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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Rocket fire paralyzes life in Ashkelon
Palestinian Family Accepts Condolence Visit
Israeli Students Prepare for Cyber-War
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Gaza Fighting Affects Mood in West Bank
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Canadian Parliamentarians Join Jerusalem Rally
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Canada-Israel Rally draws hundreds of locals and visitors [Jerusalem] – Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the Canada-Israel solidarity gathering as “the first big mission since [former New York] Mayor Michael Bloomberg,” which according to the mayor, demonstrated “who the best friend of Israel is.” Several hundred Canadians: some living and some visiting in Israel; some who boarded a plane at a moment’s notice to “Stand with Israel” (in the words of the evening’s title); and some parliamentarians already.....

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Hamas Back in the Center of Things
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Not Clear if Hamas is Stronger or Weaker Today Hamas gunmen killed three Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip today, raising the total number of soldiers killed to 56 since the fighting began July 8. According to the army, the soldiers uncovered a tunnel shaft in a residence in southern Gaza. Both the tunnel and the house were booby –trapped and exploded. From Hamas’s point of view it was another in the string of military successes they have.....

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Recuperating Wounded Israeli Soldiers in Hospitals
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Drowning in Cookies and Goodwill First Sergeant Mordechai, a 22-year-old combat engineer, was supposed to be released from the army this month. He had already started his last furlough as a soldier and was planning a long trip to South America to celebrate his freedom. Instead, today he recuperating from shrapnel wounds to his head, chin, and both hands at Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv, Israel’s main rehabilitation facility. His left arm is in a metal cage and.....

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Life in Gaza Grows Increasingly Difficult
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Families Run from Israeli Shelling [Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Gaza] – Mohammed Abdel Fatah Badawi is hosting 45 people in his home here in central Gaza. They are all relatives who fled the heavy fighting in Gaza City and have come to stay with him where it is relatively safer. “Thank G-d, we are managing,” Badawi, an ambulance driver, told The Media Line. “We had some food in the house and I have been able to go out briefly and.....

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Syrian Fighting Pushed to the Sidelines
by Emma J. Beals on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Islamic State Could Challenge Assad The war in Syria is disappearing off the news agenda behind conflict in Ukraine, neighboring Iraq, and now the Gaza Strip. Syrian activists and opposition alike greet expressions of outrage over the civilian death toll in Gaza with their own disquiet that the killing in their own country has not been greeted with an equal amount of worldwide condemnation, despite their constant protestations. As the world looks elsewhere, the deaths of civilians in.....

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Israelis Back Destruction of All Gaza Tunnels
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mounting casualties exact a toll on society [Kiryat Malachi, Israel] – Looking pale and dazed, Israeli soldier Ron Belzam from the town of Kfar Saba lay on a bed in the emergency room at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. A single red rose wrapped in plastic rests on the bed next to him. Balzam had been wounded that morning in fighting in the Gaza Strip, but didn’t want to talk about the incident. Suddenly, his mother rushed in, hyperventilating,.....

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Israeli-Hamas Battle Blasts Tourists from Mediterranean Beaches
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Officials see 9-month process to bring foreign tourists back [Ashkelon, Israel] -- Sopping wet Sandra Cohen and her three children ran through the lobby of the Leonardo Ashkelon Hotel and into the stairwell to take shelter as the familiar red alert siren again sounded. That few vacationers are willing to tolerate the frequent interruptions to their recreation or the sense of danger created by Hamas rocketry is evidenced by the fact that the Cohens were the only tourists.....

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Mapping Missiles Keeps City Safer
by Linda Gradstein and Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Residents of Ashkelon live with the sirens [Ashkelon, Israel] – A city employee enters the underground bunker where most of this city’s municipal staff has been working for the past week. “We’ve just had a rocket land near the Carlsberg factory,” he says. “No word of any injuries.” Dr. Alan Marcus, the Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Ashkelon, opens his laptop and pulls up a detailed plan of the city. A native Bostonian who has lived here for.....

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Mapping Missiles Keeps City Safer
by Linda Gradstein and Felice Friedson on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Residents of Ashkelon live with the sirens [Ashkelon, Israel] – A city employee enters the underground bunker where most of this city’s municipal staff has been working for the past week. “We’ve just had a rocket land near the Carlsberg factory,” he says. “No word of any injuries.” Dr. Alan Marcus, the Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Ashkelon, opens his laptop and pulls up a detailed plan of the city. A native Bostonian who has lived here for.....

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Israel Debates Efficacy of Military Ground Operation
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, July 14, 2014

Despite apparent support for boots on the ground doubts remain Standing in a well-furnished bomb-shelter in the southern town of Sderot, former deputy Israeli army chief-of-staff Uzi Dayan says that a large-scale ground invasion of the Gaza Strip is the only way to ensure that Israel completes its mission of ending rocket fire once and for all while striking a heavy blow to the Islamist Hamas movement. “We should not only attack Hamas’s facilities and infrastructure, but we must.....

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