Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israel Reports Successful Test of Missile-Defense System

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JERUSALEM  — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that a joint U.S.-Israeli missile-defense system has successfully passed a new test and is expected to be operational next year — a development that would provide an important tool in protecting the country against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. The Defense Ministry said the David's Sling syst... more

Hamas Kills 18 Suspected Informers to Deter Leaks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators.   In one incident, masked gunmen lined up seven men, their heads covered by bags,... more

Gaza Fighting Erupts Again as Truce Expires

Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

EPORTING FROM JERUSALEM -- Fighting broke out in the Gaza Strip again Friday morning after a three-day truce expired, with Palestinian militants lobbing rockets into Israel and the Israeli military firing back with fresh airstrikes. The army spokesman's office said in a statement that "terror sites" across Gaza had been targeted more than two h... more

Pentagon Issues Rare Criticism of Israeli Military

A Palestinian relative shouts at the morgue of Shifa hospital following an explosion killed 10 people, all but one of them children, in at a park at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014 (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

WASHINGTON -- In a rare move, the Pentagon criticized the Israeli military Thursday, while proceeding to give its ally more ammunition as it presses its fight against Palestinian militants. "The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high," Defense Department spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters. "And it's become clear that the Israeli... more

Israeli Strikes on Gaza, Rocket Fire Break Lull

Smoke and fire rise from an Israeli missile strike in Rafah, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more per... more

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