July 10, 2006 |
With mourners chanting calls for vengeance, the funeral procession wound its way through dusty streets on Sunday, bearing the shrouded bodies of a Palestinian mother, her grown son and young daughter. Civilians are increasingly at risk in Israel's nearly 2-week-old military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which in recent days has encompassed the use of heavy battlefield weapons such as tanks, assault helicopters and artillery on the edges of densely populated neighborhoods.
June 12, 2006 |
Two Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike Sunday in the northern Gaza Strip after the Palestinian group claimed responsibility for a rocket attack into southern Israel that left an Israeli man severely injured. Israel's military said its aircraft targeted fighters who were preparing to launch a Kassam rocket. Militants fired more than two dozen salvos during a day of stepped-up violence.
December 6, 2004 |
Egypt released an Israeli man convicted of spying and Israel freed six Egyptian students Sunday in a prisoner swap viewed as a sign of warming relations between the two neighbors. Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Arab, crossed into Israel from Taba in the Sinai Peninsula after his release by Egyptian authorities. Azzam was sentenced to 15 years in prison after Egypt convicted him in 1997 of spying, a charge Israel denied for eight years as it sought his release.
May 8, 2004 |
Israeli jets hit suspected guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon after an artillery attack killed an Israeli soldier near the border -- the second exchange of fire in the area this week. The Lebanese foreign minister said the border situation was taking a "dangerous course." Two Israeli lawmakers urged a larger attack on Lebanon and its power broker, Syria.
November 24, 1999 |
Thousands of triumphant Muslims on Tuesday unveiled a cornerstone for a mosque next to a major Christian shrine in the heart of Jesus' boyhood town--a ceremony that set off bitter recriminations between the Vatican and Israel. The Vatican said Israel, by allowing the mosque to be built, was "laying the foundation" for division. Israel hinted that the Holy See's protests were motivated in part by anti-Semitism.
July 19, 1995 |
Fifty years after the end of World War II--and the Holocaust--Germany has evolved from being a pariah to Jews to become the second-largest industrial-goods trading partner of Israel, the Jewish state. Israeli companies in 1994 sold $846 million worth of goods to Germany, from Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s generic drugs to ECI Telecommunications Ltd.'s equipment to phosphates mined from the Dead Sea by Israel Chemicals Ltd. In return, Israelis imported $2.