Tag: Israel

Israeli Bulldozer Wrests Gaza Militant’s Body From Palestinians

JERUSALEM — A macabre tug-of-war over the body of a Palestinian militant on the Gaza-Israel border — captured Sunday on video in broad daylight — left another man wounded, prompted a round of rockets from Gaza and drew harsh criticism from fellow Israelis. Israel’s hawkish defense minister, Naftali Bennett, defended the army’s seizure of the […]

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Gilad Shalit, Israel’s Son, Is Getting Married

Imagine that a 19-year-old American soldier was captured by terrorists and dragged through a tunnel across our border. Imagine that the U.S. Army failed to recover this abducted soldier and that he remained in terrorist hands for weeks that turned into months that became years. Imagine that the entire nation came to know this soldier’s […]

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Israel risks falling behind in AI despite growth

Habana Labs. Mobileye. Hailo. Wix. There are more than 1,150 AI-focused startups in Israel, and that number is growing. Even so, some people within the government are concerned that the nation risks falling behind because it lacks a unified AI policy. AI policy refers to national strategies like the U.S.’s American AI Initiative and Canada’s […]

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How Colum McCann Shaped Loss Into a Book

“I’m a bit of a magpie,” Colum McCann said, sheepishly gesturing around his office at Hunter College. He has taught creative writing there for 13 years, and in that time has appointed his space with plenty of mementos: old family photographs, a self-portrait his daughter drew in neon crayon, a framed poster of what he […]

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Israel Accuses Hamas of ‘Catfishing’ Soldiers to Plant Malware

JERUSALEM — Hamas and Israel still exchange fire with sporadic rocket attacks and airstrikes in their long-running military standoff along the Gaza border, but the two sides are also engaged in something of an arms race on social media. The Israeli military said Sunday that it had foiled a “catfishing” attempt to gain access to […]

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A U.S. Congresswoman Just Called AIPAC a ‘Hate Group’

U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon labeling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) a hate group—the first time a Congress member has referred to the lobby as such. “AIPAC claims to be a bipartisan organization, but its use of hate speech actually makes it a hate group,” McCollum wrote […]

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Palestinian Leader Denounces Trump’s Mideast Plan at U.N.

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered an angry rejection of President Trump’s plan for peace between Palestinians and Israelis at the United Nations on Tuesday, describing it as an illegitimate, one-sided proposal that rewarded Israel for decades of occupation and turned his people’s land into “Swiss cheese” riddled with Israeli settlements. In a speech […]

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Israeli Voters: Data of All 6.5 Million Voters Leaked

Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority said it was looking into what it called a “grave” security lapse by the maker of an app promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party that led to the exposure of personal data of all 6.5 million eligible voters in Israel, including full names and identity card numbers. […]

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Violence Surges in Wake of Trump’s Mideast Plan

JERUSALEM — At least three Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Wednesday and Thursday, and an Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in a car ramming in Jerusalem overnight, in a surge of violence following the release of the long-awaited — and highly contentious — American plan for […]

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Intel lures tech talent in Israel by investing in smart buildings

(Reuters) — Intel is investing heavily in “smart buildings” in Israel that will be full of perks to keep employees happy, helping the U.S. chipmaker compete for the country’s top professionals. Intel, one of the biggest employers and exporters in Israel, said in 2019 it would invest $11 billion to build a manufacturing facility in […]

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Apple Pay Could Be Launched In Israel

It is being reported that Apple executives have started meeting banks and credit companies in Israel to see if the company can start offering Apple Pay in the country. Isreali publication Calcalist is reporting that Apple is planning to launch its mobile payment solutions in the country. Apparently, senior executives from the Cupertino-based firm have […]

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Israel Puts Brakes on West Bank Annexation Plan

JERUSALEM — Shortly after last week’s rollout of the contentious American Middle East plan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government made a triumphant promise that the cabinet would vote this weekend to extend Israeli sovereignty over substantial parts of the occupied West Bank. But it looks as if the Israelis misread the signals from Washington. The […]

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Capital in Trump Mideast Plan Makes ‘a Joke’ of Palestinian Aspirations

ABU DIS, West Bank — Like a monument to dashed hopes, an unfinished Palestinian parliament building stands derelict on a ridge in Abu Dis, an unimposing West Bank suburb of Jerusalem that the Trump administration has proposed as the capital of a future Palestinian state. A symbol of the possibilities of sovereignty when it was […]

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Trump’s Middle East Plan: Starting Point or Dead End?

Of the many proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace rolled out over the decades, circumstances made the one President Trump announced on Tuesday the hardest to take seriously. While Mr. Trump outlined what he described as his “vision” for a Mideast peace in the gilded East Room of the White House to waves of applause from […]

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Every Time Palestinians Say ‘No,’ They Lose

Regarding President Trump’s peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the instant conventional wisdom is that it’s a geopolitical nonstarter, a gift to Benjamin Netanyahu and an electoral ploy by the president to win Jewish votes in Florida rather than Palestinian hearts in Ramallah. It may be all of those things. But nobody will benefit less […]

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Trump’s Mideast Plan Leaves Palestinians With Few Options

JERUSALEM — For Mahmoud Abbas, the ailing octogenarian president of the Palestinian Authority, his life’s work — a viable state side-by-side with Israel — is quickly slipping away. President Trump’s Middle East plan deprives the Palestinians of nearly everything they had been fighting for: East Jerusalem as their national capital, the removal of Jewish settlements […]

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What to Know About Trump’s Middle East Plan

President Trump stood alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the White House on Tuesday to reveal a long-awaited plan intended to resolve generations of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Noticeably absent from that announcement, though, was any Palestinian representation, and Palestinian leaders have flatly rejected the plan. The proposed settlement strongly favors Israeli […]

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What You Need to Know About Trump’s Middle East Plan

President Trump stood alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the White House on Tuesday to reveal a long-awaited plan intended to resolve generations of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Noticeably absent from that announcement, though, was any Palestinian representation, and Palestinian leaders have flatly rejected the plan. The proposed settlement strongly favors Israeli […]

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Don’t Reject Trump’s Peace Plan. Change It.

President Trump’s “Ultimate Deal” for Israeli-Palestinian peace isn’t ultimate, and it isn’t quite a deal. Released on Tuesday, the plan — or “Peace Vision,” as it’s called in its official document — has three flaws. None are fatal. First, the dissonance between its pretension and its timing: It purports to change history, but coming just […]

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth

On Tuesday, President Trump released his long-gestating plan for Middle East peace, the so-called “deal of the century.” It calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; for Jerusalem, including its Old City, to be the undivided capital of Israel; and for Israel to annex all settlements, as well as the Jordan […]

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A Muted Arab Response to Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In unveiling his plan Tuesday for solving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, President Trump confidently declared that Arab countries would play a key role in its success. But none of the United States’ Arab allies formally endorsed the plan or made concrete commitments to back it, raising questions about how […]

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