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  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2014 | 12:20 am

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Netanyahu: ‘No immunity’ for those who fire at Israel

    August 24, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that any building from which Hamas carries out terrorist activities is a target for Israel.

    Netanyahu, speaking at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, said the Gaza operation will continue “until its goals are...

  • Sen. Boxer forcefully defends Israel, refutes divide amongst Democratic voters

    By Jared Sichel

    August 22, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In a Friday press conference at Los Angeles City Hall, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), when asked about a July poll by Pew Research that showed low support for Israel amongst Democratic voters in its current war with Hamas, said she has not “seen that poll” and that the “American...

  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    August 22, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS.

    After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist...

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  • Gaza gunmen execute Palestinian ‘collaborators’; mortar kills Israeli boy

    August 22, 2014 | 9:45 am

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to...

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    By Uri Dromi

    August 21, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • Hamas admits it kidnapped Israeli teens [VIDEO]

    August 20, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    A senior Hamas official has acknowledged that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    In a video posted by Israeli media, Hamas spokesman Salach Al-Aruri told a conference organized by the World Association of...

  • Has Hamas military chief, Mohammed Deif, escaped death again?

    August 20, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza, appears to have narrowly survived a fifth attempt to assassinate him, allowing the mastermind of the six-week war on Israel to pursue the conflict from his network of tunnels.

    Badly hurt in repeated attacks over the...

  • So you want to know what happens next?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 20, 2014 | 4:13 am

    I don't know what happens next. There is no way of knowing what happens next. We don't even know exactly what happened two days ago, when the Cairo talks seemed close to reaching an agreement; or yesterday, when someone decided to fire rockets at Israel; or this morning, when...

  • Palestinians call report of thwarted Hamas plot ‘doubtful’

    August 19, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinian officials reacting to Israeli media reports of a thwarted Hamas plot to ignite a third Intifada (Palestinian uprising) as cover for a take-over of the West Bank and the overthrow of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Missiles over Jerusalem experienced by Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    August 19, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    24 hours ago, almost everyone in Cairo, Jerusalem and Ramallah thought they had a deal for a long-time truce in Gaza. Just before midnight on Aug. 20, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, experienced up close and personal what a promise from Hamas means....

  • Hamas threatens to aim further attacks at Israel’s airport

    August 19, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    The armed wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group that dominates Gaza threatened on Wednesday to aim more rocket fire at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and cautioned international airlines to avoid it.

    Citing Israel's air strikes in Gaza that have killed three people...

  • Six days of quiet in Israel: A brief look back

    By Jared Sichel

    August 19, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Now back in Los Angeles, I'm more convinced than ever that my shuttle journalism peacekeeping mission to Israel was a great success. Let it be noted for the record that:

    a) The rocket fire ended just before I arrived on Aug. 12 and resumed shortly after I departed on Aug. 19, and...

  • Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

    August 19, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv.

    More than two dozen rockets were fired fr0m the Gaza Strip between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Two rockets landed in an empty area in the greater Tel...

  • Rocket from Gaza strikes Tel Aviv area, Israeli military says

    August 19, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck as far as the Tel Aviv area on Tuesday, the Israeli military said, in the deepest rocket attack since a truce calmed fighting about 10 days ago.

    Hamas's armed wing claimed responsibility for the rocket, which Israel said landed in an open area, causing no casualties. It was fired after Israel's first lethal air strike since the breakdown of a truce earlier in the day that killed three people and wounded 40.

    Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; editing by Ralph Boulton

  • More rockets fired on Israel as communities open bomb shelters

    August 19, 2014 | 10:59 am

    A barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza at southern Israel after a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups was broken.

    The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of the rockets fired Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day, rockets were fired at Beersheba in...

  • Alleging U.N. bias, Israel again keeping distance from Gaza probe

    August 19, 2014 | 10:51 am

    The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced that it won’t end well.

    In a resolution adopted by a vote of 29-1 with 17 abstentions, the U.N. Human Rights Council moved last month to establish a commission of inquiry “to...

  • Hamas fighters show defiance in Gaza tunnel tour

    August 19, 2014 | 9:12 am

    Hamas fighters, clad in black and armed with assault rifles, navigated the dimly lit tunnel with ease, saying they felt at home in their network of underground passages in the Gaza Strip.

    A rare tour that Hamas granted to a Reuters reporter, photographer and cameraman appeared to...

  • Rockets fired into Israel, violating cease-fire extension; IDF retaliates

    August 19, 2014 | 8:46 am

    The Israeli military struck sites in Gaza after rockets were fired from the coastal strip into southern Israel in violation of a cease-fire extension.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly also recalled Israeli negotiators from cease-fire talks in Cairo after the...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    August 18, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

  • Seeing clearly in Tel Aviv

    August 18, 2014 | 9:42 am

    There is nothing unusual about sitting at Café Hemda on Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv and spotting your teenage son zip by on a bicycle.

    Unless your son does not know how to ride a bicycle.

    And is not wearing his glasses.

    We visited Israel for a month this summer.  Yes, for...

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    By Jared Sichel

    August 18, 2014 | 3:47 am

    When the tzeva adom, red alert, screams its siren as Yasmine Parda eats out in Ashkelon at her favorite restaurant, she waits and hopes for the best—no rocket shelters are reachable by foot within the siren’s reported 15-second warning interval.

    “We sit in the restaurant and...

  • Hamas' version of the 'Iron Dome'

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 15, 2014 | 1:08 pm

  • Islamic Jihad: Cease-fire agreement on Gaza expected next week

    August 15, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    A spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad in Gaza said a cease-fire agreement will be signed with Israel next week, though Israeli officials have not confirmed this.

    Yousef al-Hasayneh told the Ma’an news agency Friday that his group “expects a complete truce agreement to be signed...

  • Worse than Hamas? Gaza’s other terror groups

    August 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    After four weeks of a punishing Israel air and ground campaign that left nearly 2,000 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, Hamas has lived to see another day.

    For Israel, that might not be the worst thing. That’s because for all of Hamas’ violent extremism, it also governs a...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • Event celebrating Max Steinberg draws nearly 1,000 to Saban Theatre

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2014 | 6:23 pm

    A memorial service for fallen Lone Soldier Max Steinberg at the Saban Theatre on Aug. 12 painted the area native as both a normal young adult and a hero, one who loved having fun, formed easy connections with others and whose quest to find himself took him to the Jewish homeland.

    ...
  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 14, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • The view from Gaza: A bitter resolve

    By Simone Wilson

    August 14, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother. Now, squinting through the scope of an imaginary sniper rifle, he vows to...

  • Thousands of Israelis protest war’s failure to halt Gaza rockets

    August 14, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    Some 10,000 Israelis protested on Thursday in a Tel Aviv square against what they see as the failure of a five-week Gaza war to decisively halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering on the Palestinian coastal territory.

    Many demonstrators were bused in from parts of...

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