Israel

IDF forces filmed fleeing from Palestinians (again)

(JTA) — For a second time this month, Israeli media have shown videos of Israeli soldiers fleeing a Palestinian mob. The video released on Monday by the news site Ynet shows a platoon running from a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians near the West Bank settlement of Mitzpe Kedumim. Last week, Channel...
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Netanyahu: Meshal’s speech show’s enemy’s ‘true face’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal’s speech in Gaza calling for a “fight to free Palestine from the Zionist occupier” shows Israel “our enemies’ true face,” Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Yesterday we were re-exposed to our enemies’ true face,” Israel’s prime minister said at the start of the regular weekly...
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Palestinians appeal to Israel over controversial E1 construction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinians appealed to the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from making plans to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area outside of Jerusalem.

In a letter to the Security Council, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. secretary-general, the Palestinian representative to the United...
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Kadima crumbles, Labor emphasizes social issues and Likud dominates

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Two months ago, the strategy for victory was clear: To unseat Benjamin Netanyahu in elections on Jan. 22, Israel’s handful of center-left parties had to unite under one banner and choose a leader who could challenge the Israeli prime minister on issues of diplomacy...
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Emanuel blasts Netanyahu for ‘betraying’ Obama

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority. Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama’s chief of staff in his first term, delivered the assessment over...
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Obama administration pledges more funding for Iron Dome

ARLINGTON, VA. (JTA) — The Obama administration will seek additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile program in the wake of its successes in the most recent Israel-Hamas war. “This spring, we announced that we would provide $70 million in fiscal 2012 on top of the $205 million previously appropriated...
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Clinton raps Palestinians for missed opportunities, Israelis for lack of empathy

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Palestinians have missed multiple opportunities for peacemaking, but the Israelis have shown a lack of empathy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. “I think Israelis have good grounds to be suspicious” of Palestinians as a result of the stalled peace process, Clinton said last Friday...
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Netanyahu: Peace through negotiations, not declarations at U.N.

(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that the Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition “will not change a thing, and certainly won’t hasten the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

“Israel’s hand is perpetually extended toward peace, but no Palestinian state will exist without recognition of Israel as the state...
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Despite mounting criticism, Western Wall remains in haredi hands

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sitting in his office 20 feet above the Western Wall Plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is unperturbed by the simmering tensions below. For years, Israeli and American Jewish groups have agitated for greater religious freedom at the Wall, which currently allows for only Orthodox worship. Occasionally...
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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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