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Israeli Military: Protesting Vets Face 'Sharp' Discipline

Spokesperson decries actions of Unit 8200 vets

(Newser) - The 43 veterans of an elite Israeli intelligence unit who are refusing to serve, in protest of past treatment of Palestinians , are in hot water. They're being criticized by officials on both the right and the left, as well as hundreds of their colleagues, and the Israeli military yesterday... More »

Hamas: We Reached Open-Ended Ceasefire

Israel declines comment; Egypt to make announcement later today

(Newser) - Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the... More »

Gaza Blast Kills at Least 5, Including AP Journo

Palestinian translator, Gaza police also killed during bomb disarming

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after Gaza police tried to disarm a leftover bomb in Beit Lahiya this morning, reports the AP . Among the mortally wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health via the the New York Times : a Palestinian translator, three Gaza police officers, and 35-year-old AP... More »

UN Makes Midnight Demand: 'Immediate' Gaza Ceasefire

Prods Israel, Hamas for 'immediate, unconditional' truce

(Newser) - The UN Security Council emerged from a rare midnight emergency meeting demanding that Israel and Hamas implement "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza, reports the AP . The UN petition, which accompanied a relative lull at the start of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, followed pleas for peace from... More »

Israel: Gaza Mortars Blew Ceasefire After Just 2 Hours

Unclear whether there's a deal for new truce tomorrow

(Newser) - A five-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians ended as scheduled this morning, and Hamas marked the occasion by lobbing another round of rockets at Israel, the Israeli military tells the AP . The rockets landed in the city of Ashkelon at precisely 3pm local time, the hour the ceasefire was... More »

Under Rocket Fire, Israel Calls Up Reservists

Eight Palestinian militants have died in latest Israeli strikes

(Newser) - Militants in the Gaza Strip unleashed dozens of rockets on southern Israel late today, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors as the military rushed more forces to the border and warned that even heavier fighting looked likely. The latest violence came... More »

Archaeologist: Here's King David's Citadel

Reports fuel Israel-Palestine controversy

(Newser) - An Israeli archaeologist says he's discovered a citadel once captured by the Biblical King David, fueling controversy over his methods and the Israel-Palestine divide. "The whole site we can compare to the Bible perfectly," Eli Shukron says of the find, which emerged in a dig that started... More »

'Furious' Israel Yanks Peace Talks

Move follows Hamas, Fatah decision to reunite

(Newser) - The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to yesterday's unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions, abruptly ending the nine-month peace initiative brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry. The negotiating period had been set to end next Tuesday, though both... More »

Attorney: US Banking Aids Suicide Bombers

Gary Osen's lawsuit against the Arab Bank is making headway

(Newser) - A civil lawsuit is inching forward against the Jordan-based Arab Bank for allegedly facilitating payments to the families of suicide bombers—but there's also a US connection to the scheme, writes Adam Penenberg at Pando Daily . New York attorney Gary Osen, who filed the suit 10 years ago, says... More »

Palestine: No Peace Talks After Fatal West Bank Clash

Israeli soldiers killed 3 Palestinians outside Jerusalem

(Newser) - A Palestinian official says planned peace talks with the Israelis scheduled for today have been called off following a deadly clash in the West Bank, in which Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians during clashes outside Jerusalem. The official says the Palestinians decided to postpone today's meeting to protest the... More »

Israel Approves New West Bank Settlement

Green light for construction comes after UN recognition of Palestine

(Newser) - Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, drawing swift criticism from the Palestinians a day after their successful UN recognition bid. The Palestinians strongly condemned the announcement and repeated their refusal to start peace negotiations while building continued. With... More »

Israel: We've Arrested Tel Aviv Bus Bomber

Army spokesperson says he's an Israeli Arab who belongs to Hamas

(Newser) - Israel's army spokeswoman says an Israeli Arab who is a member of Hamas has been arrested for yesterday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv. The bombing injured 27 people near Israel's military headquarters and threatened to scuttle efforts to broker a ceasefire to end fighting between Israel and... More »

West Bank Protests Show Support for Hamas, Not Abbas

34 killed in Gaza; Israel considers latest ceasefire offer

(Newser) - Daily demonstrations in the West Bank show increasing support for Hamas and appear to undermine the more moderate power of the Palestinian Authority, the New York Times reports. "Strike a blow on Tel Aviv!" declared a pop song playing from stores during a protest today. "Don’t... More »

Israel Getting 'Free Pass'

But media fail to see the truth: Richard Falk

(Newser) - As violence rages between Israel and Gaza, Western media are being profoundly unfair to Palestinians, writes Richard Falk in al-Jazeera . As evidence, he offers up this New York Times front page headline: "Rockets Target Jerusalem; Israel Girds for Gaza Invasion." That and other depictions portray Hamas as the... More »

23 Children Killed in Israel-Gaza Violence

Turkish PM calls Israel 'a terrorist state'

(Newser) - Violence between Israel and Gaza continued for a sixth day today, with more children dead as Israel continues to target homes of suspected militants . NBC News reports that 23 children have now been killed in Gaza; at least 95 people have been killed there in total. Turkey's prime minister... More »

Israeli Airstrike Kills 10 Civilians in Gaza City

Including 4 small children, medical officials say

(Newser) - An Israeli missile flattened a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of Gaza City today, killing at least 10 civilians, medical officials say, as Israel expanded its targets of its offensive to target homes of wanted militants. The attack, the single deadliest incident of the five-day-old Israeli operation, was likely... More »

Obama: Israel Has Right to Fire Back at Gaza

As Netanyahu warns of possible 'expansion' in Gaza assault

(Newser) - President Obama, who started a three-day Asia tour today , took time at a news conference in Bangkok today to address the Israel-Gaza conflict, the AP reports. "No country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people, he said, and Israel does have the right to defend itself... More »

Hezbollah: That Was Our Drone Over Israel

Group's leader says parts came from Iran

(Newser) - Hezbollah confirmed today what many Mideast observers already guessed: It sent up the spy drone over Israel that was shot down last weekend, and it got help in doing so from Iran, reports the BBC . The unmanned craft may have been destroyed by Israeli jets, but Hezbollah's leader boasted... More »

US Activist's Death in Israel Ruled 'Accidental'

Rachel Corrie's mom calls it 'a bad day for human rights'

(Newser) - Craig and Cindy Corrie were in Israel today to hear the verdict in the death of their daughter, Rachel, and a civil court ruled that it was accidental. Cindy Corrie called it "a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law, and also for the... More »

Israel Busts 3 Kids in Attack on Palestinian Taxi

Youths all aged 12, 13

(Newser) - Israeli authorities yesterday arrested three children, all just 12 to 13 years old, who are suspected of fire-bombing a Palestinian taxi on Aug. 16. A Palestinian family was inside, including two children, and the taxi burst into flames and then flipped. Six people were injured, two of them seriously, the... More »

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