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Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service (JTA) – Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East. But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel. If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations(…)

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Both sides claim victory after seven weeks of fighting

Both sides claim victory after seven weeks of fighting

By Abdullah H. Erakat and Linda Gradstein, The Media Line (RAMALLAH) — After the rockets comes the spin machine, and both Israel and Hamas are claming victory in the fighting that has left 2,200 Palestinians, 69 Israelis, and one foreign worker dead, thousands of Palestinians wounded, and widespread devastation in the Gaza Strip. While there(…)

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Egypt hopes to regain regional role through Gaza conflict

Egypt hopes to regain regional role through Gaza conflict

By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line An old Bedouin proverb says, “Me against my brother, me and my brother against my cousin, and me and my cousin against the world.” In the Gaza conflict, while Egypt and Israel may not be brothers, they are certainly cousins with a joint interest in fighting Hamas, which controls(…)

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So is it over?

So is it over?

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now. After 50 days of missiles, airstrikes, ground operations, tunnel incursions, truce talks, cease-fire proposals, death and destruction, Israel and Hamas agreed to(…)

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Stallone, Rogen among Hollywood elite to slam Hamas

Stallone, Rogen among Hollywood elite to slam Hamas

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly 200 Hollywood elite, including Sylvester Stallone and Seth Rogen, signed a statement condemning Hamas as its conflict with Israel continues.From actors to directors to studio heads signed the statement by members of the Creative Community for Peace and posted on its website Saturday. The signers also included Aaron Sorkin, Roseanne Barr,(…)

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Farmers in Israel’s south to get 120 new shelters

Farmers in Israel’s south to get 120 new shelters

(JNS.org) Farmers in Israeli communities near Gaza will receive some 120 portable shelters to protect the manual laborers who work the land, officials said on Wednesday. The decision comes amid renewed hostilities between Israel and Hamas. With fields close to the Gaza Strip border fence, agricultural workers in the south have frequently been the target of(…)

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Hamas official claims responsibility for murder of Israeli teens

Hamas official claims responsibility for murder of Israeli teens

(JNS.org) Israel’s Channel 2 on Wednesday aired a recording of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, who is based in Turkey, claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June. The recording is the strongest evidence to date for Hamas’s involvement in that crime. “I praise the brave action that the al-Qassam Brigades carried out, the kidnapping(…)

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Wanna kill me? Take a number

Wanna kill me? Take a number

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service (JTA) — My friend Alain Azria gave me a puzzled look when I told him, with some indignation and disbelief in my voice, that I had just heard talk of killing Jews at an unauthorized anti-Israel demonstration last month in Paris. A young black man with a Parisian(…)

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Israel extends Law of Return to non-Jewish same-sex spouses

Israel extends Law of Return to non-Jewish same-sex spouses

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel extended immigration benefits to non-Jewish spouses in same-sex marriages.On Tuesday, Interior Minister Gideon Saar instructed the government to extend the benefits of the Law of Return to all married couples.The law affords non-Jewish spouses of Jewish immigrants full citizenship and immigration benefits, but Israel had not extended the privileges to(…)

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Gaza rockets resume as cease-fire ends, and Israel responds

Gaza rockets resume as cease-fire ends, and Israel responds

(JTA) — Palestinian rocket crews fired dozens of rockets at Israel as a 72-hour cease-fire came to a close, and Israel renewed its attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza. The Israeli strikes were carried out by aircraft over Gaza on Friday morning, Army Radio reported. The strikes resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy, the Ma’an news agency reported.(…)

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Abbas’s political power seen as war casualty

Abbas’s political power seen as war casualty

By Abdullah H. Erakat, The Media Line WEST BANK — Prior to the outbreak of the 29-day war between Israel and Hamas and despite the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly was a happy camper having survived unscathed in the blame-game. Arguably, and fortunately for(…)

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