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Israel

As Barak leaves politics, questions remain about his legacy, future

By BEN SALES

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?

Barak’s announcement of his retirement from politics on Monday raised more questions than answers, both about what his departure means...

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 organization would continue to stockpile arms although it was prohibited under the agreement brokered last week by Egypt.

“Honoring the...

Israel Police arrest Israeli-Arab, Palestinians for bus bomb

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) 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, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) apprehended the suspects Wednesday night in what was a joint operation with the Israel...

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 cease-fire had gone into effect on Wednesday (1 p.m. Central Standard Time) — Israel’s Channel 1 reported. At 9:28 p.m.,...

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.  Then they realized that the bus had been bombed.

“The bus stopped, there was an explosion and everything was black,”...

Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terrorist attack

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 the central army base called the Kirya. The injured were taken to Ichilov hospital.

Police said they believe a bomb...

Israeli soldier and civilian killed in latest rocket attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli soldier and an Israeli civilian were killed in separate rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Cpl. Yosef Partuk, 18, of the West Bank town of Emanuel, was killed by a rocket that landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, in southern Israel, on Tuesday afternoon.

In a separate rocket attack in the same area, an Israeli civilian was killed, another was seriously injured and 15 soldiers...

Under fire: Tel Avivis don’t let rockets burst their bubble

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – The siren had sounded, the rocket had struck and Tel Aviv’s cafes were still full. It had been 21 years since Tel Avivis last heard the pulsating blare foretelling an imminent explosion in their city, when Saddam Hussein fired Scud missiles at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.

When the first boom of the latest conflict with Hamas sounded in the Tel Aviv...

Iron Dome system registers 85 percent interception rate

(JNS.org) With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has saved an untold number of lives thanks to Israeli technological ingenuity and U.S. support. According to the figures from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), since Operation Pillar of Defense began Nov. 14, the Iron Dome system has intercepted some 300 rockets, with an 85-percent interception success rate.

“The system works incredibly well, even beyond...

Dog saves owner in rocket attack on Ashkelon

By ANAV SILVERMAN

(TAZPIT NEWS AGENCY) – The coastal city of Ashkelon, with a population of 130,000 people, suffered several rocket attacks on Sunday. In one attack a rocket slammed into a four-story building, penetrating through the roof of the stairwell, and continuing on, leaving a large gaping hole in the floor of one apartment, and in the ceiling of the apartment below. Two people sustained injuries from the attack...