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  • Woman battling deportation cites judge’s Jewish ties in recusal request

    July 16, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    A woman convicted in Israel in connection with a 1969 terrorist bombing filed a motion to recuse the judge presiding over her deportation case because of his Jewish community ties.

    The motion filed this week and first reported by Politico suggests that Rasmieh Yousef Odeh will...

  • Report: Shalit could have avoided captivity

    March 29, 2013 | 4:58 am

    Gilad Shalit’s capture was the result of operational failures on his part and on the part of other members of his tank crew, interviews with Shalit have revealed.

    Shalit, the only member of a three-man crew who survived a cross-border, guerrilla-style attack on June 25, 2005 by...

  • Israel frees 550 Palestinians in Shalit swap

    December 19, 2011 | 12:02 am

    Israel released 550 Palestinian prisoners Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

    While many of the 450 prisoners freed on October 18 in the first phase of the Egyptian-brokered prisoner...

  • Jews throw stones at freed Palestinian’s home in Hebron

    November 21, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Jewish Israelis who gathered in Hebron for a special Shabbat reportedly threw stones at the home of a Palestinian prisoner released in exchange for Gilad Shalit.

    The rock throwers said the violence Saturday afternoon at the home of Hani Jaber began after a Palestinian attacked a...

  • American-Israeli Ilan Grapel is freed in prisoner exchange with Egypt

    October 27, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Egypt released an American-Israeli it held as an alleged spy and Israel freed 25 Egyptians in a prisoner swap on Thursday that will ease strains between Cairo’s new rulers and the United States and Israel.

    Ilan Grapel, 27, flew to Israel accompanied by two Israeli envoys sent by...

  • 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...

  • Lieberman walked out of Shalit deal debate, voted ‘no’

    October 13, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Three government ministers voted against the Gilad Shalit swap on Tuesday night – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon and National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau.

    Lieberman barely spoke at the meeting, apart from two questions he presented...

  • Netanyahu: Shalit deal was best Israel was going to get

    October 11, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    If captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is freed in the prisoner-exchange deal with Hamas that prompted an emergency Israeli Cabinet session, it will raise two immediate questions:  Which side finally acceded to the other’s demands after years of fruitless negotiations since Shalit...

  • Netanyahu says Shalit deal signed by both sides

    October 11, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas had signed a deal for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    As he convened his cabinet to approve the deal involving a swap for Palestinian prisoners, Netanyahu said...

  • The breakthrough that led to the Shalit prisoner exchange

    October 11, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    The dramatic cabinet meeting planned to discuss the details of a deal to release abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was convened Tuesday evening after a breakthrough in talks geared at Gilad Shalit’s release over the past few days, in negotiations held in Cairo and mediated by...

  • 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...

  • Briefs: Olmert; Katsav; Israel population hits 7.15 million; Neo-Nazis protest March of the Living

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert: We Won't Repeat Swap Mistakes

    On Israel's Memorial Day, Ehud Olmert vowed not to repeat past mistakes in obtaining the release of captured Israeli soldiers. At a memorial service Monday for victims of terrorism, the Israeli prime minister said that "in the range of heavy...