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  • Euro Under-21 teams play down security worries in Israel

    November 28, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Teams have shrugged off security fears in Israel and are looking forward to next year's Euro Under-21 soccer championships due to be held in cities targeted by Palestinian militants last week, coaches said on Wednesday.

    Several sporting events in the Jewish state had to be...

  • Studying abroad in a war zone, Americans in Israel are shaken but undeterred

    November 26, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    When the first two sirens went off, Shoshana Leshaw ran from her second-floor bedroom down to the bomb shelter in the basement. By the time the third and fourth sirens wailed, she went no farther than the stairwell.

    “It’s almost like you’re sick of the sirens interrupting your...

  • I just wanted to say: Thank You!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 22, 2012 | 10:00 am

    In the past eight days- Israel was at war, but it wasn't a traditional war. This war was fought in two fronts: in the field and in social networks. Eight days ago, I turned to you and asked for your help in supporting Israel online. The media was tilted towards the other side, and...

  • Operation Pillar of Defense: Lessons learned

    November 21, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    As Israel and Hamas mostly stilled their guns Wednesday night after reaching a cease-fire agreement, ending eight days of intense bombardment, both sides took home some new lessons about their foes.

    By firing longer-range rockets capable of reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Hamas...

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  • Eager to widen fight beyond missiles, terrorists bomb Tel Aviv bus

    November 21, 2012 | 9:33 am

    They all thought it was a missile at first.

    In the split second between the sudden explosion and the smoke that enveloped their bodies and faces, they figured that a Hamas rocket, after a week of strikes and misses, had hit the center of Tel Aviv. Then they realized that the bus...

  • Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terror attack; Hamas celebrates

    November 21, 2012 | 6:13 am

    A bomb exploded on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 15 people in what Israeli officials said was a terrorist attack that could complicate efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

    Celebratory gunfire rang out across Gaza as the news spread and the...

  • Tel Aviv’s grace under fire

    November 20, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The famous Tel Aviv bubble burst at approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 15. Suddenly the war being waged for years by the residents of southern Israel had come knocking on the doors of Rothschild and Ramat Aviv, Bavli and Bograshov. Although a far cry from what the residents of Beersheba...

  • Israeli missile-makers strive to meet Iron Dome demand

    November 20, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Israel sees its Iron Dome anti-rocket system as a noted success of its Gaza assault. The only problem is keeping up with demand for the interceptor missiles, their makers said on Tuesday.

    "We've been working in non-stop shifts," said an official with Rafael Advanced Defence...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

  • Iron Dome, now protecting Tel Aviv, highly successful in intercepting rockets

    November 20, 2012 | 10:07 am

    With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support.

    According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of...

  • Iran says Palestinians should be equipped to defend themselves

    November 20, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Palestinians should be "equipped" to defend themselves against Israel as it carries out air strikes on Gaza, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that Tehran's alliances with Palestinian Islamist groups remained strong.

    Israel began air strikes on Gaza on...

  • NYU evacuates Tel Aviv program

    November 19, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    New York University's Tel Aviv program was suspended for the rest of the semester, and its students and faculty were evacuated to London.

    The university is considering whether to reopen for the spring semester, according to NYULocal, a student news blog. The northern Tel Aviv...

  • More diplomacy to try to halt Israel-Gaza fighting

    November 18, 2012 | 9:09 pm

    Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

    International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the...

  • Obama: Missile fire from Gaza must stop first

    November 18, 2012 | 10:00 am

    President Obama told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders that a resolution to the Gaza-Israel violence must begin with an end to rocket fire into Israel.

    "If we’re serious about wanting to resolve this situation and create a genuine peace process, it starts with no more missiles...

  • Gaza journalists wounded by Israeli attack on buildings

    November 18, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Israeli aircraft hit two Gaza media buildings on Sunday, wounding eight journalists and drawing concern from press covering the fighting between Palestinian militants and the Jewish state.

    The Israeli military said the attacks were pinpoint strikes on Hamas communication devices...

  • Israel shoots down Hamas rocket fired at Tel Aviv

    November 18, 2012 | 9:07 am

    Israel's "Iron Dome" interceptor system shot down two incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night and no casualties or damage was reported, a police spokesman said.

    Hamas, Gaza's Islamist rulers, claimed responsibility for firing at the city.

    It was the second strike on Israel's commercial capital on Sunday. In the earlier attack, one person was hurt by falling debris from a rocket that was intercepted south of the city.

    Writing by Ori Lewis; editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Truth and consequences: When Hamas targeted The Holy City

    November 18, 2012 | 8:55 am

    Jerusalemites have an age-old custom of ushering in the holy Sabbath earlier — a full 36 minutes before sunset — than anywhere else in the world. So, last Friday evening, I rushed through the Old City’s Arab souk, weaving my way past Christian pilgrims, Korean tourists and Israeli...

  • Iron Dome intercepts more rockets over Tel Aviv, as Netanyahu says IDF prepared to expand operation

    November 18, 2012 | 8:42 am

    The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area.

    The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one of Israel's...

  • Israel, Gaza fighting rages on as Egypt seeks truce

    November 17, 2012 | 9:29 pm

    Israel bombed militant targets in Gaza for a fifth straight day on Sunday, launching aerial and naval attacks as its military prepared for a possible ground invasion, though Egypt saw "some indications" of a truce ahead.

    Forty-seven Palestinians, about half of them civilians,...

  • Israel hits Hamas government buildings, reservists mobilized

    November 17, 2012 | 9:08 am

    Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

    Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk ‘de-escalation’

    November 16, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The...

  • Israeli cabinet authorizes mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists

    November 16, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

    Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre, also came under rocket...

  • Israel requests reservists after rockets target cities

    November 16, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

    The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel's Gaza...

  • Hamas appoints new terror chief, warns of surprises still in store for Israel

    November 16, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Hamas’s military wing announced the successor to slain commander, Ahmed Jabari, on Thursday, and promised deadly surprises for Israel.

    The new commander of Hamas’s Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades is Marwan Abed al-Khareem Issa, 48, a native Gazan from Jabaliyya. Issa served as...

  • How to turn crisis into diplomatic promise in Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The crisis over Gaza was triggered by a Hamas escalation of missile attacks against Israel, which resulted in Israeli retaliation, the killing of Ahmed Jabari -- the Hamas military chief, and the destruction from the air of major Hamas missile emplacements. The question now is how...

  • In Tel Aviv many stay cool as rockets explode

    November 16, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Pleasure-loving, wheeler-dealer Tel Aviv withstood Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles 20 years ago and Palestinian suicide bomb attacks a decade later.

    The latest threat - Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip - is something new, but in a sense familiar.

    Some in the throbbing...

  • Israel taking steps to mobilize up to 75,000 reservists

    November 16, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilize up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, political sources said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive.

    The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to approve the call-up.

    Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 9:02 am

    Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce.

    The attacks came just hours after Egypt's prime...

  • Egypt PM to visit Gaza in support of Hamas against Israel

    November 15, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Egyptian prime minister prepared to visit the Gaza Strip on Friday in an unprecedented display of solidarity with Hamas militants embroiled in a new escalation of conflict with Israel that risks spiraling into all-out war.

    Two rockets from Gaza crashed near Tel Aviv in the first...

  • U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv bans non-essential staff travel to the South

    November 15, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Citing new violence between Israel and Gaza, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv told staff members not to travel to the South and encouraged U.S. citizens "to exercise caution."

    "Non-essential official travel by Embassy staff to the south of Israel remains prohibited," said the...

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