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Poll: Half Of Israelis Say Operation Ended Too Soon

11/22/2012 - 19:00

Maagar Mohot research institute released the poll on Friday, according to news service JNS. Click here for more coverage of the operation Israel called "Pillar of Defense" and its cease-fire.

A Gaza rocket in an Eshkol Regional Council field during the latest conflict. Ronit Minaker

Gaza Cease-Fire Seen Solidifying U.S.-Israel Relations

Egypt’s stature seen on rise, PA marginalized but chances for renewed peace push unclear.
11/19/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

UPDATE: Israel and Hamas reached an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that took effect Wednesday afternoon. Both sides agreed to end rocket fire, and Israel agreed to ease border crossings into Gaza.

The cease-fire hammered out in Cairo to end rocket attacks between Hamas and Israel appears to have bolstered the stature of Egypt and solidified Israeli-U.S. relations, but few believe it will truly end hostilities.

A rocket-damaged Israeli home in Beersheva, above. Inset: Secretary of State Clinton and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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

Israelis support Gaza air strikes, but little enthusiasm for ground invasion.
11/19/2012 - 19:00
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

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.
11/19/2012 - 19:00

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.

Witness: What Do You Do When The War Comes to Jerusalem?

A reporter and her family head for the bomb shelter, shattering their notion that rockets fall only in the south.
11/18/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

In the past, every time Israel fought a war, we Jerusalemites took comfort in the belief that no Arab leader in his right mind would risk hitting Al Aqsa mosque with a rocket.

That’s how we interpreted the fact that Saddam Hussein, who pummeled Tel Aviv with Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, seemed to deliberately steer clear of the Holy City.

How naïve we were.

The Klein family in Beersheva sleep in their home's reinforced room every night. Michele Chabin

Israel Facing Cyberwar On Top Of Rocket Attacks

Government has detected more than 44 million attempts to disrupt its websites since Nov. 14.
11/18/2012 - 19:00

Hackers attempted to launch more than 1 million cyberattacks against Israeli government websites over a 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday, with more than 1,000 sites being hacked, Israel Hayom reported.

The most prominent attacks were against military industry websites, during which hackers apparently tried extracting information about the Iron Dome missile defense system, as well as other military systems.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. Getty Images

Federations Spending $5 Million To Help Israelis In War Zone

11/15/2012 - 19:00

The Jewish Federations of North America committed $5 million for an Israeli terrorism relief fund to help Israeli victims of the conflict with Hamas in Israel's south.

Rocket Strikes Reported South Of Jerusalem

11/15/2012 - 19:00

Air-raid sirens were sounded in Jerusalem on Friday, marking the first time the holy city has been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza.

Initial reports from Israeli television said three rockets had landed in the area of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.

The alarms come just a day after Gaza rockets landed on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Previously, Palestinian rocket fire has been largely confined to an area closer to the Gaza Strip, leaving Israel's major population centers largely unscathed.

Three Israelis Killed by Rocket From Gaza

IDF: air offensive has damaged Gaza's rocket launchers and munitions warehouses.
11/14/2012 - 19:00

Three Israelis were killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit their apartment in southern Israel.

The rocket that struck the Kiryat Malachi apartment on Thursday morning -- one of at least 140 rockets fired from Gaza since the assassination late Wednesday afternoon of the Hamas military chief in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari -- also injured a baby girl and a 4-year-old boy. A second building in Kiryat Malachi also was hit.

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza. Getty Images

Death Of Hamas Leader Marks Start Of New Gaza Offensive

On Israel Project conference call, retired general says Israel is targeting 20 different Hamas rocket sites.
11/13/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The head of Hamas' military wing in the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Jabri, was killed at 7:30 a.m. New York time Wednesday by an Israeli missile at the start of a major Israeli military Gaza offensive called Pillar of Defense, a retired Israeli general said on a conference call organized by The Israel Project, a pro-Israel education organization.

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