Cease-fire Talks Begin In Cairo Despite Palestinian Balk

09/23/2014 - 20:00

Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in Cairo despite Palestinian threats to suspend them over Israel’s killing of two Palestinians accused in the murder of three Israeli teens.

Negotiators' Marching Orders: Security First

'If Hamas thinks that it can cover up its military loss with a diplomatic achievement, it is mistaken,' Netanyahu says as cease-fire clock ticks down.

08/17/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israel’s delegation to the Cairo cease-fire talks has “clear instructions” to “insist on the security needs of the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Gaza's airport, destroyed in the most recent round of fighting. Getty Images

Slow Progress Reported In Cairo

On cease-fire's final day, question of whether hostilities will recommence is murky.

08/12/2014 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — Israel and Hamas reportedly have made slow progress in truce talks on the final day of a cease-fire between the sides.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah on Aug. 12. Getty Images

Israeli Negotiators Arrive In Cairo

Palestinians’ main demand is for both Israel and Egypt to allow free flow of people, goods into the strip.

08/10/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israeli negotiators arrived in Cairo for talks on a permanent truce with Palestinian factions in Gaza, after a 72-hour cease fire remained in place.

A Palestinian man prepares to carry bags of flour he received at a U.N. distribution center. Getty Images

Hamas Declares Victory

Hamas said it won the war and forced Israel to retreat because it couldn't wipe out Hamas. 

It agree to a three-day ceasefire that was supposed to end this installment of the on-going Israel-Gaza wars but when Israel refused to surrender to its demands, the terrorist group let the pause expire and resumed firing rockets and mortars into Israel.  Naturally, the renewed violence was all Israel's fault, a Hamas spokesman said, because the Zionists wouldn't meet Hamas's conditions.  

Netanyahu: Gaza Op To Continue

Palestinians present truce demands, including an end to blockade and reconstruction.

08/03/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Israeli army is nearing the end of its tunnels operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, but the Gaza operation is not over.

Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (R) and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in July. Courtesy of Israeli government

El Al Ending Flights To Cairo

09/18/2012 - 20:00

El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo.

In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.

The airline declined comment. Irena Etinger, spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, confirmed the letter.

The letter, addressed to Lieberman, did not say when the flights would end.

Tahrir Square, Again

11/21/2011 - 19:00

With each passing day Mideast tensions seem to grow deeper and more complex, and the notion of an “Arab Spring” that brought such hope to millions 10 months ago seems particularly naïve now as violence has returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Itamar, Cairo And The Culture Of Victimhood

03/21/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of the gruesome and indefensible murder of five Jews in Itamar, the banner of Jewish victimhood has been raised once again. It has long been axiomatic in the Middle East that “to the victim belongs the spoils,” and in the past, such horrible attacks have given Israel’s defenders an opening, however brief, to appeal to the world’s conscience. But lately it’s been harder for Israel to do that, in part because (thankfully) the rate of terrorism has plummeted.

To the End of Haaretz? David Remnick Reports

The New Yorker does a fine job, usually, of deciding which feature articles to give out free on its website.  Their logic seems obvious enough: if the story is of broad political or social importance, make it free.  Keep all the other stuff--about the arts, food, sports, or other "soft" stories--behind the pay wall.

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