Israel Captures Last 2 Palestinian Inmates Still Free After Prison Break

Six prisoners had tunneled out of a maximum-security facility on Sept. 6, in an embarrassment for Israel.

#israel, #palestinians, #prison-escapes, #west-bank

Israel Captures 2 of 6 Palestinian Fugitives Who Escaped Prison

The escape on Monday was seen as a rare humiliation of Israel’s security establishment, and celebrated by Palestinians. The other four inmates remain at large.

#btselem, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #prison-escapes, #prisons-and-prisoners, #terrorism, #west-bank

A Hole, a Tunnel, a 32-Yard Crawl: Palestinians Still Free After Jailbreak

A huge manhunt has failed to find six Palestinian prisoners who escaped an Israeli jail early on Monday morning.

#fatah-al, #israel, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #prison-escapes

Palestinian Authority Indicts 14 Security Force Members in Activist’s Death

The family of Nizar Banat, who was known for his fierce online criticism, say more senior Palestinian officials should also face consequences after he was beaten to death.

#abbas-mahmoud, #banat-nizar-d-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hebron-west-bank, #palestinians

Manhunt Underway After 6 Palestinians Escape Israeli Prison

Four of the fugitives had been convicted of terror offenses and were serving at least two life sentences, while legal proceedings continued for the other two.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #prison-escapes

Palestinians Finally Have Vaccines. But Will People Take Them?

For months, the Palestinian authorities struggled to get doses. Now they have the shots, but disinformation and conspiracy theories have led to widespread hesitancy.

#bethlehem-west-bank, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #government-employees, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Biden Vows ‘Unshakable Partnership’ With Israel in Meeting With Bennett

On Iran, a subject on which the two sharply disagree, President Biden said the United States was planning to put “diplomacy first” but “ready to turn to other options” if that fails.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden and Naftali Bennett to Meet, Seeking to Burnish U.S.-Israel Relations

Both new leaders have struck a supportive tone after signs of strain in the longtime allies’ bond. But they still have vast differences on policy.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Up a mountain in the West Bank, several hundred villagers practice an ancient Israelite religion while maintaining an ambiguous national identity.

#israel, #jews-and-judaism, #likud-party-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #west-bank

Deal Between UN and Qatar Provides Aid to Gazans, But Reconstruction is Elusive

Millions will be funneled to impoverished families under an agreement reached by the United Nations and Qatar, a step forward in firming up a cease-fire with Israel.

#gantz-benny, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Cheap & Easy Sanctimony of Ben & Jerry

The godfathers of “Woke Inc.” stumble in the Middle East. 

#benjerrys-homemade-inc, #boycotts, #corporate-social-responsibility, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #unilever-nv

Riots Shatter Veneer of Coexistence in Israel’s Mixed Towns

Israel’s Jewish and Palestinian communities looked past each other until violence and bloodshed forced a reckoning.

#acre-israel, #arabic-language, #arabs, #arson, #bennett-naftali, #deaths-fatalities, #demolition, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #gentrification, #haifa-israel, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #palestinians

Ben & Jerry’s Founders on the Company’s Israel Policy

We support the company’s decision to end the sale of its ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories.

#benjerrys-homemade-inc, #corporate-social-responsibility, #israel, #palestinians

Soccer Team Was Lone Bright Spot in West Bank Village. Virus Took That, Too.

Despite a fan base of just 1,400 people, the Wadi al-Nis club was a perennial West Bank powerhouse. But the team — most of whose players are related — could not defeat the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #soccer, #west-bank

A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral

A Jew and a Palestinian sling slurs at each other, giving voice to hidden prejudice with the aim of overcoming it.

#discrimination, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lucas-joyner-rapper, #music, #palestinians, #race-and-ethnicity, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #western-wall-jerusalem

Ben & Jerry’s to Stop Selling Ice Cream in Israeli Occupied Territories

A politically active company just waded into one of the most fraught issues in the world, and the reaction was immediate.

#benjerrys-homemade-inc, #boycotts, #corporate-social-responsibility, #israel, #palestinians, #unilever-nv, #west-bank

As Secular Peace Effort Stutters in Israel, Religious Mediators Hope to Step In

The inclusion of an Islamist party in Israel’s government has spurred a group of imams and rabbis hoping to build a religious-based peace movement.

#abbas-mansour, #arabs, #darwish-abdullah-nimar-1948-2017, #hamas, #imams, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #melchior-michael-1954, #muslims-and-islam, #netanyahu-benjamin, #odeh-ayman-1975, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #rabbis, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israel’s New Leaders Tilt Right With Settler Deal, Hinting at Approach

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s decision about an unauthorized settlement has provided an early idea of how he hopes to manage his unlikely coalition.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

Meeting Blinken, Israel’s Top Diplomat Aims to Fix Netanyahu ‘Mistakes’

Israel’s foreign minister, Yair Lapid, is determined to repair his government’s fraught relationship with Washington Democrats, but he does not necessarily speak for his own right-wing prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

#bennett-naftali, #blinken-antony-j, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

Activist Dies in Palestinian Authority’s Custody, Inciting Widespread Outrage

Nizar Banat’s death comes amid a crackdown on the authorities’ opponents.

#abbas-mahmoud, #banat-nizar-d-2021, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Unauthorized Settlement Creates Stress Test for Israel’s New Government

The outpost of Evyatar is illegal under Israeli law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will anger one wing of his coalition if he evicts the settlers, and another if he lets them stay.

#bennett-naftali, #evictions, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

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

Israel Strikes Gaza Again, After Militants Set Fires in Israel

The exchanges on Thursday and into Friday stopped short of a full-scale escalation, but they underscored the fragile nature of the cease-fire that ended last month’s war.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Dreams in the Rubble: An Israeli Airstrike and the 22 Lives Lost

The bombing of a Gaza apartment building has become a focus of debate over civilian casualties in the Hamas-Israel war. For the people who lived there, it was much more than that.

#arab-israeli-war-1948, #bombs-and-explosives, #bridges-and-tunnels, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes

Foreign diplomats worked to calm tensions on Wednesday after the first armed exchange between Hamas and Israel since an 11-day air war in May.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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

Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Shift in Israel Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

Israel’s Frail New Coalition Gets a Quick First Test

Less than a day after taking over from Benjamin Netanyahu, the new government was set to decide whether to postpone a far-right march that risks provoking Hamas.

#bennett-naftali, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #east-jerusalem, #hamas, #israel, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Did Israel Just Have a Constitutional Revolution?

This isn’t just a new government. It’s an entirely new way of governing.

#bennett-naftali, #gantz-benny, #israel, #labour-party-israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #yamina-israeli-political-party, #yesh-atid

Netanyahu Ousted as Israeli Parliament Votes in New Government

An unlikely coalition prevailed against the country’s longest-serving leader. Now it must get its disparate factions to work together.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #united-states-international-relations, #yamina-israeli-political-party, #yesh-atid

Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ Exits a Stage He Dominated

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister was a polarizing figure who sidelined efforts to resolve the Palestinian conflict but opened relations with four Arab countries.

#iran, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians

A Fragile Israeli Coalition, With Some Underlying Glue

An agreement to return to democratic norms might be the one thing that holds together the disparate coalition facing a confidence vote on Sunday.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #raam-party-israel, #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

A Historic Moment for Israeli Arabs, but With a Question Mark

An Arab party’s decision to join a right-leaning Israeli government would be an important, if uncertain, step toward inclusion rather than perpetual opposition.

#abbas-mansour, #arabs, #bedouins, #bennett-naftali, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #yediot-aharonot

Netanyahu Outfoxed His Rivals For Years. Here’s What Changed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel failed to win a majority in the past three elections — but still held onto power. That might be about to change.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #yamina-israeli-political-party

If Netanyahu Goes, Israel’s New Prime Minister Faces a Big Mess

A new coalition in Israel hopes to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power. If it does, there’s plenty of work to be done.

#bennett-naftali, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #shaked-ayelet-1976

How Netanyahu vs. Israel’s Change Coalition Is Like Trump vs. Biden

The desire of the anti-Netanyahu coalition to oust him is so great that they are breaking the biggest political taboo in Israeli political history.

#abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

India and Israel Inflame Facebook’s Fights With Its Own Employees

The social network wrongly bowed to government demands to take down content in the countries, employees said, in more signs of internal dissent.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #instagram-inc, #israel, #mobile-applications, #modi-narendra, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Can a New ‘Change Government’ Change Israel?

The main players in the latest twist in Israeli politics have very different agendas, but one common goal: unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

#bennett-naftali, #gaza-strip, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

An Israeli Death and the Tangled Conflict Left Behind

A Palestinian rocket from Gaza strikes an Israeli apartment building, killing a resident. A Palestinian work crew from the West Bank cleans up the mess.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #gershon-franco, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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

U.N. Rights Council Orders Inquiry Into Israel After Gaza Strife

Acting in the aftermath of the fighting in Gaza, a United Nations panel in Geneva approved a far-ranging inquiry into Israel’s actions.

#bachelet-michelle, #civilian-casualties, #gaza-strip, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

There Is a Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A two-state solution remains our only viable option. 

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process

Blinken Meets Leaders of Egypt and Jordan on Rebuilding Gaza

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan to discuss rebuilding war-ravaged Gaza, largely avoiding talk of a long-term Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts