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As US Urges Pause, Israel Strikes 2 More Refugee Camps

Dozens reportedly killed as Blinken continues his third visit since war broke out

(Newser) - Israeli airstrikes hit two refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing at least 53 people including children and wounding dozens in central Gaza, health officials said. The Palestinian death toll in the Israel-Hamas war surpassed 9,700 with more than 4,000 of them children and minors,...

Israeli Official Suspended After Talk of Nuclear Attack

Netanyahu, defense minister denounce the comment

(Newser) - Israel's heritage minister has been suspended from office indefinitely after suggesting in an interview that Israel could drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the action after Amichai Eliyahu's radio interview aired Sunday, Politico reports. Reasoning that there are "no non-combatants in Gaza,...

Israeli 'Concept Paper' on Gaza's 2.3M People Worries Egypt

Report deemed a hypothetical by Netanyahu proposes moving Palestinians to Egypt's Sinai

(Newser) - An Israeli government ministry has drafted a wartime proposal to transfer the Gaza Strip's 2.3 million people to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, drawing condemnation from Palestinians and worsening tensions with Cairo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office played down the report compiled by the Intelligence Ministry as a...

Netanyahu Rules Out Ceasefire
Netanyahu: 'This
Is a Time for War'

Netanyahu: 'This Is a Time for War'

He strongly rejects calls for a ceasefire

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out a ceasefire with Hamas despite rising international concern over civilian casualties Monday, comparing Israel's position to that of the US after Pearl Harbor or the 9/11 attacks. "Israel did not start this war. Israel did not want this war. But Israel...

Hundreds Storm Russia Airport to Protest Flight From Israel

Some were chanting antisemitic slogans, officials say

(Newser) - Hundreds of people stormed into the main airport in Russia's Dagestan region and onto the landing field Sunday, chanting antisemitic slogans and seeking passengers arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, Russian news agencies and social media reported. Russian news reports said the crowd surrounded the airliner, which...

Israel Announces Next Stage in 'Second War of Independence'

Netanyahu says goals are destroying Hamas and freeing hostages

(Newser) - The second stage of the war against Hamas has begun, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Saturday. That appears to mean a sustained ground invasion of Gaza, the New York Times reports, though Netanyahu didn't put it that way. He said at a news conference that Israeli forces had...

Biden: Israel Will Allow Humanitarian Relief to Gaza

But only through the border with Egypt, and with inspections

(Newser) - President Biden said Wednesday that Israel had agreed to allow humanitarian assistance to begin flowing into Gaza from Egypt with the understanding it would be subject to inspections, and that such aid should go to civilians and not Hamas militants. In remarks from Tel Aviv, where the president had gone...

Israel Says It&#39;s Ready for Offensive
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Netanyahu: 'We're All Ready'

Military announces it's prepared for multipronged offensive into Gaza

(Newser) - After visiting Israeli troops massed at the border for an invasion of Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced, "We're all ready." A video posted on Facebook shows the prime minister appearing to encourage soldiers at the Be'eri kibbutz, the Washington Post reports. "We'll call...

Poll: Israelis Blame Netanyahu's Government

86% see Hamas attacks as a failure of his leadership

(Newser) - The vast majority of Jewish Israelis have decided who is at fault for the successful attack by Hamas: their government and prime minister. A poll released Thursday found that 86% of the 620 respondents from around the country agree that Israeli leaders failed, and 56% want Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Trump Slams Netanyahu in Campaign Speech

Says Israeli leader 'let us down' over 2020 mission to kill Iranian general

(Newser) - Former President Trump has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of betraying him just before the US killed a top Iranian general in 2020, breaking from the Republican presidential primary field's uniform support of Israel as it responds to Hamas' deadly attack. Trump's comments at a rally in...

Israel Forms an Emergency Wartime Government

Netanyahu joins with opposition leader Benny Gantz to form small cabinet to fight Hamas

(Newser) - A top opposition Israeli politician says he has reached an agreement to enter a wartime unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports the AP . Benny Gantz, a former defense minister and military chief of staff, released what he said was a joint statement with Netanyahu. The statement said they...

Israeli Newspaper Pins Blame for Attack Solely on Netanyahu

Prime minister's policies under fire

(Newser) - As the assessments roll in after the weekend attack by Hamas on Israel, some are focusing on the logistics of the military assault . Others are taking a broader view by looking at the bigger-picture issues at play, including the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Coverage:
  • The blame: A scathing

US Sends Aid to Israel, Deploys Naval Force

Ford carrier strike group heads for the Eastern Mediterranean

(Newser) - No sooner had President Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that military assistance is on its way to Israel for its war against Hamas than the Pentagon announced a deployment. Biden made the assurance in a phone call on Sunday, the New York Times reports, that included a discussion of...

Opposition Leader Urges Unity Government After Attack

Yair Lapid says Israel needs professional leadership now

(Newser) - Opposition leader Yair Lapid urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government after the attack by Hamas on Saturday morning. The two met Saturday evening, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lapid said afterward that the prime minister realizes successfully running a war isn't possible with the...

22 Dead in Israel in 'Unprecedented' Attack

Hamas incursion from Gaza Strip also left hundreds injured, per Israel's rescue service

(Newser) - The ruling Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented, multifront attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the heavily fortified border in several locations by air, land, and sea and catching the country off guard on a...

After Eritreans Riot, Netanyahu Wants Immediate Deportations

Israeli prime minister calls for removing 'illegal infiltrators'

(Newser) - Saying "a red line" had been crossed in a violent riot in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a move Sunday toward deporting all immigrants who aren't authorized to be in Israel. About 170 people were injured in clashes with police and fighting between supporters and opponents...

Netanyahu May Have Uncorked Something He Can&#39;t Control
Netanyahu May Have Uncorked
Something He Can't Control
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Netanyahu May Have Uncorked Something He Can't Control

'These could be the last days of Israeli democracy,' says one critic

(Newser) - Israel remained convulsed with mass protests on Tuesday in the wake of a judicial overhaul plan passed by Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right coalition government. The stakes? "These could be the last days of Israeli democracy," author Yuval Noah Harari (an expert on big-picture perspective ) tells the New ...

After Cries of 'Shame,' Israeli Lawmakers Pass Judicial Bill

Knesset moves ahead with divisive plan despite the objections of President Biden

(Newser) - Israeli lawmakers on Monday approved a key portion of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's divisive plan to reshape the country's justice system, per the AP . The vote came after a stormy session in which opposition lawmakers chanted "shame" and then stormed out of the chamber. The vote reflected...

Netanyahu Taken to Hospital for a Pacemaker

Health scare comes amid protests over controversial judicial overhaul

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed to the hospital early Sunday for an emergency procedure to implant a pacemaker, plunging the country into deeper turmoil after widespread protests overt his contentious judicial overhaul plan. In a brief video statement before the procedure, Netanyahu declared that he "feels excellent" and...

Huge Protests, Ex-Officials, Reservists Pressure Netanyahu

Judicial overhaul heads toward vote Monday in parliament

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched into Jerusalem on Saturday evening, and hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv and other cities in a last-ditch show of force aimed at blocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's contentious judicial overhaul . Also Saturday, more than 100 of...

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