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U.N. To Take Up Palestinian Resolution On Proposed Peace Deal

The United Nations is moving ahead with Palestinian demands for a peace deal.

December 30, 2014

Life Stirs In Gaza As Ceasefire Holds

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality Wednesday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as ‘victory’ in the 50-day war. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on […]

August 27, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Kill?

August 25, 2014

Hamas Warns Foreign Airlines, Says Israel Truce Talks Over

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines against flying into Tel Aviv on Wednesday and declared truce talks in Cairo over as a six-week war with Israel spirals into further bloodshed. Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes across Gaza again on Wednesday in response to multiple […]

August 20, 2014

As Israel, Hamas Claim Victory, Gaza Residents Ask What Was Gained

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the wake of any ugly conflict, the question of who won can seem beside the point. Still, as fighting in the Gaza Strip gave way to a truce on Tuesday, Israel and Hamas both were quick to claim victory. And it was left […]

August 6, 2014

Child Killed, 30 Hurt In Gaza City Strike During Lull

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – A child was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on a refugee camp in Gaza City on Monday just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said. Witnesses and several AFP correspondents based at a nearby hotel, reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 […]

August 4, 2014

Israel Pounds Gaza, Striking At Symbols Of Hamas’ Power

By Alexandra Zavis and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times GAZA CITY — Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip from the air, land and sea on Tuesday, hitting government buildings, a television station and other symbols of the Hamas militant group’s power in the coastal enclave. It was one of the most intense bombardments of Israel’s 22-day operation […]

July 29, 2014

Gaza Fighting Rages As Conflict Enters Fourth Week

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel’s bombardment of Gaza left dozens more Palestinians dead on Tuesday after a black day for the Israeli army, with the spiral of violence showing no sign of abating. As the conflict entered its fourth week, diplomatic efforts by the international community and calls for an end to the […]

July 29, 2014

Obama Tells Israel Gaza Truce Needed As Conflict Rages

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in the raging Gaza conflict. Both the Israelis and Hamas exchanged strike and counter-strike on day 20 of the war, as world leaders pushed for an […]

July 28, 2014

UN, U.S. Press Gaza Truce Efforts As Death Toll Soars

Cairo (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday discussed proposals for a Gaza ceasefire with Egypt, as both sides voiced guarded hopes of ending the bloodshed. Kerry, who arrived late Monday in the wake of growing casualties from the Israeli-Hamas conflict, held talks in Cairo on Monday with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, […]

July 22, 2014

Israel Agrees To Temporary Cease-Fire After Children Killed On Beach

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israel agreed to a UN request to halt its bombardment of Gaza for five hours on humanitarian grounds, after its naval strikes killed four children on a beach Wednesday. The punishing strikes aimed at halting cross-border rocket fire by Hamas militants had resumed after Egyptian-brokered truce efforts collapsed Tuesday. […]

July 16, 2014

Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza Hours After Cease-Fire Attempt

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Hours after unilaterally accepting an Egyptian proposal, a nascent cease-fire collapsed as rocket fire continued from the Gaza Strip and Israel resumed military strikes on militant targets, government, and army officials said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved the proposal […]

July 15, 2014

Kerry Tells Netanyahu U.S. Still Ready To Broker Gaza Truce

Vienna (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renew a U.S. offer to help mediate a truce as Israel stepped up its military campaign against the Gaza Strip. Kerry “highlighted the U.S. concern about escalating tensions on the ground,” a senior State Department official said. […]

July 14, 2014

Israel, Hamas Exchange Fire For Third Day As Gaza Death Toll Climbs

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — The death toll continued to climb Thursday in the Gaza Strip as Israel stepped up attacks while amassing troops for a possible ground incursion into the Hamas-controlled coastal area. Medical sources in Gaza reported at least 10 people killed since midnight, among them seven members of the […]

July 10, 2014

Palestinian Rockets Reach Further Into Israel

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — A fresh round of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip sent Israelis scurrying for bomb shelters as far as Tel-Aviv, 40 miles away Wednesday morning, the second day of Israel’s military offensive on the Hamas-Gcontrolled Gaza strip. Hamas claimed responsibility for firing a volley of rockets intercepted […]

July 9, 2014

Israel Launches Airstrike Offensive In Gaza, Readies Ground Troops

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Responding to increasingly heavy rocket fire, Israel launched an open-ended offensive military operation in the Gaza Strip Tuesday to curb Hamas rocket fire, army officials said. After fierce volleys hurled 80 rockets at Israel Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet and gave the military […]

July 8, 2014

Netanyahu Condemns ‘Abhorrent’ Killing Of Palestinian Teen

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to face challenges on multiple fronts Monday as rocket fire from Gaza continued and tension between Jews and Arabs remained high the day after the arrest of six Jewish extremists suspected of killing a Palestinian teenager. Netanyahu called Hussein Abu Khdeir […]

July 7, 2014

American Teen Beaten In Mideast Is A Cousin Of Slain Palestinian

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times The American high school student who was beaten and arrested during a clash with Israeli police last week is a good student who belongs to a large Palestinian family with strong ties to the United States, relatives said Sunday. Tariq Abukhdeir, 15, was born in Baltimore, lives in Tampa, […]

July 7, 2014

Possible Revenge Killing Of Palestinian Teen Sparks Jerusalem Clashes

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Tensions mounted in Jerusalem as a local Palestinian teenager was found dead early Wednesday in what some fear may have been a reprisal attack for the killing of three Jewish Israeli teenagers abducted in the West Bank. The burned body of the victim, identified by family members […]

July 2, 2014

Pope Ends Holy Land Pilgrimage

By Ofira Koopmans, DPA JERUSALEM — Pope Francis balanced out a prior detour to Israel’s controversial West Bank wall outside Bethlehem with a visit to a monument honoring the victims of suicide bombers in Jerusalem as he wrapped up his Holy Land pilgrimage Monday. The pope ended a historic, three-day Holy Land pilgrimage, rife with […]

May 26, 2014

Pope Weighs In On Controversial Holy Sites Debate

Jerusalem (AFP) – Pope Francis on Monday called for people of all faiths to have access to often hotly-contested sacred sites in Jerusalem, on the final day of his whirlwind Middle East trip. Francis, who has made interfaith dialogue a cornerstone of his papacy, said believers must be able to pray freely at sites currently […]

May 26, 2014

Why The U.S. Cannot Afford To Veto Palestinian Statehood

President Obama has vocally endorsed a two-state solution as his preferred outcome to the Arab-Israeli conflict. In fact, as recently as 12 months ago he said that he hoped the U.N. would soon welcome Palestine as its newest member. But now, as a result of pressure from Israel and from Congress, he is preparing to […]

September 19, 2011

POLL: Americans Say Obama Strikes Right Balance on Israel

50% of Americans say the president is “striking the right balance” on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, a slight uptick from April, according to a new Pew poll. There had been speculation that in light of his recent speech on the peace process–which conservatives misleadingly argued as a call for Israel to retreat without negotiation–Mr. Obama’s approval […]

June 14, 2011