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November 15, 2012 | By Batsheva Sobelman, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JERUSALEM -- Nonstop barrages of rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip killed three Israelis on Thursday as their nation's forces continued to target militants in the coastal area for the second day. Since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense to suppress rocket fire from the coastal strip, 220 more projectiles have been fired from Gaza into Israel. On Thursday morning, one hit a residential building in the town of Kiryat Malachi, tearing through two adjacent apartments on the fourth floor, killing a couple in one unit and a young woman in the other.
September 3, 2010 | By Yossi Klein Halevi
"The peace process is back," my friend said with bitter sarcasm, after four Israelis were killed in a terror attack just before Palestinian-Israeli negotiations got underway this week. The irony may have been lost on outsiders but not on Israelis. The Oslo peace process of the 1990s was accompanied by waves of attacks by Hamas jihadists, which Israelis believe were tacitly orchestrated by their negotiating partner at the time, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Then, in September 2000, just as Israel accepted a Palestinian state and the re-division of Jerusalem, Arafat responded by launching a four-year terror war. But there is one crucial difference between this week's deadly terrorism and the terror assaults of those years.
June 16, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Israeli army demolished three houses today and sealed three others belonging to residents of the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, including those of Islamic Resistance Movement members allegedly involved in the murder of a suspected Palestinian collaborator.
June 4, 2001
Having just visited Palestine in April, I concur with all that Mustafa Barghouthi relates in his May 31 commentary, "Palestinians Won't Be Forced Out Again." There are 29 refugee camps in Israel where Palestinians live, 11,000 people in one square kilometer of land. The Jewish settlements are beautiful communities with green grass and swimming pools. The refugee camps have no grass and not enough water. They keep the keys to their homes and deeds to their land but are not allowed to even visit them.
May 31, 2004
I almost never like Michael Ramirez's political cartoons, but I always read them -- at least I can get the little adrenaline charge that I get from reading most neocon blather. But Ramirez's May 27 cartoon (Commentary), in which a Palestinian family wearing "Kill Jews" T-shirts are standing in the rubble of their home saying "Why?" looks to be intended to stir up racism and to justify further violence. Though Israelis have a legitimate concern for security, they cannot claim that the majority of people they are casting into homeless misery are guilty of anything.
April 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli warplanes fired three missiles into the Gaza Strip compound of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in response to Palestinian rocket fire, the first such Israeli attack since the militant group Hamas took power last week. The attack did not appear aimed at Abbas. The site was scarcely occupied, and the Israeli army gave no explanation for hitting the security compound of the moderate leader, who was in the West Bank at the time.
October 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An opera by Richard Wagner -- whose music and anti-Semitic writings influenced Adolf Hitler -- will be performed by an orchestra made up of Israeli and Arab musicians and conducted by a Jew at an open-air theater built by the Nazis.
September 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Israelis celebrated the start of the Jewish New Year on Wednesday, with rabbis blowing the traditional ram's horn.
November 23, 2012 | By Chuck Freilich
Israelis cynically refer to the repeated rounds of violence with the Arabs as "happiness," as in "it's happy today. " Before the cease-fire, as Hamas fired 1,000 rockets at Israel, it was indeed very "happy. " A diplomatic push put an end to the fighting, with intensive mediation efforts by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. If the truce holds, happiness will be behind us, for now. It is standard diplomatic practice to view crises as an opportunity to seek fundamental change in the situation.
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