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Israel vs. Hamas, Part III: The Same Old Story

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The U.S., Egypt, the U.N., Qatar, and the rest of the Arab world will all try to calm the situation in Gaza to ensure that the lives of Israelis and Palestinians are protected, but ultimately, it's up to the main players of the game to act like responsible adults for the sake of their people.

As Israel Turns 66, a Shifting Focus for the Jewish State

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Security issues still loom large and likely will for the foreseeable future. Yet Israelis also understand that the best way to counter those seeking to challenge the Jewish State's existence is to build a stronger Israeli society.

An American Behind the Gun in the Israeli Army

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Those of us who keep an eye on current events know that things are starting to heat up once again in Israel. Last week, during the Jewish holiday of P...

Unsuspecting Victims of Israel's 'Non-Lethal' Weapons

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Patrick O. Strickland

Ahmad S., then 16, was on his way to a wedding in the Jalazoun refugee camp when he was shot in the head. The IDF says it uses these "non-fatal riot dispersal methods" for crowd control purposes, but evidence suggests that soldiers regularly use these weapons excessively and improperly.

Israel's Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) on the Front Lines: How the New Conscription Law Will Change Everything

Howard Barbanel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

On Wednesday, March 12, the Knesset forever changed the shape of Israeli society by passing a law that will conscript most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) starting in 2017.

Israeli Christians Opt For Integration On The Front Line

USA Today | Michele Chabin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion

HEBRON HILLS, West Bank (RNS) Preparing his jeep for the short drive into the West Bank city of Hebron, where tensions between Palestinians and Israel...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest Israel's New Draft Law

Reuters | Crispian Balmer | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community...

Why Israel Will Not Need Massive Forces in the Jordan Valley

Ephraim Sneh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ephraim Sneh

An agreement based on existential interests shared by the three states is immeasurably more efficient than foreign forces which are not defending their own country here.

IDF Soldier Stabbing Could Impair Peace Talks

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 11.13.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli soldier to death at a bus station in northern Israel on Wednesday, police said, in a rare...

Suspected Palestinian Bomber Killed By Israeli Forces

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

JERUSALEM — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's security service and the military say Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank beli...

PHOTOS: NYC Orthodox Community Protests Israeli Bill

Newsday | Emily Ngo | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York

Tens of thousands of members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities Sunday flooded lower Manhattan's Foley Square to protest Israeli legislation that th...

Hagel: U.S. Committed To Israel's Military Superiority

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.22.2013 | World

TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Israel on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to preserving and impr...

PHOTO: Sniper Condemned For Posting Photo Of Child In Crosshairs

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

A photo posted to the Instagram account of Mor Ostrovski, a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), has drawn outrage and condemnation across the ...

Israeli Women Soldiers Have 'Right Stuff' For Border Watch

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

By Dan Williams ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN BORDER, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Breaking cover from a lookout point disguised as a dune, four soldiers sto...

Stevie Wonder Cancels Concert Benefiting IDF

AP | Posted 01.31.2013 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military. Wonder had been scheduled to perfor...

Joshua Hersh

Dem Breaks Solid U.S. Backing For Israel With Call For Restraint

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat often a rare voice of anti-war dissent even in his own caucus, is calling for Israelis and Pale...

Israel Will Stop Assault On Gaza During Egyptian PM's Visit

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Israel will stop its offensive action in the Gaza Strip during a three-hour visit by the Egyptian prime minister to th...

Israel Publicizes Killing Of Hamas Military Chief On Twitter, YouTube

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.14.2012 | World

The Israel Defense Forces have taken to Twitter and YouTube to publicize Wednesday's killing of Hamas military chief Ahmad Jabari. The militant lea...

Israel's Secret Staging Ground

Foreign Policy | MARK PERRY | Posted 03.29.2012 | World

In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom title...

Israel Successfully Tests Missile Defense System

AP | Posted 04.11.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israel says it has successfully tested an upgraded radar for the Arrow missile defense system, developed with the United States and desig...

Donations From Casino Owner Could Embarrass GOP Candidates

Reuters | Peter Henderson and James Pomfret | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO/MACAU, China, Feb 8 (Reuters) - It's never good for the candidate when a big donor runs afoul of the law - as President Barack Obama le...

Cain's Mounting Problems With Mountains in Iran

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Mountains have never kept our military from doing their job. But here comes Herman Cain, on at least two occasions in the year 2011, claiming that the mountains in Iran would "make it very difficult" to launch a military strike.

Israel Holds On To $100 Million In Palestinian Taxes

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 01.14.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Cabinet ministers decided Monday to hold on to some $100 million in taxes owed to the Palestinians, an official said, despit...

Escaping the Israel Ghetto

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.24.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israel today is more isolated than ever before in the international arena, with friends and allies dwindling amidst a growth of delegitimizing efforts and rising anti-Semitism globally. It should be no surprise that many Israelis want out.

Center Provides Home Away From Home For Expat Jewish Soldiers

Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) When Passover begins on Monday (April 18) at sundown, Roxanne Fogelman, a 22-year-old Isra...