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.
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.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Top Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a bill that would strip the president of his power to waive a law requiring him to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is among 18 people who will be indicted in Israel's largest real-estate scandal.
The Tel Aviv District's Prosecutor's Office announced the indictments on Monday. Among the others indicted are former Olmert chief aide Shula Zaken and ex-Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, in the Holyland apartment project affair following a court hearing.
An Israeli police investigation completed last August recommended Olmert's indictment.
TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Soon after Leora’s second child was born and she and her husband began looking for a larger home, Israel's new real estate reality smacked them in the face.
Though the couple had bought a two-bedroom apartment in Tel Aviv six years earlier that had appreciated to $650,000, more than triple what they paid, they still found themselves priced out of the local market. One apartment in a basement underneath a parking lot was listed at $468,000.
Protests mount against taxes increases, rising food prices.
Jerusalem - During this winter of Middle East political discontent, even Israelis are demanding reforms from their government officials.
In contrast to the protesters in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in the region, whose main concerns are an end to oppression, Israelis' gripes are focused solely on the sky-high price of food, gasoline, water and many other necessities.
Every U.S. administration since 1967 has opposed the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Israeli building in eastern Jerusalem, but a likely GOP presidential contender in 2012 this week sent another strong signal that could change if he gets into the White House.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More than 1,600 leaked Palestinian documents about the peace process with Israel reveal thatnegotiators were willing to turn over nearly all the Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, and accept a shared authority of the Temple Mount.
The documents were leaked to the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network, which shared them with Britain's The Guardian newspaper. They began appearing in the two media outlets on Sunday night.