Thursday September 18, 2014
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Mortar fire from Gaza shatters calm; Hamas arrests culprits
For first time since Operation Protective Edge ended, mortar shell fired from Gaza strikes southern Israel, hitting Eshkol region, causing no injuries or damage Hamas denies it fired mortar, later tells Israel it arrested the perpetrators of the attack.
Dr. Haim Shine | 5775: A year for correction
Many Jews in Israel are looking to grasp our religious and national heritage.
Elliott Abrams | UNDOF fled
The failure of U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan proves that a U.N. presence in the West Bank would never work.
Itai Zilber | Don't put the flags away yet
We need a peacetime reminder of the beautiful aspects of Israeli society.
Dr. Haim Shine | The 'dual loyalty' myth
Ex-IDF chief rabbi's alleged misconduct will serve as fodder for opponents of religious officers.
Top ministers lock horns over alleged Gaza campaign leak
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett at loggerheads following reports suggesting former Chief Military Rabbi Avichai Rontzki leaked sensitive information to Bennett during Operation Protective Edge.
Dan Margalit | Unnecessary war of words
With Hamas threatening to resume its rocket fire at Israel, the latest verbal world war between senior ministers is ill-timed and counterproductive.
Israelis undeterred by Europe travel warning
Israeli tourists shrug off warning of possible attacks by Islamist militants German Muslim leader: Israelis do not need to be concerned about their safety in Europe; they will always be received by us with open arms.
'Aramean' officially recognized as nationality in Israel
"It is a historic decision ... proof that Israel protects its citizens and identity of its minorities, unlike all the Arab nations around us," Aramean-Christian community leader says Interior minister instructs Population Authority to act accordingly.
Dror Eydar | Righting a historic wrong
Welcome to Israel's Aramean Christians, who are shaking off the cultural identity imposed upon them by Muslim invaders and seeking to integrate into Israeli society.
Defense minister: Next IDF chief will come from inside the military
"The next chief of staff will come from inside the IDF, from the generals who are in uniform," defense minister says, negating possibility of appointing Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant Ya'alon's preferred candidate remains Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.
UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
Agreement between Israel and Palestinian Authority includes U.N. monitoring to ensure construction materials will not be diverted from civilian to military uses, and will give PA a lead role, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry tells Security Council.
Police arrest 13 in Jerusalem for throwing rocks
As violent incidents in the capital continue to increase, Jerusalem Police decide to crack down on rock, Molotov cocktail attacks Detainees include boys aged 9 and 11 who were throwing rocks at cars Jewish man wounded by rocks in east Jerusalem.
'We don't like blacks,' say suspects in beating of Ethiopians
Two Petach Tikva men suspected of brutal racist attack on two immigrants "Why are Ethiopians allowed to roam free?" suspect asks police One victim suffers skull fractures "They beat us and we asked them why they were doing it. They said, 'Because.'"
Report: Israel's economic slowdown more pronounced
Central Bureau of Statistics revises economic growth from 1.7 percent to 1.5 percent for the second quarter of 2014 Report says exports were largely unaffected by Gaza campaign, growth rates may still recover.
Top US general: Ground troops possible in Iraq
"If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific [Islamic State] targets, I will recommend that to the president," says Gen. Martin Dempsey Only half of Iraqi army is capable partner, he says.
Clifford D. May | Faith, fanaticism and fantasy
No benefit is derived from denying that supremacist, revanchist and bellicose movements have arisen in the Islamic world.
German Muslims invite all faiths to day of prayer against Islamic State
"We want to make clear, terrorists and criminals do not speak in the name of Islam; they have trampled on the commandments of our religion, and murderers and criminals have no place in our ranks, in our religion," says Central Council of Muslims head.
Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition
Moshe Gershuni's historically loaded art places Holocaust symbols in a religious setting and seeks to divide the world "between Zionists and anti-Zionists," says co-curator Ory Dessau "He forces the reader to choose a side."
Belgian synagogue torched, leaving three people injured
Unidentified vandals start fire on synagogue's fourth floor early Tuesday, injuring caretaker's wife and children Fire comes two days after Jewish Museum in Brussels reopens its doors after terrorist attack in May.
Chief rabbi says French society indifferent to anti-Semitism
French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia says the youths who firebombed the kosher grocery in Sarcelles near Paris this summer threatened not only Jews but French society in general Violent anti-Semitic acts and threats almost double in the first half of 2014.