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December 20, 2013
Re “Group votes for a boycott,” Dec. 17 Russia invades Chechnya for the second Chechen war, causing up to 200,000 civilian casualties. After winning the war, it installs a repressive, corrupt government. Boycott? China takes over an entire country - Tibet - and floods it with ethnic Han and destroys a religion and culture. Boycott? After perusing a list of the world's dictatorships and even genocidal regimes, who do these “educators” decide to punish? The academics of a tiny, true democracy that just happens to be the only Jewish state on Earth.
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WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Rushdi Abu Alouf and Paul Richter
GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis. Leaders of the groups said they will form a unity government within five weeks, solicit a vote of confidence from the Palestinian parliament, then schedule elections in six months. "This is good news to tell our people: The era of division is over," Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas, declared at a news conference here.
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WORLD
November 14, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Retaliating for a recent barrage of rockets fired by Gaza Strip fighters, Israel on Wednesday killed a senior Hamas military commander as he traveled by car through Gaza City, the militant group said. Ahmed Jabari, the 52-year-old head of the Hamas military wing, and three other people in the vehicle were killed in the airstrike. Shortly after, Israeli forces also struck other targets in the seaside enclave. The attack marked the launch of a new Israeli military assault, dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, aimed at “defending the people of Israel who have been under rocket attack and crippling terrorist organizations' capabilities,” said Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitz.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations still deadlocked a week before their current round expires, negotiating teams met Tuesday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to discuss extending the troubled talks. Nine months of meetings between Israeli and Palestinian teams have yielded little agreement, and both sides' tough positions have stymied the effort to secure a framework for working toward a two-state solution to the conflict. The U.S.-mediated negotiations broke down last month over Israel's delay in releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners as promised.
WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
Wrapping up three days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged the officials to rise above the daily challenges and keep their eyes on the big picture. “We can achieve a permanent status agreement that results in two states for two peoples if we stay focused,” Kerry said before departing for Amman, Jordan, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. Kerry met twice separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - An Israeli man was killed and at least two people were injured Monday when civilian vehicles came under fire near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The incident could aggravate tension between Israelis and Palestinians that is  threatening to unravel peace negotiations. Israeli news media reported that at least three vehicles were carrying members of a family to a Passover holiday dinner when they came under fire. “Moments ago, fire was opened at a civilian Israeli vehicle travelling on route 35 near Hebron.
OPINION
September 15, 2010 | By Michael B. Oren
Imagine that you're a parent who sends her children off to school in the morning worrying whether their bus will become a target of suicide bombers. Imagine that, instead of going off to college, your children become soldiers at age 18, serve for three years and remain in the active reserves into their 40s. Imagine that you have fought in several wars, as have your parents and even your grandparents, that you've seen rockets raining down on your neighborhood and have lost close family and friends to terrorist attacks.
WORLD
June 15, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
With a sense of relief and a touch of anxiety, Israelis braced themselves Monday for another high-profile probe of their military's conduct. Relief stemmed from the hope that an Israeli-led commission, approved by the government Monday, will head off U.N. calls for an international inquiry into Israel's May 31 raid on an aid flotilla seeking to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the operation. Anxiety persists, however, because recent inquiries into the military have led to political shake-ups and painful soul-searching.
WORLD
February 12, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- As advance teams coordinate between Washington and Jerusalem over the agenda and itinerary of President Barack Obama's visit to Israel next month, politicians and media are full of speculation. Obama is coming to "save Israel from itself," according to one editorial , whose headline called the visit "better late than never. " One column suggested the visit was a "moment of truth" for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Other media reported the purpose of the visit was to guarantee "no surprises," such as an Israeli airstrike on Iran during U.S. efforts to negotiate.
WORLD
March 7, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON  -- President Obama, who will make his first visit to Israel as president later this month, will challenge Israelis to make greater personal sacrifices for peace with the Palestinians, the president told leaders of Jewish organizations at the White House on Thursday. Obama has insisted that he will not try to pressure Israeli leaders during the visit. But he intends to exhort average Israelis to do more to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal because it is in their own security interests, according to several people present.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a barrage of rockets launched at southern Israel from the seaside enclave earlier in the day, a military spokesman said. According to an army statement, seven rockets were fired from Gaza early Monday, in addition to an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli patrol. One rocket caused damage to civilian infrastructure in the Israeli town of Sderot but no injuries were reported. In response, Israel's air force targeted three sites in Gaza.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - An Israeli man was killed and at least two people were injured Monday when civilian vehicles came under fire near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The incident could aggravate tension between Israelis and Palestinians that is  threatening to unravel peace negotiations. Israeli news media reported that at least three vehicles were carrying members of a family to a Passover holiday dinner when they came under fire. “Moments ago, fire was opened at a civilian Israeli vehicle travelling on route 35 near Hebron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Aamera Jiwaji
An Israeli court has punished a Palestinian prisoner whose semen was smuggled from jail. Abdul Karim Rimawi was fined about $1,499 Thursday and deprived of family visits for two months, according to a statement by the Palestinian Prisoner Club Assn. The emailed statement read, "The punishment of Rimawi is the first such kind of punishment in the history of courts. " Rimawi, who has served 12 years of his 25-year sentence, helped smuggle his semen from jail two years ago. Eight months ago, his wife gave birth to a boy.  Clandestine in-vitro fertilization is viewed as the latest form of resistance by Palestinians.
OPINION
April 9, 2014 | By Steven L. Spiegel
There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues. Why the criticism? John F. Kerry has brought the peace process back into focus, he's dragged both sides into talks even though they were loath to make concessions, and he has altered the dialogue and perhaps even attained some concessions behind the scenes.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Tensions were high Tuesday following a clash between Jewish extremists and Israeli troops in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar that injured about a dozen people on both sides. The violence erupted overnight when security personnel entered Yitzhar, an ideological stronghold of Jewish settlers, to demolish several homes that were declared illegal by Israeli authorities. Settlers blocked the road with burning tires and showered rocks on security troops, who fired tear gas at the settlers.
OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "Jonathan Pollard's fate," Editorial, April 2 You argue that releasing Jonathan Pollard, the former intelligence worker who passed along secret information to Israel and was sentenced to life in prison, is a poor decision because it would set an "unseemly precedent. " You go on to argue that releasing Pollard would not have any real impact on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both claims fail to see the urgency of the situation. Releasing Pollard would actually provide concrete incentives to Israel's very right-wing government by rewarding it for concessions.
OPINION
November 22, 2012
Re "A failed strategy," Opinion, Nov. 20 Israel's military response to Gaza is not a failed strategy because it is not a strategy at all. It is a tactic, a tactic to get Hamas to stop lobbing rockets into Israel. There is no long-term strategy that will prove successful until Hamas decides it is no longer interested in destroying Israel. Daoud Kuttab makes sure to mention that Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes in 1948. He does not mention that they fled because of the coordinated attack by Palestinian militias and Israel's Arab neighbors on the then-much smaller Jewish homeland.
WORLD
April 21, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - As Israeli airline workers went on strike in protest, Israel's government approved an "open skies" agreement with the European Union that will give European carriers greater access to the lucrative Israeli tourism market. The government hailed the agreement as a breakthrough reform to liberalize the commercial flight market, boost incoming tourism and generate economic growth. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz congratulated the government.
WORLD
March 31, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Jerusalem on Monday evening to begin talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a bid to keep the troubled peace negotiations on track. The immediate obstacle Kerry seeks to overcome is a deadlock over Israel's delay in freeing about two dozen Palestinian prisoners to complete its promise last year to release 104 people jailed for crimes predating the 1990s Oslo peace accords. Palestinian officials expected the final release to be completed by the end of March, but by Monday night Israel had yet to set in motion the process, which usually takes 48 hours.
WORLD
March 30, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A delay in the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel is the latest disruption to the U.S.-brokered peace talks, with backstage efforts underway to break the impasse. When the negotiations resumed in July, Israel agreed to release 104 long-serving Palestinians in four stages throughout the talks. In exchange, the Palestinians agreed to refrain from seeking U.N. actions backing their position for the duration of the negotiations. Three groups of prisoners have been freed but Israel has yet to convene the relevant government committee to approve the final group slated for release at the end of March.
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