Israel To Redeploy Iron Dome In South

08/04/2011 - 20:00

Israel is redeploying the Iron Dome short range missile defense system near its Gaza Strip border because of a recent intensification of rocket fire.

Israeli newspapers reported Friday that Ehud Barak, the defense minister, ordered the redeployment at the request of local authorities in the region.

At least 30 rockets were fired in July. The Israeli army has responded with air raids.


Hamas Publishes Details Of Shalit Capture

07/25/2011 - 20:00

Hamas published operational details about its abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

As part of events marking five years since its gunmen tunneled across the Gaza Strip border to seize Shalit, the Hamas website Al-Qassamiyoun this week featured an expose on the operation it dubbed "Shattered Illusions."

The site confirmed what already has been reported in Israel about the June 25, 2006 raid, during which three of Shalit's comrades where killed while he was spirited, wounded, back to Gaza.

Palestinian Marriage Of Inconvenience On The Rocks

When Fatah signed its power-sharing agreement with Hamas back in May the deal was hailed as part of Mahmoud Abbas' bold strategy to bolster his bid for U.N. recognition and membership by showing the Palestinians were united in their desire for statehood. 

Flotilla Activists Jumping Ship

Discouragement from Israel and other governments leaves only the most determined activists on deck.
07/04/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Earlier this week, as the Greek government continued to prohibit a flotilla of boats bent on breaking Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza from leaving Greek waters, a leader of the Free Gaza movement appeared to let down her guard for a moment.

When a reporter from the Irish Times asked whether the coalition of activist organizations would allow Greece to channel the cargo to Gaza, Greta Berlin, the movement’s co-founder and spokesperson, gave an emphatic “No.”

First Flotilla Ship Eludes Greeks, Sets Sail For Gaza

07/04/2011 - 20:00

A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek coast guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.

The small ship, a French boat with eight protesters aboard, left Greek waters Tuesday as the first vessel of a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break the Israeli naval blockade of the coastal strip.

The Dignite al Karama will arrive in international waters near Gaza in about two days, the French news agency AFP reported.

Reps. Call On U.S. To Ensure Safety Of Americans In Gaza Flotilla

06/26/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.

U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), William Clay (D-Mo.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) signed a letter to Clinton last Friday expressing their concern for the safety of the passengers who will be aboard the U.S. ship The Audacity of Hope. Filner is Jewish.

Israel, Germans Work For Shalit's Release on 5th Anniversary

06/25/2011 - 20:00

Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit's release, and was awaiting Hamas' response.

Bipartisan House Delegation Visiting Israel

04/25/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A bipartisan delegation of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers is in Israel this week.

The delegation, including Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), and Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) had meetings planned with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

They also planned to tour areas in Israel subject to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Thinking About Gilad Shalit

04/21/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

I'm thinking about Gilad Shalit...

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Justin Bieber Says Logistics Stalled Meeting With Kids

04/12/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A spokesman for Justin Bieber told JTA that the pop star is not meeting with children from Israel's rocket-beset south because of logistics, not politics.

“Justin welcomes the chance to meet with kids facing difficult circumstances, regardless of their background, and in fact, he had already invited children from the Sderot area to join the 25,000-plus other fans at his concert in Tel Aviv on Thursday night,” the spokesman told JTA.

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