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Jul 15 2014 Israel Accepts Egyptian Cease Fire Plan

JERUSALEM - Israel approved an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, but rocket fire has continued from the Hamas-controlled territory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned Hamas that Israel will intensify its weeklong campaign against Gaza if Hamas rejects an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire.
“If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal and the rocket fire […]


Jul 13 2014 Israeli Commandos Raid Rocket Launching Site

JERUSALEM - Israel has carried out its first ground operation against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip since launching an offensive against the militants last week.
Officials say Israeli commandos targeted a rocket-launching site Sunday during the brief raid.  Authorities say four Israeli soldiers were slightly wounded during an exchange of gunfire with Palestinian fighters.
Israel also […]


Jul 11 2014 Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Amid Hamas Threats

JERUSALEM - Fighting intensified as Israel continued its Gaza offensive for a fourth day Friday, with Palestinian militants continuing rocket attacks on the Jewish state and rocket fire coming from Lebanon for the first time.
A rocket fired from Lebanon into northern Israel early Friday drew retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli troops.
The rocket, launched around 6 […]


Jul 10 2014 Israel Escalates Airstikes Against Gaza

JERUSALEM - Israel is pressing an offensive against militants in the Gaza Strip for a third day, carrying out deadly airstrikes in a campaign it says is aimed at halting rocket attacks from Gaza.
Airstrikes hit multiple targets in Gaza early Thursday, including killing three people in a car in Gaza City and eight others in […]


Jul 9 2014 Israeli Offensive Against Gaza Stepped Up

JERUSALEM - More than two dozen people were killed as Israel stepped up its offensive against the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in an attempt to stop Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli targets.
Palestinian officials said at least 25 people were killed in the attacks, which targeted several cities across Gaza Tuesday and Wednesday. The French news […]


Jul 8 2014 Israel Prepares Ground Invasion Against Gaza

JERUSALEM - Israel launched dozens of air raids on the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday in prepartion for a possible ground invasion to halt militant rocket attacks on Israel.
The Israeli army said about 50 objects, including houses and rocket-launch sites, were targeted in what it called “Operation Protective Edge.”
Palestinian authorities reported at least nine people injured […]


Jul 2 2014 Israeli, Palestinians Clash Following Revenge Killing

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a swift investigation into the death of a youth believed to be a Palestinian kidnapped in a suspected act of revenge for the deaths of three Israeli teens.
Authorities said there were reports of a Palestinian youth being forced into a car early Wednesday in an Arab […]


Jun 11 2014 Israel Elects Reuven Rivlin As President

JERUSALEM - Israel has elected as its next president a conservative lawmaker who is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state.
Reuven Rivlin, 74, is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. He is said to have a frosty personal relationship with Netanyahu.
Rivlin, who has a reputation for political independence, will replace the […]


Jun 1 2014 Israel Opposes Recognition Of Palestinian Unity Government

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned against any international rush to recognize a Palestinian government due to be announced under a unity pact between the Fatah and Hamas Islamist groups.
Israel and the West classify Hamas as a terrorist organization and have no official dealings with the movement, which advocates the destruction […]


Apr 25 2014 Israel Suspends Peace Talks With PA

JERUSALEM - The Middle East peace process is in danger of collapse, following a reconciliation pact between rival Palestinian factions and a tough Israeli response.
Israel’s Security Cabinet decided to suspend peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, after it agreed to form a unity government with the rival Islamic militant group Hamas.
Palestinian President and Fatah leader […]


Apr 20 2014 Pilgrims Visit Jerusalem For Easter Festivities

JERUSALEM - Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Easter dawned in Jerusalem with a sunrise service at the Garden Tomb. The holy place is said to resemble biblical accounts of the place where Jesus was buried. Facing an ancient, empty tomb carved into a rock, the […]


Apr 14 2014 Israel Holds Talks With Arab States

JERUSALEM - Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab States that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.
Among the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth - the […]


Mar 31 2014 Israeli Court Convicts Ehud Olmert For Bribery

JERUSALEM - An Israeli court has convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert of bribery in a case tied to a development project when he was serving as Jerusalem’s mayor.
The court in Tel Aviv issued the verdict Monday. Olmert, who was in court, will find out at a later date if he will serve time in […]


Mar 22 2014 Israel Discovers Palestinian Terror Tunnel

JERUSALEM - Israel says it has thwarted a major terrorist attack by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
Israel says it has uncovered a large “terror tunnel” stretching from the Gaza Strip, 400 meters into Israeli territory. Army spokesman Peter Lerner said the sophisticated tunnel was dug by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza.
“What […]


Mar 21 2014 Israel Plans To Build More Settlements In West Bank

JERUSALEM - Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in eight Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank in the past month, on land the Palestinians want for a future state, an anti-settlement watchdog has said.
The plans, the largest of which is for 839 homes in the Ariel settlement bloc, are at different stages […]


Mar 19 2014 Israeli Warplanes Bomb Syrian Military Sites

JERUSALEM - Israel says its air force has bombed Syrian military positions in response to an attack on its forces in the Golan Heights.
The military said the targets Wednesday included an army training facility, military headquarters and artillery batteries.
The airstrikes come a day after Israel said an explosive device targeting its forces injured four soldiers. […]


Mar 13 2014 British PM Cameron Offers Support To Israel

JERUSALEM - Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron addressed Israel’s parliament Wednesday, denouncing Iran’s government as a “despotic regime” and accusing Tehran of carrying out “despicable” efforts to arm Palestinian militants.
Cameron said Britain will stand alongside Israel in opposing a nuclear Iran and combating Islamic extremism.
He also said he would fight efforts to boycott Israel […]


Mar 11 2014 Israel Displays Weapons Seized From Ship

JERUSALEM - Israel has displayed weapons from an intercepted ship it says were being sent from Iran to militants in the Gaza Strip — a charge denied by Tehran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed the arms at a news conference Monday in the Red Sea port of Eilat. Flanked by senior defense officials, Netanyahu accused […]


Mar 6 2014 Israel Seizes Iranian Rockets Bound For Gaza

JERUSALEM - The Israeli military says it seized a ship in the Red Sea Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets destined for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
It said the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Klos-C was boarded in international waters off the coasts of Sudan and Eritrea without resistance, and would be escorted […]


Feb 3 2014 Israel Angered Over Kerry Boycott Threat

JERUSALEM - As U.S. mediated Middle East peace talks enter their seventh month, mounting tensions have emerged between Israel and Washington.
Israeli officials are furious after Secretary of State John Kerry warned that if peace talks with the Palestinians fail, Israel could face growing international boycotts.  Kerry was speaking at a security conference in Munich.
“You see […]


Jan 29 2014 Israel, Palestinians Disagree On West Bank Security

TEL AVIV - Israel and the Palestinians disagreed sharply on Tuesday over the effectiveness of security measures by the regional Palestinian administration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, deepening doubt about peace prospects in U.S.-brokered talks.
Foreign powers have been helping build up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s security services in the West Bank to prevent militant attacks […]


Jan 16 2014 Israel Claims Bibilical Link To Beit El

JERUSALEM - Israel’s prime minister has increased the amount of occupied territory he wants to keep after any peace deal with the Palestinians, state media reported on Thursday, a move that could complicate U.S.-backed efforts to reach an accord.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman declined to comment on the report he had added a bloc of Israeli-settled land […]


Jan 12 2014 Israel Mourns Ariel Sharon

JERUSALEM - Israelis are mourning former prime minister and military commander Ariel Sharon who died Saturday after a long illness. He is to be buried Monday at his home in the Negev desert.
Thousands of Israelis Sunday filed past the coffin of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as he lay in state at the Knesset, Israel’s […]


Jan 11 2014 Israel Announces New Settlements During Peace Talks

JERUSALEM - Israel has announced plans for 1,400 new settlement homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a move certain to upset Palestinians during a time of already fragile peace talks.
The Israeli Housing Ministry on Friday announced that 800 homes would be built in the West Bank and 600 in East Jerusalem, both areas […]


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