Aug 20, 2014

Gaza war rages on; Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Israeli airstrikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas’ military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate him after a cease-fire collapsed. Accusing Israel of opening a “gateway to hell,” Hamas ...

Israel orders negotiators home as Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts

Aug 20, 2014

Israel orders negotiators home as Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts

A cease-fire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, prompting Israeli airstrikes that health officials said killed a woman and a young girl. Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel promptly recalled its negotiators from talks ...

As Gaza war subsides, a battle over how it is investigated begins

Aug 19, 2014

As Gaza war subsides, a battle over how it is investigated begins

Even before starting work as chairman of a U.N. human rights commission investigating the Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas has been vilified as an apologist for Iran who is incapable of setting aside his perceived anti-Israel bias. Full-page adverts have been taken ...

Aug 11, 2014

Israel, Palestinians observe new truce; longer accord sought

Israel and Gaza Strip militants began to observe another Egypt-brokered truce, giving negotiators time to craft a more enduring accord after a month of violence in the Hamas-ruled territory. Palestinian envoys attending truce talks in Cairo agreed to the Egyptian proposal, Hamas’s official Al-Rai ...

In Gaza, dispute brews over civilian vs. combatant deaths

| Aug 9, 2014

In Gaza, dispute brews over civilian vs. combatant deaths

In the grisly math of the Israel-Hamas war, conflicting counts of combatants and civilians killed in the Gaza Strip are emerging — with the ratio perhaps more important to shaping international opinion of the monthlong conflict than any final toll. The U.N. and rights ...

Israel says it arrested suspect in killing of three teenagers

Aug 6, 2014

Israel says it arrested suspect in killing of three teenagers

Israeli authorities said Tuesday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of being involved in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June. Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11 in connection with ...

Obama signs funding package for Israel's Iron Dome

Aug 5, 2014

Obama signs funding package for Israel's Iron Dome

President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday granting an additional $225 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. The defense system has been highly effective in the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza ...

Aug 4, 2014

Most Israeli troops pulled from Gaza

Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and 60 Israelis dead. Even as Israel said it was close to ...

Israeli soldier thought captured is declared dead

Aug 3, 2014

Israeli soldier thought captured is declared dead

An Israeli soldier the military feared had been abducted by Palestinian gunmen in a firefight that shattered a temporary cease-fire in Gaza has been declared dead, ending what could have been a nightmare scenario for Israel hours after it signaled it plans to scale ...

U.S. OKs millions for Iron Dome

Aug 2, 2014

U.S. OKs millions for Iron Dome

The U.S. Congress on Friday rushed through a $225 million bill to support Israel’s missile defense system, with House of Representatives approval coming just before lawmakers began a five-week summer break. The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been credited ...