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As Much of the World Frowns on Israel, Americans Hold Out Support

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:02:22 GMT

The failures of the Arab Spring to spread democracy in the Middle East have left many in America more inclined to side with Israel, which has lost backing elsewhere, analysts say.

Civilians as Human Shields? Gaza War Intensifies Debate

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:36 GMT

Israel said it takes precautions to avoid killing civilians, but has also accepted as inevitable that there will be large numbers of civilian casualties when it strikes at certain targets.

Kerry Claims Progress Toward Gaza Truce, but Hamas Leader Is Defiant

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:45:29 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to obtain a cease-fire, after 16 days of fighting that has killed nearly 700 Palestinians, 32 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians.

World Briefing: Egypt: Judge Says Devil United Journalists From Al Jazeera to Destabilize Nation

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:19:52 GMT

The judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued last month against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

World Briefing: Canada: Man Is Charged in Syria Terrorism Case

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:17:08 GMT

A 25-year-old from British Columbia has been charged under a new antiterrorism law, accused of joining Islamist fighters in Syria.

Open Source: Foreign Correspondents in Israel Complain of Intimidation

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:51:15 GMT

Some Israelis, incensed by reporting on Gaza they call overly sympathetic to Palestinians, have started to take their frustration out on correspondents.

U.N. Rights Panel Votes for Inquiry in Gaza Conflict

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:56:02 GMT

Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights, suggested both Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes.

Airlines Suspend Flights to Israel After Hamas Rocket Falls Near Main Airport

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:07:08 GMT

After a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion airport outside Tel Aviv, the Federal Aviation Administration told American carriers to halt service for 24 hours, and some other airlines followed suit.

In Israel, Kerry Sees ‘Work to Do’ to Get Deal on Cease-Fire

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:00 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry sought to forge a truce in the Gaza Strip a day after American civilian flights to Israel were suspended.

In a Syrian City, ISIS Puts Its Vision Into Practice

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:57 GMT

Islamist extremists in control of Raqqa have blended their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam with the practicalities of governance.

A Blast, a Fire and an Israeli Soldier Goes Missing

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:07:40 GMT

Israeli officials said they were uncertain whether the soldier had been captured by Palestinian forces in Gaza or killed in combat.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Turkey Can Teach Israel How to End Terror

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:40:54 GMT

Turkey faced a terrorist threat for decades and has now made peace. Israel should follow its example.

World Briefing: U.N. Warns of Polio Risk in War Zones

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:17:44 GMT

The United Nations expressed concern about the possible spread of polio in the war-ravaged countries of Syria and Iraq and beyond on Tuesday.

Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:59:13 GMT

Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises at once, and the interlocking nature of them all is making the current upheaval more complicated.

For Israelis on Edge of Battle, Rockets Put On a Show

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:27:11 GMT

Residents of the town of Sderot, the so-called bomb shelter capital of the world, gather on a dusty hill every night to watch rockets soar between Israel and Gaza.

Hamas Gambled on War as Its Woes Grew in Gaza

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:36:28 GMT

When war between Israel and Hamas broke out two weeks ago, the Palestinian militant group was so hamstrung, politically, economically and diplomatically, that its leaders appeared to feel they had nothing to lose.

Op-Ed Contributor: Gaza Under Israel’s Onslaught

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:59:59 GMT

In Gaza, anxious eyes scan the night sky for any warning of the bombs that rain.

Fighting in Gaza Continues

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:22:52 GMT

The Palestinian death toll rose while the Israeli military said it had struck weapons stores and other infrastructure in Gaza.

Open Source: Palestinian Family Finds Missing Son in YouTube Video of His Shooting

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:17:22 GMT

Searching the web for news, a family was horrified to discover video of a missing son apparently shot to death in Gaza City.

Iraqi Police Use Detentions to Blunt Militants

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:43 GMT

The detention of a woman said to be related to a leader of ISIS is part of a campaign to find a lever against the group.

Kerry Says U.S. Would Address Hamas Demands After Cease-Fire

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:32 GMT

Secretary of State John Kerry said Egypt had provided the framework for a cease-fire, but there was no indication that a deal was imminent.

At War Blog: Returning to Service, and Iraq, With Blackwater

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:11 GMT

Iraq veteran Matt Pelak returned to the country via a job with Blackwater. He writes that it’s hard to square that experience, and his respect for his colleagues, with the recent coverage of the Blackwater employees on trial for shooting Iraqi civilians in 2007.

Questions About Tactics and Targets as Civilian Toll Climbs in Israeli Strikes

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:07:39 GMT

A strike that killed 25 members of four households gathered for Ramadan was the latest in a series of Israeli attacks that have hit families in their homes.

Op-Ed Contributor: Turkey’s Culture Wars

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:28:09 GMT

The battle between religious conservatives and secularists is fought most fiercely over women’s bodies.

Op-Ed Contributor: Will Iraqi Blacks Win Justice?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:16:48 GMT

Iraqis need to recognize that theirs is a multiethnic country, and that respect for minority rights is what makes any nation strong.