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  • Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

    "We have serious concerns about the...

  • Report: Israel hit Sudan site housing missiles for Gaza

    3 days ago

    Israel bombed a warehouse in Sudan housing long-range missiles heading for Hamas in Gaza, an Arabic newspaper reported.

    The London-based Al-Arab quoted unnamed sources in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, as saying that Israel struck an ammunition warehouse on Friday located north...

  • Dear Dwight Howard: Here’s what #FreePalestine really means

    By Jonathan Maseng

    3 days ago

    Dwight Howard has never been able to transfer his deftness on the basketball court, his drive, his sheer,  bold athleticism and vision, to his public relations.  Whether he's insulting Laker Nation, awkwardly hugging Stan Van Gundy after throwing him under a bus, or tweeting out...

  • Gazans pay heavy price for Hamas ties to Muslim Brotherhood

    3 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    As the situation becomes increasingly dire in the Gaza Strip, some are seeing the noticeable absence of vociferous support from the Arab world for beleaguered Gazans as a function of the Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood relationship. 

    ...
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  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    A letter written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line:

    "Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and other exams, others left their wives and...

  • A fallen soldier, Max Steinberg found his purpose in Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    Just over two years ago, two brothers and a sister – Max, Jake and Paige Steinberg – returned to Los Angeles from a whirlwind tour of Israel.

    The trip, which was sponsored by Taglit-Birthright, impacted all three. But none more than Max, who was 22 at the time, and the trio’s...

  • Israel U.N. envoy says no Israeli soldier kidnapped in Gaza

    4 days ago

    Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Sunday there was no kidnapped Israeli soldier, dismissing a televised announcement in the Gaza Strip from Hamas's armed wing that it had captured an Israeli soldier during the fighting in Shejaia.

    "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," Prosor told reporters at the United Nations as the Security Council held an emergency meeting on the escalating crisis between Israel and Palestinians.

    Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Michael Urquhart

  • 13 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza City battle

    4 days ago

    Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed in heavy fighting in a Gaza City neighborhood.

    The soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed since late Saturday night in Shujaiya, the Israel Defense Forces announced Sunday evening, bringing the death toll of Israeli soldiers since the...

  • A letter from an Israeli soldier on the Gaza crisis

    6 days ago

    This letter was written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line.  It was translated by Noga Gur-Arie:

    Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and...

  • UN condemns Gaza rockets, alarmed by Israel ‘heavy response’

    6 days ago

    The United Nations condemned rocket fire into Israel from Gaza that ended a five hour humanitarian truce, but is "alarmed by Israel's heavy response," U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

    "Israel has legitimate security concerns,...

  • Israel’s ground invasion is Hamas’ fault

    6 days ago

    The Government of the state of Israel has declared in the clearest possible manner that the purpose of the ground incursion which began last night and continues today, is  first of all to deal with the “ homicide tunnels” which the Terrorist Army Hamas, has burrowed beneath the...

  • Israel cuts diplomatic presence in Turkey amid protests

    6 days ago

    Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador's residence in Ankara.

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry...

  • Ground invasion aims to destroy Hamas infrastructure

    6 days ago

    For the first time in years, Israeli ground troops crossed into Gaza.

    Rather than just return to the status quo before the conflict of “quiet for quiet” — no Hamas missiles and no Israeli airstrikes — Israel’s stated objectives are to bring a sustained cessation to missile fire...

  • Focus on the tunnels, Kerry tells Netanyahu

    6 days ago

    Expressing concern about civilian casualties, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip should be a “precise” one, targeting Hamas tunnels.

    Kerry made the appeal during a telephone conversation late Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Kerry meets with Jewish leaders

    6 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting Friday with a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The State Department on Friday posted the meeting on its schedule, noting that it is closed.

    Kerry on Thursday met with a delegation...

  • Netanyahu: IDF preparing to increase ground activity in Gaza

    6 days ago

    The Israel Defense Forces is prepared to substantially expand its incursion into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu made the announcement Friday during a cabinet meeting held at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

    “My instructions, and...

  • Mahmoud Abbas under fire

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Amid rumors that a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement is close after ten days of Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is coming...

  • U.S. asks Israel to do more to protect Gaza civilians

    1 week ago

    The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties in its conflict with Hamas militants after four children were killed on a beach in the Gaza Strip.

    Even while stepping up U.S. pressure for Israeli restraint, State Department...

  • Hamas says Israel’s ground invasion will have ‘dreadful consequences’

    1 week ago

    Hamas said Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that started on Thursday would have "dreadful consequences."

    "It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters. "We warn (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."

    Reporting by Nidal al-MUghrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Robin Pomeroy

  • UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

    1 week ago

    A United Nations agency condemned the discovery of rockets discovered in one of its schools in the Gaza Strip.

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which assists Palestinian refugees, said in a statement issued Thursday that about 20 rockets were discovered hidden on the...

  • Not criticism, anti-Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    So many people around the world lost their lives in armed conflicts, but all eyes are on Israel, which is often being compared to the Nazis. This is where criticism becomes anti-Semitism.

    In the past couple of weeks, hundreds of people died in Yemen, as a result of clashes...

  • Israel repels Hamas gunmen who tunneled in from Gaza, source says

    1 week ago

    Israeli forces repelled at least a dozen Hamas gunmen who tunneled in from the Gaza Strip for an attack on Thursday, a military source said, adding that there were several Palestinian casualties.

    No Israelis were killed in the infiltration near a southern Israeli community, the source said.

    Reporting by Dan Williams; Writing by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Paul Tait

  • Israel probing deaths of four Palestinian boys shelled on Gaza beach

    1 week ago

    Israel’s military said it was investigating the deaths of four Palestinian boys who were playing on a Gaza City beach when it was shelled.

    Gaza officials said the shelling on Wednesday afternoon was an Israeli naval or aerial attack.

    “Based on preliminary results, the target of...

  • Obama backs Egypt cease-fire attempt between Israel, Palestinians

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he supports Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to head off more deadly clashes.

    "The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said. He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.

    Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jim Loney

  • Yad Vashem and sirens

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    I have been in Israel for the past several days attending conferences on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem and at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, near Nahariya — all amid the shelling. 

    Sirens go off in the morning and the evening, and we face a decision whether to hasten to the shelter or...

  • A song for Shabbat: Bless us with peace

    1 week ago

    It was one year ago this week when my husband, Don Goor, and I made aliyah. Moving to Israel was the culmination of years of planning and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but in the backs of our minds, we always knew that Israel would be involved in another conflict. This was...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Israel sets temporary Gaza truce

    1 week ago

    The Israeli military agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to allow civilians in Gaza to resupply their households with basic necessities.

    The cease-fire will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday  and last for five hours, the Israel Defense Forces announced Wednesday evening. During the...

  • Israel needs an Irony Dome

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties.

    I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now: “We lost half of our arsenal and...

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