Israel news

Rivlin defends Arab-Jewish wedding

By Shira Rubin, August 21, 2014

The wedding of a Jewish-born Israeli woman and an Arab-Israeli man went off successfully in Rishon Letzion in central Israel this week, despite the presence of hundreds of protesters in a parking lot near the banqueting hall.

The protest was organised by Lehava, the Organisation for Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land, which has harassed mixed Jewish-Arab couples in the past.

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Most Mid East leaders know reality of Hamas - West must catch up

By Richard Kemp, August 21, 2014

Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh complains that Israel is trying to break the Palestinians' will. That is precisely what Israel should be doing. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are, by their own decision, at war with Israel.

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In south, two quiet years are a 'miracle'

By Noga Godein, August 21, 2014

This time, Ashkelon mayor Itamar Shimoni did not wait for instructions.

As the five-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was breached on Tuesday afternoon, he ordered his city to return to an emergency footing, including opening public bomb shelters and closing the beaches.

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It's back to square one

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 21, 2014

A rocket attack on Israel and a subsequent attempt by the IDF to assassinate Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif have spelt the end of ceasefire talks and a return to full-scale warfare.

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Spot the difference: Isis ideology runs through Hamas

By Uri Dromi, August 21, 2014

For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defence against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later export their brutality.

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Hamas says it killed Israeli teenagers

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Israel’s Channel 2 News has produced footage of a senior Hamas leader claiming responsibility for the murder of the three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach.

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Hamas commander Mohammed Deif ‘may be dead’

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Israeli intelligence officials have told Fox News that Hamas’s chief military commander, Mohammed Deif, may have been killed in Wednesday’s airstrikes across Gaza.

The report is the first public statement by Israeli sources that Deif could be dead.

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Israel exits truce talks as Hamas breaks ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, August 19, 2014

Israel has recalled its negotiating team from Cairo after three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck open areas near Beersheva and Netivot.

The attack came hours before a full ceasefire agreement was due to be signed between Israel and Hamas.

The temporary five-day truce between the two sides was extended by another 24 hours last night at the request of the Egyptian mediators.

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Truce reported - but rockets from Gaza still flying

By Sandy Rashty, August 13, 2014

Rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza this evening, despite unconfirmed reports that a five-day truce had been agreed with Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister reportedly ordered the IDF to retaliate.

The rockets, believed to have been be fired by Hamas operatives in Gaza, landed in southern Israel before a previous three-day ceasefire ended.

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Three Israelis dead in Swiss train crash

By JC Reporter, August 11, 2014

Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously wounded when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a train near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The Israelis — four men and four women — had been travelling to Engelberg, just south of the lake, according to local reports.

It is not yet clear why the minibus was crossing the railway line in the path of the train.

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