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Syrian fighter jet shot down after entering Israeli airspace

Officials with the Israeli Deference Forces (IDF) say they have shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it entered Israeli air space over the Golan Heights.

Gaza: Counting the humanitarian cost as 72-hour ceasefire starts

Gaza - Israel has announced that all its forces are to withdraw from the Gaza Strip as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas.

Gaza 'genocide' denounced by Spanish film industry

Gaza - One hundred Spanish film professionals, including the husband-and-wife team Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, have published an open letter denouncing what they term the "genocide" happening in the Gaza Strip.

Women strip their clothes on Facebook to show support for IDF

Tel Aviv - A Facebook page is giving new meaning to Gaza Strip as Israeli women post nearly naked photos of themselves to boost the morale of their fighting men.

Gaza death toll nears 800 as Israel bombs UN school, killing 17

Gaza - Nearly 800 Palestinians have been killed during Israel's 16-day war on Gaza. In one of the latest attacks, at least 17 people sheltering in a United Nations school in northern Gaza were killed by Israeli shelling.

60 Palestinians, 13 IDF troops, killed in bloodiest day of war

Gaza - At least 60 Palestinians, most of them innocent civilians, and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed on Sunday as Israel continued its ground invasion of Gaza.

Europe airs concern on Gaza onslaught, aid offered by Denmark

As what they term the "spiral of violence" continues in Gaza, the Danish development ministry has said Friday that 11 million kroner ($2 million) in emergency aid will be given to Palestinian civilians trapped in the enclave.

Istanbul court to Interpol: Arrest IDF chiefs for flotilla raid

A court in Istanbul has tried four former Israeli military commanders over the May 2010 Mavi Marmara raid. They said these four need to be arrested.

Israeli Air Force jets scrambled to both ends of the country

Three Israeli Air Forces warplanes have been reportedly dispatched to the north and south of the country. The IDF has refused to comment on this incident.

IDF soldier killed in West Bank city of Hebron last night

An IDF soldier was gunned down by a Palestinian sniper in the city of Hebron Sunday evening, while thousands of Israelis flock the area celabrating the Holiday of Succoth.

Video of half-naked pole-dancing female Israeli soldiers emerges

Tel Aviv - A video showing half-naked female Israeli soldiers "pole-dancing" with a rifle has emerged online a few days after military authorities reportedly took disciplinary action against female recruits who posted half-naked photos of themselves online.

Female soldiers punished for 'unbecoming' racy Facebook photos

Jerusalem - A group of new Israeli female soldiers were punished by Israeli authorities for posting pictures on Facebook posing in underwear and combat gear, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday.

Rockets hit Israel's resort Eilat — No injuries reported

Eilat - Three rockets landed in Israel's southern holiday resort, Eilat, this morning. No injuries have been reported. Eilat airport has been temporarily closed for incoming flights.

There's nothing better than a dead Arab writes Israeli soldier

In yet another case of anti-Arab sentiment, an Israeli soldier has written a Facebook post in which he declared that "there's nothing better than a dead Arab".

Op-Ed: 'Oops…one less Arab': More disturbing images from IDF soldiers

Recently an image was found on Instagram, showing a Palestinian boy in the cross hairs of a rifle. The photo caused a huge public outcry, and bloggers began searching for more. They found plenty.

Photo of Palestinian children killed in Gaza wins top photo award

A striking photograph, taken by a Swedish photographer, of grieving men carrying Palestinian children's bodies through the streets of Gaza has been awarded the prestigious 2012 World Press Photo Award

Report: Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from West Bank

A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion.

Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli troops in West Bank

Ramallah - A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces near the West Bank separation wall in Budrus on Monday, the fourth Palestinian killed by Israelis in the past five days in the Occupied Territory.

Video: Israeli soldier opens fire on boys throwing rocks

Beit Jala - A video has surfaced which shows Israeli Defense Forces opening fire on a group of boys throwing rocks near a school in the Palestinian town of Beit Jala.

Op-Ed: So who really won the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Gaza - Now that the dust seems to have settled with the end of hostilities between the Israelis and Palestinians, reached through a brokered ceasefire led heavily by the Egyptians, we turn our attention to who actually came out of this conflict as the winners.

Slain Israeli soldier vowed to kill terrorists on Facebook

Jerusalem - The Ultra-Orthodox soldier with Tank Battalion number 7 vowed, ”The first terrorist will fall in my hands,” mere hours before his death.

Op-Ed: Iran supplies Gaza militants with advance Fajr-5 Missiles

The Middle East conflict heats up as Iran sends boatload of Fajr-5 missiles to Gaza to launch at Tel Aviv after it admits to pulling strings in Gaza crisis. Iran’s action could escalate the conflict as the Israeli Air Force targets more launch sites.

Video: Huge blasts as IDF missiles hit Hamas HQ in Gaza City

Video shows huge explosions and thick smoke in the air as IDF missiles hit the headquarters of Hamas in Gaza City over the weekend. The office of the Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was completely destroyed in the attacks.

Op-Ed: The correct narrative For the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Gaza - Throughout the latest bout of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, a narrative has been put forward by the Israelis, a narrative backed and supported by several western governments.

Op-Ed: Did the Israelis learn lessons from Operation Cast Lead?

Analysis of Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Cloud reveals lessons for the IDF. Will the IDF repeat the same tactical mistakes by prematurely ending the conflict?

Gilad, son of Ariel Sharon: 'We need to flatten all of Gaza'

Tel Aviv - Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli PM, Ariel Sharon, in an opinion piece, argues that Israel should "flatten all of Gaza." He draws analogy from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying, "The Japanese weren't surrendering... so [the Americans] hit Nagasaki, too."

Video: RT's Arabic-language sister channel in Gaza attacked

Gaza - RT's Arabic-language sister channel, Rusiya Al-Yaum, was struck by Israeli forces in the Gaza strip early on November 18. Luckily no one was in the office at the time. Updated with video interview with IDF on their reasons for targeting the building.

Op-Ed: Israeli Air Force widens air combat operations in Gaza

Today, the IAF widens air strikes in Gaza as the IDF credits 'Iron Dome' for shooting down incoming rocket. Hamas has targeted the Knesset and Shimon Peres. And Palestinians in Jerusalem demonstrate in solidarity with Gaza as sirens wail in Tel Aviv.

Photos: Israeli troops post 'surreal' pics to Instagram

Tel Aviv - As Israel prepares the offensive against Hamas, tweets operations in Gaza and posts videos of hits to YouTube, soldiers have joined in the Internet warfare trend, posting smiling photos of themselves to Instagram.

Anonymous attacks Israeli websites in response to Gaza attacks

Anonymous says it has launched attacks on Israeli websites in response to attacks and threats by the IDF to cut Gaza's telecom links. Reports say the attacks brought down some Israeli sites temporarily, and defaced others with pro-Palestinian messages.
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