Tag: Palestinians

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Netanyahu’s Amazing Reversal: Election Loser to Presumptive Premier

JERUSALEM — Even in a country whose politics are routinely fractious and confusing, many Israelis were scratching their heads on Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been tapped to assemble a new government, just a week after an election that appeared to jeopardize his career. Instead of facing the end of a decade-long run as […]

Read More

Arab Parties Back Benny Gantz as Israeli Leader, to End Netanyahu’s Grip

JERUSALEM — After 27 years of sitting out decisions on who should lead Israel, Arab lawmakers said on Sunday that they would recommend that Benny Gantz, the centrist former army chief, be given the first chance to form a government over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a watershed assertion of political power. Ayman Odeh, the leader […]

Read More

Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel

JERUSALEM — The Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to reject Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his politics of fear and hate, the inequality and division he advanced for the past decade. Last summer, Mr. Netanyahu declared that Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up a fifth of the population, were to be second-class […]

Read More

What’s Next for Israel?

Political predictions are always risky, but downright dangerous in Israeli politics. With a plethora of political parties and factions in ever-shifting coalitions, an election in Israel is normally the starting gun for weeks of elaborate and unpredictable horse-trading before a government emerges — or fails to. The process is barely underway since Tuesday’s vote. Yet […]

Read More

With New Investigation at Duke and U.N.C., Feds Hunt Anti-Israel Bias in Higher Education

WASHINGTON — The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East Studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity […]

Read More

Israeli Vote Hinges on a Mosaic of Competing Groups

Israeli politics can be tribal, with loyalties to ethnic groups, religious factions and ideologies as strong a factor in voting as views on particular issues. Here’s a guide in words and pictures. By David M. Halbfinger Photographs by Sergey Ponomarev Sept. 17, 2019 JERUSALEM — Tuesday’s do-over election in Israel may not, by itself, decide […]

Read More

Israel Wants Palestine’s Land, but Not Its People

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Last week, ahead of the parliamentary elections in Israel this Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that if re-elected, he would annex up to one-third of the occupied West Bank. His announcement prompted widespread international condemnation. But for most Palestinians such declarations mean nothing. We’ve heard many statements of support over […]

Read More

The Oslo Accords’ Last Remnants Are Under Fire. Don’t Let Them Die.

Last Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to immediately annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley after Israel’s election on Sept. 17, should he emerge victorious. He further pledged to apply sovereignty to Israel’s settlements throughout the West Bank after President Trump unveils his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative. But Mr. Netanyahu’s fortunes and Mr. Trump’s […]

Read More

Israeli Arabs Get a Second Chance to Oust Netanyahu. Will They Use It?

BAQA AL GHARBIYEH, Israel — Arab citizens of Israel have no love lost for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who routinely resorts to fear-mongering against them to rally his right-wing Jewish base. But when they had a chance to help toss him from office in April, fewer than half of eligible Arabs voted — a record […]

Read More

Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City

JERUSALEM — At a glance, Jerusalem’s Holy Basin still looks pretty much as it must have looked centuries ago. The Old City’s yellow walls still read in silhouette against an ancient landscape of parched hills and valleys. The skyline is still dominated by the city’s great Muslim and Christian shrines: the gold, glistening Dome of […]

Read More

What Won’t Netanyahu Say to Get Re-elected?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex much of the West Bank if he remains Israel’s prime minister after next week’s election has nothing to do with “secure, permanent borders” or his purportedly special relationship with President Trump. It’s about Mr. Netanyahu’s panic that he might lose the office he has held for a decade, and it […]

Read More

Israeli Voters May Like Netanyahu’s Promises, but Don’t Necessarily Believe Them

JERUSALEM — Shlomo Zadik, 70, a onetime pioneer in a Jordan Valley settlement, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had won his vote with his pre-election vow on Tuesday to annex the strategic area. “Netanyahu touched last night on an issue that has been important to me for a long time,” the Jerusalem pensioner said. […]

Read More

In a Jordan Valley Village, Palestinians Are Left in the Dark

FASAYIL, West Bank — More than three hours had passed since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had dropped his campaign bombshell: If re-elected, he would annex the Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But the news had barely begun to reach the people in Fasayil, a sleepy Palestinian hamlet in the Jordan Valley about 10 […]

Read More