Tag: Israel

Israel Launches Airstrikes in Syria to Target Iranian Forces

Israel said it carried out airstrikes early on Wednesday against Iranian forces near the Syrian capital, in response to an Iranian attack on Israel a day earlier, potentially escalating tensions along Israel’s northeastern border. The strikes killed at least 11 people, according to a rights monitoring group. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement […]

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What to Watch for in Israel, Where Gantz Is on Deadline to Form Government

Benny Gantz, the chief political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had only hours left on Wednesday before a midnight deadline to form a government and to extricate Israel from a monthslong political logjam. A failure by Mr. Gantz, a former army chief, to establish a viable coalition could propel a deeply divided Israel into […]

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On Israeli Settlements, U.S. Can’t ‘Rewrite International Law,’ Palestinians Say

Palestinians reacted with outrage on Tuesday to the Trump administration’s stance that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are legal, calling it the ultimate proof that the administration is irretrievably biased in favor of Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The Palestinian leadership convened emergency meetings to discuss the change, and called on […]

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Israel Intercepts Four Rockets Launched From Syria

Four rockets were launched from Syria toward the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights at dawn on Tuesday, setting off air-raid sirens but causing no harm, according to the Israeli military. The military said that the incoming fire was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system and that it appeared no rockets had fallen on the Israeli-controlled […]

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Are West Bank Settlements Illegal? Who Decides?

The Trump administration’s declaration Monday that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are “not inconsistent with international law” reversed American policy on the settlements and contradicted the view of most countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel applauded the announcement as a “policy that rights a historical wrong,” while Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of […]

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Israel’s West Bank Settlements Do Not Violate International Law, U.S. Says

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration declared on Monday that the United States does not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law. The policy shift may doom any peace efforts with Palestinians. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the move on Monday afternoon. The decision was first reported by The Associated […]

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In Strike That Killed 5 Children, Israel Said It Took Out Gaza Militant. Now It Isn’t Sure.

DEIR El-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Ismail al-Swarka was shaken from slumber after midnight on Thursday by what sounded like four missile blasts. Then he heard his neighbors screaming. What he found outside was horrifying: Eight of his relatives, including five children, had been killed in an airstrike, with several more badly wounded. As the sky […]

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On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism

I have never done 23-and-me, nor have I “ancestry.com’d” myself. It’s never felt necessary. My family’s Eastern European Jewish heritage was something we lived to honor, including in our politics. Like so many others, my family came to this country escaping discrimination in the Old Country and facing injustice in the New: abusive labor conditions; […]

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As Islamic Jihad Bombards Israel, Hamas Has to Choose Sides

JERUSALEM — Hamas, the militant group that runs the Gaza Strip, has been trying for over a year to keep a lid on its conflict with Israel, to improve the abysmal quality of life for the two million Palestinians under its control, and to keep millions of dollars in cash coming in each month from […]

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Exchanges of Fire Continue Across Israel-Gaza Border

JERUSALEM — Gaza militants resumed their rocket fire into Israel early Wednesday and Israeli forces struck back against targets in the Palestinian coastal enclave in a simmering confrontation set off by Israel’s assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad commander on Tuesday. Though the death toll rose in Gaza, and much of southern Israel was paralyzed […]

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Why I Like Mike

I have a pet theory about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — that it is to wider trends in world affairs what Off Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff seems to get perfected there in miniature — from airline hijackings to suicide bombings, from building walls to keep others out to lone wolf terrorism — […]

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Jordan Reclaims Land Israelis Used Under ’94 Peace Accord

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s king on Sunday reclaimed border lands that Israel was allowed access to under a 1994 peace treaty reached between the neighboring countries. Jordanians applauded the step but for many Israelis, the failure to negotiate an extension of the border area-land access was disappointing, and attested to the sorry state of relations […]

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What Poses a Greater Privacy Threat Than Facebook? Spyware

Facebook is under fierce scrutiny for its decisions about political advertisements and consumer privacy, and its foray into developing a new cryptocurrency. So it makes sense that the company would try to drum up a little positive publicity and remind people that there are tech firms out there that pose much greater threats to privacy, […]

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Israel to Expel Human Rights Worker, Citing Anti-Boycott Law

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a senior official of the advocacy group Human Rights Watch must leave the country within 20 days, invoking a contentious law that bars entry to foreigners who have publicly called for a boycott of Israel or its settlements in the occupied West Bank. The ruling upheld […]

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With Israel in Limbo, Benny Gantz Vows to Seek a ‘Peace Within’

TEL AVIV — Israel seems stuck. Benny Gantz, the former army chief whose party narrowly defeated that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to form a government and drive Mr. Netanyahu from office for the first time in a decade. The prime minister, clinging to power, hopes Mr. Gantz will fail, forcing a third […]

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J Street Is Minding the Mainstream

Twelve hundred college students sat—and, frequently enough, jumped and applauded—in a cavernous convention space in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, rallying to get the Democratic National Committee to include the word “occupation” in the party’s national platform. One young woman from Tufts University rose to tell the crowd about her experiences on a tour of Israel […]

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Even in Defeat, No One Seems To Be Able To Replace Netanyahu

For the first time in more than a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will get a chance to form the next Israeli government. Netanyahu, the man once dubbed the “king of Israel,” announced on Monday that after four weeks of discussions with political partners and opponents, he failed to cobble together a governing coalition. […]

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Netanyahu Fails to Form a Government. Israel Turns to Gantz.

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has given up his latest attempt to form a government, clearing the way for Benny Gantz, the former army chief who narrowly defeated him in last month’s election, to try to become the country’s next leader. Mr. Netanyahu, who turned 70 on Monday and has been prime […]

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In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — On one side of town, it’s falafel and observing Shabbat. On the other, it’s sushi and the yearning for a Saturday morning coffee at a local cafe. Both sides can be guilty of insularity and snobbery. The identity and culture wars that were fought in the two recent Israeli elections — […]

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What Was Kept in This Stone Age Meat Locker? Bone Marrow

Sealed for millenniums, Qesem Cave in central Israel is a limestone time capsule of the lives and diets of Paleolithic people from 420,000 to 200,000 years ago. Inside, ancient humans once butchered fresh kills with stone blades and barbecued meat on campfires. “It was believed that early hominins were consuming everything they could put their […]

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Trump and Tehran Shake Up the Middle East

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are […]

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Israelis Watch U.S. Abandon Kurds, and Worry: Who’s Next?

JERUSALEM — Israel’s national security does not immediately depend on who controls the border of Turkey and northern Syria, more than 500 miles from its own territory. Yet President Trump’s abrupt order to withdraw American troops there and abandon Kurdish forces, who have been stalwart American allies against the Islamic State, set off clanging alarm […]

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Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War

After years of growing hostility and competition for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps toward indirect talks to try to reduce the tensions that have brought the Middle East to the brink of war, according to officials from several countries involved in the efforts. Even the prospect of such talks represents a remarkable […]

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