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Why Israel Has To Be Cruel

Alain Elkann | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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.

The Essential Architecture of Small-Scale Networks

Gidi Grinstein | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Gidi Grinstein

The interplay among many interconnected and interdependent "small units" that operate in a transparent environment and on a leveled playing field, where none is allowed to dominate, is a fundamental requirement for pragmatism, prosperity and resilience in both economics and politics. This insight is ancient to Judaism and has been highlighted by modern thinkers such as Nasim Taleb in Antifragility.

Inside Tel Aviv

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 04.07.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

11 Ancient, Stolen Burial Boxes Intercepted By Israeli Police

AP | JON GERBERG | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Monday unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes dating to around the time of Jesus, recovered by police during a mid...

Israel's Chief Rabbinate Says Actress Must Give Up Her Career To Convert

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The Chief Rabbinate, which has sole authority to determine who is and isn’t Jewish in Israel, is refusing to allow an actress to con...

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...

Israel: Iranian Rockets Found On Gaza-Bound Ship

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 03.05.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli naval forces raided a ship in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Pale...

At AIPAC, Netanyahu Warns On Iran, Urges Palestinians To Recognize Israel As Jewish State

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2014 | World

(Adds Netanyahu comments, U.S. official's remarks, context in paragraphs 3, 12-13 and 16-18) By Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick ...

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...

Israel Offers Blow To Ultra-Orthodox Seminaries

AP | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's finance minister says he will stop funding for ultra-Orthodox seminaries whose students do not enlist into the military. ...

Rockets Fired Near Sharon's Burial Place

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.15.2014 | World

Gaza militants fired two rockets that hit an area close to the ranch where former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was laid to rest on Monday, a mi...

Israel Plans 1,400 More Settlement Homes

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Israel plans to build 1,400 homes in its settlements in the occupied West Bank and will announce the projects next wee...

Israel: Rocket Fired From Gaza Hits Southern Village

AP | Posted 12.23.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in a southern Israeli village but caused no injuries....

Israeli Troops Shoot Lebanese Soldiers As Tension Escalates On Border

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 12.16.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot two Lebanese soldiers early on Monday, hours after a Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier as he drove...

Israel Provides Humanitarian Aid To Syria War Victims

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 12.03.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that it is providing humanitarian aid to victims of the civil war inside neighboring...

Netanyahu Has Some Expensive Habits

AP | Posted 12.02.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli prime minister's reported penchant for scented candles is setting off a stink. Maariv daily on Monday slammed Prime Mi...

Israel Confirms Holding Al Qaeda Suspect Without Trial

AP | Posted 11.18.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has confirmed that it has been detaining without trial a suspected al-Qaida operative for the past three years. Respondin...

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...

Hezbollah Denies Sending Drone Over Israel

AP | BY DIAA HADID | Posted 06.25.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel shot down a drone Thursday as it approached its northern coast from neighboring Lebanon, raising suspicions that the Hezbolla...