July 25, 2014 |
Standing in the roiling thick of Wednesday's pro-Israel rally in Center City, Nancy Manno held a sign she thought said it all. Hand-drawn, it depicted a missile about to strike the Liberty Bell. "Most Americans don't put themselves in the shoes of most Israelis," said the Linwood, N.J., resident. "There's not one American who would tolerate the [Hamas] missiles that Israel has had to endure. " Another poster said it writ small: "More hummus, less Hamas. " Two weeks into the latest surge of Palestinian missile fire on Israel, and Israel's bombardment and military invasion of the Gaza Strip, more than 650 Palestinians and almost three dozen Israelis are dead.
May 7, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Israeli warplanes struck targets in the Syrian capital Sunday for the second time in three days, officials and activists said, unleashing a series of massive explosions and raising fears of possible wider conflict in the region. The attacks, which Israeli officials said targeted sophisticated, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, marked a sharp spike in Israel's involvement in Syria's bloody civil war. Syrian state media reported that Israeli missiles struck a military and scientific research center near Damascus and caused casualties.
January 28, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria's chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hezbollah or al-Qaeda inspired groups, officials said Sunday. The warning came as the military moved a rocket defense system to a main northern city, and Israel's premier warned of dangers from both Syria and Iran. Israel has long expressed concerns that Syrian President Bashar al Assad, clinging to power during a 22-month civil war, could lose control over his chemical weapons.
December 3, 2012 |
A year ago, Zack Rosen and Ramone Moore were Big Five rivals. Penn's Rosen was Big Five player of the year, Temple's Moore the runner-up. In the summertime, they often worked out together. This season, they both landed jobs a five-minute drive apart, for different teams in the top professional league in Israel. Moore in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Rosen in Holon, just south. "If Tel Aviv is Manhattan, Holon is Queens," Rosen explained by e-mail. "It's a city with a lot of spirit.
November 19, 2012 |
TEL AVIV - Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Sunday killed at least 10 members of one family, including a mother and her four children, and struck two buildings used by journalists, inflicting the heaviest toll on civilians since fighting began Wednesday. Militants in Gaza continued to lob dozens of artillery rounds toward Israel, including two powerful long-range rockets that burst over Tel Aviv on Sunday after Israel's antimissile system intercepted them in midair. With little apparent progress in cease-fire negotiations in Cairo, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned that Israel would lose support from the international community if it followed through on threats to deploy troops in Gaza.
October 25, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Wednesday in the heaviest bombardment on the area in months, drawing ominous Israeli threats of retaliation and dangers of escalation. The violence came a day after a landmark visit to Gaza by the emir of Qatar. Israeli officials suggested that the visit, the first by a head of state to the Hamas-ruled territory, emboldened the militant group. The rocket fire began shortly after the emir left Gaza late Tuesday and continued through the night.
July 30, 2012 |
TUNIS, Tunisia - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of helicopter gunships to counter a civil uprising will prove to be "a nail in Assad's coffin," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Sunday at the outset of a five-day Mideast tour. While giving no indication that the Obama administration is contemplating military intervention, Panetta said it is increasingly clear that the Syrian crisis is deepening and that Assad is hastening his own demise. "If they continue this kind of tragic attack on their own people . . . I think it ultimately will be a nail in Assad's coffin," Panetta told reporters traveling with him from Washington.
March 14, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel halted its air strikes against Gaza Strip militants early Tuesday and rocket fire from the Palestinian territory ebbed as a cease-fire ending four days of clashes appeared to be taking effect. Both sides had indicated they have no interest in seeing the fighting spiral into all-out war, and an Egyptian security official reported that Egyptian intelligence officials had brokered a truce. There was no official truce announcement from Israel or Gaza's Hamas rulers, but Israeli Cabinet Minister Matan Vilnai told Israel Radio that the latest outbreak of violence "appears to be behind us. " Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech Tuesday evening suggested that Israel would refrain from any new strikes unless attacked.
March 11, 2012 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel pounded Gaza for the second day in a row Saturday, trading air strikes and rocket fire with Palestinian militants and killing 15 of them as the deadliest Gaza violence in more than a year showed no signs of abating. Despite Egyptian efforts to mediate a cease-fire, Palestinians fired more than 100 rockets, some striking major cities in southern Israel and seriously wounding an Israeli civilian. The military responded with more than a dozen air strikes and the targeted killings of Palestinian militants from various Gaza organizations.
April 11, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - A new Israeli-made missile-defense system has gotten off to an encouraging start, shooting down at least eight rockets in a test run that could potentially change the long-running war between Israel and Palestinian rocket squads in Gaza. Israeli officials say that the $200 million "Iron Dome" has performed beyond all expectations, raising hopes that the military has finally found a way to rob Hamas militants of their most potent weapon: the short-range rockets that have made life miserable for large swaths of the population over the past decade.