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Israel’s Welcome Messages for President Obama

By Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama upon his inauguration, saying he expects Israeli-American relations to become even stronger.Read More


Who Won the War?

By Leslie Susser, JTA

Now that there is a cease-fire in place, Israelis are asking whether the 22-day war against Hamas in Gaza achieved its aims.The government argues that overwhelming victory in the field will advance what was Operation Cast Lead’s primary goal: bringing a long period of quiet to civilians in southern Israel, freeing them from the tyranny of cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza. But critics on the right say the government did not go far enough.Read More


Israel Begins Gaza Withdrawal

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Staff and Agencies

The Israel Defense Forces began a partial withdrawal of ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening, hours after ending a three-week offensive on the Hamas-ruled coastal territory. The move also came shortly after Gaza’s Hamas rulers announced a one-week cease-fire, despite continuing rocket fire on southern Israel.Read More


Israel Votes for Unilateral Cease-Fire

By News Agencies and Haaretz Staff

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday night announced that Israel’s security cabinet has voted in favor of a unilateral cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which will come into effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday.Read More


Reports: Gaza Hospital, U.N. Complex Hit in Israeli Strikes

By JTA

Israel reportedly struck the United Nations headquarters in Gaza, as Hamas stepped up rocket attacks on southern Israel. The Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City was also hit, the Associated Press reported. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced, during a news conference following his meeting with Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, that he expressed his “strong protest and outrage” to Defense Minister Ehud Barak over Thursday’s strike on the U.N. compound. He said Barak characterized the attack as “a grave mistake.”Read More


Massive Layoffs at Hadassah

By JTA

Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America has instituted massive layoffs.The organization began the process Tuesday of laying off 80 employees across the country, roughly a quarter of its national staff, a spokesman for the organization confirmed. The cuts are coming at all levels of the organization.Read More


Hamas Supports Egyptian Proposal for Gaza Truce

By Avi Issacharoff, Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondents and Reuters

Hamas representatives held a press conference in Cairo Wednesday evening following talks with Egyptian officials, and announced that they have accepted in principle an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire agreement to end the fighting between the Islamist group and Israel in the Gaza Strip.Read More


Human Rights Groups Warn of Gaza Health System Collapse

By Nir Hasson, Haaretz Correspondent

Nine human rights organizations joined forces on Wednesday to call for emergency humanitarian relief for the population of the Gaza Strip. At a meeting Wednesday, they warned of a complete collapse of the health system in Gaza, with at least 850 chronically ill patients and hundreds of wounded who have not been treated. They also fear outbreaks of infectious diseases resulting from the collapse of the water and sewage systems in Gaza.Read More


Rockets From Lebanon Hit Israeli Border Town

By Nathan Jeffay

Israelis started the day with news that three Katyusha rockets had been fired over the Israel-Lebanon border, landing in the coastal town of Nahariya. One of the rockets hit a nursing home, leaving one resident with a broken leg, one with bruises, and others in shockRead More


Israel and Egypt To Begin Negotiations on Gaza Truce

By Barak Ravid, Avi Issacharoff and Assaf Uni, Haaretz Correspondents

Israel and Egypt are expected to enter intensive negotiations in the coming days in an attempt to agree on a mechanism that will bring the fighting in the Gaza Strip to an end. Meanwhile, the cabinet approved Wednesday a continuation of Operation Cast Lead.Read More





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