Gaza

‘We Don’t Want To Live In Fear Anymore’

Israelis support Gaza air strikes, but little enthusiasm for ground invasion.

11/20/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Ordinarily filled with noisy children, last Friday the Nisu’i elementary school in Jerusalem became a makeshift call-up center for reservists who, just hours earlier, had been told they were being sent to the front.

Still in civvies or in wrinkled uniforms they’d pulled out of storage, the men, religious and not, in their 20s and 30s, sat on the ground and watched as a group of teens played soccer in the schoolyard.

Taking cover in Jerusalem, above, and Nitzan, below getty images

Ignoring The Rockets

11/20/2012
Editorial

One of the positive things emerging from the tragic hurricane has been the solidarity of Israelis with the many New Yorkers who have lost their homes, or who are still dealing with physical and emotional desolation. Israeli groups such as IsraAID (the Israeli Forum For International Humanitarian Aid) and the alumni from the Ein Prat – Israel Leadership Academy, have come to us as volunteers, doing remarkable work in Breezy Point, Sea Gate and Far Rockaway, among other stricken areas, in conjunction with local agencies.

Is Criticism Of Israel Fair Game During War?

Yossi Klein Halevi and J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami debate the timing, tone of confronting Jerusalem’s policies.

11/20/2012

Jeremy,

If we are serious about a covenantal relationship between Israel and world Jewry, diaspora Jews not only have the right but the responsibility to criticize Israeli policies, from the left or the right, that seem to them inimical to Jewish values and interests.

My question is this: What, if any, are the limitations on diaspora criticism of Israel during war? I’m writing to you at a particularly sensitive moment, when Israeli cities and towns are under rocket attack, while Hamas centers in Gaza are under Israeli air bombardment.

Jeremy Ben-Ami left, Yossi Klein Halevi right.

Hamas: Cease-fire To Begin At Midnight

11/20/2012

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire that will go into effect at midnight, Reuters quoted a Hamas official as saying.

Shortly after the Reuters report appeared Tuesday evening, Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told CNN that an agreement on a cease-fire had not yet been reached.

More Than 70 Rockets Fired At Southern Israel Tuesday

Israelis remain calm, do not abandon homes, Homefront Minister says.

11/20/2012

More than 70 rockets were fired at southern Israel on Tuesday, severely wounding an Israeli military officer and causing damage to several buildings, Israel Hayom reported.

A missile is fired from an Iron Dome anti-missile station on Nov. 17. Getty Images

Southern Israel Under Steady Rocket Barrage For Sixth Day

Iron Dome intercepts rockets as IDF targets 80 launching sites, tunnels and training bases in Gaza.

11/19/2012

Communities in southern Israel came under a steady barrage of rockets in the sixth day of Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza.

At least 50 rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern Israel on Monday, through early afternoon.

In Kiryat Malachi, Israelis take cover during a rocket attack. Getty Images

A Mea Culpa From The Media

As Israel’s offensive in Gaza gathers momentum, many in the Jewish community have noticed international coverage of suffering in the strip.

They have accordingly seized the opportunity to again protest the media’s neglect of Sderot and other southern Isareli communities that bear the burden of daily bombardment.

Palestinians search the debris of the al-Dallu family home after an Israeli airstrike on Nov. 18. Getty Images

Obama, Netanyahu Talk ‘De-escalation’

11/18/2012

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "de-escalation" of the Gaza conflict.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza," said a White House statement released late Frdiay.  "The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the president and the American people for the United States’ investment in the Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system, which has effectively defeated hundreds of incoming rockets from Gaza and saved countless Israeli lives."

Iron Dome Intercepts More Rockets Over Tel Aviv

Netanyahu says IDF prepared to expand operation.

11/18/2012

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area.

The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one of Israel's major population centers.

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