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Hamas Executes 18 Accused Spies

Move follows deaths of 3 commanders in Israeli airstrikes

(Newser) - Hamas has executed as many as 18 Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel after airstrikes killed three top commanders in Gaza yesterday, the BBC and the Los Angeles Times report. A Gaza radio station first reported that 11 were executed at an abandoned police station; two of those were women,... More »

Netanyahu Warns Hamas of 'Intolerable' Consequences

But Israeli TV reports troop drawdown

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister has warned Hamas that it will "pay an intolerable price" if it continues to fire rockets at Israel and that Israeli troops will operate as long as necessary to restore calm for Israeli citizens. Benjamin Netanyahu also suggested in televised remarks today that the Israeli... More »

Israel: We Will Destroy Tunnels

As Netanyahu calls up 16K more reservists in 24-day-old conflict

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu today vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnels at all costs, even as Israel called up an additional 16,000 reservists—bringing the total so far to 86,000 troops. "We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," he said of the tunnels' destruction,... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire

President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas... More »

Netanyahu: Hamas Called Truce, Yet Firing 'as We Speak'

Israel facing 'very ruthless terrorist enemy'

(Newser) - That hours-old ceasefire Hamas didn't want and then suddenly did ? It's violating it already, Benjamin Netanyahu tells CNN this morning. Hamas is "continuing to fire at us as we speak," the Israeli PM told Candy Crowley, adding that "Hamas is simply continuing all its... More »

Amid Flight Ban, Kerry Lands in Israel

White House rejects request to drop FAA ban

(Newser) - As Israel continued to pound Gaza, John Kerry arrived for cease-fire talks today, landing in Tel Aviv despite the FAA's 24-hour ban on US flights to Israel . The secretary of state, whose Air Force flight was not affected by the commercial ban brought in after a rocket hit a... More »

Israel Suffers First Casualty Since Assault Began

Palestinian death toll has now hit 194

(Newser) - An Israeli man was hit with a mortar and killed near the Gaza border today, making him the first Israeli to die in a lopsided conflict that has seen nearly 200 Palestinians killed. The man was delivering food to soldiers when the mortar struck, a police spokesman tells the AP... More »

Netanyahu: 'Hamas Will Pay' for Dead Teens

Boys were found in a pit near West Bank town

(Newser) - The three Israeli teenage boys missing since earlier this month have been found dead, according to the army and Israeli press reports, and CNN reports that PM Benjamin Netanyahu is swiftly responding by calling an emergency cabinet meeting. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," Netanyahu said in... More »

3 Teens Were Kidnapped by Terrorists: Netanyahu

Missing group includes one US citizen

(Newser) - Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed last night that three teenage boys, one of whom has dual Israeli-American citizenship , have been kidnapped by terrorists after disappearing Thursday night in the West Bank. "Our boys were kidnapped by a terrorist organization. Plain and simple, there’s no doubt about it,... More »

What Language Did Jesus Speak?

Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu disagree

(Newser) - This week saw a small disagreement between Pope Francis and Israel's prime minister. When the two met publicly in Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu told the pope that "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew." Francis corrected him, Reuters reports: "Aramaic." Netanyahu's response: "... More »

Abbas, Peres Accept Francis' Invite to Pray

Pope makes a breakthrough in visit to Bethlehem

(Newser) - The offices of the Israeli and Palestinian presidents are confirming that they have accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to visit the Vatican together next month. At the end of an open-air Mass in the biblical town of Bethlehem today, Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican... More »

No. of Cops Guarding Pope This Weekend: 8K

That figure puts him even with President Obama

(Newser) - When President Obama last visited Israel, he was accompanied by a rather large police presence—about 8,000 officers. Pope Francis will get the same treatment in the country this weekend , NBC News reports. Already, "all sorts of extreme elements" are seeking to "create pressure and the impression... More »

Netanyahu: Ditch Your Smartphone and Live a Little

Israel PM complains that people are 'slaves' to their gadgets

(Newser) - Introducing Benjamin Netanyahu, social media critic. In off-the-cuff banter before an interview session, the Israeli prime minister complained about how the digital age has made us all (except him) "slaves" to their gadgets, reports the Times of Israel and Haaretz . Some excerpts:
  • Netanyahu: "I don't get this
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Netanyahu, Abbas Go New Round on Hamas, Holocaust

Bibi wants Palestinians to dump Hamas yesterday

(Newser) - As Israel today marks its annual Holocaust commemoration, the AP notes that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare statement proclaiming that "what happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era" and expressing his "sympathy... More »

Merkel 'Hitler' Photo in Israel Is a Sensation

Netanyahu casts an unfortunate shadow on German leader

(Newser) - Photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post wins craziest-photo-of-the-day honors, and it might be tough to beat him in all of 2014. He captured Benjamin Netanyahu casting a shadow on German leader Angela Merkel's face that looks for all the world like a Hitler mustache, reports Mediaite . The... More »

As Sharon Lies in State, Israel Bids a Tricky Farewell

Public, political rivals pay respects ahead of funeral tomorrow

(Newser) - Israelis are filing through the Knesset Plaza today to pay their respects to Ariel Sharon, who died yesterday after being in a coma since 2005, as the former prime minister's coffin lies in state today ahead of a military funeral tomorrow. "My heart is broken. Israel lost the... More »

Israel Frees Palestinians in US-Brokered Deal

PM Netanyahu takes heat from political right and left alike

(Newser) - Israel has released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis as part of a US-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks. After departing on buses from Israeli jails overnight, the prisoners received hero's welcomes upon their return to the West Bank and Gaza with... More »

Child Reportedly Killed in Israeli Strike on Gaza

Strike launched in retaliation for sniper killing

(Newser) - Israel launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip today, in retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli working on the border fence, the Israeli military said, according to the AP . The military gave no hint as to its target or how many casualties it may have inflicted, but Hamas security... More »

It's Israel's Turn to Be Ticked at the NSA

Latest Snowden reveal 'not acceptable'

(Newser) - Slide over Germany , Brazil , and France , there's a new member in the Angry NSA Targets club: Israel. Several Israeli officials have lashed out at the US, report CNN and the AP , following new leaks Friday that the NSA had spied on four Israeli offices—including the prime minister's.... More »

Pope Mentions Sex Abuse for First Time

He also meets with Netanyahu

(Newser) - Pope Francis made direct mention of the Catholic Church's problems with sexual abuse today, asking bishops from the Netherlands to "continue supporting" victims "on their painful path to healing." It's the first time he's publicly addressed the issue, according to the National Catholic Reporter... More »

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