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Israel Says Strict Checks, Regulation Prevent Gun Crimes

Israel Says Strict Checks, Regulation Prevent Gun Crimes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Guns are seen everywhere in Israel — semi-automatics slung from the shoulders of soldiers waiting for the bus, cradled by security guards stationed at checkpoints and building entrances. The sight can be …

Israelis Ignore Critics of West Bank Settlement Plans

Israelis Ignore Critics of West Bank Settlement Plans

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel is not backing down from plans to build 3,000 homes in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem despite mounting international pressure that included another criticism Monday from the Obama administr…

Israel Defends Plans to Build New Settlement Units in West Bank

Israel Defends Plans to Build New Settlement Units in West Bank

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — The Israeli government is defending its move to build 3,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank. 
The government made the announcement Friday after the Unit…

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Iran, Palestine and Israel

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Iran, Palestine and Israel

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Iranian and Palestinian leaders, and didn’t spare Israel, either, in her address at the Saban Forum, continuing her trend of increased frankness as her time in …

Leon Panetta and Israeli Counterpart Ehud Barak Talk Afghanistan, Iran, Syria — and Friendship

Leon Panetta and Israeli Counterpart Ehud Barak Talk Afghanistan, Iran, Syria — and Friendship

MARK WILSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At a joint Pentagon press conference on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak addressed questions about Afghanistan, the Iron Dome missile defense system …

Palestine Wins ‘Observer State Status’ at U.N. over US Objections

Palestine Wins ‘Observer State Status’ at U.N. over US Objections

John Moore/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) — The United Nations has voted to move Palestine a small step closer to statehood. Despite opposition from the United States and Israel,  an overwhelming majority of UN member states Thursday approved a res…

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Leave Politics

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Leave Politics

Tara Todras-Whitehill-Pool/Getty Images(TEL AVIV, Israel) — In a surprise announcement, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday he’ll be leaving politics for good once a new government is formed following the January elections.Barak is one …

Israeli Spokesman Labels Pic of Mud-Smeared Face ‘Obama Style’

Israeli Spokesman Labels Pic of Mud-Smeared Face ‘Obama Style’

Lieutenant Sacha Dratwa/Facebook(CAIRO) — One of the Israeli military’s most visible spokesmen is under fire for a photo he posted on his Facebook page captioned “Obama style” in which his face is smeared with mud.Sacha Dratwa posted…

Israel Successfully Tests New Missile Defense System

Israel Successfully Tests New Missile Defense System

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s defense ministry announced on Sunday that it has successfully tested a new missile defense system called David’s Sling. Israel already employs its Iron Dome short-range defense system to interce…

Cease-Fire Holds Between Israel and Hamas

Cease-Fire Holds Between Israel and Hamas

ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza) — With a tenuous cease-fire in place and no rocket fire between Israel and Hamas for the first time in more than a week, Palestinians have begun to clean up rubble and damage inflicted by Israeli missiles…

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The Israel-Hamas cease-fire brokered by the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and announced Wednesday is fragile, White House o…

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

White House Officials Say Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Is ‘Tenuous’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The Israel-Hamas cease-fire brokered by the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, and announced Wednesday is fragile, White House o…

Top Israeli Official’s Facebook, Twitter Accounts Hacked

Top Israeli Official’s Facebook, Twitter Accounts Hacked

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A group of pro-Palestinian hackers apparently managed to hack the social networking accounts of Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom and has promised to release a trove of the top official’s private emai…

Israeli Bus Explodes in Tel Aviv as Diplomats Work Toward Truce

Israeli Bus Explodes in Tel Aviv as Diplomats Work Toward Truce

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday.(TEL AVIV, Israel) — A bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv Wedne…

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

US Officials Emphasize ‘De-escalating’ Gaza Violence

State Department photo/ Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — As news reports emerged Tuesday of a ceasefire or truce to end the crisis in Gaza, American officials made it a point not to use either of those terms.Instead, U.S. officials were talking about &ldqu…

Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Deploy Ground Troops

Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Deploy Ground Troops

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bluff, a move that could backfire on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza straining to survive an onslaught of Isr…

Hillary Clinton to Travel to Middle East Amid Gaza Crisis

Hillary Clinton to Travel to Middle East Amid Gaza Crisis

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesUPDATE: A ceasefire in the Middle East is expected to be announced later Tuesday at a press conference in Cairo, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum tells ABC News.
(PHNOM PENH, Cambodia) — President Obama dispatched Secretary of State…

Phone Call Tells Gazans to Get Out; Missiles Hit Minutes Later

Phone Call Tells Gazans to Get Out; Missiles Hit Minutes Later

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty Images(JABALIYA, Gaza) — Anger boiled over in Gaza on Monday as the death toll passed 100 and the civilian casualties mounted. Volleys of Palestinian militant rockets flew into Israel as Israeli drones buzzed endlessly overhead a…

State Department Spokesperson Grilled on ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ Policy on Gaza

State Department Spokesperson Grilled on ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ Policy on Gaza

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At a State Department briefing Monday, spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked about the diplomatic progress to end the violence in Gaza. Over the weekend, Nuland released a statement detailing the teleph…

Israel Combats Cyber Attacks During Gaza Offensive

Israel Combats Cyber Attacks During Gaza Offensive

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The Israeli government said Monday that since the beginning of its military operation in Gaza, cyber attackers have launched more than 44 million attempts to disrupt the operation of various Israeli government websi…

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