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Israeli Air Strike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

Israeli Air Strike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — An Israeli strike on a Gaza City high-rise Monday has killed one of the top militant leaders of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group said.The second strike in two days on the downtown Gaza…

Rising Palestinian Death Toll Spurs Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

Rising Palestinian Death Toll Spurs Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Mourners on Monday buried the 11 victims of an Israeli air strike Sunday, the single deadliest incident since the escalation between Hamas and Israel began last Wednesday.Among the dead were nine m…

Obama:`We Are Fully Supportive of Israel’s Right to Defend Itself’

Obama:`We Are Fully Supportive of Israel’s Right to Defend Itself’

(BANGKOK, Thailand) — President Obama today fully backed Israel’s right to defend itself and warned that the escalating violence in the Middle East threatens the prospect for a lasting peace process.Speaking at a joint press conference with Thai…

Israel’s Iron Dome Has Intercepted More Than 150 Rockets

Israel’s Iron Dome Has Intercepted More Than 150 Rockets

(JERUSALEM) — Israel said that it will install a fifth “Iron Dome” battery before the end of the year, adding another installation to the country’s missile defense system, which has proven itself this week, intercepting more than 150 rockets fired fro…

Israel Targets Hamas Headquarters

Israel Targets Hamas Headquarters

MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza) — In the early hours of Saturday morning, Israel’s Air Force reduced the headquarters of the militant group Hamas to rubble. It was one of several Hamas buildings and homes targeted, part of Israel’s con…

US Clarifies Stance on Israel/Hamas Conflict, Egypt’s Role

US Clarifies Stance on Israel/Hamas Conflict, Egypt’s Role

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland reiterated at Friday’s briefing the United States’ position that Israel has the right to defend itself, but that the U.S. also wants to see an end to M…

Israeli, Palestinian Truce Cracks as Violence, Air Strikes Hit Third Day

Israeli, Palestinian Truce Cracks as Violence, Air Strikes Hit Third Day

Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — Israeli air strikes and rocket launches from the Gaza Strip stretched into a third day, despite talk of a temporary truce.Israel said it would stop its aerial bombardment of Gaza while Egyptian Pri…

Obama Administration: Hamas to Blame for Gaza Violence

Obama Administration: Hamas to Blame for Gaza Violence

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — When it comes to the escalating border violence between Israel and the Gaza strip, Obama administration officials have made the U.S. position clear: Hamas is to blame.Aboard Air Force One, White House Press S…

Israel Extends Air Strikes on Gaza as Hamas Retaliates

Israel Extends Air Strikes on Gaza as Hamas Retaliates

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip stretched into another day as Hamas and other militant groups retaliated — the latest escalation of violence between the two sides that followed Israel’s assassination Wednesda…

Israel Assassinates Hamas Commander in Aerial Barrage

Israel Assassinates Hamas Commander in Aerial Barrage

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(TEL AVIV) — The Israeli military said Wednesday its Air Force targeted and killed the top military commander of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in an airstrike that was part of a larger military operation in the Gaza …

Syria’s New War Strategy Could Involve Israel

Syria’s New War Strategy Could Involve Israel

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears to be taking steps to expand the 20-month-long conflict in his country to include a once-bitter enemy, Israel.Last weekend, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired …

Is Israel Being Drawn into Syrian Conflict?

Is Israel Being Drawn into Syrian Conflict?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — For the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired at Syria on Sunday after a mortar round from that country landed in the Golan Heights.There were no damage or injuries but Israeli …

Kitten Taken In by Baboon at Israeli Zoo

Kitten Taken In by Baboon at Israeli Zoo

ABC News(NEW YORK) — At a petting zoo in Israel, a baboon has adopted a tiny kitten who recently strayed into its cage and then refused to leave.The baboon now cares for the kitten, rarely letting the feline out of her sight. Zoo officials told local …

Israeli Army Jeep Hit by Syrian Gunfire

Israeli Army Jeep Hit by Syrian Gunfire

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GOLAN HEIGHTS, Israel) — An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Jeep was hit by gunfire from Syria while on a routine patrol along the border in the Golan Heights, military officials in Israel confirmed. According to the IDF, the Jeep w…

Israel Ordered Iran Strike Preparations in 2010, Says New Report

Israel Ordered Iran Strike Preparations in 2010, Says New Report

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s foreign intelligence agency and military were ordered in 2010 by the country’s top civilian leadership to prepare for a strike on Iran, a report out Monday says. The investigative report by Israeli telev…

Syrian Tanks Enter Israel

Syrian Tanks Enter Israel

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(TEL AVIV) — Three Syrian tanks have entered the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria on Saturday.A spokesperson for the Israeli military told ABC News that it is an internal Syrian matter. It’s believed the tan…

Israel Considers Distributing Medical Marijuana

Israel Considers Distributing Medical Marijuana

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Medical use of marijuana is still a hotly contested topic in the U.S., but not in Israel where the country’s health ministry is considering the distribution of medical marijuana through pharmacies. Marijuana is illegal…

Israeli PM Says Arab States Would Appreciate Strike on Iran

Israeli PM Says Arab States Would Appreciate Strike on Iran

GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — How would the Arab states react if Israel launched a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities?Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes the shock would immediately be followed by praise for…

Israel Mum on Mystery Explosion in Sudan

Israel Mum on Mystery Explosion in Sudan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israeli officials on Thursday would not confirm nor deny that the Israeli military carried out an attack Tuesday night on a weapons factory just south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum.The African nation directly acc…

Hezbollah: That Was Our ‘Iran-Made’ Drone Over Israel

Hezbollah: That Was Our ‘Iran-Made’ Drone Over Israel

Salah Malkawi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The leader of Hezbollah claimed Thursday his group was responsible for an unidentified drone that flew deep into Israeli airspace on Saturday before it was shot out of the sky by the Israeli Air Force, and that t…

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