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Hamas: Will Resume Fire If Demands Not Met

Indirect negotiations continue in Cairo, but no agreement reached on truce extension.

08/07/2014
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Jerusalem – Hamas said it will resume firing rockets on Israel at the end of a 72-hour cease-fire if its demands are not met.
Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk, currently in Cairo for cease-fire talks on a permanent truce, and Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh said Wednesday night that “there is no agreement on the extension of the truce.”

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri (R) meets with Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair (L) in Cairo. Getty Images

Israel Asks U.S. To Help Thwart War Crimes Charges

08/06/2014
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a visiting congressional delegation today to try to stop the Palestinian Authority from joining the International Criminal Court and then filing war crimes charges against Israel.

Protestant ‘Empathy’ For Israel Is War Gain

Interfaith visit to Jerusalem during Gaza conflict yields more nuanced views from some U.S. clergy, lay leaders.

08/06/2014
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A faculty member at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Rev. David Garber, a Baptist, traveled to Israel recently, during the height of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, troubled by the “asymmetrical power structure in the current conflict and the asymmetrical loss of civilian life.”

Participants in the AJC-sponsored interfaith program for Christian clergy and lay leaders in Jerusalem. Courtesy of AJC

As Bris Policy Nears, Mayor Seen In Bind

With new infant herpes cases emerging, clash of politics, religious freedom and public health.

08/06/2014
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As the de Blasio administration grapples with the church-state implications of its push for full-day, government-funded prekindergarten, another such thorny issue — this one with potential life-and-death consequences — looms: How, and whether, to regulate the controversial ritual circumcision practice known as “metzitzah b’peh.”

Mayor de Blasio: Vowed during campaign to regulate metzitzah b’peh ritual. Getty Images

What Now? Long-Term Solution To Hamas Unlikely

After cease-fire, analysts split on approaches; can Gaza be demilitarized? Israel’s image seen tarnished for young Americans.

08/06/2014
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Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza remained on edge this week as an unconditional 72-hour Israeli-Hamas truce began Tuesday and analysts predicted a tough road ahead in trying to nail down a peace agreement.

An Israeli soldier gestures in relief Monday near the border with Gaza as Israel began redeploying its troops. Getty Images

Why You’re Over There And Not Back Home

An open letter to the lone soldiers of the IDF.

08/05/2014
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Dear Chayalim Bodedim (Lone Soldiers), until Michael Levin, the paratrooper from Philadelphia, was killed in August 2006, almost nobody knew who we were.

Joel Chasnoff

For Israeli Millennials, Already War-Weary

‘I have no other land’ refrain mixes resolve with sense that conflict is never-ending.

08/05/2014
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Jerusalem — Since early July, Sharon Turgeman, a 25-year-old resident of Jerusalem, has been glued to every news broadcast related to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Israel’s month-long military operation against Hamas.

Tamar Tzemach, 27

Israel Pulls Troops From Gaza

72-hour cease-fire begins after Israel announces that it has destroyed all tunnels into the country from Gaza.

08/05/2014
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Jerusalem — The Israel Defense Forces pulled its troops out of Gaza in observance of a 72-hour cease-fire, as negotiations began on a permanent truce.

An Israeli soldier looks through his binoculars as his tank rolls to a new position on the Gaza border. Getty Images

Cease-Fire Marred By Rocket Fire

Israel observing seven-hour quiet period, excluding area that is focus of search for Hamas tunnels.

08/03/2014
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Jerusalem — Israel is observing a seven-hour unilateral humanitarian cease-fire.

Palestinians inspect what is left of their homes and businesses following an Israeli military offensive. Getty Images

Behind Hamas' Tunnel Network

Jewish Week video blogger Aaron Herman looks at how Hamas created its vast tunnel network, how soldiers are combining religion and war and Joan Rivers' forceful defense of Operation Protective Edge.

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