Gazan breached border fence for moshav attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Gaza Palestinian who stabbed a woman in an Israeli farming town near the Egyptian border had breached an unguarded border fence. The attacker entered the Sde Avraham home of Yael Raam-Matzpun early Monday morning. Raam-Matzpun managed to send her four children to safety and fight off the...
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Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. status

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state. The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel community. The...
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Tzipi Livni forms new political party

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tzipi Livni, the former opposition leader, has reentered Israeli politics at the head of a new left-of-center political party. Livni, ex-head of the Kadima Party, said Monday that she would lead a new party called Hatnua, or The Movement.

“I’m here to fight for Israel, not against...
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In Cairo, Israel, Hamas iron out cease-fire details

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Negotiators for Israel and Hamas are holding separate talks with Egyptian mediators to iron out the details of last week’s cease-fire. The talks began Monday in Cairo. The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect last week, ending eight days of Israel’s Operation...
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As Barak leaves politics, questions remain about his legacy, future


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Is Ehud Barak a calculating political survivor or a military man who, in his own words, “never had any special desire” for political life? Will he be remembered as a warrior or as a seeker of peace? And what will he do next?

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Gaza imam’s edict: violating cease-fire would be a sin

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Muslim imam in Gaza has issued a religious edict, or fatwa, that says it is a sin to violate the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Suleiman al-Daya issued the fatwa on Saturday night, according to Haaretz, after a top Hamas official said the terrorist...
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Israel Police arrest Israeli-Arab, Palestinians for bus bomb

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to An Israeli-Arab from Taybeh and several other Palestinians from the West Bank were arrested on Wednesday for their alleged role in the Tel Aviv bus bombing that wounded 28 people on Wednesday afternoon. After a manhunt lasting several hours that caused major disruptions across the country,...
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Missles fired after cease-fire begins; tenuous truce holds

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Minutes after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, five rockets were fired from Gaza at Beersheva and Israel struck the Gaza home of a top Islamic leader. One of the long-range Grad rockets struck a home  at 9:05 p.m. — five minutes after the...
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Bomb victims recount terror on Tel Aviv bus

TEL AVIV (JTA) – They all thought it was a missile at first. In the split second between the sudden explosion and the smoke that enveloped their bodies and faces, they figured that a Hamas rocket, after a week of strikes and misses, had hit the center of Tel Aviv. ...
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Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terrorist attack

Israeli police and rescue personnel working at the scene of a bus bombing in Tel Aviv, Nov. 21, 2012. (Roni Schutzer/ Flash90/JTA)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack. At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday’s blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital. The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near...
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