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  • Israel rallies behind army in Gaza war

    6 days ago

    When 20-year-old Israeli soldier Daniel Pomerantz died in a Hamas ambush in the Gaza Strip, his small village near Tel Aviv decided they finally needed a cemetery to bury their dead.

    Surrounded by hundreds of relatives and friends, some sobbing uncontrollably, his flag-draped...

  • Immunity and Impunity: Fear and Loathing in Gaza

    6 days ago

    “The terrorists are firing rockets from schools, from mosques, from hospitals, from heavily civilian populations. We have to try and are doing our best to minimize civilian casualties. But we cannot give our attackers immunity or impunity.”– Benyamin Netanyahu, on July 24, 2014
    ...

  • Obama defends FAA’s ban on flights to Israel [VIDEO]

    1 week ago

    The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC:

  • As calls for cease-fire intensify, top Israeli official says IDF prepared to 'recapture Gaza' if necessary

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts for an immediate cease-fire, top Israeli minister and Likud Knesset member Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that Israel’s army is prepared to dramatically expand its ground operation in the Gaza Strip and even “recapture...

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  • Israeli soldiers punished for WhatsApp leaks of dead comrades’ names

    1 week ago

    The Israeli military said it had detained several soldiers and a civilian on suspicion of leaking Gaza casualty figures over social media before families of the dead or wounded could be formally informed.

    A week into ground fighting with Hamas that has killed at least 32...

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    1 week ago

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • We will defend Israel

    1 week ago

    I remember it like yesterday. Blissfully ignorant of the horror that had been unfolding, I happily sent my kids off to school in Los Angeles, California that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Within the hour, all children returned to the nestled safety of their homes, as we...

  • Relocate nationals from near Gaza border, Thai embassy asks

    1 week ago

    The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv asked the Israeli government to relocate Thai nationals working in southern Israel near the Gaza border.

    The request on Thursday came a day after a Thai worker was killed when a mortar fired from Gaza struck the hothouse in which he was working.

    ...
  • 3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

    1 week ago

    Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place.

    “The threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any...

  • Ban orders review following allegations UNRWA gave rockets back to Hamas

    1 week ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a review of U.N. practices for relocating weapons found on its premises following reports that rockets found in an UNRWA school were returned to Hamas.

    “The Secretary-General is alarmed to hear that rockets were placed in an UNRWA...

  • War during the social media era: Israel-Hamas war’s toxic tweets

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol.

    As...

  • A prayer for peace

    1 week ago

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

    1 week ago

    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets.

    “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully...

  • Los Angeles’ reaction to Gazan fighting ranges from anxiety to empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice was at a loss over how to respond to the latest crisis in Israel, namely, the country’s current war with the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave of Gaza.

    Then he found out about the Shmira (“Guarding”) Project, an initiative that...

  • U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

    1 week ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation.

    The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    1 week ago

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • Why is this Gaza conflict different? Dead children.

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    I was a guest on Warren Olney’s “Which Way, L.A.?” on KCRW-FM this past Monday afternoon when the host stumped me. He was speaking with me about the response of the Los Angeles Jewish community to the Gaza war. 

    “Is the reaction any different than in the last two Gaza...

  • The Israel-Hamas war through Haredi Orthodox eyes

    1 week ago

    Most Israelis blame the war in Gaza squarely on Hamas, though there are plenty who fault the Israeli government for not pursuing peace more aggressively.

    In the haredi Orthodox community, however, where practically everything is ascribed to the omnipresent hand of God in one form...

  • Why do people hate Israel?

    By Dennis Prager

    1 week ago

    We live in a bad world.

    There is nothing new about that. The world has been pretty bad since its inception. That’s why God destroyed it and started all over again (with little to show for the new experiment, one might add).

    From a moral perspective, look at the world since...

  • Israel flight cancellations tip of economic iceberg

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Esther Olive, a French Jew who lives in Israel, is stranded at the Istanbul airport and is petrified.

    “People from the airline screamed at us and said that we couldn’t stay in the airport and had to go to a hotel,” she told...

  • For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

    1 week ago

    Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza.

    He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get...

  • Rockets discovered at second U.N. school in Gaza

    1 week ago

    Rockets were discovered in a second United Nations school in Gaza.

    The school in which the rockets were discovered on Tuesday is located between two other United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools, that are currently serving as shelter for 1,500 internal Gazan refugees,...

  • J Street delineates why it pulled out of Boston pro-Israel rally

    1 week ago

    J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns.

    The liberal Jewish Middle East lobbying group, a constituent of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, publicized its stance on the...

  • Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

    1 week ago

    The air war has become a ground war. The Israeli population, always on edge, has become a nation in mourning.

    And a military operation that nearly ended after eight days has become a bloody invasion of Gaza that could last weeks and has Israeli officials divided over how it ought...

  • Finding unity in a bomb shelter

    1 week ago

    When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough.

    That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of...

  • Discovering that Israeli troops aren’t made of Teflon

    1 week ago

    My children have been following the Gaza operation since it began 15 days ago.

    They really have no choice, our television is turned to news reports of the operation during all of my waking hours, which are longer than theirs. My son staring at his iPod this evening complained...

  • Why I side with Israel

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    Is it OK to take sides in a war? Is it OK to side with a country you love, a country whose values you believe in, a country that celebrates life but is being attacked by enemies who glorify death?

    And how do you champion your side while still showing sensitivity for the pain of...

  • Tunnel vision: Why Hamas’ tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

    1 week ago

    Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

    But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons: One, the much-heralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system,...

  • Kerry urges Hamas to end conflict, has ‘constructive’ Egypt talks

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their cease-fire proposal.

    After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose...

  • Two more IDF soldiers killed in Gaza fighting

    1 week ago

    Two more Israeli soldiers were killed in combat in Gaza, while another soldier presumed dead is missing.

    The two soldiers were killed on Monday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement, and the families were notified.

    The missing soldier is believed to have been...

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