Israel’s Political Crisis Is Resolved, but Governing Remains a Strain

A lawmaker who quit the coalition last week reversed her decision on Sunday, averting the government’s imminent collapse.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #rinawie-zoabi-ghaida

Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem

A Jewish settler group is promoting projects that opponents say will change the delicate historic, religious and political balance in highly symbolic areas around Jerusalem’s Old City.

#cable-cars-and-trams, #christians-and-christianity, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #temple-mount-jerusalem

Some Muslims Are Using Digital Rings to Count Recitations

Much like the fitness tools that count steps, these electronic devices help keep a record of the day’s religious recitations.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #jerusalem-israel, #muslims-and-islam, #wearable-computing

A Site Holy to Jews and Muslims Returns as the Nexus of Conflict

The skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as Temple Mount, are laden with national and religious symbolism.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #arabs, #bennett-naftali, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-jerusalem, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #olmert-ehud, #palestinians, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #western-wall-jerusalem

Gazan Militants and Israeli Air Force Exchange Fire

The flare-up followed a rise in tensions over holy places in Jerusalem and a deadly wave of Arab attacks in Israel, answered by a lethal Israeli crackdown in the occupied West Bank.

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Rare Overlap of Holy Days Shows Jerusalem’s Promise and Problems

In its Old City, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim marked Easter, Passover and Ramadan. To some, it’s a “symphony.” To others, a reminder of division.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #christians-and-christianity, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jesus-christ, #jews-and-judaism, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #moses-prophet, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #passover, #ramadan, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #terrorism

Israeli Police Stop Muslim Worshipers From Entering Holy Site

Brief clashes broke out Sunday in side streets near the Aqsa Mosque compound, two days after violence at the site left more than 150 people injured.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #mosques, #palestinians, #temple-mount-jerusalem

Israel Steps Up Raids in Palestinian Territories in Response to Attacks

At least 14 Palestinians have been killed in a widespread Israeli military operation in the West Bank, launched in response to a string of attacks in Israel that killed 14 people.

#israel, #jerusalem-israel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

Clashes Erupt at Jerusalem Holy Site on Day With Overlapping Holidays

Calm returned after more than 150 people were injured and hundreds were arrested by the Israeli police on Friday, when Ramadan, Easter and Passover coincided for the first time in thirty years.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #ramadan, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #terrorism

Israeli-Palestinian Clashes Erupt in Jerusalem as Holidays Converge

The violence broke out at the Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, on the first day of a rare concurrence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #ramadan, #temple-mount-jerusalem

In a Village Divided, Palestinians See Their Hold on Territory Eroding

Carved up over decades, the village of Walaja sits partly in the occupied West Bank and partly in Jerusalem. Palestinians say this type of fragmentation undermines prospects for a state.

#border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #middle-east, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Spike in Violence Poses Test for Israel’s Fragile Government

A rash of terrorist attacks has spawned criticism of the government from the left and right, and for opposite reasons. But the coalition’s diversity has constrained its options.

#abbas-mahmoud, #abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #bnei-brak-israel, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #raam-party-israel, #terrorism

U.S. Pressured to Open Consulates in Jerusalem and Western Sahara

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, on travels through the Middle East and North Africa over the past week, was urged by Arab leaders to make good on past promises.

#abbas-mahmoud, #algeria, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #morocco, #palestinian-authority, #polisario-front, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

What to Know About Israel’s Summit With 4 Arab Countries

Four Arab foreign ministers will meet in Israel’s Negev desert on Sunday, along with their U.S. counterpart. The talks mark a realignment of Middle Eastern powers, accelerated by the war in Ukraine.

#arabs, #bahrain, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #europe, #international-relations, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #morocco, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Just Weeks After Fleeing Ukraine, Woman Wins Jerusalem Marathon

Valentyna Vereteska fled from Mykolaiv, Ukraine, to Poland with her 11-year-old daughter a month ago.

#jerusalem-israel, #krakow-poland, #marathon-running, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #poland, #running, #ukraine

U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of Apartheid, Citing Permanence of Occupation

Strongly denied by Israel and its supporters, the claim is the first time that a U.N.-appointed rapporteur has accused Israel of apartheid in such an unequivocal way.

#amnesty-international, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #west-bank

Palestinians Threatened With Eviction Can Stay in Their Homes — for Now

Israel’s high court stayed the eviction of four Palestinian families from their East Jerusalem homes. The eviction threat had stoked tensions that led to war in Gaza.

#east-jerusalem, #evictions, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #west-bank

Hamas, Claiming Victory Over Israel, Is Stuck in Same Old Cycle

Seven months after a war with Israel, hundreds are dead but otherwise little has changed. It’s a familiar pattern.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nepotism, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #wages-and-salaries, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank, #zahar-mahmoud-al

In Israel, the New U.S. Ambassador’s Home Lacks a Certain View

The Trump administration sold the luxurious estate where envoys had lived for decades when it moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nides-thomas-r, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #state-department, #tel-aviv-israel, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Israeli Is Killed by Disguised Palestinian Near Holiest Site in Jerusalem

The shooting, the first attack by a Palestinian since May to result in the death of a Jewish civilian, could deepen tensions within Israel’s fragile governing coalition.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #hamas, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #temple-mount-jerusalem

Palestinian Diplomats Targeted by Israeli Spyware, Official Says

The accusation, which has not been independently verified, raises new questions over whether Israel is using software made by NSO Group to spy on Palestinians.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nso-group, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #shin-bet, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

Inside the Unraveling of American Zionism

How a new generation of Jewish leaders began to rethink their support for Israel.

#anti-semitism, #beinart-peter, #clergy, #dermer-ron, #diaspora, #east-jerusalem, #forward-the, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hebrew-union-college, #hebrew-union-college-jewish-institute-of-religion, #hebron-west-bank, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jewish-theological-seminary-of-america, #jews-and-judaism, #los-angeles-calif, #millennial-generation, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pew-research-center, #pittsburgh-pa-shooting-2018, #rabbis, #rabin-yitzhak, #taglit-birthright-israel, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #west-bank, #western-wall-jerusalem

What Happens When Everyone Is Writing the Same Book You Are?

Olivia Parker was intrigued by the tale of her great-great-uncle’s failed quest to unearth a holy relic. Then she discovered that six other writers were also pursuing the story.

#ark-of-the-covenant, #books-and-literature, #jerusalem-israel, #juvelius-valter, #ottoman-empire, #parker-montagu-brownlow, #temple-mount-jerusalem

Israel Advances Plan for New Settlements, in First for Bennett Era

Approved despite the objections of the United States, critics say the new homes will consolidate Israel’s presence in the West Bank and make it harder to create a Palestinian state.

#arab-israeli-war-1967, #bennett-naftali, #gantz-benny, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #state-department

Traveling Through a Divided Israel

Two Times journalists drive the length of Israel to discover what it means to be Israeli today. They meet a kaleidoscope of people, searching for belonging but far apart on how to find it.

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Violent Crime Spikes Among Arabs in Israel as Officials Admit Neglect

Killings of Arabs by Arabs have soared in Israel. The prevailing assumption, an official said, was “as long as they are killing each other, that’s their problem.”

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #firearms, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #lod-israel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #odeh-ayman-1975, #palestinians, #police, #politics-and-government, #shin-bet

For a Fractured Israel, a Film Offers Ominous Lessons From Ancient Past

An animated epic depicting a Jewish civil war and the destruction of the Second Temple 2,000 years ago is being seen as a warning in a deeply divided country.

#bennett-naftali, #dar-gidi, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #legend-of-destruction-movie, #movies, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-jerusalem, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-york-times, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

In Shift, Israel Quietly Allows Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount

Jewish activists say they are exercising their right to free worship at a site holy to Jews and Muslims. But the change upsets a longstanding compromise aimed at staving off conflict.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #western-wall-jerusalem

This Is Still Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu is out of office. But his legacy remains.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Israeli Officer Who Killed Autistic Palestinian Man Charged With Manslaughter

The indictment came more than a year after the fatal shooting. The family of the victim protested the charges as too lenient, calling them “unjust” and “unacceptable.”

#al-hallaq-iyad, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence

Even after the new government took over on Sunday, the outgoing prime minister vowed to be back in office soon and hosted at least one former dignitary as if he were still running the show.

#caesarea-israel, #christians-united-for-israel, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #politics-and-government, #twitter

New Israeli Coalition Survives a Test From a Far-Right March

Israel’s government weathered its first potential crisis after a provocative Jewish procession through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem did not spark major violence.

#arab-israeli-war-1967, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Far-Right March Tests New Israeli Coalition, Amid Hamas Threats

Just two days after taking office, Israel’s new government is split about a decision to allow a procession through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem.

#arab-israeli-war-1967, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

For Israel’s Netanyahu, the Official Residence Became a Fortress

After a year of protests outside Balfour, the prime minister’s house, Israelis are debating what role they played in Benjamin Netanyahu’s downfall.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hebrew-university, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-sara, #netanyahu-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #social-media, #youth

For Netanyahu, like Trump, Only ‘Fraud’ Can Explain His Defeat

Israel’s democratic transition is set for Sunday, but nothing is certain amid the prime minister’s scorched-earth campaign to wreck his opponents’ coalition.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #michaeli-merav, #netanyahu-benjamin, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #yamina-israeli-political-party

A House Divided: A Palestinian, a Settler and the Struggle for East Jerusalem

Efforts to force Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah set the stage for the recent Gaza war. A similar dynamic looms in a nearby district.

#east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #west-bank

Israel Security Chief Warns Against Incitement of Conflict as Tensions Mount Before Key Vote

The director of the Shin Bet, Nadav Argaman, made a rare public appeal amid fears that a new round of turmoil might disrupt attempts to form a new government.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-jerusalem, #hamas, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #palestinians, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #shin-bet

Real Peace Depends on Recognizing Israel’s Right to Exist

Accepting Israel’s right to exist is a prerequisite for a lasting peace.

#israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #zionism

The Jewish History of Israel Is Over 3,000 Years Old. That’s Why It’s Complicated.

From the Torah, through the exile, Jews have always looked to Jerusalem. 

#dead-sea-scrolls, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #rabbis, #safed-israel

In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

#abbas-mahmoud, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israeli Police Round Up More Than 1,550 Suspects in Mob Violence

At least 70 percent of those arrested are Arab citizens of Israel. Three Israeli Jews are charged with the attempted murder of an Arab driver.

#arabs, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #palestinians, #tel-aviv-israel

Joe Biden’s Sudden Opportunity to Make Peace

The latest Israel-Palestinian conflict could result in a peace deal — if the Americans are willing to broker it.

#arab-israeli-war-1973, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A Cease-Fire, and New Ideas in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

The cease-fire between Hamas and Israel didn’t come a second too soon.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #west-bank

Kushner’s Israel-Palestine Peace Plan Has Failed

There’s no ignoring the plight of the Palestinians. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israel and Hamas: What We Know About the Violence

As the fighting enters its second week, it is being defined by civilian casualties, undiminished rocket fire and airstrikes, and by historical tensions erupting into unrest.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israel’s Real Existential Threat

More than the missiles, I worry about the terror we have internalized. How will we overcome the hatred and fear?

#arabs, #discrimination, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #palestinians, #terrorism

Grief Mounts as Efforts to Ease Israel-Hamas Fight Falter

The diplomatic wrangling came as at least 42 Palestinians were killed early Sunday in an airstrike in Gaza City, the deadliest episode in the recent bloodshed.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #thomas-greenfield-linda

Israeli-Palestinian Strife Widens as Frantic Calls for Calm Go Unheeded

While Israel and Hamas signaled willingness to consider a cease-fire, worries grew about further fracturing in one of the Middle East’s most intractable struggles.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Bernie Sanders: The Approach the Israel-Palestine Conflict Needs

America has a role to play in bringing peace to both Israelis and Palestinians.

#east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank