August 14, 2013 |
BEIRUT — Hezbollah said Wednesday that it planted explosives that hit an Israeli convoy last week and injured four soldiers. It was the Lebanese Shiite movement's first claim of an operation against its southern neighbor since its 2006 war with Israel. Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah told Al Mayadeen television that the bombing took place inside Lebanese territory after an incursion by two Israeli military vehicles. Israel has confirmed that four soldiers were injured in a blast last week, but it has not commented on the...
August 7, 2009
Amos Kenan, 82, a member of Israel's founding generation whose writing and art helped define modern Israeli culture, died Aug. 4 in Tel Aviv. He had Alzheimer's disease, according to longtime friend and colleague Uri Avnery, a prominent Israeli peace activist and journalist. Mr. Kenan was born in 1927 in Tel Aviv, which had been founded less than two decades earlier by Jewish pioneers, and he was a product of the city's rich cultural life. He was known for his newspaper columns, plays and books, many of which satirized...
April 21, 2011 |
TEL AVIV — A declaration signed by dozens of prominent Israeli academics, writers and artists welcoming a Palestinian state on the basis of Israel's 1967 borders was presented Thursday at the site of Israel's 1948 proclamation of independence. As the well-known Israeli actress Hanna Maron, who lost a leg in a Palestinian attack, read out the declaration outside Tel Aviv's Independence Hall, protesters heckled the gathering, calling the participants traitors. The declaration, which was issued in expectation of moves to...
January 23, 2013 |
JERUSALEM — Yair Lapid, the charismatic former news anchor whose meteoric rise in Israel's election Tuesday has made him the key to the country's next ruling coalition, rode to success by tapping into a wave of social discontent that could define the agenda of the next Israeli government. Lapid favors a return to negotiations with the Palestinians, but that was not what won him votes. His electoral appeal stemmed mostly from his image as a champion of Israel's struggling middle class.
October 18, 2011
By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A brief biography on the website of a campaign for his freedom was all many Israelis knew of the life of Gilad Shalit until he appeared, gaunt and tired, on television on Tuesday after Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers freed him from five years' captivity. His breathing sometimes laboured and his speech faltering, the soldier offered the first details of his life in captivity in an interview with Egyptian television following his release in an exchange for a thousand...
February 5, 2009 |
JERUSALEM, Feb. 4 -- Israelis are still not sure what to make of President Obama. But less than a week before Israel holds national elections, he looms large on the campaign trail, with candidates borrowing his tactics and debating who can best work with him as he seeks a Middle East peace deal. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, running a close second in the polls, has been most conspicuous in invoking Obama. A relative newcomer to politics, she presents herself as a fresh alternative to her chief competitors, both of...