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  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Israel says mortar fired from Gaza is first since August 26 truce

    1 week ago

    Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

    There were no casualties or damage from the incident, an Israeli...

  • U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

    1 week ago

    The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

    Serry told the U.N. Security Council...

  • Netanyahu following Briton’s beheading: ISIS, Hamas ‘branches of same poisonous tree’

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called ISIS and Hamas “branches of the same poisonous tree” after ISIS released a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker.

    ISIS, or the Islamic State, on Saturday released a video showing the apparent murder of David Haines,...

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  • Why does Qatar support Hamas?

    1 week ago

    It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts.

    Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Early Gaza cease-fire broke down over U.S.-Israel misunderstanding

    2 weeks ago

    A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas during Israel’s Gaza operation reportedly broke down over a misunderstanding between Israel and the United States.

    Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal did not agree to refrain from attacking Israeli troops on the ground during the 72-hour...

  • The media’s tragic obsession with Israel

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    Who pays the highest price for the media’s obsession with Israel? Hint: It’s not Israel. It’s the millions of victims who are ignored while the media chases what former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman calls its “hostile obsession with Jews.” 

    Why this obsession?

    In his...

  • 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...

  • Statement of Principles: Ve-ahavta le-re`acha kamocha: Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

    3 weeks ago

    1)    We, members of the Los Angeles Jewish community, write to express our anguish and sorrow over the loss of life and scale of destruction in the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza.   We condemn Hamas’ war-time tactics, especially its disregard for the residents of Israel,...

  • Watchdog: Britain saw record levels of anti-Semitism during Gaza war

    3 weeks ago

    Britain saw record levels of anti-Semitism during Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza, a Jewish watchdog group said.

    In July 2014, the Community Security Trust, or CST, recorded 302 incidents — the highest ever monthly total documented by the group since it started monitoring...

  • What really happened in the battle of Khuzaa, Gaza?

    By Simone Wilson

    3 weeks ago

    No neighborhood along the eastern half of the Gaza strip — the half closest to Israel — emerged unscathed from the recent 50-day war in Gaza, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead.

    But in Khuzaa, a middle-class farming town of around 10,000 in southern Gaza that pushes up...

  • Gaza war leaves Israeli border villages seething with anger

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    3 weeks ago

    Israelis living on the Gaza border have warily returned home after fleeing mortar and rocket fire during a seven-week war but they are angry with the government and fear it is just a matter of time before their villages are targeted again.

    An open-ended ceasefire nine days ago...

  • Coexist?

    By Steve Greenberg

    3 weeks ago

  • Israel shows evidence of rocket fire from Gaza schools

    3 weeks ago

    The Israeli military has provided its most detailed assessment yet of the conduct and impact of the Gaza war, including photographs indicating that militants stored and fired rockets from schools and a breakdown of the toll inflicted on Hamas.

    In a briefing at its headquarters in...

  • From Hamas to Shin Bet agent: Mosab Hassan Yousef

    By Tom Tugend

    3 weeks ago

    Few human relationships are as complex and intriguing as one between an intelligence agent and a potential informer, with the Middle East as an ideal proving ground for this thesis, at least cinematically.

    Last year, Israel’s “Bethlehem” and the Palestinian “Omar” vied for an...

  • The virtues of isolation

    3 weeks ago

    By accepting a ceasefire with Hamas, Israel's leaders have revoked Israeli citizens' inalienable right to live free within secure borders. Choosing shame over victory, the government in Jerusalem has allowed the terrorist group ruling Gaza to dictate the timing and terms of the...

  • Where is Obama on Hamas?

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    I can understand why President Barack Obama would be reluctant to blindly support Israel at times when Israel’s neighbors have major grievances against the Jewish state. It serves no one’s interest for America to appear overly biased toward Israel. Better to appear fair and...

  • ISIS is much worse than Hamas

    3 weeks ago

    Last Friday, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach began an advertising campaign to defend the State of Israel by arguing that Hamas and ISIS are equally vile. According to his press release, "The ad equates ISIS and its execution of American journalist James Foley and Hamas' actions in Gaza." 

    ...
  • Hamas popularity surges as Palestinian rivalry flares

    3 weeks ago

    Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found.

    The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said the poll showed Islamists...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    3 weeks ago

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • Summing up the past two months - between happiness and frustration.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    How can I sum up this crazy summer?


    In the past eight weeks I have been through an emotional roller coaster. I’ve been up and down, high and low, frustrated and hopeful, but most of all – surprised, because of so many things…


    What started as yet another July, where my...

  • Hamas leader says Gaza only a ‘milestone to reaching our objective’

    August 28, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Hamas will not cease its resistance against Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding that the latest conflict over Gaza was only "a milestone to reaching our objective."

    Speaking at a news conference in Doha, where...

  • Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

    August 27, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday in his first public statements since an open-ended cease-fire went into effect the...

  • Why didn’t Gazans use the IDF field hospital?

    By Simone Wilson

    August 27, 2014 | 10:31 am

    For those few Gaza hospitals not bombed or evacuated during the Gaza war, the influx of wounded and dead made for a hellish 24/7 chaos in their halls, as well as growing refugee camps on their perimeters. At the height of fighting in late July and early August, doctors and...

  • Did we win or lose at the end of this good-for-nothing summer?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 27, 2014 | 4:07 am

    Israelis - if you'd like to summarize how they feel this morning in just two words - are relieved and bitter, not necessarily in that order. They are relieved for a good reason: the cease-fire that was agreed upon and announced yesterday seems more serious and, hopefully, more...

  • Is Israel’s longest, bloodiest Gaza war over?

    August 26, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now.

    After 50 days of missiles, airstrikes, ground operations, tunnel incursions, truce talks, cease-fire proposals, death and destruction, Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended...

  • What’s in the Gaza peace deal?

    August 26, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Tuesday to an Egyptian-brokered plan to end the fighting in Gaza after 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed.

    Following are the broad...

  • Have you taken the “Hummus, Not Hamas” challenge?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 26, 2014 | 9:32 am

    By now, you’ve all probably heard of the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” aimed to raise awareness and to the ALS disease and encourage donations to research. You participate only if a friend has nominated you. Then, you have 24 hours to either pour a bucket filled with ice-water on...

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