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Israel Buries Ariel Sharon

2 rockets fired from Gaza ahead of funeral

(Newser) - Israel has paid its final respects to divisive former leader Ariel Sharon, who died over the weekend after eight years in a coma. World leaders and Israeli officials gathered for a state memorial service in Jerusalem, which will be followed by a second funeral service at the Sharon family ranch... 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 »

Newest Arab Idol Is Palestinian Refugee

Politics takes center stage on a very different version of 'Idol'

(Newser) - For all the tears shed by American Idol contestants over their emotional "journeys" and "struggles," America's wannabes have nothing on the winner of this year's Arab Idol: 22-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, who grew up in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He had to... More »

Obama Brokers Apology From Israel to Turkey

Netanyahu admits 'mistakes' in fatal flotilla attack

(Newser) - President Obama today pulled a diplomatic victory out of his 3-day trip to Israel by brokering a detente between Israel and Turkey, Reuters reports. As Obama ended the visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan and apologized for "mistakes" made during the flotilla incident that... More »

Obama: Israel Settlements in West Bank Not Appropriate

Earlier, Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel during Obama visit

(Newser) - President Obama headed over to the West Bank today for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he blasted Israel's settlement activity as neither constructive or appropriate. At a news conference with Abbas, Obama said he's told Israel's leaders as much, the AP reports,... More »

No Let-Up in Gaza Fighting

Deaths on both sides as ceasefire proves elusive

(Newser) - Talk of a Gaza ceasefire beginning at midnight proved to be just talk as Israel pounded Gaza with more than a hundred airstrikes overnight and Palestinian rockets were fired toward Israel. Diplomats will resume talks today in an effort to bring an end to hostilities that have killed at least... More »

Israel: Ground Assault 'on Hold'

UN chief calls for immediate truce

(Newser) - President Obama dispatched Hillary Clinton to the Middle East as Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire continued for a seventh day, the AP reports. The secretary of state plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem before meeting Palestinian officials in the West Bank and... 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 »

Anderson Cooper Has Close Call in Gaza

Bomb explodes nearby while he reports live from conflict

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper almost became a news story himself while reporting live from Gaza City last night as Israeli airstrikes continued, Mediaite reports. While the CNN anchor was explaining the dire situation in local hospitals, he had to duck as a large blast happened nearby. "That was a rather large... More »

Ariel Sharon's Son: 'Flatten All of Gaza'

Jerusalem Post slammed for extremist op-ed

(Newser) - As Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire continue, the son of comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has sparked outrage with an extremist op-ed in the Jerusalem Post . Israel must step up its assault on Gaza without worrying about civilian casualties, Gilad Sharon writes, arguing that the... 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 »

Abbas Sparks Protests With Israel Comments

Seemingly innocuous remarks stir right of return passions

(Newser) - Protests broke out across the Gaza Strip this weekend, with angry Palestinians burning Mahmoud Abbas' picture in protest, as pundits and rival politicians denounced him as a traitor, all over what, to an outside observer, might sound like less-than-outrageous remarks. In a Friday interview on Israeli TV, Abbas was asked... More »

Qatar Emir Visits Gaza in Nod to Hamas

Palestinian government concerned over the visit

(Newser) - The emir of Qatar received a hero's welcome in Gaza today, becoming the first head of state to visit the Palestinian territory since Hamas seized control of the coastal strip five years ago. Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's visit gave Gaza's Hamas rulers an important diplomatic victory.... More »

Israel Downs Drone Near West Bank

Aircraft flew in from Mediterranean Sea near the Gaza Strip

(Newser) - Israel shot down an unwanted visitor this morning: a drone that flew in from the Mediterranean Sea, the Jerusalem Post reports. The Israeli military first noticed the aircraft near the Gaza Strip and followed it with air force jets as it moved about 35 miles east across the Negev desert,... 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's Gaza Strike Sets Off New Violence

Palestinians retaliate with nearly 100 rockets

(Newser) - Israel's killing of a militant commander in the Gaza Strip yesterday has led to renewed violence along the border. Palestinians have fired nearly 100 rockets into Israel, wounding at least one civilian seriously, while Israeli airstrikes have killed 14 militants, reports AP . Palestinians said 20 civilians have been injured.... More »

Gaza Militants OK Israel Cease-Fire

Egypt brokers deal to stop escalating violence

(Newser) - Gaza militants agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to stop spiking violence, a Hamas official said today, after a deadly attack across the Egyptian border on Israeli vehicles set off a three-day round of rapidly escalating Israeli airstrikes and rocket barrages from Gaza. The sudden flareup also threatened Israel-Egypt relations,... More »

Gaza Fires Rockets as Israeli Airstrikes Continue

Situation continues to escalate after deadly attacks

(Newser) - The situation continues to get uglier in Gaza and southern Israel: Gaza militants launched rockets into Israel this morning in the latest move following yesterday's coordinated attacks against Israelis. Israel had initially retaliated against those attacks, which killed eight, with an airstrike yesterday that killed five. Israel continued those... More »

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