Rachel Botnick

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Middle East Peace Talks Hang by a Thread

What Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas intended on Tuesday when he abruptly signed a raft of international treaties was not to sink the …

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Israeli Fighter Pilot Captures Awesome Photo While Flying Upside Down

An Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot captured a photo of himself while flying upside down over Tel Aviv, a breathtaking selfie that’s now going viral in Israel and beyond.<p>The IAF posted the photo on its social media pages and as of this writing, the mind-blowing image has received more than …

U.S., Israel discuss possible release of Israeli spy

The United States and Israel are discussing the possible release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of efforts to save fragile Middle East peace negotiations, according to sources familiar with the talks.<p>No decisions have been made about Pollard's release, which the sources cautioned was far …

Palestinians, Israeli Settlers Fight Security Barrier in Nature Area

GUSH ETZION, THE WEST BANK — One evening in late January, a group of settlers here gathered on Tu Bishvat, a Jewish holiday marking “the new year of the trees,” the start of a new harvesting cycle. Many Israelis celebrate ecological awareness on this day, planting trees and eating biblical fruits, …

Pro-Palestinian Students Charge Universities With Censorship

BOSTON — “Free, free Palestine!” protesters shouted, carrying a 30-foot-long Palestinian flag through the streets.<p>At first glance, the 150 people gathered just outside Northeastern University on March 18 seemed to be staging a typical rally criticizing Israeli policies—an increasingly common sight …

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: Debate Over Israel's 'Jewish State' Recognition

A resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a long sought after ideal, but with current peace talks set to conclude April 29, both sides remain skeptical that progress will be made.<p>In a recent Washington D.C. speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israel to be …

Israel fires on 29 'terror sites' after rockets from Gaza hit populated areas

Israel responded with heavy fire after five rockets from Gaza landed Wednesday in populated areas of southern Israel, marking "the most substantial attack" in two years against the country, the Israeli military said.<p>The military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, called the Al-Quds Brigade, …

Violence flares again in Gaza, southern Israel

A cease-fire didn't last very long Thursday as more than a dozen rockets from Gaza were fired at southern Israel and the Israeli air force hit what it labeled as seven terror sites, according to Israel Defense Forces.<p>Of the 18 rockets fired, eight struck Israel and eight landed in Palestinian …

Israel retaliates in Syria after roadside bomb attack against Israeli troops

Israel has warned Syria's government that any aggression against Israeli citizens will be met with force, as a roadside bomb attack which injured Israeli troops prompted airstrikes on Syrian targets.<p>Addressing a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli strikes …

U.S. Calls to Palestinians to Take Risks for Peace Sound Hallow

The need for Israel and Palestine, the parties to decades long conflict, to take risks for peace are obvious and expected. But U.S. President Barack Obama's public call on Monday on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to take risks for peace sounds hollow without any concrete changes on the …

Israel to build national centre for ancient artefacts

Israel is building a national archaeological centre to store and showcase its rich collection of 2m ancient artefacts, including the world's largest collection of Dead Sea scrolls, Israel's antiquities authority said on Tuesday.<p>Most of Israel's state antiquities collection, currently stored in …

Obama: The U.S. ‘Obviously Has Been a Strong Supporter of the Palestinian Authority’

President Barack Obama praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a leader who has “consistently denounced violence.” But before going into a private meeting at the White House with Abbas, Obama stressed the importance of the rule of law and transparency of the authority.<p>President …

Israeli Defense Minister: U.S. Is Projecting ‘Weakness’

Israel’s defense minister said the U.S. is projecting “weakness” on issues ranging from Iran to China to Russia and Ukraine, so Israel must rely on itself to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.<p>Hinting at possible action against Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said, “We have to …

Gaza's Hamas rulers caught in worst cash crisis in years, but government retains tight grip

Gaza's Hamas rulers have been hit by the worst economic crisis since seizing the territory seven years ago and face growing discontent, even among core supporters, because there's no sign of relief from a blockade enforced not only by Israel but also by a suddenly hostile Egypt.<p>Hamas government …

Israel bombs Gaza militants after intensive rocket fire | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel bombed 29 targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, after Palestinian militants in the coastal territory fired 60 rockets into Israel in the heaviest such barrage since 2012.<p>Israeli onlookers survey the damage caused by a rocket which was fired …