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Batsheva Sobelman

Israel Worries About Threat From Islamic State

Well before the latest threat from Islamic State, Israel’s military had stepped up intelligence and preparedness efforts with the militant group in mind.

December 29, 2015

Protest By Ethiopian Israelis Turns Violent In Tel Aviv

Violence erupted on the streets of Tel Aviv on Sunday as a demonstration by Ethiopian Israelis protesting what they said was police brutality against their community spiraled out of control.

May 4, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the Capitol on March 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Israel’s Netanyahu Scrambles As Polls Show Rival’s Lead Growing

Time may be running out for Benjamin Netanyahu.

March 13, 2015

Report Blasts Israel’s Netanyahu For Lavish Personal Spending

A scathing report from the state comptroller is shaking up Israel’s elections.

February 17, 2015

Israel’s Parliament Disbands, Sets Elections For March 17

Here’s what happens next in Israel.

December 8, 2014

Israeli Coalition Collapses As Netanyahu Fires Key Ministers

Find out what’s next for Israel’s government.

December 2, 2014

Israeli Woman Killed In West Bank, Soldier Wounded In Tel Aviv

An 18 year old from the Askar refugee camp in Nablus incites more violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

November 10, 2014

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

Body Found Outside Jerusalem Probably Missing American, Say Police

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — A man’s body was found Thursday near the area where a young American yeshiva student had disappeared while hiking six days earlier. An Israeli police spokesman said initial indications suggested it was that of the missing man, but declined to say whether there was any sign of […]

August 28, 2014

Gaza Cease-Fire Holds; Israeli Officials Head To Cairo For Truce Talks

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times As a three-day cease-fire appeared to hold on the ground in Gaza on Monday, Israeli negotiators returned to Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials and indirect discussions with Palestinian militants over a permanent truce and long-term arrangements. Banks and shops reopened in Gaza, allowing people to resume a cautious […]

August 11, 2014

Israeli Leader Says Cross-Border Tunnels Must Be Destroyed

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Amid mounting international concern over civilian casualties and demands for an immediate cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Thursday that he would accept no truce that would prevent Israel from demolishing the cross-border tunnels that have become the focus of the ongoing fighting. Speaking at the […]

July 31, 2014

Israel Confirms Soldier Is Missing After Gaza Battle

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israel’s military announced Tuesday that it was still trying to confirm the fate of a soldier presumed killed Sunday during a battle between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. The investigation began after a rocket-propelled grenade fired at an armored personnel carrier that had stalled in the east […]

July 22, 2014

Israeli Shelling Rocks Gaza; Palestinian Toll Tops 500

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times Gaza’s neighborhoods came under heavy shelling Monday as rockets continued to fly into Israel, and armed encounters between the sides claimed more lives ahead of U.S Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s expected arrival in the region. Even as Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon prepare to weigh […]

July 21, 2014

5-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire Between Israel, Hamas Ends With Rockets

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — A short humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that began Thursday morning as both sides accepted a United Nations request to hold their fire for a five-hour window has ended. The cessation in firing ended after less than three hours when Hamas fired three mortars into Israel, […]

July 17, 2014

Israel’s Foreign Minister Calls For Ground Campaign In Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel’s hard-line foreign minister on Wednesday pressed for expanding the nation’s offensive in the Gaza Strip to include a ground operation in hopes of ending rocket fire from the coastal enclave into Israel. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told reporters in the Israeli city of Ashkelon that “terrorists are using civilians in Gaza as […]

July 16, 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

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

Deaths Mount As Israeli Jets Respond To Gaza Rockets

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Fighter jets and rockets continued to fly Friday between Israel and Gaza on the fourth day of the recent crisis that has killed 100 Palestinians and pinned down civilian populations on both sides of the border. The death toll rose overnight as Israel’s military struck at least […]

July 11, 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

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

Reuven Rivlin Elected Israel’s President, Will Succeed Shimon Peres

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — At the end of a tense vote that capped one of the country’s messiest political campaigns, Reuven Rivlin was chosen Tuesday to serve as Israel’s next president. Rivlin, 74, was elected in Jerusalem by members of Israel’s 120-seat parliament to succeed the iconic Shimon Peres, who will […]

June 10, 2014

Palestinian Prisoners On Hunger Strike; Israel Debates Force-Feeding

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities hospitalized 40 Palestinian detainees Tuesday who were taking part in a weeks-long hunger strike, according to media and prison service officials. The Palestinians are part of a larger group of prisoners who have refused food for nearly five weeks in protest of Israel’s use of […]

May 28, 2014