Gaza

The Goldstone Rush

After the judge’s surprise mea culpa, Israel advocates hurry to undo the damage.

04/05/2011
Staff Writer

In the Book of Esther read on Purim, King Ahasuerus tells Queen Esther that he cannot revoke his edict calling for the destruction of the Jews but that he would issue a new decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves.

Israel’s consul for media affairs in New York, Joel Lion, offered similar advice this week to the American Jewish community following the surprise mea culpa by Richard Goldstone.

The retraction by Richard Goldstone, above, is a “teachable moment,” said a Jewish leader.

Goldstone recants - what's the best strategy for Israel now?

 I'm trying to figure out exactly what it means that Richard Goldstone, the international jurist who presided over a UN report on the Gaza war that Israel and its friends considered outrageously biased, has repudiated its central findings.

There's little doubt that's good news to the Jewish groups here that made Goldstone a new poster boy for UN hostility to the Jewish state. Clearly it hurts the credibility of pro-peace process groups -  including J Street -  that came to Goldstone's defense after the report was released.

Goldstone: I Was Wrong on Israel's Gaza Intentions

04/03/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel did not intentionally target civilians as a policy during the Gaza War, Richard Goldstone said, withdrawing a critical allegation in his report.

Palestinian Group Slams Storing Rockets in Civilian Areas

03/31/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Palestinian human rights group in the Gaza Strip condemned the storage of rockets used against Israel in civilian populated areas.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in a statement posted on its website Tuesday called on the Hamas-controlled government in Gaza to investigate three incidents of homemade rockets exploding in densely populated civilian neighborhoods, causing heavy property damage and injuring six Palestinians, including a baby.

Hamas, PA to Resume Palestinian Unity Talks

03/29/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah will renew unity talks.

The talks will be held in Cairo next month, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, said he was planning to visit Gaza to talk with Hamas leaders. But the trip, which Hamas had asked Abbas to postpone, will not take place until after next month's talks, according to the report. The talks will also focus on elections for a new Palestinian government in the West Bank and Gaza.

‘Third Intifada’ Facebook Page Abusing Technology, ADL Says

03/27/2011

(JTA) -- A Facebook page calling for a third Palestinian intifada is abusing technology to promote terrorist violence and should be taken down, the Anti-Defamation League said.

Tim Boxer: An IDF Mother’s Story

03/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

This is a mother’s story. Her name is Miriam Peretz. She was born in Morocco. In 1964, in the dark of night, she was spirited out of the country and brought to Israel by the Jewish Agency.

She met Eliezer Peretz and settled into a new happier life. Through the years they were blessed with four sons and two daughters. Their sons became officers in the Israel Defense Forces. Their daughters married combat soldiers.

Defense Minister Ehud Barack and wife Nili Priel-Barak with Eugen Gluck at IDF dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Jerusalem Bombing: a Predictable Tragedy

As I scan headlines about today's bus bombing in Jerusalem, I can't help but think this is all so predictable and so heartbreaking.

Hamas, worried about the popular discontent sweeping the Arab world and rising calls for rapprochement with Fatah, has for days been cranking up rocket and mortar attacks, apparently in the hope it would prod Israel to respond militarily.

Now, a bus bombing in central Jerusalem has hinted of the possibility of another all-out terror campaign against Israeli civilians.

Bomb Explodes in Jerusalem, Rocket Attacks in South

03/23/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- At least 24 people were injured when a bomb exploded in central Jerusalem.

Two of the injuries in the attack, which took place shortly before 3 p.m., were considered critical, according to news reports citing Magen David Adom, Israel's version of the Red Cross. No deaths have been reported. One of the injured went straight to surgery at Hadassah Hospital; five others are reported in moderate condition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the attack that he would delay a planned trip to Moscow.

Can Hamas and PA Bury The Hatchet?

Despite moves toward unity, extremists seen unlikely to give Abbas power in Gaza.

03/22/2011
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For a moment last week in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians became heady with visions of unity.

After thousands of youths turned out in the squares of the Palestinian territories draped in flags and raising posters calling for an end to the feud between the two main political factions, President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas seemed headed for a détente consecrated at a Gaza Strip summit.

“God has answered my prayers,” said Palestinian oil and gas tycoon Munib Masri, a member of the Palestine Legislative Council.

Palestinian youth demonstrators calling for unity at Manara Square in Ramallah last week.
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