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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 »

Despite turmoil at home and protests at practices, coaches say the Israel national team is ready to play.
BY Heather Norris
July 11, 2014

Amid turmoil at home, the Israeli national lacrosse team made their FIL World Championship Friday, July 11 with a 19-4 win over 10th-ranked Sweden. The team traveled to host state Colorado earlier this month, just days after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in the West Bank and a week before Israel 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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Baltimoreans keep protective eye on Ashkelon; Israelis keep an eye on Baltimoreans
BY Simone Ellin and Melissa Gerr
July 10, 2014

According to Israel Defense Forces reports, the Islamist terror group Hamas launched as many as 170 rockets from Gaza into southern Israeli communities Monday and Tuesday, including Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon. The onslaught provoked the commencement of Operation Protective Edge, a military offensive that so far has resulted in the launching of approximately 50 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 »