Hamas

After The Anguish, Few Good Options Seen

As right wants to ‘eradicate’ Hamas leaders, Netanyahu in bind on retaliatory measures.

07/01/2014 - 20:00
Israel Correspondents

Tel Aviv — As emotionally spent Israelis on Tuesday buried three teenagers who were discovered murdered in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was left to grapple with the question of how to craft a response — in a crisis that has become a crucial moment in his administration.

Mourners at funeral of Eyal Ifrach, one of the three yeshiva students found dead this week.  Getty Images

More Than A Kidnapping

When is a kidnapping more than a kidnapping?  When politicians and others exploit a tragedy to further their agendas. It can also be an opportunity to repair damaged relations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

All of Israel wants to see the three teenagers-- --Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel --  kidnapped near Hebron two weeks ago returned safely to their families, and the government and security forces are devoting enormous energy to that task.

The Boys, And Israel's Painful Struggle

06/19/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Despite its many fault lines, the international Jewish community stands united, and shoulder to shoulder with Israel, in its struggle to bring Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel safely home. There are no equivocations to be argued, no moral equivalences to be drawn with Israel’s continued presence in the territories, no discussion of housing starts in disputed areas … nothing. This is, simply, a terrorist act by a terrorist organization. If you have to struggle to be appalled by it, well, shame on you.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Palestinian Teen Dies In Clashes With IDF Troops

06/19/2014 - 20:00

A Palestinian teenager was killed in a clash with Israeli troops searching for three abducted Israeli youths in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

Troops Search 100 Locations, Detain More Palestinians In Search

06/18/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israeli troops detained 30 Palestinian suspects overnight as it continued to search for the kidnapped Israeli teens.

Is Fatah-Hamas Marriage On The Rocks?

It appears the marriage between the two leading Palestinian factions may be on the rocks even before it had a chance to be consummated.

Behind the break-up is the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, believed to be the work of Hamas, and the cooperation of PA and Israeli security forces in the search for the boys.

Call Hamas’ Bluff

06/04/2014 - 20:00
Editorial

The Israeli government is understandably upset with Washington’s decision to deal with the newly announced unity government formed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The anger and frustration is based on Jerusalem’s leaders being taken by surprise by the move and because the U.S. could have and should have based its acceptance on Hamas reforming itself.

Peace Process? What Peace Process?

If you’re wondering what President Obama plans to do next about peace between Israel and the Palestinians just read his West Point speech this week.

Nothing.  He didn’t mention it once.

He only mentioned Israel twice and then in reference to other issues – Egypt’s peace treaty and Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the Palestinians not at all.

Israel Withholds P.A. Tax Revenue, Restricts Banking

05/15/2014 - 20:00

Israel barred Palestinian banks from making shekel deposits in Israeli banks and will run Palestinian electricity at half-strength for an hour each day.

Israel Formally Suspends Talks With Palestinians

04/23/2014 - 20:00

WASHINGTON — Israel formally suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority over the P.A.’s national unity accord signed with the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip.

Syndicate content