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Tense Situation And Heavy Security In Jerusalem After Yesterday's Clashes

AP | PETER ENAV | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the pre...

Israel Reopens Al Aqsa Mosque For Muslim Prayer

Reuters | Luke Baker | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion

* Jordanian officials say the king intervened on the issue * Security tight with more police on streets, ID checks * Pra...

Only Israel Can Put an End to the Horror in Gaza

Dr. Khouloud Daibes | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Dr. Khouloud Daibes

The individual stories are tragically too many to recount in one short article. Those lucky enough to survive this latest assault on Gaza have returned to rubble; the loss of loved ones compounded by the destruction of homes, family heirlooms, photographs and memories. Israel has the power to put an end to its occupation of Palestinian land. Only then can Palestinians and Israelis live side by side in peace and security.

As Syrian Al Qaeda Fighters Get Closer, Israel Concerned It Is Next Target

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

MEROM GOLAN, Golan Heights (AP) — For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaida fighters are hunkered down on Israel's doorstep, and Israelis...

Israel Returns Fire After Syria Shelling Hits Golan Heights

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli f...

Israeli Airstrikes Level High-Rise Buildings In Gaza

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 10.24.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline ...

Bomb Fired From Gaza Kills Israeli Child

AP | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags o...

Gaza Rocket Hits Israeli Synagogue, 3 Wounded

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Aug 22 (Reuters) - A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city ofAshdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said. ...

Israel: Rockets Fired From Gaza, Breaking Cease-fire

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian effort to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to collapse Tuesday...

These Are the Unseen Victims of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Bonny Brooks | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Bonny Brooks

Unlike the victims of the Gaza conflict, whose charred bodies fill the feeds of social media in Western countries, these dead are part of a war you don't see. Whether it's anti-Hamas protesters shot in Gaza or Israeli peace activists beaten by right-wing thugs in Tel Aviv, nonviolent protest is a dangerous business in Israel/Palestine. And nowhere is this felt more acutely than in the West Bank.

Why It's Hard to Believe Israel's Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths

Idan Barir | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Idan Barir

I write this with great sorrow for civilians hurt on both sides. Sorrow for our soldiers who have fallen in this operation, and sorrow for the future of my country and the entire region. I know that as I write, soldiers like me have fired shells into Gaza. They had no way of knowing who or what they would hit. Faced with so many innocent casualties, it is time for us to state very clearly: this use of artillery fire is a deadly game of Russian roulette. The statistics, on which such firepower relies, mean that in densely populated areas such as Gaza, civilians will inevitably be hit as well. The IDF knows this, and as long as it continues to use such weaponry, it will be hard to believe when it claims to be minimizing civilian deaths. As a former soldier and an Israeli citizen, I feel compelled to ask today: have we not crossed a line?

Israel, Gaza, War & Data: Social Networks and the Art of Personalizing Propaganda

Gilad Lotan | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Gilad Lotan

It's hard to shake away the utterly depressing feeling that comes with news coverage these days. IDF and Hamas are at it again, a vicious cycle of violence, but this time it feels much more intense. While war rages on the ground in Gaza and across Israeli skies, there's an all-out information war unraveling in social networked spaces.

Netanyahu: Israel Ready To Continue Gaza War After Tunnels Razed

AP | IAN DEITCH and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's prime minister has warned Hamas that it will "pay an intolerable price" if it continues to fire rockets at Israel and that ...

A Look At The Israeli Soldiers Captured In The Past

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officer Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old second lieutenant from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba, was apparently captured o...

How Israel Can Escape the Gaza Trap

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

Contrary to what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes, the main existential threat facing the country is not a nuclear-armed Iran. The real peril is to be found at home: the corrosive effect of the Palestinian problem on Israel's international standing. The devastation caused by Israel's periodic asymmetrical confrontations, combined with the continuing occupation of Palestinian lands and the ever-growing expansion of settlements, has fueled a growing campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy.

Defense Minister: Israel May Significantly Widen Gaza Ground Operation

AP | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says Israel may soon broaden its ground operation in the Gaza Strip significantly. The statement by De...

Birthright Didn't Kill American IDF Soldier Max Steinberg

Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Eleanor Goldberg

Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who upped and moved to Israel alone to volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces died in combat on Sunday. But according to an editor at Slate, it wasn't Hamas who killed this 24-year-old.

Even The Dead Search For Shelter From Gaza Bombs

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, July 25 (Reuters) - Almost half of the Gaza Strip is a no-go area shelled by Israeli ground forces during a...

Why Israel Has To Be Cruel

Alain Elkann | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Alain Elkann

A small group of terrorists, maybe 5,000 or 7,000 against a country of more than 6 million people, have dug and built another city 30 to 40 meters underground, and they have tunnels reaching, if not already penetrating, into Israeli land. These people keep on sending rockets against us. For Israel to fight against them on the ground means a battle from house to house, and it will be a brutal combat -- and that becomes a real problem. If we want to solve the problem, it means that we have to be very cruel, and this is not morally easy to do. Many people can die on both sides.

The Post-Oslo Generation, Poised for a Third Intifada?

Laurent Zecchini | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Laurent Zecchini

It is neither in Israel's nor in Hamas' interest to start a new war. The latter now has the means to strike Tel Aviv, and Netanyahu would struggle to survive politically if the heart of the Jewish state were badly hit. As for Hamas, it is already in dire straits. Gaza has been subjected to an Israeli blockade for seven years, and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's Egypt tightened the grip further by destroying the hundreds of smuggling tunnels that were the economical lifeline for the 1.7 million Gazans.

Families Set Differences Aside To Grieve Together

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion

Following the discovery of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted and killed in June, Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brutally kidnapped ...

Tens Of Thousands Mourn Slain Israeli Teens

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister threatened Tuesday to take even tougher action against Hamas following an intense wave of airstrikes in the...

Tensions Soar After Israeli Teens Found Dead

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 08.31.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian from the militant group Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West ...

Holy Land Christians Hope Pope Francis' Visit Will Revive Peace Talks

Religion News Service | Evan Simko-Bednarski and Harry Stevens | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) With the last round of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority stalled if not moribund, so...

Absent a Two State Solution a "Jewish State" Means Apartheid

Akbar Ganji | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that have been in the works for nearly two decades are back to square one. There are many reasons for the failure of the negotiations, but one of the key reasons is that Israel has moved the goalposts. In the past negotiations between the two sides, the most important demand of Israel was for the Palestinians to recognize Israel's right to exist. But the hardline government of Benjamin Netanyahu is now demanding that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.