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  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    3 weeks ago

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

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  • 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...

  • All you need to know about the state of the Gaza war in 7 very short notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2014 | 3:56 am

    1.

    Last week I asked: so you want to know what happens next? My updated answer, based mostly on what I’ve been hearing from Israeli officials: a renewed cease fire. It can take a couple of days to get there (update: it only took a few hours until a cease fire was announced early...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • Obama’s sit down with Thomas Friedman

    August 12, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Last Friday, President Obama sat down for an interview with NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman about foreign affairs.  Although the topics were broader than the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the topic was broached.  When asked about whether he should be more...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • French senator sorry for posting Israelis murdering Disney characters

    August 7, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    A French senator apologized for any misunderstandings connected to her praise for a campaign featuring fake pictures of Israeli leaders murdering Disney cartoon characters.

    Nathalie Goulet of the Union of Democrats and Independents party made the endorsement on Twitter earlier...

  • Netanyahu asks U.S. congressmen to protect Israel from war crimes charges

    August 7, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked U.S. lawmakers to help Israel avoid war crimes charges stemming from the Gaza conflict.

    Netanyahu asked a delegation of visiting legislators to help keep Israel out of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Rep. Steven...

  • Amid uncertainty of an open-ended war, U.S.-Israel tensions rise

    July 29, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    The dramatic developments in the war between Hamas and Israel have been accompanied by sharp ups and downs in U.S.-Israel relations.

    On Monday, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, made nice with the U.S. national security adviser, Susan Rice, before an...

  • On the Israel-Palestinian front, a year of disappointment

    July 29, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    One year ago today, Secretary of State John Kerry stood behind a lectern, flanked by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat.

    Smiling, Kerry announced the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The goal was to reach a...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will not end Gaza war until tunnels destroyed

    July 28, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    Israel will not end its operation in Gaza before destroying all the Hamas-built tunnels, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the nation.

    Neutralizing the tunnels is the first step toward demilitarization of Gaza, Netanyahu said Monday night in a...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

    July 28, 2014 | 10:51 am

    President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes.

    The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call...

  • Immunity and Impunity: Fear and Loathing in Gaza

    July 25, 2014 | 9:12 am

    “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
    ...

  • FAA extends Ben Gurion Airport ban another 24 hours

    July 23, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    The Federal Aviation Administration extended for another day its ban on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv.

    The U.S. agency said, however, that it had received “significant new information” from Israel that could influence its decision.

    “The agency is...

  • Netanyahu: Hamas leaves Israel no choice but to intensify Gaza op

    July 15, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Israel will “expand and intensify” its military operation against Hamas in the wake of a failed cease-fire attempt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    In an address to the nation Tuesday night, which came less than an hour after the announcement of the first Israeli death in...

  • In phone call with Netanyahu, Obama affirms Israel’s right to defense

    July 10, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    In a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks but called for a de-escalation of the violence.

    “The president reiterated the United States’ strong condemnation of continuing rocket fire...

  • Will Israel’s third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

    July 10, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Get used to conflict.

    That’s the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israel’s missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous...

  • Rallies at LA Israel consulate show strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Dueling rallies on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, outside the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles showed strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence.

    On the south side of the street at  11766 Wilshire Blvd., protestors held Palestinian flags, which flapped in a reporter’s...

  • Obama says he’s still committed to ‘necessary’ peace

    July 8, 2014 | 8:42 am

    President Obama said in an appeal published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he remains committed to brokering a “necessary” Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    “Peace is necessary because it’s the only way to ensure a secure and democratic future for the Jewish state of Israel,”...

  • Indyk: Settlements pushed Palestinians to end talks

    July 4, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Martin Indyk, the former chief U.S. envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, said Israeli settlement activity caused the Palestinians to walk away from negotiations.

    Indyk, who quit his post as peace envoy last week after the breakdown of talks, blamed settlement activity for...

  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • Netanyahu: Mideast turmoil necessitates Israeli presence in West Bank

    June 30, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said turmoil in neighboring Arab countries counted out the removal of Israeli forces from the West Bank for “a very long time.”

    Netanyahu, speaking Monday to the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on the next steps in...

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