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  • Would-be suicide bomber tells Gaza children to be like her

    October 19, 2011 | 11:06 am

    A would-be Palestinian suicide bomber freed by Israel in the prisoner swap for soldier Gilad Shalit told cheering schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip the day after her release Wednesday she hoped they would follow her example.

    “I hope you will walk the same path we took and God...

  • Day one of freedom for Gilad Shalit

    October 19, 2011 | 9:29 am

    Gilad Shalit, whose skinny frame is the talk of Israel, took a morning stroll with his mother outside the family home in a leafy village in northern Israel, accompanied by police who formed a protective guard around him.

    Israel media reported that Shalit, dressed in a t-shirt,...

  • U.S. troubled by Israeli release of some Palestinians

    October 18, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    The United States has concerns about some of the 477 Palestinians Israel freed on Tuesday in exchange for an abducted Israeli soldier because they killed or injured U.S. citizens, a U.S. official said.

    The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obama...

  • ‘Welcome home Gilad’ video featuring Matisyahu’s ‘One Day’

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    We’ve seen the photo slideshow, but for some reason, this unofficial mix to Matisyahu’s “One Day,” just says it all. 

    Enjoy.

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  • Analysis: Flicker of hope for peace from Shalit deal

    October 18, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Palestinians and Israelis celebrating at the same time is a rare occurrence. Their simultaneous elation on Tuesday over a mass prisoner swap is raising a faint glimmer of hope for progress in ending the Middle East conflict.

    Veteran analysts greet any such optimism with a roll of...

  • White House: Obama pleased that Israeli soldier released

    October 18, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama is pleased that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been freed and wants Israelis and Palestinians to take steps toward resuming peace negotiations, the White House said on Tuesday.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during the president’s bus...

  • Video footage of Gilad Shalit’s release

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 8:15 am

     

  • Images of Gilad Shalit post-release

    October 18, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged for him were greeted with kisses from Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.

    Shalit, 25, was taken across the frontier from...

  • Hamas report: Hamas releases Israeli soldier in prisoner swap

    October 18, 2011 | 12:36 am

    Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday in return for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, a Hamas military source said, in a deal ending a saga that has gripped Israel for five years.

    The source said Shalit, 25, was taken across the...

  • Prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit underway

    October 17, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    A long-awaited prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas began before dawn on Tuesday when the first of hundreds of Palestinian inmates were bused from their jails to border crossings where they will be swapped for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The first phase of the...

  • Top Israeli court gives green light for Shalit swap

    October 17, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Islamist Hamas rulers prepared to implement a prisoner swap on Tuesday in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be exchanged for hundreds of Palestinians.

    The deal was given the all-clear by Israel’s highest court late on Monday after it rejected...

  • Opinion: A time for national dialogue

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    October 17, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Even before the prisoner swap agreement was wrapped up, Hamas began boasting of its victory and vowing to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.  The Gilad Shalit abduction is proving a profitable enterprise for the Islamic terror group that controls Gaza.

    Israel could not find a way over...

  • Israeli Supreme Court discusses prisoner exchange appeals

    October 17, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a...

  • Israel’s Supreme Court to mull petition against Shalit prisoner swap

    October 16, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Israel’s Supreme Court will consider petitions by terror victims’ families to cancel the Shalit prisoner swap deal.

    The court said Sunday it would hold a hearing before a three-justice panel at noon Monday to consider a petition filed by the Almagor Terror Victims Association...

  • Man opposed to prisoner swap defaces Rabin memorial

    October 14, 2011 | 8:52 am

    A man who lost five family members in a 2001 suicide attack defaced a memorial to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Friday in an apparent protest against an impending Palestinian prisoner swap, police said.

    Police named the man as Shvuel Schijveschuurder, whose...

  • Red Cross discusses prisoner swap with Israel, Hamas

    October 13, 2011 | 9:49 am

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to facilitate the exchange of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners and is discussing this with Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, an ICRC spokesman said on Thursday.

    “We are talking to both sides about...

  • Israeli Cabinet approves Gilad Shalit release deal with Hamas

    October 12, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a prisoner exchange agreement with Hamas that would free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    The Cabinet approved the agreement early Wednesday morning during an emergency session by a vote of 26 to 3.

    The terms reportedly include the release next week of...

  • Israel, Hamas agree on Gilad Shalit prisoner swap

    October 11, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Israel and Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers agreed on Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who won overwhelming...

  • Hamas confirms prisoner exchange deal for Gilad Shalit

    October 11, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Abu Obeida, spokesperson for Hamas’ military wing confirmed Tuesday the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel to secure the release of Gilad Shalit.

    According to Obeida, the deal that was reached is different from previous proposals, as it is the first one to take place...

  • Israel, Hamas reach Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, officials say

    October 11, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Israel and Hamas reached a prisoner exchange deal that will secure the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, officials at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Tuesday.

    Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of...

  • Gaza visitors must obtain visa from Hamas

    October 10, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Foreign visitors to Gaza must now get a visa from the ruling Hamas organization.

    Visitors can apply for the visa online or through a local sponsor, The Associated Press reported.

    Activists and aid workers will be most affected by the new rules, which go into effect Sunday,...

  • US against settlement halt as precondition for talks

    September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington’s opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.

    Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for...

  • Israel convicts Al Jazeera reporter over Hamas contacts

    September 26, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The Kabul bureau chief of the Arabic-language Al Jazeera network was convicted of conspiring with Hamas to commit a crime against Israel.

    Samir Allawi was arrested by Israel Aug. 9 while crossing from the West Bank to Jordan on his way back to Afghanistan. He had spent three weeks...

  • Israel police arrest Hamas lawmaker in East Jerusalem

    September 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Israeli police arrested a Hamas lawmaker on Monday who had been sheltering for more than a year in the International Red Cross (ICRC) offices in East Jerusalem, a police spokesman said.

    Ahmad Attoun had taken shelter in the ICRC building along with another Hamas legislator and a...

  • Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 11:10 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood and urged a return to peace talks with Israel as he tried to head off a looming diplomatic disaster.

    Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Obama—whose earlier peace efforts...

  • Palestinians rally for Abbas’s U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 8:57 am

    Flag-waving Palestinians filled the squares of major West Bank cities on Wednesday to rally behind President Mahmoud Abbas’s bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations despite U.S. and Israeli objections.

    “We are asking for the most simple of rights, a state like other...

  • Israel wants peace - friend request pending [VIDEO]

    September 20, 2011 | 12:39 pm

  • Hamas distances itself from Palestinian statehood bid at UN

    September 12, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    The Palestinian Authority’s push to achieve recognition of an independent Palestinian state in the United Nations has nothing to do with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Hamas officials said on Monday, adding that the campaign was launched without consulting Hamas leaders.

    Speaking...

  • EU still undecided on Palestinian statehood bid

    September 12, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    The European Union has still not decided on a united position on a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations which the United States has said it will veto, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday.

    “There is no resolution on the table yet (at the UN), so...

  • Erdogan: Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza

    September 8, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.

    Raising the stakes in Turkey’s row with Israel over its refusal...

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