Israel News

Netanyahu Says He ‘Regrets’ Hitting Palestinian Civilians

03/21/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he regretted the accidental killing of four members of a Palestinian family in their Gaza home by Israeli tank fire.

Netanyahu in a statement Tuesday from the Prime Minister's Office emphasized that the shooting was in response to fire by Hamas at Israeli citizens.

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav Sentenced to Prison

03/21/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who was found guilty of rape and sexual assault, was sentenced to seven years in jail and ordered to pay compensation to two of his victims.

A panel of three Tel Aviv District Court judges handed down the sentence Tuesday, nearly five years after he was first accused.

Katsav, 65, reportedly began sobbing after the verdict was read and then yelled out several times, interrupting the judges, saying "It's all lies," "the sentence is a mistake" and "it's not true."

Israel Strikes Gaza, Retaliating for Rocket Barrage

03/20/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Israeli combat planes pounded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the worst barrage of rocket attacks on southern Israel in two years.

The French news agency AFP and Israel Radio reported repeated strikes on the strip late Monday night.

Israel Radio said that there were reports from Palestinian sources of 17 wounded. The army was not responding to the reports, the radio said.

Palin Set to Meet Netanyahu

03/20/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Potential 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin is scheduled to have dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on her second and last day in Israel.

Palin will dine with Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on Monday before returning to the United States.

"As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel," Palin said in a statement on her official SarahPAC website.

Itamar Attacks Put Bibi In Bind

Angry settlers make new demands in wake of brutal killings.
03/14/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

 Itamar, West Bank — Just inside the entrance to this settlement where Ruth and Udi Fogel and three of their children were stabbed to death late Friday night, a sign reads: “The government destroys settlements, and the Arabs murder Jews.”

It’s a message that reflects the feeling of political and physical vulnerability among the Jewish settlers, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government resists international calls for a settlement freeze.

Friends and family mourn at the funeral of the Fogel family. getty images

Knesset Hearings on J Street Up Ante in Debate About ‘Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace’ Lobby

03/14/2011 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Is turnabout fair play when Israel examines the critics who would examine its actions?

Groups on the Jewish left expressed outrage last week after the Knesset subcommittee on public diplomacy voted to convene hearings on J Street, the Washington-based lobby that calls itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace.”

The hearing is set to take place next week, and J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami and Davidi Gilo, an American Israeli who is a major funder of the group, have agreed to testify.

Israel seizes ship carrying weapons for Gaza

03/14/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the military says was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberian-flagged cargo ship "Victoria" was seized on Tuesday, in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

"The various weaponry on-board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement

Olmert to be Charged in Real Estate Scandal

03/13/2011 - 20:00

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.

Abbas Denounces Murders in Itamar on Israel Radio

03/13/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the killing of five members of a Jewish family "despicable," "inhuman and immoral."

"A human being is not capable of something like that," Abbas continued in Arabic during an interview Monday morning on Israel Radio. Abbas' words were translated into Hebrew by the interviewer.

Forces Search for Killer of Parents, 3 Children in West Bank Settlement

03/12/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli military and police forces continue to scour the West Bank for a suspected Palestinian terrorist who stabbed a Jewish couple and three of their children to death in their West Bank home.

The forces were also deployed throughout the West bank Sunday to prevent revenge attacks by Israeli settlers.

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