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After Botched Israeli Raid, a 'Serious Escalation'

Gaza militants fired off dozens of rockets, leaving one man dead, at least 20 injured

(Newser) - Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel early Tuesday, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warning they'd escalate their attacks if Israel continues bombing targets in the Gaza Strip. The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into... More »

Trump Shares His Preference: 'I Like the 2-State Solution'

President wades into Middle East politics at the UN

(Newser) - President Trump waded into thorny Middle East politics while at the United Nations on Wednesday, endorsing the two-state solution to bring an end to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, while poised to denounce the dangers posed by Iran. Trump, a day after being greeted with laughter by... More »

Trump Cuts More Than $200M in Aid to Palestinians

Money will be redirected to 'high priority projects elsewhere'

(Newser) - The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, the State Department said Friday. The department notified Congress of the decision in a brief, three-paragraph notice sent first... More »

Palestinians Are Sorting Through 8 Years of Mail

Israel has apparently withheld delivery since 2010

(Newser) - Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel, the AP reports. In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with letters, boxes, and even a wheelchair.... More »

Israel Launches Scores of Airstrikes on Gaza

Army says 150 rockets, mortars fired at Israel

(Newser) - Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into Thursday morning. At least three Palestinians died—a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter, and a Hamas militant, according to... More »

Israel Launches Widest Gaza Daytime Attack in 4 Years

Says it's retaliating against Hamas rocket attacks

(Newser) - The Israeli military carried out its largest daytime airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel, threatening to spark a wider conflagration after weeks of tensions along the volatile border, the AP reports. No casualties or major damage was reported... More »

Israel, Gaza Trading Heavy Fire

Militants are shooting rockets, mortar shells as Israel responds with airstrikes

(Newser) - Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. The Israeli military said most of the projectiles were intercepted, but three soldiers were wounded,... More »

Israel, White House Defend Killing of Gaza Protesters

UN office says Israel's use of live ammo unjustified

(Newser) - The death toll from what Israel's critics are calling a massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza hit 59 overnight with the death of a baby from tear gas inhalation, according to Palestinian authorities. The Palestinian Health Authority in Gaza says seven children under 18 were among the dozens of... More »

More Than 50 Dead as US Opens Embassy

Violence continues in Israel

(Newser) - The US formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, and the historic move triggered a new wave of violence. At least 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops as they demonstrated near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, reports the AP . The Washington Post reports that... More »

Israel Plans Greater Response if Gaza Clashes Go On

15 Palestinians are dead

(Newser) - Israel will target militant groups inside Gaza if violence along the territory's border with Israel drags on, the chief military spokesman warned on Saturday, a day after 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the area's deadliest violence in four years, the AP reports. The violence significantly... More »

Deadliest Day in Gaza Since Autumn: 12 Dead, 1K Hurt

It started with the pre-dawn death of a farmer before Palestinian sit-ins

(Newser) - The Palestinian Health Ministry says the death toll in Gaza has risen to 12, with 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire along the border with Israel and a farmer killed by pre-dawn tank fire in a separate incident. In the deadliest day in Gaza since last fall, the ministry... More »

Palestinians Stage Mass Sit-Ins Along Border

Israel tank fire kills man before Friday protests

(Newser) - A Palestinian farmer was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip early on Friday, hours before Palestinians were to stage mass sit-ins along the border with Israel, a health official and a witness said. Ahead of the protests, called for by Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, Israel'... More »

1 Dead After Palestinian Boat Sails Beyond Fishing Zone

Israeli navy fired on boat

(Newser) - The Israeli military says it has opened fire on a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, killing one man who was on board, the AP reports. The military says the boat sailed beyond an Israeli-imposed designated fishing zone, ignoring verbal warnings and warning shots. It says naval forces then opened... More »

Jordan to VP Pence: 'Rebuild Trust' After Jerusalem Pivot

Jordan's King Abdullah hopes for renewed confidence in a two-state solution

(Newser) - Jordan's king appealed Sunday to Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Pence tried to reassure King Abdullah that the... More »

Abbas to Trump: 'May Your House Be Demolished'

He slams Trump's 'slap of the century'

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid into President Trump, among others, in a two-hour speech Monday, saying he rejects Trump's attempt for a Middle East peace "deal of the century"—and he hopes the president's house is demolished. Abbas, addressing the Palestinian Central Council, said he had... More »

Trump on Palestinian Authority: US Gets 'No Respect'

President threatens to cut off aid

(Newser) - Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Trump appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority Tuesday, asking why the US should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to... More »

Another Jerusalem Move Is Blasted by Palestinians

Law makes it tougher to cede any part of the city

(Newser) - Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been high since President Trump's Dec. 6 decision on Jerusalem , and the new year isn't bringing calming overtures. Israel's parliament on Tuesday voted to stipulate that a supermajority—80 of the Knesset's 120 votes—would have to vote in favor of any proposal... More »

Israel Charges 16-Year-Old Filmed Slapping Soldier

Palestinian girl's father says it's a 'political trial'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl hailed as a hero by Palestinians for slapping and pushing Israeli soldiers was indicted Monday on 12 charges, including aggravated assault. In a Dec. 15 video that went viral, Ahed Tamimi; her mother, Nariman Tamimi; and 21-year-old cousin Nur Tamimi confronted the soldiers outside their family home... More »

Jerusalem Decision Triggers 'Day of Rage'

At least one dead in protests over Trump's decision to recognize city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Palestinians angry over President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital clashed with Israeli troops at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, resulting in at least one death, reports the AP . One Palestinian was killed in skirmishes between protesters and Israeli troops along the... More »

After Trump's Israel Move, a Call for an Uprising

Meanwhile, US allies are speaking out

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a "war declaration against Palestinians" who should rise up, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said in a speech Thursday. Though Palestinian forces announced three "days of rage" beginning Wednesday, during which Palestinians are to protest at Israeli... More »

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