International News

Local families brace themselves for war in Israel
BY Simone Ellin
July 11, 2014

Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many CONTINUE »

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Campaign aims to stop rocket attacks
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
July 10, 2014

Following days of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza, Israel on Monday launched a “continuous, methodical and forceful campaign against the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip,” according to a government announcement. Dubbed Operation Protective Edge, the air campaign came as IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz requested the call-up of 40,000 reserve CONTINUE »

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With letter to Obama, Dershowitz leads the charge for convicted spy’s release
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
July 10, 2014

With a little more than a year until convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is eligible for parole, a group of 10 prominent legal scholars has sent a letter to President Barack Obama arguing for Pollard’s early release. The group of nine scholars and professors at top universities, led by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz and CONTINUE »

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At Herzliya Conference, a split on importance of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 2, 2014

HERZLIYA, Israel — Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Livni don’t agree on much. Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, sees the West Bank as an inseparable part of the Jewish state and wants Israel to annex its settlements there. Livni, the justice minister, says Israel can remain a Jewish democracy only by evacuating settlements. But on one thing CONTINUE »

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A night out with Tel Aviv’s drunk-teen patrol
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 2, 2014

TEL AVIV — It’s midnight here and two balding men in blue vests are on the move. Someone has sprayed tear gas at a club two blocks away. Outside a club known as The Mossad, located in a warehouse in the dilapidated Tel Aviv neighborhood of Florentin, groups of high school students mill about sporting CONTINUE »