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  • Yaalon: IDF took out 80 percent of Gaza rockets during offensive

    2 days ago

    Israel destroyed some 80 percent of Palestinian rockets and mortars in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    About 2,000 rockets still remain in Hamas’ possession in Gaza, Yaalon said Monday in an address to a conference titled “Military and...

  • How Israeli tech survived the war

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    “I know that for some of you, coming to Israel after a very challenging summer might cause hesitation,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told a crowd of hundreds of techies wearing neon-pink wristbands and ID necklaces. They sat in an old, restored British train station along the coast of...

  • Is Israel’s longest, bloodiest Gaza war over?

    August 26, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now.

    After 50 days of missiles, airstrikes, ground operations, tunnel incursions, truce talks, cease-fire proposals, death and destruction, Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended...

  • Israel, Hamas reach unlimited cease-fire

    August 26, 2014 | 9:22 am

    Egypt announced a new cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups shortly after an Israeli struck by a Gaza mortar died of his wounds.

    The official Egyptian News Agency announced Tuesday evening that the cease-fire would begin at 7 p.m.

    In the hour leading up to the...

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  • Call-up of additional 10,000 Israeli reservists authorized

    August 25, 2014 | 10:11 am

    A Knesset committee authorized the call-up of an additional 10,000 Israeli reserve soldiers.

    On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a government request for the call-up. Nearly 100,000 Israeli reservists have been called up since the start of Operation...

  • 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...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 20, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Jewish education organization ORT America has appointed Igal Zaidenstein, an attorney, veteran fundraising executive and resident of Los Angeles, as the director of its West Coast region. 

    “I am excited to be taking the helm of this extraordinary organization with its long...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hope must once again conquer “The Rabin Square”

    August 13, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    It now seems as if thousands of light years have passed between the summer of 2011 and the summer of 2014. It is hard to believe that the same “city square”, once an open arena for hopeful debates involving social issues and reform, has now recently become an arena of confrontation...

  • Photos of slain Israeli soldiers appear in Germany’s largest daily paper

    August 12, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Germany’s most widely read daily newspaper, Bild Zeitung, published the faces of the 64 Israeli soldiers killed in the current conflict in Gaza.

    Together with short biographies of a few soldiers, the images appeared in the Monday edition of the paper under the headline “Israel’s...

  • Israel looking to technology to counter Gaza tunnels

    August 11, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Israel is preparing to build a network of sensors to try to detect tunnel building into its territory from the Gaza Strip, but it could take months to prove the technology works, a senior army officer said on Monday.

    In the meantime, the army might re-invade the Palestinian...

  • How much has Israel’s war in Gaza cost?

    August 11, 2014 | 9:42 am

    After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hospital, Israelis will still be feeling the burden of Operation Protective Edge — this time in their pockets.

    With the recent expiration of a temporary cease-fire, the...

  • Tens of thousands rally against Israel’s Gaza op in London, Cape Town

    August 10, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Tens of thousands of people protested Israel’s operation against Gaza in both London and Cape Town.

    Demonstrators in central London marched though the West End shopping area and on to Hyde Park for a rally on Saturday.

    It is the third major demonstration on behalf of Gaza in...

  • PA will bring Israel to ICC, foreign minister says

    August 10, 2014 | 9:36 am

    The Palestinian Authority will bring Israel before the International Criminal Court for war crimes, its foreign minister said.

    “We will go to the ICJ (International Court of Justice), and put our signature on it. Very soon we will be a (sovereign) state. That is enough for the...

  • Dozens of Israelis defy police to protest Gaza war

    August 9, 2014 | 7:40 pm

    More than 150 Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday against a Gaza war entering its second month, in defiance of a police ban on the assembly that cited military restrictions on public gatherings in cities within range of rocket fire.

    The relatively small turnout was similar...

  • Israelis, Gaza militants fight on, defying truce efforts

    August 9, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Israel launched more than 30 aerial attacks in Gaza on Saturday, killing five Palestinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel as the conflict entered a second month, defying international efforts to negotiate an agreement for an extended cease-fire.

    The violence seemed to...

  • Israel responds to rocket fire from Gaza before cease-fire ends

    August 8, 2014 | 7:03 am

    Israel renewed its attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza after 21 rockets were launched at Israeli cities at the close of a 72-hour cease-fire.

    The Israeli strikes were carried out by aircraft over Gaza on Friday morning, Army Radio reported. The strikes resulted in the death of...

  • On Gaza border, a mother hangs on

    By David Suissa

    August 7, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    Hila Fenlon, a 36-year-old farmer and mother of two, lives in Netiv Hasara, a small Israeli village of 400 residents that caresses the Gaza border. Hila is not religious, but she loves to use the word “miracle.”

    She used the word several times when I met her in her village last...

  • The tunnel trap

    August 7, 2014 | 10:47 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Israelis say this would have been just one of many similar headlines announcing mass killings and untold loss of civilian life had “Operation Protective Edge” not been launched. “Protective Edge” is the army’s designation for...

  • The fury (and boredom) of war

    By Simone Wilson

    August 6, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    On a blistering afternoon in southern Israel on Aug. 4, about eight miles from Gaza at the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 34, soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took cover in the shade of a makeshift rest stop — one of dozens set up throughout the south during...

  • Los Angeles community reacts to violence in the Gaza war

    August 6, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Two simultaneous events in Los Angeles last week that focused on Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip revealed a community split between progressives who expressed some criticism of Israel even as they supported its efforts at security, and more unconditional supporters of the Jewish...

  • U.S. sells munitions to Israel from its surplus stockpile

    July 31, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile.

    “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense...

  • The images missing from the Gaza war

    July 31, 2014 | 10:54 am

    There’s no shortage of images from the Gaza conflict.

    We’ve seen rubble, dead Palestinian children, Israelis cowering during rocket attacks, Israeli military maneuvers and IDF footage of Hamas militants emerging from tunnels to attack Israeli soldiers.

    What we haven’t seen are...

  • Two Los Angeles rallies held criticizing Israeli response in Gaza

    By Ryan Torok

    July 30, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Yossie Khen, an Israeli based in West Hills, served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) decades ago during the Israel-Egypt War of Attrition, but he doesn’t believe the current conflict in Gaza can be solved with military action.

    “A viable Palestinian state in alongside [updated...

  • IDF authorizes humanitarian window in Gaza fighting

    July 30, 2014 | 9:32 am

    The Israeli military authorized a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.

    The window between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time appears to apply primarily to air strikes and does not apply to the areas where Israeli soldiers already are operating. The Israel Defense Forces also...

  • Americans blame Hamas more than Israel for Gaza strife

    July 30, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Significantly more Americans blame Hamas for the current violence in Gaza than blame Israel, according a new poll.

    The poll, released by the Pew Research Center, shows that 40 percent of Americans blame Hamas for the conflict as compared with 19 percent who blame Israel and...

  • At least 15 Gazans dead in shelling on U.N. school sheltering civilians

    July 30, 2014 | 9:10 am

    At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict.

    The shelling occurred early on Wednesday morning on the school in Gaza City,...

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