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  • Israel’s effort to spare Gaza civilians is exemplary

    7 hours ago

    According to many critics, Israel is slaughtering civilians in Gaza. It’s “purposefully wiping out entire families,” says an Arab member of Israel’s parliament. It’s committing “genocide—the murder of entire families,” says Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority....

  • Top Abbas adviser says Hamas makes own decisions

    12 hours ago

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    A senior adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line in an exclusive interview that the PA and Fatah have no ability to intervene in the Gaza crisis because the Gaza Strip is ruled exclusively by...

  • Hamas finds itself in war it didn’t want — and cannot escape

    12 hours ago

    The latest mini-war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas began with the Gaza-based militants eager to strike a blow, but the escalation that followed has left them physically and diplomatically exposed, with no ready way out.

    Hamas has sent its rockets streaking into...

  • Will Israel’s third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

    14 hours ago

    Get used to conflict.

    That’s the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israel’s missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous...

  • Palestinian militant rockets intercepted over Tel Aviv, Israeli media says

    1 day ago

    Palestinian militants fired rockets at Tel Aviv on Thursday, setting off sirens and activating Israel's Iron Dome interceptor which shot down at least two of the projectiles, Army Radio said.

    Israel's Channel Two television showed live footage of one of the aerial interceptions.

    Writing by Dan Williams

  • Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza exceeds 2012 assault

    1 day ago

    The Israeli military reportedly has hit more targets in Gaza in the first day and a half of a bombing campaign to curb rocket fire than during its entire eight-day operation in November 2012.

    The Jerusalem Post quoted an anonymous senior Israeli security source on Wednesday but...

  • Watching footage from the Israel-Gaza battlefield [VIDEO]

    1 day ago

    Israel, as always, fights its battles on two fronts: The actual front, now in Gaza and in the skies over Israel, and the public relations battlefield. Today, that means social media, too.

    As in past conflicts, the Israel Defense Forces is posting footage from its battles in and...

  • Abbas: Israel operation in Gaza is ‘genocide’

    2 days ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Israel’s expanded operation in Gaza a “genocide.”

    “It’s genocide — the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people,” he told a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his headquarters in the...

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    2 days ago

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

  • VIDEO: Hamas terrorists killed by IDF on Israel’s Zikim beach

    2 days ago

    Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinian gunmen who slipped into southern Israel by sea from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the army said.

    Hamas, the dominant force in Gaza, claimed responsibility for the infiltration at Zikim beach, which occurred as Israel bombed the Palestinian...

  • Kidnapped Israelis shot 10 times with silenced gun, U.S. lab says

    2 days ago

    Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted by Palestinians in the West Bank last month were shot at least 10 times with a silenced gun in what appeared to be premeditated killings, a U.S. official involved in the investigation said.

    The disclosure clashed with speculation by some...

  • The honesty of war

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    There’s something about war that can make intelligent people look foolish. I’m thinking right now of all those smart people in Tel Aviv who analyzed the subtleties of peace at the Haaretz Peace Conference—only a few hours before Jew-hating terrorists from Hamas began firing rockets...

  • Beating of Palestinian-American teen another black eye for Israel

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    2 days ago

    For Israelis, the enduring image of the past few weeks may be the montage of the three Israeli teens murdered last month after being abducted from a hitchhiking post in the West Bank.

    But another enduring image has emerged in the last few days that is unlikely to garner much...

  • Israel launches military offensive against Gaza militants

    3 days ago

    Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling it part of a campaign named "Operation Protective Edge" targeting Hamas Islamist militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

    The military urged Israelis within a 24-mile radius of the southern coastal...

  • Palestinian official says both sides sitting on volcano

    4 days ago

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Munib Al-Masri, a Palestinian billionaire who is a close confidant to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, warns that the tense situation between Israelis and Palestinians after the murders of four teenagers could explode.

  • Israel investigating police beating of Palestinian rioter

    5 days ago

    The United States called for speedy investigation of an incident in which it said a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent appeared to have been badly beaten by Israeli paramilitary police during riots in East Jerusalem this week.

    A video clip circulated on the internet on Saturday...

  • Kerry, Netanyahu discuss investigation of Palestinian teen’s death

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an update on the investigation into the kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen.

    U.S. officials in Israel also remain in close contact with the investigation, State Department spokeswoman...

  • Israel boosts forces near Gaza as border heats up

    1 week ago

    Israel beefed up its forces along its frontier with the Gaza Strip and launched air strikes against militant Hamas targets there on Thursday in response to Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks.

    Israel also faced a second day of violent Palestinian protests in Jerusalem after...

  • How does Israel know Hamas is responsible for the kidnappings?

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    In the weeks since the Israeli government learned of the kidnappings of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, its military and intelligence sources have worked tirelessly to piece together the puzzle of what happened, where it happened and precisely how it happened.


  • At teens’ funeral, personal grief and national solidarity merge

    1 week ago

    They were their mothers’ sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the Jewish people in heaven.

    The joint funeral Tuesday of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach...

  • Our worst fears realized

    1 week ago

    For the first time in two and a half weeks, my children did not ask, upon opening their eyes in the morning, "Has there been any news about Naftali, Gilad and Eyal?"

    They did not have to ask because last night our worst fears were confirmed with the announcement of the discovery...

  • Netanyahu: We will find and punish teens’ murderers

    1 week ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed in a televised address that Israel will capture the murderers of three Israeli teens no matter where they hide.

    “Whoever was involved in the kidnapping and the murder will bear the consequences. We will neither rest nor slacken until we...

  • U.S. Jews should respond to the murders with more than tears

    1 week ago

    Jews throughout the United States will hold memorial services this week to mourn the murders of the three Israeli teenagers. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be words of consolation. And then the mourning needs to be followed by action – political action.

  • Palestinians furious as Israel resumes punitive demolitions

    1 week ago

    Israel has revived a long-lapsed policy of destroying suspected militants' homes after the dead bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing since June were found on Monday.

    The army reverted to the practice to punish Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aysha, two fugitives it accuses of...

  • Israeli retaliatory strikes hit 34 Gaza sites

    1 week ago

    Israel’s Air Force bombed 34 sites in Gaza in what its military said was retaliation for a rocket barrage from the coastal strip.

    The strikes were responding to 18 rockets fired at Israel over a 24-hour period beginning Sunday night, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

  • Home of Palestinian murder suspect can be razed, Israeli court rules

    1 week ago

    The army can raze the home of a Palestinian indicted in the Passover eve murder of a senior police officer, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled.

    The family of Ziad Awad on Tuesday morning was given 12 hours to remove its possessions from the West Bank residence in Idhna Village, near...

  • Aunt of murdered Israeli teen mourns: ‘His sisters don’t have a brother anymore’

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Lihi Shaar, aunt of the murdered teen Gilad Shaar, struggled to hold back tears as she spoke on the telephone, still absorbing the shocking news.

    She spoke slowly as she said she was holding a picture of her 16-year-old nephew, whose body was discovered today, 18 days after he...

  • New Yorkers hold solidarity vigil for slain Israeli teenagers

    1 week ago

    Several hundred people waving Israeli flags and expressing grief and solidarity held a vigil in New York on Monday after the bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank.

    The bodies of the teens, who attended a religious school in a Jewish settlement,...

  • With discovery of Israeli teens’ bodies, national ordeal ends in tragedy

    1 week ago

    A national ordeal here ended in tragedy as three Israeli teenagers kidnapped earlier this month were found dead near Hebron.

    The discovery of their bodies Monday night by the Israeli army and volunteer searchers brings to an unhappy conclusion the intensive effort to find the...

  • Vatican calls Israeli teenagers deaths hideous, threat to peace

    1 week ago

    The Vatican on Monday condemned the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank as a "hideous and unacceptable crime" and a obstacle to peace.

    [Related: Jewish community responds to Israel teen deaths]

    In an usually strong statement, the Vatican spokesman said Pope...

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