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  • Israeli motorist killed in West Bank shooting, IDF says

    2 days ago

    An Israeli man was killed in a shooting attack on a civilian car near the city of Hebron in the West Bank on Monday, the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, military sources said.

    Israeli media reported the car was carrying a family to see relatives for the Passover seder...

  • Naftali Bennett: Annex settlement blocs in response to Palestinian actions

    1 week ago

    Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the large settlement blocs.

    Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, sent a letter to Netanyahu late Wednesday night asking him to call a Cabinet meeting to discuss the possible...

  • Rioting settlers, Israeli security forces clash in West Bank

    1 week ago

    Six Israeli Border Police officers were hurt in clashes between Israeli security forces and settlers in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yitzhar.

    Hundreds of supporters of the settlement, located deep in the West Bank near Nablus, rallied to the settlement late on April 8 after...

  • Israel said to be ‘deeply disappointed’ by Kerry remarks

    1 week ago

    Israel is “deeply disappointed” that Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to lay primary blame on Israel for the crisis in the U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks, an unnamed Israeli official said.

    Kerry’s remarks Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “will...

  • As U.S. tries to save talks, Kerry touts past progress, says ‘fight is over process’

    1 week ago

    The Obama administration is sticking with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for now despite a crisis that has threatened to scuttle talks.

    That’s the message U.S. officials were peddling as a top State Department team was in the region turning over the engine attempting to...

  • China urges Israel to make ‘brave’ decisions on peace talks

    1 week ago

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Israel to make "brave" decisions on the latest round of peace talks with the Palestinians, after negotiators ended another U.S-mediated session with no sign of a breakthrough.

    "At present, the Israeli-Palestinian talks process has entered a...

  • The West Bank is under military occupation, and that’s a fact

    1 week ago

    According to press reports, the crowd at a recent Republican Jewish Coalition conference “noticeably gasped” when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to the West Bank as “occupied territories.” Christie promptly apologized to the event’s host, mega-donor Sheldon Adelson,...

  • ‘Occupied territories’ is a flawed and biased term

    1 week ago

    When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Republican donor Sheldon Adelson for using the term “occupied territories” to refer to the West Bank, critics pounced. Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” ridiculed the apology, insisting that the phrase is “widely accepted” and...

  • Israeli troops foil attempted Gaza border attack

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli soldiers foiled an attempted terror attack near the border fence with Gaza.

    Two men on the Gaza side of the fence approached the fence Monday morning carrying a “suspicious object,” the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said in a tweet. The soldiers fired warning shots into the air, causing the two men to flee the scene, leaving the object, which then exploded, according to the IDF.


    Israeli patrols have been targeted regularly with explosives planted near the Gaza border.

  • Palestinians, IDF troops clash near Israeli prison

    2 weeks ago

    Several Palestinians were injured in clashes between rioters and Israeli troops near the Ofer Prison north of Jerusalem.

    The rioters hurled stones and burning tires toward Israelis guarding the facility, Army Radio reported Friday.

    The troops used crowd dispersal means. The...

  • Pollard, settlement freeze, prisoners in the mix amid peace talks crisis

    2 weeks ago

    Possibilities raised during efforts to resolve the current crisis over Israeli-Palestinian peace talks include freeing Jonathan Pollard, a partial settlement freeze, guarantees that Palestinians won’t push for international recognition and a mass prisoner release.

    Officials close...

  • Netanyahu: Prisoner release must include something for Israel, Cabinet OK

    3 weeks ago

    Israel will not release more Palestinian prisoners without getting something in return, and such a deal will be brought to the Cabinet for approval, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu made the statements Sunday morning at a meeting of his Likud party government...

  • As prisoner release fell through, Danon stood front and center

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    In recent months in Israel, one star in Israel’s ruling Likud Party has been making headlines for his outspoken demeanor and unapologetic one-liners.

    No, it’s not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    It’s one of Netanyahu’s main political rivals — Deputy Defense Minister Danny...

  • Loyola student gov’t president vetoes Israel divestment resolution

    3 weeks ago

    The president of the student government at Chicago’s Loyola University vetoed an Israel divestment resolution that was passed twice.

    Pedro Guerrero, president of the Loyola United Student Government Association, on Tuesday rejected the measure that calls on the university to...

  • Palestinians support extending negotiations if more prisoners released

    March 24, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    A new poll found that 65 percent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza would support extending the current American-backed peace talks if Israel releases extra Palestinian prisoners.

    The negotiations are set to end on April 29. Israel is scheduled to release a fourth...

  • Netanyahu lauds deadly West Bank raid to nab terrorist

    March 24, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the security forces that took part in a deadly operation in the West Bank to arrest a Hamas terrorist.

    The suspect and at least two others were killed in the raid in the Jenin refugee camp on Saturday morning.

    “Our policy is to...

  • Israel promotes plans for 2,372 settler homes in the West Bank

    March 21, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in eight Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the past month, on land the Palestinians want for a future state, an anti-settlement watchdog has said.

    The plans, the largest of which is for 839 homes in the Ariel settlement...

  • Loyola of Chicago Student Senate passes divestment measure

    March 19, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    The student government at Loyola University in Chicago passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from companies that do business in Israel.

    Meanwhile, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University student governments voted to postpone consideration of...

  • Recognizing the ‘Jewish State’: Two definitions, two implications

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 19, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awaySymptoms of neurosis 

    There are two ways to characterize the State of Israel in Hebrew. One is Ha-M’dinah Ha-Y’hudit (“The Jewish state”) and the other is M’dinato shel Ha-am Ha-Y’hudi...

  • Survey: 30 percent of settlers outside blocs would evacuate without peace deal

    March 17, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    About 30 percent of the residents in West Bank settlements outside the major blocs would evacuate for compensation even if there were no peace deal with the Palestinians, a new survey found.

    The survey also found that nearly 50 percent of the 100,000 settlers living in areas...

  • Jordanians rally to demand closure of Israeli embassy over judge’s killing

    March 14, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Jordanians demonstrated on Friday to urge the government to shut the Israeli embassy and scrap its unpopular peace treaty with the Jewish state after a Jordanian judge was shot dead by an Israeli soldier at a border crossing.

    Jordan is one of only two Arab states to have formally...

  • Collection of Video Reports on Social Issues in Israel

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 12, 2014 | 5:30 am

    This week in the “Social Order” edition:

    • Why are leftist activists taking part in an ultra-Orthodox demonstration?
    • "Heart at East", but the money is in the West - discrimination in allocating funds for Mizrahi culture.
    • The ongoing use of ‘contract’ workers by the...
  • Israel says regrets killing of Jordanian judge

    March 11, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Looking to prevent a diplomatic crisis with Jordan,Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the death of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers after an altercation at a border crossing.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office also promised to establish a joint...

  • Palestinian killed after attacking Israel soldier

    March 10, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    A Palestinian man was shot and killed after he attacked an Israeli soldier and tried to take his rifle at the Jordan border crossing.

    Israeli military forces fired at the man after he attempted to seize the soldier’s weapon in Monday’s incident, the Israel Defense Forces said.

  • Netanyahu, showing seized rockets, says Iran fooling the world

    March 10, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, displaying on Monday what Israel said were seized, Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza, urged the West not to be fooled by Tehran's diplomacy on its nuclear program.

    Last week the Israeli navy captured a ship in the Red Sea...

  • Lieberman: Israel won’t agree to ‘further conditions’ for talks

    March 6, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the Palestinians for lack of progress in peace negotiations.

    Lieberman also said additional conditions for continuing the talks are a non-starter.

    “The Palestinians are the ones torpedoing the talks by setting conditions,”...

  • Kerry pressing Palestinians on framework peace agreement

    February 26, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is focusing on bringing Palestinians around to his framework peace proposals, said the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s subcommittee on the Middle East.

    “He’s been spending a lot of time exploring the willingness of the Israeli leadership to make...

  • A victory against anti-Israel BDS

    February 26, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Israelis and supporters of Israel are increasingly concerned about international pressure — and with good reason. There was last year’s directive from the European Union, which threatened important Israel-EU cooperation; the recent uproar about SodaStream, which brought Israel...

  • In Israel’s abortion debate, pro-choice seems to be the only choice

    February 25, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    A billboard in central Tel Aviv features a black-and-white photo of a distressed woman above a caption in bold red letters that reads, “The pain and remorse from my abortion accompany me every day.”

    The billboard is an advertisement for Efrat, an anti-abortion outfit that dubs...

  • A transformative journey through the West Bank

    February 21, 2014 | 8:51 am

    It took a bus with Palestinian plates, a Palestinian driver and about 60 minutes to begin our transformative journey to the West Bank. Aside from the traffic on the way to the border crossing, our group of 10 Reform rabbis (on a trip sponsored by the Central Conference of American...

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