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Israel slams EU for targeting construction, underemphasizing Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused the international community of “deafening silence” in response to vows by Hamas to fight on until the Jewish state is destroyed. Netanyahu’s tough words came after the European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences if it goes through with construction plans in the E1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.

Posted on December 11, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, News.

Consequences to Palestinian unilateral actions

Judaism is punctilious in its adherence and respect to agreements and contracts. Yet many American Jews who believe in the rule of law for our religious, civil and criminal justice systems and the binding nature of contracts seem to allow their sensibilities to be changed in regard to the binding agreements made by Palestinian Arabs such as the Oslo accords, writes StandWithUs/New York office co-chair Eric R. Mandel.

Posted on December 2, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, Opinion.

Free Gaza—from Hamas

With yet another ceasefire in place, “human rights activists” have another opportunity to demand that instead of investing massively in restocking rockets for another round of warfare, Palestinian leaders invest in the welfare of their own people, writes NGO Monitor President Gerald M. Steinberg.

Posted on November 25, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, Opinion.

After eight days of fighting, ceasefire appears to hold

After eight days of fighting, Operation Pillar of Defense came to a close, and now all that can be done is wait for the results. During the night following the Israel-Hamas cease-fire announcement, there was sporadic rocket fire for several hours after the 9 p.m. deadline went into effect, but none after midnight. In all, 12 rockets were fired into Israeli territory after the deadline. The Israel Air Force has ceased all activity in the Gaza Strip. If the calm holds, reserve soldiers called up to prepare for a potential ground invasion will begin to be sent home in coming days.

Posted on November 22, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, News.

Dozens wounded in Tel Aviv bus bombing

An explosive device was detonated inside a bus on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street at noon on Wednesday in what Israeli police said was a terror attack. Magen David Adom medical services said 20 people were wounded in the attack. The bomb blew out the windows on the vehicle, a 76 line bus belonging to the Dan company, causing extensive damage but no fatalities.

Posted on November 21, 2012 and filed under Conflict.

Even as rockets rain down, Israeli economic strength rings through

On Nov. 20, for the sixth consecutive year, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) recognized the innovative technology and business acumen that characterizes the Jewish state at its “Israel Day. The event took place in the midst of high tension from ongoing Gaza rockets, but even as Israelis were forced into shelters, the Tel Aviv stock exchange rose 28 points. 

Posted on November 20, 2012 and filed under Business, Conflict, Israel, News, U.S..

Israel in the public eye

As Americans, we need to remind our fellow citizens that Israel is the canary in the coal mine, on the front lines against the violent terrorism emanating from fundamentalists that have no tolerance for Israel or any other liberal democracy, writes the StandWithUs/New York office co-chair Eric R. Mandel.

Posted on November 20, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, Opinion.

Tales of terror: Israelis share their stories on Gaza rockets

Click photo to download. Caption: An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip that hit a house near the Israel-Gaza border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90.Amid a barrage of hundreds of rockets from Gaza, interviewed residents of some of the hardest-hit areas in southern Israel who have been enduring such attacks for years, as well those living in or near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv—cities not accustomed to rocket fire prior to this latest conflict.

Posted on November 19, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, News.

Iron Dome, now protecting Tel Aviv, highly successful in intercepting rockets

Click photo to download. Caption: The Iron Dome defense system fires to interecpt incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90.With hundreds of rockets raining down from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has had an 85-percent interception success rate. On Nov. 17, the system’s fifth battery was deployed two months ahead of schedule in order to protect Tel Aviv.

Posted on November 19, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, News.

Is Israel’s response ‘disproportionate’? A history lesson

Click photo to download. Caption: People look at a wreckage of the car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas's military wing, was killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Nov. 14. Credit: Wissam Nassar/FLASH90.The fact that the casualty toll from the first days of the Gaza fighting was three Israelis and 30 Arabs “underscores what critics of Israeli policy called Israel’s disproportionate use of military force,” the New York Times reported on Nov. 17. But if the body count determines whether an army’s actions are justified, then the historical record contains more than a few surprises, writes Dr. Rafael Medoff.

Posted on November 18, 2012 and filed under Conflict, Israel, Opinion.