$5.4 billion pledged to rebuild Gaza

Al Jazeera, October 12

A donor conference in Cairo to raise money for Gaza after this year’s war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of $5.4 billion, half of which will be “dedicated” to the reconstruction of the coastal enclave, Norway’s foreign minister said Sunday.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende offered the figure at [...]

Israel Claims Nearly 1,000 Acres of West Bank Land Near Bethlehem

New York Times, By Isabel Kershner, August 31

Jerusalem — Israel on Sunday laid claim to nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem — a step that could herald significant Israeli construction in the area — defying Palestinian demands for a halt in settlement expansion and challenging world [...]

Congress backs $225M bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

CBS/AP, August 1

Washington – Both the House and Senate on Friday rushed approved a $225 million bill to replenish Israel’s missile defense system.

The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Palestinian militants over three and a half weeks of [...]

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

The New Yorker, By Katie Zavadski, July 25

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the [...]

UN human rights chief: Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza

Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza.

Ha’aretz, By Barak Ravid, July 23

The UN human rights chief said Wednesday during an emergency meeting that Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [...]

Gaza crisis: 13 Israeli soldiers, scores of Gazans killed

BBC, July 20

Israel and Gaza have both suffered their bloodiest day since the beginning of the current offensive.

Israel says that 13 of its soldiers died since Saturday night, the biggest one-day loss for its army in years.

At least 87 Gazans were reported killed on Sunday – 60 of them in the district [...]

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

The Intercept, By Glenn Greenwald, July 17

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to [...]

Israel makes first ground incursion in Gaza

Al Arabiya, July 13

Israeli navy commandos launched a ground operation overnight in the north of the Gaza Strip, the first since the offensive against Hamas began, Israeli public radio said early Sunday.

The brief incursion targeted a rocket launcher site, it said in statements quoted by Agence France-Presse.

The armed branch of Hamas confirmed [...]

Israel launches major offensive against Hamas militants

AP, July 8

The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

The military said “Operation Protective Edge” looks to strike the [...]

Israel holds US boy without charge after police nearly beat him to death

The Electronic Intifada, By Rania Khalek, July 5

Fifteen-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abukhdeir, cousin of recent lynching victim Muhammed Abu Khudair, was brutally beaten by masked Israeli police on Thursday evening in the Shuafat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. He has since been arrested and held without charge and denied medical treatment, according to his family [...]

Saving Europe with MMT, or as goes Europe, goes the World…

Ian Welsh wrote, and we’ve commented, because while Ian provides penetrating analysis, there is no suggestion of solutions, for example those on which Marine Le Pen campaigns, which seem cogent: Restore the Franc, Restore Sovereignty, and Control Multiculturalism.

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Kerry, Abbas to meet after peace talks collapse

AFP, May 13

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in London this week for the first time since peace talks collapsed last month, officials said Monday.

“Secretary Kerry will meet with president Abbas in London on Thursday,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“While the door [...]

Palestinian-Israel Negotiations- Pick your Headline

According to the New York Times , Palestinians Defy U.S. and Israel, Putting Mideast Talks in Peril Mr. Abbas’s actions came after a frenzied day of rumors in Israel, where officials said a deal was emerging in which Jonathan Pollard would be freed before Passover. Israel would free the remaining long-serving prisoners …“Facilitation is only [...]

Tuesday Tensions bedevil Arab summit

Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.

Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]

U.S. pushing Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists

CBS, By Dan Raviv, March 1

Washington – As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Washington – due to arrive on Sunday (March 2), to prepare for talks with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday – it’s clear that there are several points of friction between Israel and the United States.

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