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March 28, 2011 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
BEERSHEBA, Israel - Israel deployed a cutting-edge rocket-defense system Sunday, rolling out the latest tool in its arsenal to stop a recent spike in attacks from the Gaza Strip. Israel hopes the homegrown Iron Dome system will provide increased security to its citizens, but officials warned that it cannot do the job alone. The system went into operation shortly after an Israeli aircraft struck a group of extremists in Gaza, killing two. Israel said they were about to fire a rocket. The Iron Dome system has raised hopes that Israel has finally found a solution to the years of rocket fire from Gaza.
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April 11, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2011 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Josef Federman, Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants fired more than 30 rockets at southern Israel on Saturday and Israeli warplanes killed five militants in the Gaza Strip in the most intense fighting since Israel's 2008-09 offensive in the Hamas-ruled territory. The escalating series of strikes and counterstrikes has killed 18 Gazans since it began on Thursday following a Hamas missile attack against an Israeli school bus. The continuing clashes are increasing the probability of a full-scale military confrontation.
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July 30, 2012 | By Robert Burns, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | THE WASHINGTON POST
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.
NEWS
March 11, 2012 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Aron Heller, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Amy Teibel, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Josef Federman, Associated Press
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.
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NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Bassem Mroue and Ian Deitch, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
December 3, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | THE WASHINGTON POST
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.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Josef Federman, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Robert Burns, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Amy Teibel, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 11, 2012 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Aron Heller, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
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