January 24, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian man was killed and another injured Friday in the Gaza Strip when Israeli soldiers opened fire during a protest near the border with Israel, officials said. The shooting occurred after a group of Palestinians damaged a stretch of border fence and hurled rocks and rolled burning tires toward soldiers on the Israeli side, the Israeli military said in a statement. Palestinians in Gaza regularly hold demonstrations along the border, often after Friday prayers. According to the Israel Defense Forces statement, soldiers fired projectiles and warning shots in the air to disperse the crowd.
January 21, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- At a cafe in Jerusalem, Giora Shamis greeted the announcement that Iran has begun rolling back its nuclear program with a shake of his head. “I feel deep anxiety,” said Shamis, who runs a hawkish news analysis website. “I don't believe a word they say. Iran's influence is on the march and Israel's strategic position is shrinking. I ask myself now, 'Who is calling the shots in the Middle East?'” While much of the world watched with cautious optimism as an interim deal designed to limit Iran's enrichment of uranium went into effect Monday, the tone in Israel was one of resigned skepticism.
January 18, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Israeli airstrikes hit two Hamas training facilities in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after a rocket landed in Israeli territory, witnesses and security officials said. No injuries were reported. The Israeli military said it launched the attack after a rocket landed Saturday night in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, a town in the northwestern Negev desert that is a short distance from Gaza. Hamas, the military faction that controls Gaza, said on its website that two of its military camps “were destroyed by the Israeli warplanes.” The attacks come after a week of intensifying cross-border violence.
January 17, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- The foreign minister of Israel summoned the ambassadors of four European nations Friday to complain about what Israel sees as their countries' pro-Palestinian bias. The rebuke by Avigdor Lieberman came the day after those same European governments -- Britain, Italy, France and Spain -- called in the Israeli ambassadors to their countries to protest Israel's plans to build new settlements in territories that the Palestinians want...
January 14, 2014 |
Recently, Israel has been beset by a pair of controversies relating to its Arab minority: first, the proposal over whether to resettle Bedouin Arabs against their will in state-sponsored towns, and second, the renewed call by Israel's foreign minister to "transfer" Arab residents of northern Israel to a new state of Palestine should one be established. At issue here is not only the status of Israel's Arab population but the concept of citizenship in Israel. If threats to the status of Israeli citizenship continue unchecked, Israel's very democracy is imperiled.
January 13, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Under skies dotted with scattered clouds and a blimp, Israeli and international leaders attended the state memorial ceremony held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday. Draped in an Israeli flag and surrounded by wreaths, Sharon's casket lay on a raised black platform in the wide, paved plaza of the Knesset, where he served from 1973 as a lawmaker, Cabinet member and prime minister until felled by a stroke eight years ago. Israeli leaders, politicians and dignitaries in attendance, including Sharon's friends and adversaries, offered a snapshot of the country's political history.
January 12, 2014 |
Two American academic groups - the American Studies Assn. and the Assn. for Asian American Studies - have called for a boycott of Israeli universities. Those resolutions have met with many objections. Much has been made, for example, of the inherent hypocrisy of attempting to ostracize Israel for its treatment of Palestinians and their Israeli Arab cousins when there are so many far worse situations in the Middle East and around the world. But there is another objectionable element in the boycott movement: the abuse of language.
January 11, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- A state ceremony in memory of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will be held Monday at the parliament building in Jerusalem, officials announced. Services for Sharon, who died Saturday at 85 after being incapacitated for years by a stroke, are expected to draw dignitaries from around the world and thousands of admirers in Israel. All meetings scheduled for Knesset committees Sunday and Monday have been canceled, according to arrangements announced after the Ministerial Committee for Symbols and Ceremonies convened Saturday to discuss plans for the ceremony and funeral, along with representatives of the army, police, Foreign Ministry and the Sharon family.
January 11, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- The death of former Israeli prime minister and military leader Ariel Sharon was met with emotional responses Saturday in Israel and the Palestinian territories; in some quarters eliciting cries of sorrow, in others, tears of joy. “My dear friend, Arik Sharon, lost his final battle today,” eulogized President Shimon Peres, among the last surviving members of Israel's founding generation. He called Sharon a brave soldier and a daring leader and one of Israel's “most important architects.” Peres said Sharon knew no fear and “certainly never feared vision.” He knew to take difficult decisions and implement them, the president said.
January 9, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian protesters disrupted a citizens peace conference in Ramallah on Thursday, throwing stones at the meeting site until Palestinian Authority police were forced to intervene and usher the activists to safety. More than 20 Israelis and 30 Palestinians gathered in the City Inn hotel in the West Bank city for the first day of the Public Negotiating Congress, a grass-roots conference that brings citizens delegations from both sides together to negotiate an end to the decades-long conflict.