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  • In Gaza, IDF ground operation takes a toll

    By Simone Wilson

    8 hours ago

    Up until last weekend, Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza strip seemed to be just another hard round of fire between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Gaza’s ruling party, Hamas — the latest in a cyclical pattern of violence that repeats itself every two or three...

  • More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

    12 hours ago

    More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

    "We found that troops who operate in the...

  • Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

    1 day ago

    Shortly before their synagogue became shrouded by tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews wielding baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the synagogue’s heavy metal gate.

    They had gathered outside the main synagogue in this Paris suburb Sunday to defend...

  • Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

    1 day ago

    The air war has become a ground war. The Israeli population, always on edge, has become a nation in mourning.

    And a military operation that nearly ended after eight days has become a bloody invasion of Gaza that could last weeks and has Israeli officials divided over how it ought...

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  • Why I side with Israel

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    Is it OK to take sides in a war? Is it OK to side with a country you love, a country whose values you believe in, a country that celebrates life but is being attacked by enemies who glorify death?

    And how do you champion your side while still showing sensitivity for the pain of...

  • Tunnel vision: Why Hamas’ tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

    2 days ago

    Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

    But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons: One, the much-heralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system,...

  • Israel blocks subpoena in terrorism case over Florida teen’s death

    2 days ago

    Israel persuaded a U.S. judge not to require a key witness to testify in a case where Bank of China Ltd is accused of supporting terrorism by Palestinian militants, including the 2006 death of an American teenager in a suicide bombing.

    U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in...

  • Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

    2 days ago

    President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

    "We have serious concerns about the...

  • Seven more Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza; IDF death toll now 27

    3 days ago

    Seven more Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, bringing the total death toll of soldiers in fighting there to 27.

    Also Monday, two terrorist cells entered southern Israel via a tunnel from the Gaza Strip, injuring some Israeli troops, according to Haaretz.

    At least 130 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground incursion late last week, Haaretz reported.

    The Palestinian death toll rose to more than 500 since the Israeli military launched Operation Protective Edge two weeks ago, according to the Washington Post.

  • U.N. chief to travel to Middle East in bid to end fighting

    5 days ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in a bid to end the fighting between Israel and Palestinians, alarmed at a serious escalation that includes a ground offensive by Israel, said a senior U.N. official.

    Israel intensified its land...

  • Peace Peace: A Prayer During War

    5 days ago

    Rachel is crying for her children


    She refuses to be comforted


    From beyond the grave she cries


    Through the centuries


    Her tears flow


    Hagar cries too


    From beyond the grave
  

    Their tears intermingle


    The tears of the mothers


    Grieving over dead sons and...

  • Hamas says Israel’s ground invasion will have ‘dreadful consequences’

    6 days ago

    Hamas said Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that started on Thursday would have "dreadful consequences."

    "It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters. "We warn (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."

    Reporting by Nidal al-MUghrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Robin Pomeroy

  • Florida teen detained in Israeli-Palestinian conflict returns home

    1 week ago

    A Florida teenager who was detained in Israel and apparently beaten by police returned home on Wednesday, eager to seek medical care and put behind him a summer trip that drew renewed world attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Tariq Khdeir, 15, was greeted by cheering...

  • Gaza humanitarian cease-fire goes into force

    1 week ago

    A five-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas came into force on Thursday, hours after the Israeli military said it fought Palestinian gunmen who infiltrated from Gaza.

    About a dozen Palestinian fighters tunneled under the border, emerging near an Israeli community,...

  • EU leaders call on Israelis, Palestinians to end violence

    1 week ago

    European Union leaders on Wednesday called on Israelis and Palestinians to end violence and said they welcomed efforts, particularly from Egypt, to broker a cease-fire following more than a week of warfare.

    The leaders, meeting in Brussels, urged both sides to "de-escalate the...

  • Obama backs Egypt cease-fire attempt between Israel, Palestinians

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he supports Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to head off more deadly clashes.

    "The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said. He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.

    Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jim Loney

  • The people of Israel live – Jerusalem, July 2014

    1 week ago

    Montefiore’s windmill is the favorite wedding picture spot in Jerusalem. On any afternoon, bridal parties line up to take their photos before the landmark. Beautiful young women in glorious gowns are surrounded by giggling bridesmaids, as grooms wait nervously and parents beam with...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Climbing the peace mountain

    1 week ago

    The rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel’s airstrikes in response, and the contemptible killing of the three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of the Palestinian teenager remind us that the status quo does not endure in our region. Apparent calm can be upended at...

  • Israel needs an Irony Dome

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties.

    I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now: “We lost half of our arsenal and...

  • Fearful times: A timeline of the current Israel-Gaza conflict

    1 week ago

    A young relative of Gaza police chief Tayseer Al-Batsh mourns during the funeral of his family members, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike.

    Images of destruction have been flowing in since the on-going Palestinian-Israeli conflict flared up again in...

  • Hamas lists cease-fire demands

    1 week ago

    Hamas proposed its own 10-point plan for a cease-fire in hostilities with Israel.

    Versions of the Hamas plan, which includes U.N.-supervised border crossings and the release of prisoners, appeared Tuesday and Wednesday in Maariv, an Israeli newspaper, and “Arabs Now,” a...

  • They’re attacking us with missiles

    1 week ago

    It's been a week since we were first herded into a bomb shelter at the Hartman Institute in Israel, and now that I'm sitting in the lounge at the airport in Amman and am finished with my teaching program, I have some time to reflect on the experience. As an aside, when we landed...

  • What’s behind Bibi’s firing of Danny Danon?

    1 week ago

    Apparently, Danny Danon went too far.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday fired Danon, a hawkish Likudnik who had been deputy defense minister, from his post after Danon slammed the Israeli Cabinet decision to endorse a proposed cease-fire with Hamas. Danon...

  • 8 things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict

    1 week ago

    Israel and Hamas are fighting their third major conflict in six years, and while some things have stayed the same, the battle lines have also shifted in a few notable ways. Here are eight things you need to know about the current conflagration:

    Iron Dome has been a game...

  • Hamas homemade rocket industry bypasses crumbling supply lines

    1 week ago

    Palestinian Hamas fighters once tried in vain to copy Israel's iconic submachine gun, the Uzi. Twenty years on, their homemade rockets streak more than 60 miles from Gaza toward the northern Israeli city of Haifa.

    At least 180 Palestinians have died in eight days of cross-border...

  • Reflections on being in Israel

    1 week ago

    It's different this time.  Even though it seems that Israel has faced this kind of situation before with Gaza. It is different this time.  The people of S'derot, Ashdod, and even Beer Sheva have bravely faced the barrage of rockets.  Living and courageously carrying on their lives...

  • Israel resumes military operations in Gaza after cease-fire fails

    1 week ago

    Israel’s military resumed operations against Hamas in Gaza, six hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal, following rocket attacks from the strip.

    The resumption of operations in Gaza was announced at about 3 p.m. Tuesday after more than 40 rockets were fired from...

  • Rockets strike southern Israeli port of Eilat

    1 week ago

    Three rockets exploded in and near the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat on Tuesday, and rescue teams were investigating reports that several people were injured, a military spokesman said.

    They were the first rockets to strike Eilat since a week-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict in...

  • Gaza conflict disrupts airplane travel – in Florida

    1 week ago

    A Jewish woman was ejected from a JetBlue flight after arguing about the Israel-Hamas conflict with a Palestinian passenger.

    The Jewish woman, physician Lisa Rosenberg of New York, was asked to leave the July 7 John F. Kennedy Airport-bound flight from Palm Beach International...

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