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  • Foreign fighters in Israel: 2014 isn’t 1948

    By  Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    Reading about the mass outpouring of mourners at the funeral for Max Steinberg, the 24-year old Angeleno killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, I was struck by a routine mention toward the end of the report.

    It read, “U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro extended a message of support and...

  • Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas

    4 days ago

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organizations over the civil war in Syria.

    "We in Hezbollah will be unstinting in all forms of support,...

  • Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

    4 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza cease-fire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    Mediators hope any truce in the Gaza Strip can...

  • Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence

    4 days ago

    Five Palestinians were killed in the West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

    Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and...

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  • Israel rallies behind army in Gaza war

    4 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...

  • Army declares Oron Shaul dead in Gaza fighting

    4 days ago

    The Israeli army declared dead a soldier who until now had been missing in action.

    Sgt. Oron Shaul was declared dead on Friday, the army spokesman said in a statement, by a special committee led by the military’s chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz.

    The statement did not say...

  • Immunity and Impunity: Fear and Loathing in Gaza

    4 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
    ...

  • The Truth About Celebrities and Eating Disorders

    By Rebecca Cooper

    4 days ago

    The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward to get help, but it is so much harder for a public figure to do so. Celebrities may put their fame, career and acting opportunities on the line and open themselves to, ridicule...

  • Time Off

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    4 days ago

    In Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black”, the central character, Piper returns to the federal jail after obtaining a 48-hour furlough to visit her dying grandmother. When she returns to prison, she remarks on the strange ways of the world outside of jail:
    “You know what was so...

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

    4 days 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

    5 days 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...

  • Sterling marriage ‘stress’ at issue as L.A. Clippers trial nears end

    5 days ago

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bid to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA team in a probate trial entered its final stretch on Wednesday when his attorneys sought to prove his estranged wife improperly seized control of the franchise.

    Sterling's attorneys called...

  • U.S. says Russia firing artillery over border at Ukraine military

    5 days ago

    The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across its border with Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said there was evidence that the Russians intended...

  • Two Palestinians killed in mass protest north of Jerusalem

    5 days ago

    Two Palestinians were killed at a mass demonstration at a crossing north of Jerusalem against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

    Seven others were seriously wounded at the protest Thursday at the Qalandiya checkpoint, Haaretz reported. The demonstration at the site between the...

  • West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

    5 days ago

    Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Israel safe.

    Lior, chief rabbi of the Kiryat Arba settlement, issued the opinion...

  • Israeli soccer team attacked by pro-Palestinians in Austria

    5 days ago

    Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters.

    The activists stormed the field and physically assaulted the Israeli players during a preseason match Wednesday against the French soccer club Lille. Some of the players...

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

    5 days 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...

  • L.A. grad Max Levin wounded in Gaza, recovering in Petah Tikva hospital

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    Max Levin, a 21-year-old New Community Jewish High School (NJCHS) graduate and Israeli soldier, is recovering in a central Israel hospital following injuries he sustained Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, when a booby-trapped house collapsed, killing three members of his paratrooper...

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

    5 days 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...

  • Joe Lieberman to teach at Y.U.

    5 days ago

    Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, will teach at Yeshiva University during this school year in a position named for him.

    Lieberman was appointed the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service....

  • We will defend Israel

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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...

  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    5 days ago

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

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

    5 days 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...

  • After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

    5 days ago

    Natali Cohen and Snir Shahar discovered via email around midnight that their flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona was canceled.

    They’d been looking forward to two weeks exploring the Catalan city and getting a break from the conflict in Israel. Shahar, 23, had just taken a...

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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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,...

  • 150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

    5 days ago

    Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers.

    About 70 of the arrested Gazan Palestinians, who are suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, were transferred for interrogation, The Times of Israel reported,...

  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

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