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Patrick Kingsley
For Patrick Kingsley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel amid the Israel-Hamas war, on Oct. 18. Despite growing pressure from Biden, the Israeli prime minister appears in no rush to end the war in Gaza. Some think he is dragging out the war to prevent the collapse of his fragile right-wing coalition and extend his time in office.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 6, 2024
After six months of war, some Israelis ask: Is Netanyahu dragging it out?
Despite growing pressure from U.S. President Joe Biden, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu appears in no rush to end the war in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Jerusalem on Feb. 18.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu issues first plan for postwar Gaza
The proposal, which calls for indefinite Israeli military control and buffer zones in the territory, was rejected by Palestinians.
Water jugs are filled at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency camp for displaced Palestinians in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on Nov. 22.
WORLD
Feb 4, 2024
The 8 days that roiled the U.N.’s top agency in Gaza
UNRWA is the largest aid agency on the ground in Gaza, providing shelter to more than half the population and coordinating aid from Egypt and Israel.
Flour is distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency at its headquarters in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, in November.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 28, 2024
Major donors pause funding for U.N. agency as scandal widens
One of the area's largest employers, the UNRWA is a lifeline for Palestinians in Gaza, many of whom are facing starvation after 16 weeks of war.
Supporters and family members of the hostages kidnapped by Hamas fighters hold a rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 26, 2023
Amid hostage releases, Israel faces dilemma over resuming the war
A longer pause could jeopardize the primary goal of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza: the destruction of the Hamas militant group.
Children sit in the back of an ambulance at Shifa Hospital after hundreds of Palestinians were killed in an explosion at Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza on Tuesday. Israeli and Palestinian officials blamed on each other for the blast.
WORLD
Oct 18, 2023
Hundreds reported killed in blast at a Gaza hospital
Israel and Hamas traded blame for the tragedy, which inflamed the region just as U.S. President Joe Biden was set to arrive in Israel.
Israeli soldiers load tank shells as their unit masses in Be'eri, near the border with the Gaza Strip, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 15, 2023
Israel plans Gaza invasion to avenge Hamas atrocities
The assault is expected to be Israel’s biggest ground operation since it invaded Lebanon in 2006.
Israeli soldiers during searches of burned homes in Kfar Azza, a village just across the border from Gaza that was attacked by Palestinian gunmen, in Israel, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 14, 2023
The secrets Hamas knew about Israel’s military
Hamas gunmen surged into Israel in a highly organized and meticulously planned operation that suggested a deep understanding of Israel’s weaknesses.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Dec 22, 2022
Coalition deal puts Netanyahu on brink of power in Israel
The new Likud coalition's formation puts the country on course for a constitutional showdown between the government and the judiciary.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 24, 2022
Two bomb attacks in Jerusalem kill one and wound at least 18
Israel and the occupied West Bank have been experiencing their deadliest wave of violence since 2015.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 14, 2022
Biden, battered at home, basks in unvarnished praise in Israel
At a red-carpet airport ceremony flush with fawning on both sides, Israeli President Isaac Herzog called his U.S. counterpart 'our brother Joseph.”
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 14, 2022
‘Things will only get worse.’ Putin’s war sends Russians into exile.
Tens of thousands of Russians have fled to Istanbul since Russia invaded Ukraine last month — outraged about what they see as a criminal war.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 17, 2021
After years of quiet, Israeli-Palestinian conflict exploded. Why now?
A little-noticed police action in Jerusalem last month was one of several incidents that led to the current crisis.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 21, 2021
Israel secretly agrees to fund vaccines for Syria as part of prisoner swap
To secure the release of an Israeli civilian held in Syria, Israel agreed to finance a supply of Russian-made COVID-19 vaccines for Damascus, an official said.

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