World News

IDF thwarts major attack

IDF thwarts major attack

(JNS.org) Hamas was likely planning a major attack on Israel during Rosh Hashanah using its complex system of tunnels under the Israel-Gaza border, Israeli security sources said. According to the report, Hamas planned to send 200 terrorists at a time through several tunnels to attack several western Negev towns and to kidnap and kill as many(…)

Read More...

Finding equality in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

Finding equality in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

By Aaron D. Panken, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) – When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough. That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain(…)

Read More...

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service BALTIMORE (JTA) — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get(…)

Read More...

US airlines cancel flights to Israel

US airlines cancel flights to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) –United, U.S. Airways and Delta Airlines canceled their flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the Israeli airport. Delta and United both said they were suspending all flights to Israel until further notice. A spokesman for American Airlines, the parent company of U.S. Airways, told JTA that the airline was “monitoring the situation.” U.S. Airways(…)

Read More...

UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A United Nations agency condemned the discovery of rockets discovered in one of its schools in the Gaza Strip.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which assists Palestinian refugees, said in a statement issued Thursday that about 20 rockets were discovered hidden on the premises of a vacant school in Gaza during(…)

Read More...

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

(JTA) — Israel launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.”(…)

Read More...

Kerry slams Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

Kerry slams Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ripped Hamas for ignoring a cease-fire call and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a cease-fire in which Egypt and Israel(…)

Read More...

Egypt’s regional role changing in Israel-Hamas crisis

Egypt’s regional role changing in Israel-Hamas crisis

By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in Egypt today in an attempt to push forward a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, although a truce still appears to be days, if not weeks, away. Hamas today officially rejected an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire. Palestinian officials said(…)

Read More...