Israel and Palestinians

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Palestinians Cancel Deal for Vaccine From Israel

Doses were nearing expiration, officials say

(Newser) - The Palestinian Authority called off an agreement for Israel to transfer 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to it in exchange for a similar number later this year, hours after the deal was announced on Friday. The Palestinians said the doses, which Israel began shipping to the occupied West Bank,...

After Incendiary Balloons Launched, Israel Breaks Ceasefire

The balloons, in turn, were launched from Gaza in response to an Israeli march

(Newser) - Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the first such raids since a shaky cease-fire ended the war with Hamas last month, the AP reports. The airstrikes targeted facilities used by Hamas militants for meetings to plan attacks, the Israeli...

Blinken Says US Will Reopen Jerusalem Consulate

Secretary of State makes first official visit to the region

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday announced plans to reopen a key diplomatic outreach office to the Palestinians and pledged nearly $40 million in new aid—reversing key policies of the Trump administration as he moved to bolster the embattled Palestinian government in the West Bank. On his first...

For Biden, This Could Be a 'Kissinger Moment'
For Biden,
This Could Be
a 'Kissinger
Moment'


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For Biden, This Could Be a 'Kissinger Moment'

Thomas Friedman sees at least the possibility to forge Mideast peace

(Newser) - New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a new piece with a provocative headline: "How Joe Biden Can Win a Nobel Peace Prize." It involves two words that have long vexed US presidents: Mideast peace. Friedman voices plenty of skepticism about the prospects of negotiating a lasting...

White House Making Biggest In-Person Push Yet on Mideast

Secretary of State Blinken is heading to the region

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to the Middle East to press the Israelis, Palestinians, and regional players to build on last week’s Gaza ceasefire by laying the groundwork for an eventual resumption in long-stalled peace talks, per the AP . President Biden announced Blinken would depart on Monday...

Hamas Fighters Parade in Gaza
Armed Fighters
March in Gaza


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Armed Fighters March in Gaza

Hamas' display of strength contrasts with weakened Palestinian Authority

(Newser) - Hundreds of masked Hamas fighters brandishing assault rifles paraded in Gaza City on Saturday in a defiant show of strength after the militants' 11-day war with Israel. Wearing military camouflage, the fighters walked past the mourning tent for Bassem Issa, a senior commander killed in the fighting. The top Hamas...

He Was Walking to a Pro-Israel Rally. Then, '4 Terrifying Minutes'

Jewish man beaten by mob in NYC's Times Square: 'I could have died'

(Newser) - A Jewish man headed toward a pro-Israel rally over the current conflict in the Gaza Strip was beaten by a mob in New York City's Times Square earlier this week, with the relentless attack continuing for what the New York Daily News describes as "four terrifying minutes."...

With Cease-Fire, Biden to Stick With 'Quiet Diplomacy'

Aides say administration officials have been on the phone to other leaders 80 times

(Newser) - President Biden has said little to the nation about the Israeli-Palestinian fighting, and he's heard about that, from people who wanted him to do or say more. With the cease-fire announced Thursday, Biden stepped to the White House microphone to praise everyone involved and to offer assurances that he'...

Israeli Cabinet Approves Cease-Fire
Israel's Netanyahu
Announces Cease-Fire
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Israel's Netanyahu Announces Cease-Fire

Hamas calls the development a victory

(Newser) - Israel on Thursday announced a cease-fire in the bruising 11-day war against Hamas militants that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip and brought life in much of Israel to a standstill, per the AP . Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the cease-fire after a late-night meeting of...

Israel Is Trying to Assassinate a Man It Just Can't Kill

There have been at least 8 attempts on Mohammed Deif's life over the years

(Newser) - The conflict between Israel and Hamas has now hit day 10, and there have been four calls between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in that time. CNN describes the latest as "a signal that Biden is losing patience" with a leader he has known for some...

US Shoots Down UN Statement Condemning Violence in Gaza

The only country on the Security Council to do so

(Newser) - The UN Security Council was considering a statement condemning the violence in Gaza, which has left hundreds of Palestinians dead including dozens of women and children, and calling for a ceasefire—but the US blocked it Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Al Jazeera , that's the third...

As Gaza Death Toll Rises, Biden Supports Cease-Fire

Israel launched another wave of airstrikes Monday

(Newser) - The Israeli military unleashed another heavy wave of airstrikes Monday on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. International diplomacy to end the weeklong war that has killed hundreds appeared to make little headway. Israel has said it will press on for...

Attacks Intensify as Security Council Meets
Attacks on Gaza Kill 42
in Deadliest Day Yet
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Attacks on Gaza Kill 42 in Deadliest Day Yet

Air war intensifies as security council meets

(Newser) - Sunday became the deadliest day in the week of Israeli-Palestinian fighting so far, with Israel striking residences in Gaza City and Hamas firing more than 100 rockets across the border. The Israeli airstrikes targeted several homes on a main road leading to Shifa Hospital, the Washington Post reports. Gaza's...

Pope: Deaths of Children in Fighting Is 'Unacceptable'

Francis urges Israelis, Palestinians to break cycle of revenge

(Newser) - Focusing on the deaths of children, Pope Francis on Sunday urged an end to the Israeli-Palestinian fighting. "Many innocent people have died, amongst them there are also children," the pope said Sunday. "This is terrible. Unacceptable. Their death is a sign that (people) don't want to...

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Building Housing Associated Press

'We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life,' says news organization's president

(Newser) - An Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of the Associated Press and other media outlets. AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building after the military telephoned a warning that the strike was imminent within an hour. Three heavy...

Amid Deadly Israeli Airstrike, Fears of an 'Intifada'

10 family members, including 8 children, die in Gaza City, raising concerns of Palestinian uprising

(Newser) - An Israeli air raid in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, early Saturday in the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week. Both sides pressed for an advantage as ceasefire efforts gathered strength. The latest outburst of violence...

It's 'Worst Fighting Since the 2014 Gaza War'
Fears Rise of a
4th War Between
Israel, Hamas
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Fears Rise of a 4th War Between Israel, Hamas

The airstrikes continued Wednesday

(Newser) - If you're wondering what exactly is happening between Israelis and Palestinians , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sums it up plainly: "We are in the midst of a significant operation." The AP describes it as the "worst fighting since the 2014 Gaza war," with CNN describing...

Israeli-Palestinian Fighting Is Only Getting Worse

Both sides launching strikes as Egypt tries to broker a cease-fire

(Newser) - A confrontation between Israel and Hamas sparked by weeks of tensions in Jerusalem escalated Tuesday. Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza, killing a number of militants and civilians, while militants barraged southern Israel with hundreds of rockets, killing two Israelis, per the AP . The barrage of rockets leaving Gaza and...

Hamas Fires Rockets After Mosque Clashes

'This is a message the enemy has to understand well,' spokesman says

(Newser) - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets toward Jerusalem on Monday, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city, after hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli police at a flashpoint religious site in the contested holy city. The early-evening attack drastically escalated what already are heightened...

Jerusalem at 'Brink of Eruption' After Latest Clash Hurts Hundreds

Medics say at least 153 were hospitalized after Israeli police confronted Palestinian protesters

(Newser) - Israeli police firing tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated bullets clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site on Monday, the latest in a series of confrontations pushing the contested city to the brink of eruption. More than a dozen tear gas canisters and stun grenades landed in...

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