and...

  • Obama commends Netanyahu on ceasefire pledge

    November 21, 2012 | 10:11 am

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and commended him for agreeing to the Egyptian government's ceasefire plan in the Middle East, the White House said.

    Israel and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt to...

  • Israel and Hamas agree on cease-fire

    November 21, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Israel and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks out of the enclave, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian sources said.

    First word of the truce came from a Palestinian...

  • Israelis killed, Gaza shakes as Clinton seeks truce

    November 20, 2012 | 4:17 pm

    Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Gazan rockets struck across the border as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops.

    Hamas, the Islamist movement...

  • A call from Tel Aviv: Freaked, at first

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Is this a war?

    It’s so hard to know these days. Wars used to happen on things called battlefields, where armies met, fought and met again.

    What’s going on in Gaza and Israel is far murkier than that. In Israel, the rockets rain down on apartment buildings, fields, schools. The...

  • Brous, Gordis exchange heated words on Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 20, 2012 | 11:12 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous, leader of Ikar, a spiritual and social activism community in Los Angeles, and her colleague and friend of many years, Rabbi Danny Gordis, locked horns this week in a passionate and personal exchange of articles in the Times of Israel about what it means to...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • Life in Southern Israel on hold during Gaza situation

    November 20, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Two weeks ago, Noami Cohen and Uzi Madar had a traditional engagement party for Jews from Arab countries called a “hina.” They dressed in colorful costumes, danced and partied with 120 of their friends. They were looking forward to their wedding and were expecting 500 guests.

    But...

  • Amid conflict, Israel’s hospitals treat Gazan patients

    November 20, 2012 | 10:04 am

    (The Jerusalem Post) Israeli hospitals, amid the ongoing conflict, are treating dozens of patients of all ages who came to Israel from Gaza to get healthcare unavailable there, and are making provisions for accompanying persons.    

    “We at Rambam Medical Center are taking care of...

  • Poll shows gap between Republicans and Democrats in backing Israel in Gaza

    November 20, 2012 | 9:37 am

    A CNN poll showed a considerable gap between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to backing Israel in the current Gaza conflict.

    In the CNN poll published Monday, respondents were asked whether "Israel was justified or unjustified in taking military action against Hamas and...

  • Obama speaks again with Morsi, Netanyahu

    November 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

    President Obama again spoke with the Egyptian and Israeli leaders about the Gaza violence.

    Obama, who is on a tour of the Far East, spoke Monday with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Obama and Morsi "discussed ways to de-escalate...

  • Clinton heading to Israel for cease-fire talks

    November 20, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Israel to discuss plans for a cease-fire.

    Clinton, one of several world leaders who will arrive or have already arrived in Israel to press for a cease-fire, reportedly is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Prime Minister...

  • West Bank Palestinian protester dies

    November 19, 2012 | 11:14 am

    A Palestinian protester shot by Israeli troops during a protest against the Gaza operation has died.

    Rashid Tamimi, 31, died Monday after being shot Saturday during a protest in the West Bank, Ynet reported.

    Protests against Operation Pillar of Defense continued throughout the West Bank on Monday, according to reports.

    Also on Monday, an Israeli car caught on fire after being hit by a bomb thrown by a Palestinian protester in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

  • Israel says it prefers diplomacy but is ready to invade Gaza

    November 19, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.

    Egypt said a deal for a truce could be close, though by...

  • Economic costs of Gaza fighting

    November 19, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Last Friday, Moshe Ahituv (not his real name) received another call-up from the Israeli army. A captain in the home front command, he had already completed 43 days of army reserve service this year.

    Moshe, 40, is an English teacher and the father of two toddlers. His wife is a...

  • Drawing 1,400, peaceful L.A. pro-Israel rally turns ugly near its end [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    November 18, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    With an Israeli flag wrapped around him, Rabbi Dov Elkins stood with a crowd outside the Federal building in West Los Angeles on Sunday to participate in a pro-Israel rally.

    “We’re here to support Israel,” Elkins, 75, said, joined by his wife, Maxine. Residents of Princeton,...

  • Obama: Missile fire from Gaza must stop first

    November 18, 2012 | 10:00 am

    President Obama told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders that a resolution to the Gaza-Israel violence must begin with an end to rocket fire into Israel.

    "If we’re serious about wanting to resolve this situation and create a genuine peace process, it starts with no more missiles...

  • Gaza journalists wounded by Israeli attack on buildings

    November 18, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Israeli aircraft hit two Gaza media buildings on Sunday, wounding eight journalists and drawing concern from press covering the fighting between Palestinian militants and the Jewish state.

    The Israeli military said the attacks were pinpoint strikes on Hamas communication devices...

  • Tens of millions of hackers target Israel government Web sites

    November 18, 2012 | 9:24 am

    More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday.

    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to...

  • Israel shoots down Hamas rocket fired at Tel Aviv

    November 18, 2012 | 9:07 am

    Israel's "Iron Dome" interceptor system shot down two incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night and no casualties or damage was reported, a police spokesman said.

    Hamas, Gaza's Islamist rulers, claimed responsibility for firing at the city.

    It was the second strike on Israel's commercial capital on Sunday. In the earlier attack, one person was hurt by falling debris from a rocket that was intercepted south of the city.

    Writing by Ori Lewis; editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Truth and consequences: When Hamas targeted The Holy City

    November 18, 2012 | 8:55 am

    Jerusalemites have an age-old custom of ushering in the holy Sabbath earlier — a full 36 minutes before sunset — than anywhere else in the world. So, last Friday evening, I rushed through the Old City’s Arab souk, weaving my way past Christian pilgrims, Korean tourists and Israeli...

  • Israel, Gaza fighting rages on as Egypt seeks truce

    November 17, 2012 | 9:29 pm

    Israel bombed militant targets in Gaza for a fifth straight day on Sunday, launching aerial and naval attacks as its military prepared for a possible ground invasion, though Egypt saw "some indications" of a truce ahead.

    Forty-seven Palestinians, about half of them civilians,...

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