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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Israel’s Elder Statesman Shimon Peres, Dead At 93

Shimon Peres was involved in almost every major political development in Israel since its founding in 1948, from its acquisition of nuclear weapons to its expansion of settlements and attempts to make peace with its neighbors.

September 28, 2016

Trump Tells Netanyahu He Would Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

Donald Trump on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if elected, he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

September 25, 2016
Bernie Sanders is right about Israel and Hillary Clinton knows it

On Israel, Bernie Sanders Is Right (And Hillary Clinton Knows It)

Unfortunately, Clinton’s current approach is the dismal standard in American politics, which made Bernie Sanders’ honesty about Israel and Palestine even more refreshing.

April 15, 2016

Mortar Round From Gaza Strikes Israel; First Since Cease-Fire

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — A mortar round fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Tuesday, the first such shelling since a truce took effect last month, ending seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which caused no […]

September 16, 2014

Israel Intelligence Reservists Say They’ll No Longer Spy On Palestinians

By Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — More than two dozen reservists from the Israeli army’s elite intelligence-gathering unit have sent a public letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the army chief of staff declaring their refusal to serve on intelligence missions against Palestinians. The 27 reservists are part of a group of […]

September 12, 2014

Kerry Holds ‘Constructive’ Talks With Palestinians

Washington (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for over two hours with Palestinian negotiators for “constructive” talks on future relations with Israel, a U.S. official said. The talks come just days after Israel announced its biggest grab of Palestinian land since the 1980s, and as a new showdown looms at the United […]

September 4, 2014

Palestinians Say Long-Term Gaza Truce Agreed With Israel

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a “victory.” There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end seven weeks of deadly conflict in and around the […]

August 26, 2014

After Israeli Airstrikes, Hamas Kills 18 Suspected Informers

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — At least 18 Palestinians accused of spying for Israel were executed Friday in the Gaza Strip on the orders of a self-appointed Palestinian “revolutionary court,” Hamas-linked media and witnesses reported. Meanwhile, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, a rocket fired from Gaza made a […]

August 22, 2014

Israel Hits Gaza, Quits Cairo Talks After Rocket Fire

By Mai Yaghi Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Israel hauled its negotiators back from talks in Cairo and warplanes hit Gaza Tuesday after Palestinian rockets smashed into the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce. Nine days of relative quiet in the skies over Gaza came to an abrupt halt on […]

August 19, 2014

Gaza Truce Deadline Looms; Israel, Hamas Stick To Demands

By Laura King, Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times The latest Gaza truce is the longest so far, lasting five days, but an agreement over demands remains elusive. Hamas appears at odds not only with Israel but other Palestinian factions in the delegation to the Cairo talks. As the clock ticked down on yet another Gaza […]

August 18, 2014

Israel, Palestinians Agree 72-Hour Truce From Tuesday: Source

Cairo (AFP) — Israel and the Palestinians have agreed a new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire that would start at 0500 GMT Tuesday, said a senior official in Egypt, which is hosting truce talks. “Egypt’s contacts with relevant parties have achieved a commitment for a 72-hour truce in Gaza starting from 0500 GMT tomorrow morning, and an […]

August 4, 2014

Israel Resumes Strikes On Gaza After Holiday Lull

By Alexandra Zavis and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times GAZA CITY — A fragile holiday lull in fighting in the Gaza Strip on Monday was punctuated by Israeli airstrikes and a rocket launch by Palestinian militants in the wake of a call by the U.N. Security Council for an unconditional humanitarian truce. On the 21st […]

July 28, 2014

Israel Rejects Kerry Gaza Ceasefire Proposal: Israeli TV

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — Israel on Friday rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal presented by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli public television reported. “The security cabinet has unanimously rejected the ceasefire proposal of Kerry, as it stands,” Channel 1 said, adding that ministers would continue discussing it. Kerry met UN chief Ban […]

July 25, 2014

Kerry Meets With UN, Egypt As Gaza Truce Push Builds

Cairo (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry huddled Friday with UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Egypt’s foreign minister as pressure built for a ceasefire in Gaza. Kerry, who spent another night in Cairo reaching out by telephone to regional officials, met Ban and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri for around half an hour. […]

July 25, 2014

Palestinians Declare ‘Day Of Rage’ As Kerry Pushes Cease-Fire

By Batsheva Sobelman and Laura King, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Amid a new U.S.-backed push for a cease-fire, Israeli forces pounded targets across the Gaza Strip early Friday, including the home of at least one senior militant leader, while security in the West Bank and Jerusalem was heavy after a night of Palestinian protests. […]

July 25, 2014

Israel Warns Gazans To Flee Ahead Of Morning Attacks

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israel’s military instructed 100,000 Palestinians to leave their homes and move south ahead of planned aerial strikes Wednesday, as its military offensive that has killed more than 200 Gazans enters its ninth day. Israel suffered its first casualty of the conflict on Tuesday when a 37-year-old man […]

July 16, 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

Human Rights Group Criticizes Israel’s Treatment Of Palestinians

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces use excessive force against Palestinians in the West Bank and display “callous disregard” for human life, Amnesty International said Thursday. In a report called “Trigger-Happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank,” the human rights organization says Israeli soldiers and police killed 45 […]

February 27, 2014

Not Ready: Palestinians Leaning Against Resuming Talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas strongly suggested Saturday that he would reject a peacemaking blueprint put forward by international mediators, saying he would not agree to any proposal that disregarded Palestinian conditions for the resumption of peace talks. Abbas, who returned to the West Bank on Saturday after submitting a statehood bid […]

September 24, 2011