Arab Israeli Conflict

The Arab Israeli Conflict: From peace efforts to suicide bombers. News updates and breaking news from the heart of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict that has been shaping the Holy Land for a century.

Attack in Syria on August 25, 2019.
Syria condemns Israeli airstrikes, claims civilians injured

Syria responded quickly to the airstrikes, publishing numerous photos and reports.

IAF attacks Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, November 20, 2019
23 killed as Israel strikes over 20 Iranian, Syrian regime targets

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to Iran: You are no longer immune. Wherever you stretch your tentacles-we will hack them off.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM , IDAN ZONSHINE
20/11/2019
Palestinian photographer loses sight in eye hit by Israeli bullet

Following the incident, photo journalists from around the world posted on social media photos of themselves with one eye covered by a patch.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
19/11/2019
Iron Dome's success may inadvertently weaken Israeli deterrence - experts

Iron Dome's 90 percent intercept rate encourages complacency among Israeli leaders while enticing her enemies to strike harder.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
19/11/2019
A poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina's soccer player Lionel Messi is seen d
FIFA should ban PA Football Association for boycotting Israelis, watchdog says

"The International Judo Federation showed its clear moral fiber by suspending the Iran Judo Federation," says Palestinian Media Watch, demanding the international football body to do the same.

Farmers find rocket parts near Gaza; security forces warn many more out there

Security officials urge the public to be careful, avoid approaching them and call security forces if they find any.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/11/2019
Netanyahu: Israel has not changed Gaza policy, will strike enemies

"Our security policy has not changed – not even slightly."

A Palestinian militant walks past the home of Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after i
Israel says it is probing deadly Gaza air strike

Shortly before the ceasefire went into effect on Thursday, the IDF struck a home belonging to Rasmi Abu Malhous, killing eight members of his family, including five children.

AN IDF soldier patrols the border area between Israel and Jordan at Naharayim, as seen from the Isra
Jordanian government: return of enclaves resounding diplomatic victory

Press report released indicates ongoing perception of “Cold Peace” between Israel and Jordan after 25 years of peace

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/11/2019
A Palestinian militant walks past the home of Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after i
Hamas official attacked when paying visit to slain PIJ commander's family

Some PIJ members expressed outrage that Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar and other Hamas leaders did not pay a condolence visit to the family of Bahaa al-Ata in the first days after his death.

A ROCKET fired from Gaza by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad heads toward Israel this week
Gaza border communities councils announce end of emergency situation

Local councils in Gaza announced a return to routine on Friday, despite the fact that during the night, the IDF attacked Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip.

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
15/11/2019
Love and pain are intertwined in Zeruya Shalev's newly translated novel

Shalev sets the tone in an impressive and vivid account of a woman trying to deal with events she cannot control

'Israel Denial' lays bare academic attempts to delegitimize Israel

Postmodernism and post-colonialism, combined with antisemitism, have created fertile ground for extreme anti-Israel demonization on campus.

By GERALD M. STEINBERG
15/11/2019
Yuli Edelstein
Knesset Speaker protests EU ruling labeling West Bank products

"Although the decision is couched as an impartial effort to rule narrowly on a legal case and to ensure that consumers understand the provenance of their food, it in fact applies a double standard."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/11/2019
A ROCKET fired from Gaza by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad heads toward Israel this week
Security and Defense: Assessing Operation Black Belt

Both the IDF and Islamic Jihad can point to victories in this week’s conflict.

Netanyahu visits the Shin Bet command center which carried out the operation against Bahaa Abu al-At
Netanyahu visits Shin Bet command center which targeted Abu al-Ata

The prime minister and the Shin Bet chief, Nadav Argaman, met with workers and employees from the operational, technological and intelligence units.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
15/11/2019
UN expected to renew UNRWA’s mandate Friday in spite of ethical probe

Israel has long been concerned about the organization, and has argued that it helped promote a politicized idea of Palestinian refugee status that makes it hard to resolve the conflict.

Hamas announces: No Gaza border protests this Friday - report

This would be the first that Hamas cancels the protests since March 2019, over 6 months ago.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/11/2019
A Palestinian incendiary balloon that landed in a field in Israel
U.S. human rights group sued for funding Palestinian balloon terror

“This landmark case exposes a shocking and multi-layered planned conspiracy and campaign aimed at manipulating the public,” said Adv. Yifa Segal of the International Legal Forum.

By 'abandoning' PIJ, Hamas risks sparking crisis with Iran - analysis

“We have shown that we can go to war without Hamas,” said a PIJ official. “We are no longer seen as the little brother of Hamas.”

Rocket fired from Gaza Tuesday morning
IDF strikes PIJ targets overnight following ceasefire breach

According to Palestinian media, the IDF attacked four targets, with four Palestinians being lightly injured as a result.

By TAMAR BEERI , IDAN ZONSHINE
15/11/2019
IDF remains on high alert as rockets threaten cease fire

Senior PIJ official claims this was just one round, not the end • PM: ‘We can reach everyone, even in their bed’

Israel Katz: Targeted slaying of PIJ leaders sends warning to region

Israel killed PIJ leader Bahaa Abu al-Ata in a surgical strike in Gaza, marking Israel’s clear return to targeted assassinations.

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
IDF, Iranian-led PIJ battle was limited, will not be the last - analysis

While the battle against PIJ was limited and Israel only used a small amount of its capacity, the real challenge is in the North, and against Iran and its other proxies.

Former Shin Bet head: IDF's response not enough

"There is no problem for the IDF to conquer the Gaza Strip. This is not an operational challenge. But you have to think about the cost," Cohen said.

By MAARIV ONLINE
14/11/2019
Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal
UN envoy: Coming days critical to prevent fourth Israeli-Gaza war

Middle East Peace Process envoy Nickolay Mladenov has been in Cairo working with the Egyptians to bring Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza back from the brink of war.

Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
Rockets fired hours after Israel, Islamic Jihad announce ceasefire

After two days of heavy fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the two sides announced a ceasefire on Thursday morning, which went into affect around 5:30 a.m..

Rockets fly over the house where Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was assassinated
PIJ Sec.-Gen. presents ceasefire conditions as rocket barrage fired

"The Al-Quds Brigades has not exhausted all its missiles and weapons against the enemy," warned al-Nakhla.

An eerie quiet interrupted by rocket fire and interceptions

You could hear a pin drop, or a rocket fired

AN IRON DOME antimissile system is installed near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the G
Israel, Islamic Jihad agree on ceasefire, IDF confirms

The ceasefire reportedly took effect at 5:30 a.m. Nonetheless, at around 6:00 a.m., rockets were fired from Gaza at Jewish communities on the border.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
How Israeli intel derailed Hamas’s ‘secret weapons’ for bigger war

There are broader strategic reasons why Hamas has so far stayed on the sidelines, but part of it can undoubtedly be traced to Israeli intelligence success at liquidating Hamas’s weapons experts.

Rocket fired from Gaza Tuesday morning
Poll - What should Israel do: ceasefire, continue strikes or retake Gaza?

More than 350 rockets fired at Israel which deploys tanks, artillery batteries along Gaza border amid predictions violence will escalate but what should the Jewish state do? Have your say.

13/11/2019
Ashkelon residents, fed up with gov’t inaction

He stressed that "the government doesn't know what it's like. They should send MKs here to see what we go through, what the children of this city go through - it's the whole south. Not just us.

Mladenov in Cairo: UN working to deescalate Israeli-Gaza violence

"The indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars against population centers is absolutely unacceptable and must stop immediately."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF commanders
Netanyahu: Gaza terror leaders know Israel can target them anywhere

“We do not mean to escalate [the situation],” Netanyahu said, “but we will know how to…protect the state of Israel and its citizens.”

Jewish communities worldwide stand by Israel

J Street, non-Orthodox Jewish denominations backing Israel, while fringe radical left-wing Jewish organizations denounce Israel’s killing of Islamic Jihad commander and response to rocket attacks.

House where Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was assassinated by the IDF
Who is Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the Islamic Jihad's Beirut-based chief?

Born in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip in 1953, the father of six was first arrested by Israel in 1971 for his membership in the Arab Liberation Forces, a terrorist group.

Expensive escalation: The civilian cost of the Gaza violence

Losses to businesses in the South and central regions were estimated to total approximately NIS 1.1 billion ($315m.) by Wednesday afternoon.

13/11/2019
A trail of smoke can be seen as rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel
Israel’s maximum restraint and the myth of a ‘clean war’

In 2009, after more than 250 rockets, Israel would have been at war already. Today, there is no need for a rush to action and disproportionate response.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with newly-appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chie
Naftali Bennett: Israeli security forces will hunt down every terrorist

The new defense minister also said that the terrorists are doing as much harm to Gazan civilians as they are to Israelis.

By ALEX WINSTON
13/11/2019
IDF tanks along the Gaza border
Islamic Jihad says not ready for ceasefire; PM: Israel will do what’s needed

“We will not tolerate attacks on our citizens,” Netanyahu said. “In the last year, we accumulated a mass of these attacks.”

Mourners carry the body of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Atta during his Gaza funeral
Israel threatens to assassinate Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus - report

According to a report in the Arabic language al-Hayat newspaper, Israel’s message was delivered to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) through United Nations Special Envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov.

Bennett's warning to Gaza: Harm us by day, you won't make it through the night

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will respond to every Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack.

13/11/2019
A Palestinian boy near a militant target that was hit in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza
Islamic Jihad terrorist's home hit by IDF airstrike - report

Sources say the house belongs to the Abu Hadaid family.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/11/2019
People run to take cover in Ashkelon
Cairo, UN working to halt IDF-Islamic Jihad violence

*Close to 400 rockets target Israel in two-days * At least 26 Palestinians killed *

Hamas TV plays 'Death to Israel' song as terrorists launch rockets

The video features the words "death to Israel" in Hebrew as well as clips from funerals of Israeli terror victims.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/11/2019
Palestinian prime minister: Israel must immediately stop its aggression

"Israel must immediately stop its ongoing aggression against our people in Gaza," Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh tweeted.

Trump: I could be prime minister

President says he was able to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem because he did not call back Arab leaders who opposed the move.

By OMRI NAHMIAS , BEN SALES/JTA
13/11/2019
Nickolay Mladenov (C), the United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative to the Middle Eas
UN Advisor Mladenov 'urgently heads' to Cairo to deescalate situation

The National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat updated security cabinet members on Tuesday Hamas told Egypt that it is not interested in an escalation, Channel 13 reported.

Reporter gets the giggles summing up tense day of rocket attacks in Sderot

Talking about the 170 rockets fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, Steinman began to laugh uncontrollably and apologized between giggles, shrugging it off by saying “Live broadcast.”

Netiv Haasara
Shelter, snacks and soldiers: War on the Gaza border

These wars and escalations are a bit repetitive. I’ve covered them since 2009 when I first volunteered in Sderot to help civilians. 2012. 2014.

EX-SENIOR IDF lawyer Liron Libman has
Who is authorized to decide on military action in Israel?

Former chief military prosecutor explains that it is not clear

Im Tirzu calls for 'complete destruction of Hamas'

The NGO uploaded multiple videos and photos on their social media on Tuesday morning calling for a victory. Activists were also out and about hanging signs that said, "Bibi - Give Us The Order!"

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/11/2019
#JiHadEnough: Another IDF social media misfire

#JiHadEnough, which was used in the IDF's tweet announcing the assassination of Baha Abu Al Ata, is the latest in the IDF's misguided social media campaigns.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/11/2019
Gaza terror groups: Israel has crossed a red line

PIJ says too early to talk about ceasefire

Rishon Lezion quiet as rockets rain down
Central Israel a ghost town as terrorists aim rockets at the country

People wondered out loud whether or not there would be a war.

IDF soldiers blocking a CNN camera on Tuesday near the border with Gaza
WATCH: IDF soldiers block CNN reporter's camera on live TV

CNN's Jerusalem Correspondent Oren Liebermann was seen in the live video trying to maneuver away so he could continue reporting, but a hand kept blocking the camera and blacking out the transmission.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/11/2019
Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi in Tel Aviv on Tuesday
Kochavi: IDF is ready on the ground, in the air and at sea

Netanyahu: Gaza Operation will take time; We will hit anyone who hits us.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/11/2019
Rocket fired from Gaza Tuesday morning
What Gaza means for Iran, Hamas and Gantz - Analysis

Israel was saying very clearly – all of Islamic Jihad is in our sights and is a legitimate target. No one is beyond Israel’s reach.

13/11/2019
A MOTHER puts her children to bed in a public bomb shelter in Ashkelon during the 2014 Gazan war
What should you do if you hear a rocket siren?

As rockets fly, welfare institutions, public health officials issue recommendations.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/11/2019
Rubble outside the home of Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta in the Gaza Strip
In photos: Israel under rocket fire from Gaza

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/11/2019
Who was Islamic Jihad's Baha Abu al-Ata and why did Israel want him dead?

The head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) Al-Quds Brigades in Gaza, Baha Abu al-Ata was considered one of the top terrorists in the blockaded coastal enclave.

In BDS victory, top European Court rules settlement products must be labeled

Israel holds that such labeling helps the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement boycott such products.

Live Updates: Rockets fly over southern Israel, despite ceasefire

Rockets test shaky ceasefire

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/11/2019
After a quiet night, a barrage of rockets strikes Israel

On Tuesday, Israel was pounded by close to 200 rockets following the predawn targeted killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata at his home in the Gaza Strip.

The Hague
Ex-US military lawyer: ICC becoming a toothache

Hebron shooter prosecutor: Trial showed Israel means business

Abbas: No elections without Gaza, Jerusalem; ‘martyrs’ are not terrorists

“I hope they will all rise to the level of responsibility and say yes to elections,” the PA president said. “The elections protect our legitimacy and existence and cause.”

Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal
UN Mideast envoy Mladenov: Palestinian's death today is shocking

According to the reports, the clash began when several Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at an IDF post at the entrance to the refugee camp.

Israel to attend Expo 2020 Dubai, an Arab state with whom it has no ties

Israeli-UAE relations have been improving over the past few years.

Cars and homes were vandalized in the Arab village of Hizma in the West Bank.
Violence surges in West Bank as week comes to a close

Several occurrences were reported of vandalism and violence in or near Arab neighborhoods and villages.

08/11/2019
PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t
Palestinian Authority spent NIS 7b. to fund terror - report

Palestinian Media Watch published a financial report of the Palestinian Authority based on its own financial records for the years 2011 – 2018.

Love and conflict resolution

Is the secret to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict embedded in the 1947-1948 period?

By MOSHE ZIMMERMAN
07/11/2019
IDF troops in action near the Gaza Strip
IDF commander on Gaza riots: They're teens, no interest in harming them

13th Battalion Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Avi Marciano just concluded four months securing the Gaza border fence, and speaks of his insights and unusual experiences.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
07/11/2019
The place where the IED that killed Rina Shnerb exploded near Ein Bubin spring
Head of Dolev terror attack cell to be released from hospital - report

When Arbid was transferred to Hadassah University Medical Center on September 28, he was considered to be in critical condition.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/11/2019
Lightning strikes over the Beit Safafa neighborhood in Jerusalem, Oct. 14, 2019
How should Jerusalem be divided? - Watch & Poll

Corey Gil Shuster polled a handful of Israelis throughout the country from Tel Aviv to Rosh Ha’ayin to the Holy City itself, to find out how people feel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/11/2019
PA calls Israel and ISIS 'twins'

He continued to say that the U.S. only cut off "the tail of the monster," in reference to the killing of Baghdadi, because the head – Israel – has yet to be defeated.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/11/2019
Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh and Chairman of the Palestinian Central Election Committee Ha
Hamas officials head to Cairo for talks on Palestinian elections

Palestinians have said that Israel would be held fully responsible for the failure of the elections if it doesn’t allow east Jerusalem residents to participate in the vote.

Pierre Krahenbuhl Commissioner-General of the UNRWA attends a news conference in Geneva
Israel pushes for UNRWA’s closure as leader quits amid misconduct probe

Israel's Foreign Minister: Renewal of organization’s mandate unreasonable and immoral

Jordanian citizen Hiba Labadi gestures upon her release by Israel, at the King Hussein Bridge crossi
Jordanians detained in Israel released, cross back to Jordan

Jordan last week had recalled its ambassador, Ghassan al-Majali, to protest the arrest. Based on an agreement worked out between the two countries, Majali said that he would return to Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/11/2019
A military vehicle carrying Iranian Zoobin smart bomb (L) and Sagheb missile under pictures of Iran'
IDF Operations Head: Threat posed by Iran is not 'fear-mongering'

Speaking to Finance Ministry's Budget Department Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva says next year won't be favorable to Israel

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens during a news conference on the sidelines of the 73rd sessio
In light of Iran's actions, Israel isn't leaving room for uncertainty

With the open operations carried out by Iran, in Israel there's no room for uncertainty, therefore Israeli Intelligence is following developments very closely.

By TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
06/11/2019
New YESHA head pledges to work to apply Israeli sovereignty over West Bank

Jordan Valley Regional Council head David ElHayani also took the opportunity to call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz to form a unity government.

IDF tanks, armored personnel carriers (APC) and other armored vehicles gather near the border with G
What does conviction of IDF soldier mean for ICC war crimes battle?

Official and unofficial statements from the IDF were short on details, leaving some critics to speculate about potential improper intentions.

A demonstrator holds a picture of Jordanian citizen Hiba Labadi during a protest calling for the rel
Jordanian hunger striker to be released, Ambassador to Israel returns

“Israel views the relationship between Jordan and Israel as a cornerstone of regional stability, and will continue to act to ensure the region’s security,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

A drone is seen over the border between Israel and Gaza in June
Hamas shoots at IDF drone, may have downed it - Palestinian report

Hamas claimed that it succeeded in shooting down an Israeli drone in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Al-Arabiya.

04/11/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and the inaugu
Netanyahu: Without Israel, Iran would have nuclear weapons

“Jerusalem is a united city,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “As long as I have anything to do with it, it will never be divided again. Ever.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Meir Shamgar’s funeral on October 22
Netanyahu: Israel’s pushing for release of Gaza hostages

"We are in a very sensitive and volatile security period on several fronts."

By TOVAH LAZAROFF , ALEX WINSTON
04/11/2019
Leaked footage shows Border Police allegedly shooting unarmed Palestinian

According to reports, the Palestinian was wounded in the back. According to the officers, he got up immediately and continued on his way, Channel 13 reported.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/11/2019
Streaks of light are pictured as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen fr
Who is Abu al-Ata: The man behind rocket fire from Gaza Strip

While Hamas is the ruling party in the Gaza Strip, the group has in recent years been losing control over the street. And the vacuum is being filled by Ata, Tehran’s main man in Gaza.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , ANNA AHRONHEIM
03/11/2019
High alert in Israeli south as Palestinians attend mass funeral, protests

As a result of the IAF air strikes, 27-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Mohammed a-Shakhri was killed and two other Palestinians were injured.

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV , ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV , TAL LEV RAM/MAARIV
02/11/2019
IDF responds to Gaza rocket fire, strikes two Hamas posts

Events shatter relative calm between the Hamas-run enclave and the Jewish state

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/10/2019
IDF SOLDIERS KEEP guard in the Jordan Valley earlier this year.
Settler leader: No unity government without Jordan Valley annexation

Elhayani, who heads the Jordan Valley Regional Council, is one of four candidates in the running to lead the settlement movement’s political arm, known as the Yesha Council.

IDF soldier convicted, demoted for Gaza rioter death

The sniper is the first soldier to be convicted in a "Great Return March" death.

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