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Body of missing yeshivah student found

By Daniel Easterman, August 28, 2014

The Israeli police have confirmed that they have identified the body found in the Jerusalem Forest on Thursday as American yeshivah student Aaron Sofer.

The body was discovered in the forest by volunteers from United Hatzalah after a six day long search for the young man.

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Israel and Hamas agree on ceasefire

By JC Reporter, August 26, 2014

Israel has agreed on an open-ended ceasefire with Hamas.

A massive rocket barrage from Gaza conicided with the deadline for the end of hostilities, however.

The deal includes an initial period in which all firing will stop and restrictions on crossings will be eased for humanitarian aid, with long-term issues to be addressed after one month.

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Huge rocket attack from Hamas as truce talks continue

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2014

Israelis rushed into bomb shelters this morning as dozens of rockets were fired into Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

More than 25 rockets were fired into Moatza Ezorit Eshkol, in the south.

The wave of attacks came as Israeli forces bombed two evacuated building in Gaza City today.

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From Kenton to eye of the storm

By Jenni Frazer, August 22, 2014

Slightly to his surprise, one suspects, British-born Peter Lerner has become the face of Israel in this latest conflict, an improbable blue-eyed blond who is the antithesis of the usual sabra stereotype.

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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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