Israel strikes Gaza, killing militant after soldier is shot

Dec 25, 2014

Israel strikes Gaza, killing militant after soldier is shot

Israel launched an airstrike in southern Gaza on Wednesday and killed a Hamas militant after a sniper attack on a patrol seriously wounded a soldier, the army and medics said. It was only the second time Israel had struck Gaza since a 50-day war ...

Dec 21, 2014

Clay seals may shed light on biblical era

Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin. This could indicate that ...

Dec 19, 2014

Israel won't accept 'unilateral' Palestine bid: Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel would never accept the “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state, after a draft resolution calling for a final peace deal was submitted to the U.N. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas ...

Hamas flies drone over Gaza during military anniversary parade

Dec 15, 2014

Hamas flies drone over Gaza during military anniversary parade

The Islamic militant group Hamas staged a show of strength to mark its 27th anniversary Sunday, with a military parade through Gaza including a flyover by a drone. Founded in 1987 shortly after the start of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, Hamas was ...

Dec 12, 2014

Man jailed for attack on British firebrand politician

A man who attacked British pro-Palestinian lawmaker George Galloway in a London street while calling him “anti-Semitic” was jailed for 16 months on Thursday. Neil Masterson, 39, admitted to attacking Galloway in August in a frenzied assault while wearing a pink T-shirt with a ...

France's Senate, by narrow vote, urges recognition of Palestine

Dec 12, 2014

France's Senate, by narrow vote, urges recognition of Palestine

France’s upper house of parliament on Thursday urged the government to recognize Palestine as a state, following a similar and highly symbolic vote in the lower house. The Senate resolution, calling for French recognition of Palestine and an “immediate restarting” of peace talks between ...

Dec 12, 2014

Jewish extremist trio named as being behind Jerusalem school arson

Three members of an extremist Jewish group were named by Israeli security officials on Thursday as being behind an arson attack last month targeting a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet internal security agency said Jerusalem resident Yitzhak Gabai, 22, and brothers Nahman ...

Dec 8, 2014

Israel charges six Palestinians with illegal digging for antiquities

Six Palestinians were charged in an Israeli court Sunday of digging illegally for antiquities in a remote desert region where archaeologists believe undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls are buried, Israel’s Antiquities Authority said. The arrests came after a yearlong operation to stop looting in the ...

Dec 8, 2014

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus, Syria claims

Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes Sunday near Damascus, one near the city’s international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria’s state news agency said. SANA called the attack “an aggression against Syria” and said there were no ...