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Sharon, Israel and Jewish Wry

By Suzanne Fields When Ariel Sharon died on Saturday, the obituaries emphasized his strength as a military commander and political leader, recalling his brilliant counterattack across Suez to surround the Egyptian armies when Israel’s very existence hung in the balance in the Yom Kippur War the Arabs almost won. He was the “new Jew” after the Holocaust, a strong man who stood up to those who wanted to destroy the likes of him and his country. He knew the first war the Israelis lost would be Israel’s last. He had his faults, but weakness wasn’t one of them

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New Rocket-Proof Railway Station Opens in Sderot

By Anav Silverman  Tazpit News Agency Sderot’s first rocket-proof railway station was inaugurated on Tuesday, December 24. The periphery city, located about 2.5 kilometers (one mile) away from the Gaza Strip, will now have a direct access line to Tel Aviv. According to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, the new train station is the first in Israel and perhaps the world to be built with appropriate protection against rocket fire, costing NIS 50 million ($14 million) in construction. The train station, which took over a decade to build, is the southern point of the line that travels to Tel Aviv via…

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Baseless government decisions lead to rise in terror

Baseless government decisions lead to rise in terror

by Arie Egozi The tunnel found on the Gaza border was built with Israeli aid. It happened because our government, with unusual stupidity, decided to transfer hundreds of tons of cement into the Gaza strip, for “humanitarian causes”. How stupid can a government get? Are leftist European organizations putting that much pressure on the Israeli leaders? Well, we can see the results clearly. In the past the Israeli government gave assault rifles to the Fatah organization in the West Bank, and now they gave cement to the Hamas in Gaza. Stupidity has no limits in Israel, apparently. 40 years have…

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PA rejects Israeli ‘leasing’ proposal for Jordan ValleyParties at odds over security arrangements along eastern border of future Palestinian state

PA rejects Israeli ‘leasing’ proposal for Jordan ValleyParties at odds over security arrangements along eastern border of future Palestinian state

By Naama Barak and Lazar Berman Illustrative photo of Israeli soldiers walking past Palestinian flags near the West Bank city of Jericho. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90) “No Israeli soldier will be there,” Palestinian National Council member Hanan Ashrawi told Maariv. “We will not agree [to let Israel] control or lease lands. We will not take part in redefining the Israeli occupation.” Israel signed a similar leasing agreement with Jordan as part of the 1994 peace accords, in which Israel acknowledged Jordanian sovereignty over 300 square kilometers along the border, and leased back 30 square kilometers in automatically renewed long-term leases.

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Netanyahu: Conflict is over Israel’s existence, not land

Netanyahu: Conflict is over Israel’s existence, not land

Israel-PA conflict is over Israel’s very existence, PM says. PM Binyamin Netanyahu Israel news photo: Flash 90 PM Binyamin Netanyahu The conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is not over land, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, speaking in a meeting with senior officials in the Foreign Ministry. The conflict, he said, is over Israel’s very existence. In proof, he pointed to the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, which included the forced removal of thousands of Jewish residents of the area.

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Israel launches first air strike against Gaza since truce

Israel launches first air strike against Gaza since truce

Israel launched its first airstrike on Gaza since the Egyptian-mediated truce ended November’s eight-day bout of fighting. IAF air strike in Gaza Israel launched its first airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday since the Egyptian-mediated truce ended November’s eight-day bout of fighting. “Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded,” the Hamas Interior Ministry said in a statement. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed there had been a strike in Gaza, but gave no further details. The airstrike came in response to the firing of a projectile from Gaza, which exploded on Tuesday in an…

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No Passover Seder at Sderot family’s rocket-hit home

No Passover Seder at Sderot family’s rocket-hit home

It’s 7:30 am and Sarah Haziza is beginning the day, like countless other Jewish mothers in households across the world, with Passover cleaning. The floor is full of soapy water, when suddenly the 47-year-old Sderot mother hears the rocket siren warning of an incoming Gaza rocket. “My youngest daughter was still sleeping so I ran to get her,” Haziza told Tazpit News Agency. “I picked her up and was careful not to slip on the water, as we headed out to our shelter.” It was during the second rocket alarm that Haziza hesitated whether to go into the shelter again.…

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New Obama schedule: Bethlehem yes, Iron Dome no

New Obama schedule: Bethlehem yes, Iron Dome no

An updated schedule for U.S. President Obama's visit to Israel indicates that he will visit the PA twice, but not an Iron Dome field unit By David Lev Obama warned of the effect steep cuts would have on the economy AFP photo An updated schedule for U.S. President Barak H. Obama's visit to Israel next week indicates that he will visit Palestinian Authority-controlled areas twice – but that he will apparently not visit an Iron Dome installation in the field, as had been planned. The Iron Dome visit had been set for Friday morning. A schedule released by the White…

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Pounding Gaza rockets leave Israeli city with first-time fatalities

Pounding Gaza rockets leave Israeli city with first-time fatalities

By Anav Silverman Tazpit News Agency It’s Thursday evening in Kiryat Malachi and the city of nearly 21,000 residents is strangely quiet. The usually busy city center is empty of people—most of the stores and restaurants have been shut down. There are no high school students loitering around, and no elderly folks smoking hooka or drinking black coffee in the kiosks. No music blasting anywhere. Signs that indicate a recent rocket attack has occurred. Earlier in the morning, a Gaza rocket slammed into the city, hitting an apartment building and killing three civilians fleeing for cover in the stairwell of…

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Iron Dome deployed in central Israel

Anti-missile battery to remain in Tel Aviv metropolitan area for several days for training purposes Yoav Zitun Israel's Air Force deployed an Iron Dome battery near the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area on Wednesday. Previously deployed in the Gaza vicinity area and Eilat, the battery has been placed in the area for training purposes. The innovative anti-missile system, whose developers recently won the Israel Defense Prize, continues to travel the country. After being deployed in more volatile regions such as Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod, it is now arriving at central Israel. Recently, it has been exposed that despite the great praise…

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