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  • Kerry sees ‘opportunity’ in Gaza ceasefire, urges search for common ground

    1 hour ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called the 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in their conflict in the Gaza Strip a "lull of opportunity" and said it was imperative that the sides make their best efforts to find common ground.

    Kerry said Egypt's foreign...

  • U.S. defends supplying Israel ammunition during Gaza conflict

    1 hour ago

    The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to protect civilians in its military offensive in Gaza and condemned an Israeli strike on a U.N.-run school, even as it defended moves to resupply its close ally with ammunition.

    The White House reiterated its position...

  • Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars

    5 hours ago

    When Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed it as a "disengagement" from conflict with Palestinians in the densely populated coastal enclave.

    But the conflict did not end, it only changed.

    ...
  • Peres on Gaza: Time to turn to diplomacy

    1 day ago

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Israeli government to seek a diplomatic solution to the Gaza crisis and to return Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

    The military option has played itself out, Peres said Wednesday after visiting wounded Israeli soldiers at...

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  • Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow, Pentagon intel chief says

    2 days ago

    A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

    The remarks by Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the...

  • Hamas Gaza leader Haniyeh’s house hit by Israeli missile, no casualties

    3 days ago

    An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh early on Tuesday causing damage but no casualties, Gaza's interior ministry said.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman had no information on the report but was checking for details.

    Haniyeh's son...

  • Meshaal: We don’t fight Jews because they’re Jews

    3 days ago

    Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he does not know whether his organization will ever recognize Israel’s right to exist, but cannot even think about it until there is a Palestinian state.

    “When we have a Palestinian state then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies. You...

  • Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza campaign, Netanyahu says

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday his country must prepare for a long conflict in the Gaza Strip, squashing any hopes of a swift end to fighting that has already cost more than 1,000 lives.

    In a televised address, a grim-faced Netanyahu said that any...

  • Israel rallies behind army in Gaza war

    6 days ago

    When 20-year-old Israeli soldier Daniel Pomerantz died in a Hamas ambush in the Gaza Strip, his small village near Tel Aviv decided they finally needed a cemetery to bury their dead.

    Surrounded by hundreds of relatives and friends, some sobbing uncontrollably, his flag-draped...

  • As calls for cease-fire intensify, top Israeli official says IDF prepared to 'recapture Gaza' if necessary

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts for an immediate cease-fire, top Israeli minister and Likud Knesset member Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that Israel’s army is prepared to dramatically expand its ground operation in the Gaza Strip and even “recapture...

  • Two Palestinians killed in mass protest north of Jerusalem

    1 week ago

    Two Palestinians were killed at a mass demonstration at a crossing north of Jerusalem against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

    Seven others were seriously wounded at the protest Thursday at the Qalandiya checkpoint, Haaretz reported. The demonstration at the site between the...

  • West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Israel safe.

    Lior, chief rabbi of the Kiryat Arba settlement, issued the opinion...

  • Israeli soccer team attacked by pro-Palestinians in Austria

    1 week ago

    Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters.

    The activists stormed the field and physically assaulted the Israeli players during a preseason match Wednesday against the French soccer club Lille. Some of the players...

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    1 week ago

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • A prayer for peace

    1 week ago

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

    1 week ago

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation.

    The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    1 week ago

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • Choose Life: Jews and Muslims working for peace together in Israel

    1 week ago

    While violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated in recent weeks, a small group is attempting to keep dialogue open between the disparate groups. 

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, 57, Rabbi Shaul Judelman, 35, and a growing number of Israeli West Bank settlers and...

  • More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

    1 week 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...

  • Netanyahu asks Kerry to help resume U.S. flights to Israel

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday to help restore U.S. commercial flights to Israel that had been canceled over the Gaza fighting, an Israeli official said.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a 24-hour...

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

    1 week 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...

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

    1 week 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,...

  • State Department warns Americans on Israel travel

    1 week ago

    The U.S. State Department warned American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank.

    The warning issued Monday also reaffirmed the “longstanding strong warning” to U.S. citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip. It was reissued due to the “current...

  • Slain Americans in Gaza among long line from U.S. to fight for Israel

    1 week ago

    Three days before he was killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, American Nissim Sean Carmeli sprained his ankle, and a doctor asked the Texan if he wanted to heal before going into action.

    He refused, according to Maya Kadosh, Israel's deputy consul for the U.S. Southwest.

    "He...

  • Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

    1 week 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...

  • Dear Dwight Howard: Here’s what #FreePalestine really means

    By Jonathan Maseng

    1 week ago

    Dwight Howard has never been able to transfer his deftness on the basketball court, his drive, his sheer,  bold athleticism and vision, to his public relations.  Whether he's insulting Laker Nation, awkwardly hugging Stan Van Gundy after throwing him under a bus, or tweeting out...

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

    1 week 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.

  • Max Steinberg, L.A. native and IDF volunteer, killed in Gaza

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Max Steinberg, a Woodland Hills native and volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was killed Sunday along with 12 other soldiers in the Gaza Strip, amidst an Israeli operation to quell rocket fire and destroy underground smuggling tunnels.

    [Related: A fallen soldier, Max...

  • A letter from an Israeli soldier on the Gaza crisis

    2 weeks ago

    This letter was written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line.  It was translated by Noga Gur-Arie:

    Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and...

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