Arab Israeli Conflict

The Arab Israeli Conflict: From peace efforts to suicide bombers. News updates and breaking news from the heart of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict that has been shaping the Holy Land for a century.

Hamas: IDF crackdown won’t stop us from running in elections

“Hamas is using the arrests to gain more sympathy among the Palestinians.”

9TH Governors Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/11/2017 - Actor Richard Gere

Richard Gere: Israelis won't have a home until the Palestinians have one

"We know that more hatred and more anger will never lead us out of this," Gere said in a video appearance at the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony to mark Remembrance Day.

An Iranian Shahed 171 drone dropping a bomb as part of a military exercise in the Gulf, in Iran

IDF is only 22% protected from drone attacks - comptroller report

IDF intelligence suffering because of the move from North to South.

Palestinians ‘optimistic’ about resumption of peace process

It also renewed its commitment to the two-state solution “based on the foundations of international legitimacy.”

How did Iron Dome's strategic depth transform Israel's defense?

No other country has been subjected to the sort of missile threats Israel faces and no other country has really created an integrated multi-layered air defense system like Israel has.

5 things to know about US funding to Palestinians and terror payments

State Department spokesman Ned Price assured that the funding was “absolutely consistent with relevant US law.”

Al-Aqsa preacher: Muslims who sell property to Jews are denied burial

The apartments were reportedly purchased by Ateret Cohanim, an organization that has long been working to expand Jewish presence in east Jerusalem.

Coalition of organizations urge UN to review UNRWA teaching procedures

Among the organizations working with Hadassah are the ADL, B'nai B'rith, OU, ZOA, Christians United for Israel and IMPACT-se.

Iron Dome developers set the record straight on its evolution

Marking 10 years since Iron Dome’s first operational interception, leading figures in developing the missile defense system set the record straight on its evolution

By JACOB NAGEL , SHACHAR SHOHAT
08/04/2021

Israeli intelligence met with Libyan general Haftar's son - report

Haftar, the son of the Libyan General, is currently eyeing Libya's presidential seat, which will be decided in December of this year.

 A GENERAL view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City last year.

Jordan warns Israel it’s violating Temple Mount status quo

The status quo only allows for Muslim worshipers to pray at the site, which is the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism's most holy sites.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

US lifts sanctions on ICC prosecutor, court official

Blinken said Washington was taking the step even though it continued "to disagree strongly with the ICC's actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations."

View of the Jewish settlement of Efrat and the surrounding fields, in Gush Etzion, West Bank, on Dec

US: It's our longstanding position that the West Bank is occupied

"This has been the longstanding position of previous administrations of both parties over the course of many decades," Price said.

At Israel-Gaza border, the IDF works round the clock to maintain quiet

‘We have incidents almost every day; our basic mission is to allow life to stay normal’

01/04/2021

Passover murder on the Temple Mount

There is no memorial plaque near where Itzkowitz was murdered. He lies in a forsaken nearly unmarked grave.

US: PA tortured participants in American-led 2019 Bahrain parley

The PA had boycotted the conference, but some individual Palestinians did participate.

6 reasons Israeli-Arab political power won't lead to Palestinian state

They are free to temporarily place the conflict on the back burner.

Commando, Home Front Command battalions drill rescue behind enemy lines

‘We are picking our best combat warriors, without differentiating whether they are a man or a woman.’

30/03/2021

Close to the enemy: Joining the IDF on a special operation near Lebanon

The enclave is a piece of territory between the concrete border that was constructed after the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and the Blue Line.

28/03/2021

How the IDF invented 'Roof Knocking', the tactic that saves lives in Gaza

Israel could have taken the easy way out and attacked without phone calls or warning strikes. But it didn’t. The IDF officers and soldiers in the command center knew what they had to do.

25/03/2021

Ze’evi assassin Ahmad Sa’adat to head PFLP list in PA election

In 2006, Sa’adat was sentenced to 30 years in prison for heading an illegal terrorist organization and for his responsibility for the assassination of Ze’evi.

Mideast quartet discusses reviving Israel, Palestinian peace talks

It has said it will continue to urge other countries to normalize ties with Israel, but stressed that is not a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

By REUTERS
24/03/2021

Infiltrations reported along Gaza, Lebanon borders

The IDF arrested three suspects who infiltrated from Lebanon into Israel near Kiryat Shmona.

21/03/2021

Palestinian killed by IDF during stone-throwing clashes

Asked for comment, the IDF said the incident was under examination.

20/03/2021
David Elhayani, head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council

Settler leader: Use PA terror funds to vaccinate Palestinians

"Either we will establish a future for them without bloodshed or we will leave them to the fate we have lived."

Terrorists held as role models by PA on International Women's Day

According to Palestinian Media Watch, TV programs glorified Dalal Mughrabi, leader of a terrorist attack known as "The Coastal Road Massacre."

Closing arguments start in World Vision alleged terror case

Halabi claims all activities were humanitarian.

A Palestinian prints posters in preparation for a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, 20

Gantz signs orders for seizure of materials for Hamas printing houses

“The printing houses of Hamas are a propaganda tool which are a cog in a machine of incitement, lies and terror.”

16/03/2021
A car drives past a poster depicting Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Adaisseh

Ex-IDF intel analysis chief: We know almost everything about Nasrallah

“The IDF knows a lot about Nasrallah. Nasrallah knows this and knows a lot about Israel, but there could still be an escalation which is different from how he usually acts.”

Palestinians, Arab League, condemn Czech Jerusalem office

Palestinian FM called it "a blatant attack on the Palestinian people and their rights, a flagrant violation of international law."

By REUTERS
13/03/2021

10 things to know about Israel's jittery peace with Jordan

A list of Israeli-Jordanian crisis points, most of which center on the Temple Mount.

Hamas claims 3 Gaza fishermen killed by explosive Israeli quadcopter

The Gazan Interior Ministry released an animated video simulating the incident.

11/03/2021
Bethlehem

Education Ministry files complaint against school for praising terrorism

Students were asked to put together memorial projects for the deceased "shahids." The projects featured photos from funeral and songs glorifying the terrorists.

International Criminal Court

ICC notified Palestinian Authority of Israel probe in advance - PA FM

The PA had been in "constant contact" with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda since they first arrived at the court in 2014.

11/03/2021

IDF arrests five Palestinian children near Havat Maon outpost

Israel has a policy of not arresting children under the age of 12.

Lebanese army fires at Israeli drone flying along border - Hezbollah media

Israeli forces fired flares at the border with Lebanon, near Meiss Ej Jabal, but no injuries were confirmed.

By REUTERS
09/03/2021

BDS groups from US and Europe team up with Iran and Hamas against Israel

Over 60 organizations took part in the Gaza event, organized by The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine, a broad network including many BDS groups.

PLO slams US for ignoring Palestinian misery, pro-Israel, anti-ICC bias

The US “totally ignored the legitimate rights of the Palestinians to have a viable state, while the Israeli occupation state continues to annex vast areas of the Palestinian territory."

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

ICC prosecutor announces formal investigation into Israeli 'war crimes'

Hundreds of Israelis could find themselves at risk by court decision; Israel bracing for protracted legal battle.

Three Palestinian fishermen killed off Gaza coast - report

Some Palestinian media sources are blaming Israel for the incident.

Fatah publishes caricature of Netanyahu as Hitler, covered in blood

The headline for the photo read: "He killed the Palestinians with the weapon of racism!" The caption: "Adolf Netanyahu."

Syrian hand grenades from mid-late 20th century found in Golan Heights

The grenades date back to the Six Day War (1967) and Yom Kippur War (1973,) corresponding with dominant Syrian presence in the Golan back then.

IDF completes underground wall as Israel readies for Hamas war

Southern Command uses mock Palestinian city to exercise various scenarios ahead of possible future confrontation.

04/03/2021

European parliamentarians warn against de facto West Bank annexation

"Diplomatic, legal and financial support for Palestinian communities at risk of demolition and forcible transfer should be increased."

IDF to award medal to SLA, IDF soldiers who fought in Lebanon buffer zone

The Lebanon war started in September 1982 and ended with the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000.

01/03/2021

Pompeo: I know 'many' inside Saudi Arabia want normalization with Israel

"I hope that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can find its way to join the Abraham Accords," Pompeo continued. "I know that many inside that country want that to take place."

Israel-US attacks against Iran in Syria pave way for increased cooperation

Israel has carried out more than 1,500 airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria.

The Golden Gate also known as the Mercy Gate (R) and the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosques

Jordan, PA accuse ‘Jewish extremists’ of storming Temple Mount

“230 Jewish extremists stormed the mosque (on Sunday), conducted tours, and practiced public Talmudic rituals and prayers inside its yards.”

Is Israel legally obligated to provide Palestinians with vaccines?

Israel has vaccinated nearly half of its population while the PA has barely started.

Israel’s ‘vaccine diplomacy’ is a scandal, not Michael Che’s ‘SNL’ joke

Israel has been caught engaging in “vaccine diplomacy,” promising doses to far-off foreign governments before meeting the needs of those they occupy.

By ADI ADAMIT-GORSTEIN/JTA
26/02/2021

Netanyahu: Only response to Iran is sanctions, military threat

Netanyahu also emphasized his close relationships with Democrats and Republicans, and that he has criticized both when he felt their policies were not in Israel’s interests, the source said.

PA, Israel deny reports of a vaccination center on the Temple Mount

An official from the PA and a senior official with the Jordanian-controlled Administration of Jerusalem’s Wakf and al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs said they were unaware of any such request.

IDF gets ready for Hezbollah along the Israeli-Lebanese border

The IDF changes — led by the 91st Galilee Division – were done in recent months, in which the unit carried out significant measures to step up its preparedness.

25/02/2021

There is no alternative to the two-state solution, says King Abdullah

Speaking at the Brookings institute webinar, the King added that “It is time to turn towards conflict resolution, not management and focus on the end goal instead of losing ourselves in the process.”

KKL-JNF allocate NIS 38 million to advance West Bank settlement building

The move comes as the Biden administration persistently warns Israel against unilateral steps in the West Bank such as settlement development.

Qatar says to fund $60 mln pipeline from Israel to Gaza

The Qatari statement, published on its Foreign Ministry website, came two days after Reuters reported that closed-door negotiations on the pipeline had reached a breakthrough.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

AHLC chair: End Israeli-Palestinian conflict with land for peace formula

Norway FM: This cooperation is important to help the Palestinians roll out a COVID-19 vaccination program, for which additional donor funding is needed.

Hamas: Israel trying to stop us from running in Palestinian election

Some Hamas representatives claimed that they were warned by Israeli authorities against presenting their candidacy.

Palestinian Authority paid terrorists over $150 million in 2020

The amount makes up 3.25% of the PA’s budget for last year, and is about NIS 5m. ($1.5m.) less than last year.

FISHING BOATS on the coast of Gaza.

IDF thwarts naval activity that posed threat to Navy

Earlier on Monday, Palestinian media reported that an IDF vessel fired two shells near a fishing boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Why can’t Netanyahu free Israelis from Gaza as easily as from Syria?

The prisoner swap happened so quickly that the public barely learned an Israeli woman had been held in Syria before she was already safely back in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

Israel's strategy as the US reaches out to Iran - analysis

Israel has already begun to shape its strategy in relation to the new administration in Washington.

View of Mount Hermon covered with snow as it seen from the northern Golan Heights, near the border w

Israeli woman released, returns home as two shepherds freed to Syria

The young woman was healthy and did not seem to be hurt in Syria.

ME Quartet pushes to renew involvement in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been frozen since April 2014

UN calls for international support in Palestinian battle to rebuild Humsa

Both Israel and the Palestinians view the struggle over the village as part of the larger land battle for Area C.

Prison cell block

Three Jewish terrorist suspects may be released by Friday

How is the latest Shin Bet, Honenu battle panning out?

Palestinians call for pressure on Israel to allow vaccines into Gaza

Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip also warned that Israel would "bear the consequences" of its decision.

In message to Hezbollah, IAF practices striking 3,000 targets in 24 hours

The drill involved the entire Air Force, including technicians, ammunition officers, and reservists who were called up from home to participate.

16/02/2021

Iran could deploy 200 missiles in Iraq to attack Israel

Iranian rationale for missile deployment in Iraq: Launch against Israel to prevent direct IDF retaliation against targets in Iran territory

Israeli settlers arrested on terrorism charges amid rise in violence

The Israeli police were investigating whether it was an accident or intentional.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
16/02/2021

Israel debates banning COVID-19 vaccines for Gaza until captives released

"The time has come to change the paradigm so that one humanitarian gesture is exchanged for another."

Naftali Bennett compares Palestinian Authority to ISIS

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin condemned the demolition, but politicians on the Left have not spoken out, nor has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued any statement.

Shin Bet nabs Turkish-Hamas funding channel

The operation was carried out by the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing in the ministry, the Shin Bet and the Customs Authority.

15/02/2021

Jewish settlers set fire to Palestinian vehicle, stone homes - Yesh Din

"Before setting fire to the vehicle, the settlers stole agricultural equipment from the village."

Rivlin: IDF must investigate Palestinian damage to Joshua altar site

Rivlin stated that he wrote to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and asked him to investigate the extent of the damage, and take measures to make sure it doesn't reoccur.

GIDEON SAAR in his Knesset office this week: Leadership is based on advancing your ideology, and the

Sa’ar says West Bank Annexation still a goal, even if not implemented now

‘I support maximum autonomy for Palestinians to rule their lives with minimum ability to harm Israel’

World Vision case controversy continues after 4.5 years

Was Halabi a humanitarian or working with Hamas?

PA, Israel partners in ensuring stability - new Civil Administration head

A relationship with both the Palestinians and the settlers is critical for the Civil Administration head, given that his office oversees Israel and Palestinian civilian life in Area C.

IDF intelligence: Iran at least two years from nuclear bomb

Officer says Tehran sees 2015 nuclear deal as only exit point from its severe situation.

09/02/2021

Iran is strategic threat, battle with Hezbollah more likely - analysis

Experts believe that the sharp drop in Iran’s GDP is equal in its severity to the era of the Iran-Iraq war.

09/02/2021

ICC begins tweeting in Hebrew and Arabic, in clear message to Israelis

"The trial court ruled that the tribunal has territorial jurisdiction over the situation in Palestine," it said.

Palestinian elections: Hamas will promise Islamic law, change and reform

Hamas, of course, is also convinced that many Palestinians will vote for its candidates because they identify with the Islamist movement’s ideology.

Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) poses for pictures at The Hague

Former ICC chief prosecutor: Investigation could take 18 months

"When I was prosecutor, Palestine tried to enter the International Criminal Court, and we debated the problem for three years," Luis Moreno Ocampo said.

Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again

European Parliament raises issue with UNRWA textbooks promoting hate

Many of the books seem to be based on Palestinian Authority education resources. A few label Israel as "Palestine" or just completely erase the country from the map.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe war crimes charges against Israelis

Netanyahu: This is pure antisemitism, US: Palestinians do not qualify as sovereign state

Prof. Yuval Shany

ICC ruling: What are the real implications for Israel?

Prof. Yuval Shany said, "We have a long way to go before these investigations mature into indictments against specific individuals and arrest warrants."

A Palestinian woman walks in Khirbet Humsah in Jordan Valley in the West Bank, November 5, 2020.

UN calls for a stop to IDF demolitions on Bedouin villages in West Bank

Humsa al Bqai’a is one of 38 Bedouin communities partially or fully located on zones declared by Israel as "firing zones," intended for military use.

Palestinian PM in Area C calls for sanctions on Israel over demolitions

"Serious sanctions on Israel should be imposed because this Israeli occupation should have a serious price."

Court rejects use of nation state law to block funds to bus Arab students

According to the Haifa court, the lower court should never have brought the Jewish Nation-State Law into the discussion, as it was not relevant.

Palestinian terrorist indicted in murder of Esther Horgen

Mohammad Maroh Kabaha smashed her head repeatedly with a large rock.

Palestinian cave-dwellers worry over Israeli settler incursions

"You'll be sitting with your wife in the cave and the settlers will raid it without any notice," Mour, 60, told Reuters about his family's dwelling near the West Bank city of Hebron.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021
Syrian air defence batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles

Alleged Israeli airstrike reported in southern Syria

The airstrike comes after two flights of airlines allegedly used by the IRGC to transfer weapons to Syria and Lebanon were reportedly spotted en route to Damascus.

04/02/2021
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