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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
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Pain and Gain for Palestinians and Israelis Post Gaza War
by Abdullah H. Erakat and Linda Gradstein on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Both Sides Claim Victory after Seven Weeks of Fighting [RAMALLAH] – After the rockets, comes the spin machine, and both Israel and Hamas are claming victory in the fighting that has left 2200 Palestinians and 69 Israelis and one foreign worker dead, thousands of Palestinians wounded, and widespread devastation in the Gaza Strip. While there were victory celebrations in Gaza and the West Bank, there were mixed feelings in Israel over the end of the fighting, and questions.....

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TML EXCLUSIVE: European Union Offers Assurances to Prevent Misuse of Gaza Imports
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EU Ambassador holds Hamas responsible for breakdown of talks to end Gaza fighting Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of delegation of the European Union to Israel, is no stranger to the region. Speaking to The Media Line’s Felice Friedson, Ambassador Faaborg-Andersen said in the mid-1970s following his high school graduation he spent time in Kibbutz Neot Mordechai in northern Israel. A time of unrest, the future envoy even experienced mortar-fire from Lebanon. Faaborg-Andersen was also Middle East director from 2000.....

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Palestinian and Israeli Children Suffer from Trauma
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, August 25, 2014

Mental health professionals prepare for end of fighting Mohammed, who asked that his last name not be used, says his two young sons are showing clear signs of trauma after almost 50 days of constant bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Two weeks ago, their apartment in Gaza City was damaged by an Israeli tank shell and they had to temporarily flee. “It was 1 a.m. and we had to run downstairs to the bottom of the building,” Mohammed told.....

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Israeli Officers Learn to Fight Cyber-War
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Algorithms and software become weapons of choice [Rishon Letzion, Israel] – Galit tosses her dark braid over her shoulder and smiles. “I’m a lieutenant in Israeli intelligence and I work as a software engineer developing information systems,” the 24-year old soldier told The Media Line. Because of army regulations her last name cannot be published, nor could she be photographed. Galit was accompanied to the interview by four representatives of the army spokesman’s office, who came to make sure.....

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Israeli Engineering Students Look to Go Commercial
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, August 18, 2014

High-Tech Companies Come Scouting for Ideas [Beersheva, Israel] – The eager students and their projects are all over campus – some with posters, some with models, and some with prototypes. “This system works in conjunction with your air conditioning system,” Idan Admon, a student in electrical engineering told The Media Line enthusiastically as the vents of an air conditioner followed him as he moved. “How many times have you left the air conditioner on and left the room? This.....

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Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister: No Difference between Hamas and ISIS
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tzachi Hanegbi disappointed, not surprised, at allies’ criticism of Israeli war tactics [JERUSALEM]  Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, is a former head of the parliament’s influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Hanegbi spoke with The Media Line some 35 days after Israel launched its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, Operation Protective Edge. At the time of this interview, it is day one of a 72-hour cease fire which began with the firing of scores of rockets.....

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Israeli Street Fair Supports Southern Businesses
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, August 11, 2014

Israelis Open their Wallets David and Rachel Moshe from Ashdod, a coastal Mediterranean city where hundreds of Hamas-fired rockets have landed over the past month of fighting, have a business decorating wedding halls. But since July 8, most of the weddings in Ashdod have been delayed. The Israeli government has not allowed gatherings of more than 300 people fearing that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip could be even more dangerous if it falls in a large.....

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Official Calls Major Academic Boycott an "Oxymoron"
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, August 11, 2014

Large new list of academics supporting anti-Israel boycott major win for BDS The announcement by more than one hundred international academics that they have joined the ranks of those advocating a boycott of the state of Israel is being hailed as a victory by the “BDS” [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement. Spurred-on by the horrific images of the ongoing fighting in the Gaza Strip, news of the new action was a blow to Israel’s insistence that the devastation.....

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US Citizen Killed in Egypt
by Sherif Elhelwa on Thursday, August 07, 2014

Growing Jihadist Violence in Neighboring Libya Threatens Stability An American citizen, who worked for the Apache Oil Corporation in Egypt, was killed in an apparent car jacking in Egypt’s western desert as he traveled between production facilities on the highway between Egypt and Libya this week. Witnesses said men in Bedouin dress stopped the US citizen, forced him from the car, shot him and drove off. “An employee was the victim of an apparent car jacking during which he.....

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Abbas's Political Power Seen as Gaza War Casualty
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hamas political gains not seen as sustainable post-war WEST BANK – Prior to the outbreak of the 29-day war between Israel and Hamas and despite the failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly was a happy camper having survived unscathed in the blame-game. Arguably, and fortunately for Abbas, in the eyes of most, the Kerry mission imploded when Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reneged on his agreement to release.....

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