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Hezbollah Missiles Kill 2 Israeli Soldiers

Analysts warn major confrontation could lie ahead

(Newser) - The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area yesterday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war. The flare-up, which also left a UN peacekeeper dead, added to... More »

Israel's Netanyahu: I'll Warn About Iran 'Anywhere'

PM defends contentious planned visit to speak to Congress

(Newser) - Israel's premier says he will go "anywhere" he is invited to speak about the country's stance regarding Iran's nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments today come amid a public spat with the Obama administration over how to counter Iran and a contentious invitation from House of... More »

9 Stabbed on Tel Aviv Bus

Palestinian suspect shot, arrested

(Newser) - A Palestinian man stabbed nine people, wounding some of them seriously, on a bus in central Tel Aviv today before he was chased down, shot, and arrested, Israeli police say. A police spokesman says four people were seriously hurt and another five sustained lighter wounds in what he describes as... More »

Miss Universe Selfie Causes International Uproar

Miss Lebanon claims she was photobombed by Miss Israel

(Newser) - Politics haven't been left behind at this year's Miss Universe pageant, where a selfie taken by Miss Israel is becoming an international incident. After Doron Matalon posted the photo of herself with Miss Lebanon, Miss Slovenia, and Miss Japan on Instagram , Lebanese beauty queen Saly Greige faced calls... More »

'This Is Not How We Wanted to Welcome You to Israel'

4 victims of Paris terror attack buried in Jerusalem

(Newser) - "I am Charlie, I am Jewish, I am Israeli, I am French, I'm fed up." This was just one of the signs visible at a Jerusalem cemetery this morning as Israelis gathered to mourn four French Jews killed in last week's Paris terror attacks, the New ... More »

HarperCollins Map for Mideast Students Leaves Out Israel

Company to 'pulp' remaining copies amid outrage

(Newser) - A map from HarperCollins aimed at Middle East schools has been getting a lot of one-star reviews on Amazon , and it's not because the colors aren't pretty. The map, which HarperCollins says was "developed specifically for schools in the Middle East," doesn't mention the existence... More »

Palestinians May Pursue War Crimes Case Against Israel

Abbas agrees to join International Criminal Court

(Newser) - Stung by a resounding defeat in the UN Security Council, the Palestinians announced today that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. The move by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas set the stage for a diplomatic showdown with the United States and was likely to... More »

Rare Tiger Devours Own Cubs at Zoo

Hana seemed to be taking good care of her 2 little ones, Jerusalem zoo officials say

(Newser) - Everything had been going so well, staff at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo claim. Hana, a rare Sumatran tiger, had given birth to three cubs on Nov. 17, and though one hadn't made it long past the birth, the other two seemed to be thriving and bonding with their mother,... More »

King Herod's Hallway Linked to 'Horrible' Gangrene

Reviled ancient ruler was too sick to use palace, experts say

(Newser) - Archaeologists have uncovered a corridor into Herod the Great's ancient palace but say the infamous king never really put the hallway to use, NBC News reports. In fact he turned Herodium, roughly 7 miles south of Jerusalem, into a burial monument when he fell horribly ill. "Surprisingly, during... More »

Ancient Well Hints at Undiscovered Village

Well was submerged under 16 feet of water

(Newser) - Slumbering some 16 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean is a 7,500-year-old well that may contain something more than water. Maritime archaeologists excavating in Israel uncovered the site in October; it's been dated to the pre-pottery Neolithic period, according to a press release from Flinders University. The... More »

Cave Find Suggests When Humans Figured Out Fire

Researchers in Israel say it happened about 350K years ago

(Newser) - As early human milestones go, it's as big as they get: the "invention" of fire. Or more precisely, the mastering of fire. Now archaeologists studying an ancient cave in Israel say they've figured out when humans managed the feat: about 350,000 years ago, reports Science . Researchers... More »

Israel: US Christian Plotted to Blow Up Holy Sites

Texas man Adam Livix allegedly targeted Muslim sites

(Newser) - An American Christian who passed himself off as an ex-Navy SEAL faces charges in Israel of trying to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, Israeli authorities say. Israeli police and the Justice Ministry identified the man as Adam Everett Livix, 30, from Texas. Police say he faces drug charges... More »

Chance Photo Leads to Alleged 'Cave of Skulls' Looters

Thieves sought ancient scrolls for local market, officials say

(Newser) - Trying to steal a comb is one thing—looting a 2,000-year-old comb from an ancient cave is quite another. Israel says it has apprehended a gang of thieves doing the latter from a Judean cave in the same region as the caves that once housed the Dead Sea Scrolls,... More »

Syria: Israeli Airstrikes Just Hit Us

Israel says it won't comment on 'foreign reports'

(Newser) - Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes today near Damascus, one near the city's international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria's state news agency said. SANA called the attack "an aggression against Syria" and said there were no reports of casualties.... More »

Hamas Terror Plot Foiled: Israel

Kidnappings, car bombings, attacks on stadium and railways said to be planned

(Newser) - Car bombings, kidnappings, and attacks on railway stations and Jerusalem's Teddy soccer stadium were just some of the items on Hamas' checklist, according to Israeli officials who today say they foiled a major West Bank terror plot by the group, the AP reports. The Shin Bet security service confirms... More »

5th Victim Dies in Jerusalem Attack

It was like 'scenes from the Holocaust,' says one witness

(Newser) - One of the two police officers wounded while stopping this morning's brutal attack inside a Jerusalem synagogue has died of his injuries, reports CNN . That brings to five the number of people killed by two Palestinian cousins wielding axes, knives, and a gun. The previous four who died were... More »

3 Americans Killed in Israel Synagogue Rampage

Brit is dead, too; Israel will respond harshly, Netanyahu says

(Newser) - Two Palestinians armed with knives, axes, and guns stormed a Jerusalem synagogue today, killing four people before dying in a shootout with police, officials say. The dead included three dual US-Israeli citizens and one British-Israeli citizen, all of them rabbis, reports CNN . Israeli police called the incident a terrorist attack... More »

Sweden Nods to Palestinian State

And Israel is fuming about it

(Newser) - Sweden's new left-leaning government today recognized a Palestinian state—a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. As expected , the EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus,... More »

US Infant Dies in Israel 'Terror Attack'

Israeli police: Hamas member plowed into crowd at train station

(Newser) - A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem yesterday, killing a 3-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police are calling a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were US... More »

Home of Ancient Cult Found in Israel

Giant complex contains animal bones, face masks

(Newser) - Archeologists in Israel have discovered a 3,300-year-old complex where an ancient cult likely gathered, UPI reports. The complex, at a site known as Tel Burna, is made up of rooms surrounding a giant courtyard measuring 52 feet by 52 feet. It's not certain who the cult worshiped, but... More »

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