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Carrie Keller-Lynn

Carrie Keller-Lynn

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Peace activists in a traumatized Israel remain hopeful for a two-state solution

Advocates and left-wing politicians are committed to a long-term diplomatic solution with Palestinians, although general support for a two-state...

08.12.2023 20

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Knesset advances NIS 30 billion in new wartime funds, over intra-coalition objections

NIS 17 billion for military and NIS 13 billion for home front mostly funded by increased deficit, though some comes from cuts to ministries and...

06.12.2023 20

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260,000 firearm permits sought since Oct. 7, after Ben Gvir push to arm civilians

National security minister dismisses connection between his efforts to disseminate guns and slacken open-fire rules to tragic shooting death of Yuval...

04.12.2023 10

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Smotrich to bring wartime budget update for vote, unfreezing political earmarks

Finance minister heckled in plenum by opposition MKs who say government should not be spending on coalition favors as nation fights Hamas, deals with...

03.12.2023 20

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Internal pressure builds to end truce as Israel weighs extending it into an eighth day

Ben Gvir accuses Hamas of breaking Gaza ceasefire after the terror group takes responsibility for a deadly Thursday terror attack in Jerusalem

30.11.2023 20

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Ben Gvir threatens to tear down government if war not resumed

Despite far-right leader’s threat, Netanyahu’s coalition would survive the loss of Otzma Yehudit if National Unity continues to back him

29.11.2023 20

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Attempted murder, shootings, bombings: Most freed Palestinians were held for attacks

Violent crimes, including rock throwing, cited by Prison Service in cases of 64 of 117 Palestinian prisoners released in first three waves of hostage...

28.11.2023 10

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‘There are 2 million Nazis’ in West Bank, says far-right Finance Minister Smotrich

Remark made in reference to polls showing most West Bank Palestinians back Hamas’s Oct. 7 onslaught; Netanyahu said lobbying Likud MKs, saying...

28.11.2023 40

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Amid fierce opposition from Gantz and Barkat, cabinet set to unfreeze coalition funds

Ministers slated to approve new war budget, redirecting some NIS 30b from 2023 budget to defense goals, while also unlocking hundreds of millions in...

27.11.2023 10

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Israelis greet newly freed hostages with joy, but can’t forget those left behind

Spontaneous celebrations welcome returnees on way from Gaza; grandfather of 4-year-old Avigail Idan elated, but her parents’ deaths are...

27.11.2023 20

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Domestic violence exacerbated by wartime, raising concerns over looser gun policies

Since the Knesset made it easier to qualify for a gun license last month, welfare groups register an uptick in firearms concerns for roughly 13,200...

25.11.2023 20

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Most politicians welcome hostage deal; Smotrich explains why party ended up voting yes

Herzog, Lapid back cabinet-approved agreement; many lawmakers stress that initial deal must lead to release of all hostages, allow for IDF to continue...

22.11.2023 20

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Angling for war cabinet seat, Smotrich says Gaza should be allowed to collapse

Far-right former settler activist skirts question whether Jewish settlement should return to Gaza; Yisrael Beytenu party leader Liberman in opposition...

20.11.2023 10

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Coalition promises Basic Law to enshrine status of Druze, won’t nix controversial law

As Druze death toll in war against Hamas reaches 6, PM backs acknowledging community’s contributions, but no commitment to amend much-panned...

19.11.2023 10

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In Israel, EU foreign minister tells country not to act from ‘rage’ in Hamas war

Josep Borrell implies war has a high casualty and humanitarian toll because of Israeli fury over terror group’s October 7 massacre of 1,200...

16.11.2023 20

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Knesset sanctions 2 Arab MKs for ‘denying’ Oct. 7 atrocities, alleging IDF war crimes

Lawmakers get temporary bans, pay withheld; Ra’am’s Khatib-Yassin has apologized after saying ‘they didn’t slaughter babies and...

15.11.2023 20

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Police start building Oct. 7 rape cases, focusing on footage and testimonies

‘Not a traditional rape investigation’: Police say they have multiple witnesses, are focusing on gathering circumstantial evidence as...

15.11.2023 20

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Touring Israel, GOP presidential candidate Christie says truce calls ‘make no sense’

Former New Jersey governor and 2024 hopeful visits kibbutz targeted in Oct. 7 Hamas attack, saying the devastation is ‘something that I think...

13.11.2023 20

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Netanyahu on US TV: ‘Those who protest for Hamas, you’re protesting for sheer evil’

PM rejects taking responsibility for Oct. 7: ‘Did people ask George Bush’ after 9/11?; rejects calls for lengthy humanitarian pauses in fighting;...

12.11.2023 20

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Amid war and urgent need to ID bodies, evidence of Hamas’s October 7 rapes slips away

Despite definitive witness testimony, global skepticism persists about the terrorists’ sexual crimes. ToI investigates how a mass-casualty event in...

09.11.2023 30

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Gantz: Israel’s war against Hamas is existential and carries no time limit

Speaking to reporters in Tel Aviv, war cabinet minister says terror group’s brutal Oct. 7 onslaught threatened Israel’s ‘Zionist and...

08.11.2023 20

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Already battling for political survival, Netanyahu is not restraining his coalition

A far-right minister risked setting off an international scandal on Sunday, at a time when Israel is battling to maintain freedom of operation in its...

07.11.2023 20

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Opposition slams Netanyahu for reportedly casting blame for Oct. 7 on IDF reservists

Opposition party leaders slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for continuing to deflect blame for Israel’s failure to prevent...

06.11.2023 20

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Cabinet nixes vote to transfer NIS 300M to Haredi schools from wartime funds pool

The cabinet nixed a scheduled vote on Sunday morning that would have transferred NIS 300 million to Haredi schools, out of a pool of frozen coalition...

06.11.2023 30

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Israel’s economy bounced back after previous Hamas wars, but this one may take longer

Just last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted a new era of peace and prosperity in the Middle East, based on growing acceptance of...

31.10.2023 20

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‘They burn our souls’: Mother of two hostages returns to Nir Oz for first time

NIR OZ — For the first time since Hamas took two of her children hostage, Hadas Calderon returned to Kibbutz Nir Oz on Monday, in order to see...

31.10.2023 30

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Finance minister says he’s freezing PA funds over alleged support for Hamas

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said Monday he had instructed the ministry to halt the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority and is urging...

30.10.2023 30

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Gallant: Second stage of war may last months, ‘pockets of resistance’ will remain

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says that Israel’s new, second phase of its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip may last for “months,” and the...

30.10.2023 20

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Lapid says government not funtioning, still ‘in shock’ from Hamas assault

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid attacked the government Thursday for what he sais was inadequate delivery of services to citizens, 20 days after Israel...

26.10.2023 10

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Public trust in government scrapes bottom amid criticism for inadequate war response

Nineteen days into a war triggered by Hamas’s brutal October 7 terror attack on southern Israel, with the nation reeling from the horrific killings...

25.10.2023 40

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Freed Hamas hostage recounts ordeal, slams Israeli failures, speaks well of captors

Released Hamas hostage Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, described Tuesday at a widely attended press conference outside Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital how her...

24.10.2023 30

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Wartime Knesset pushes municipal elections to January 30, instead of next week

Israel’s municipal elections will be pushed to January 30, 2024, instead of being held on October 31 as planned, after the Knesset finalized wartime...

24.10.2023 10

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IDF shows foreign press raw Hamas bodycam videos of murder, torture, decapitation

The Israeli government on Monday screened for 200 members of the foreign press corps some 43 minutes of harrowing scenes of murder, torture and...

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Two weeks after Hamas massacre, volunteers still searching ashes of ravaged Be’eri

BE’ERI — A team of about 20 forensic volunteers continued Sunday to sort through the wreckage of Kibbutz Be’eri, which just two weeks before had...

22.10.2023 20

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Ministry wants 8,000 West Bank Palestinians to replace foreign farmhands who fled war

The Agriculture Ministry is looking to allow some 8,000 West Bank Palestinians to enter Israel for agricultural work, with many foreign laborers...

22.10.2023 20

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Cabinet votes to shutter denuded Public Diplomacy Ministry, send budget to south

Israel’s flailing Public Diplomacy Ministry will be shuttered and its budget used instead to rehabilitate communities near the Gaza border, the...

22.10.2023 20

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Government sets up NIS 1 billion fund to rehab shattered Gaza border region

The government will allocate NIS 1 billion ($248 million) to a new, dedicated agency to rehabilitate Israel’s southern Gaza border communities...

19.10.2023 20

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Lapid: Best option for post-Hamas Gaza is a return to Palestinian Authority control

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid said Thursday he believed the best solution for a post-Hamas Gaza Strip would be returning the coastal enclave to the...

19.10.2023 30

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Knesset approves wartime prison crowding, among other emergency measures

Convening to approve a series of emergency wartime measures, the Knesset on Wednesday passed a law enabling National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir...

18.10.2023 10

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Citizens, including an MK, helped repel Hamas attack in Ofakim

OFAKIM — Less than an hour after Hamas began its October 7 attack that killed some 1,400 in Israel and saw at least 199 people kidnapped into the...

18.10.2023 30

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Baltic MPs: Hamas in Iran-Russia ‘axis of evil,’ Europe must ‘reevaluate’ its policy

ASHKELON — The Hamas terror group ruling the Gaza Strip is part of an Iranian-Russia anti-liberal axis, according to parliamentarians from Baltic...

17.10.2023 10

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Opening Knesset under rocket fire, PM warns Iran and Hezbollah against 2nd front

Opening Israel’s wartime Knesset session under fire on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to Hezbollah and Iran, urging them...

16.10.2023 10

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Wartime Knesset’s first bill will be to push back municipal elections until January

Israel’s parliament opens for its winter legislative session on Monday, 10 days after Hamas mounted the deadliest massacre of Jews since the...

16.10.2023 20

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As exodus turns Sderot into a ghost town, some stay as a reminder of what’s at stake

SDEROT — The coach buses pulling into Sderot Sunday opened their doors to allow on some of the few remaining residents of this Israeli city on the...

16.10.2023 20

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Smotrich to oversee war economic council; says ‘we failed’ to protect south

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich will head up a new council to oversee economic activity during the Israel-Gaza war, his ministry announced on Sunday...

15.10.2023 10

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‘Where is the military?’: Civilian air medics jumped into action amid fighting, no GPS

Michael Shamai, 36, was finishing his last working shift as a helicopter medical rescue pilot in the south before his scheduled return home, when he...

15.10.2023 20

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Likud announces Liberman joining government; he says he isn’t, for now

Right-wing party head and former defense minister has demanded end of Hamas, says he won’t accept Likud invitation to join security cabinet...

14.10.2023 10

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Hanegbi: Israel won’t negotiate with Hamas on hostages now, will remove it from power

National Security Council head Tzachi Hanegbi said on Saturday that there are no active negotiation efforts underway to repatriate the Israelis...

14.10.2023 10

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Hundreds join vigil of man whose wife, kids abducted to Gaza; many rage at government

Hundreds of people on Saturday joined a vigil outside the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv started by a man whose wife and three children are being held...

14.10.2023 20

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Awaiting ID, the bodies of Hamas’s victims are stacked on racks in outdoor containers

RAMLE — Bodies are hauled in via refrigerated trucks, shrouded in thin white sheets or sealed in plastic bags, and unloaded in a quiet corner of the...

13.10.2023 20

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