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With its aerial attack, Iran could break Israel’s isolation and reframe the Gaza war

With pressure building to end the fight against Hamas, Tehran pushes allies together to thwart unprecedented missile and drone strike, in reminder of...

14.04.2024 20

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Hamas could agree to free some hostages before permanent ceasefire in Gaza – report

Lebanese outlet says deal would include ‘proportionate’ release of Palestinian prisoners, return of displaced north Gazans; Israel said...

10.04.2024 20

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In joint op-ed, leaders of France, Egypt, Jordan call for ceasefire, hostage release

As truce talks continue in Cairo, Macron, Sissi and Abdullah warn Rafah offensive would ‘bring more death and suffering’, call for UNSC to...

09.04.2024 30

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Israel has circled date in calendar for repeatedly-pledged Rafah invasion, PM says

Jerusalem hasn’t yet briefed Washington on the matter, Biden administration says, adding that Israel has agreed to hold off until...

09.04.2024 40

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Hamas says it won’t compromise on key demands as US leans into hostage talks

Qatar insists there is reason for optimism, but sources tell Times of Israel serious gaps remain; Israel’s security cabinet to discuss agreement...

09.04.2024 40

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Israel’s begrudging approach to humanitarian aid could cost it the war in Gaza

Netanyahu pressured into announcing new measures for Gazans in wake of deadly strike on WCK aid workers, but again Jerusalem is seen as doing too...

06.04.2024 40

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After PM’s call with Biden, ministers okay steps to swiftly ramp up aid flow to Gaza

Israel to let humanitarian deliveries through Ashdod Port, reopen Erez Crossing for first time since it was attacked on Oct. 7; US calls for...

05.04.2024 60

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As handling of war pushes US away, Netanyahu’s half-steps may not be enough to fix ties

After PM reacts to Security Council vote by canceling meet on Rafah, sides show desire to patch things. But amid Gaza death and ruin, and a looming...

04.04.2024 30

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Israeli negotiators return from Cairo hostage talks as they await Hamas response

Netanyahu’s office praises Egyptian mediation in oblique swipe at Qatar; source indicates there is reason for optimism that a deal can be...

02.04.2024 10

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As protestors demand he go, Netanyahu argues election would play into Hamas’s hands

PM says he is ‘doing everything’ to bring captives back, and those who claim otherwise are causing pain to hostage families; asserts...

01.04.2024 50

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Netanyahu to undergo hernia surgery Sunday evening in Jerusalem, his office says

While under anesthesia the premier, 74, will be replaced by Justice Minister Yariv Levin; last year he had pacemaker installed following...

31.03.2024 20

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Israel warns of travel to Turkey and Arab countries; also notes Eurovision risks

Authorities says Israelis traveling to Malmo for song contest should take care not to broadcast their identities, amid efforts by Islamist groups to...

29.03.2024 40

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Biden is ‘great friend of Israel,’ Herzog tells US Democrats amid bilateral tensions

President says alliance is ‘as strong as ever,’ as Netanyahu looks to reschedule advisers’ trip to Washington to discuss looming...

28.03.2024 20

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Blaming UN vote, Israel pulls negotiators from Qatar after Hamas rejects truce deal

Prime Minister’s Office points to ‘damage’ caused by Security Council resolution, as Gaza terror group digs in on demands Israel...

26.03.2024 60

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Israel nixes US Rafah talks as Washington allows UNSC resolution demanding Gaza ceasefire

Tensions between countries appear to reach new high as US refuses to veto motion; Jerusalem says American decision harms war effort, attempts to free...

25.03.2024 20

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Israel said willing to free some 800 inmates for 40 captives, as talks given 50/50 odds

Report says up to 100 murder convicts could be released for female soldiers, but officials cautious on optimism; Hamas answer may take days with...

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As Rafah waiting game continues, 82nd Battalion expands long fight in Khan Younis

The Times of Israel joins engineers demolishing homes as armored forces move into new neighborhoods; unit commander forced to retract statements about...

24.03.2024 50

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PM tells Blinken Rafah op is inevitable; secretary warns him Israel risks isolation

Top US diplomat meets with Netanyahu, Gantz, reportedly tells war cabinet Israel’s security, international standing also in danger without a...

22.03.2024 20

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Biden’s wished-for targeted operation in Rafah might not be out of the question

The IDF can’t lean on special forces to take out Hamas’s remaining battalions, but the Rafah fight won’t look anything like the...

21.03.2024 30

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Netanyahu says ‘will take some time’ until IDF launches offensive in Rafah

As Israel and US continue talks on southern Gaza city, with top Jerusalem officials set to hear American proposals in Washington, Blinken to hold...

20.03.2024 20

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Netanyahu says he made clear to Biden Rafah ground op crucial to destroying Hamas

In briefing to Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, PM acknowledges disagreement with US, says he and American president agreed on way for...

19.03.2024 40

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Jordan, EU foreign policy chief accuse Israel of deliberately starving Gazans

Foreign Minister Katz rejects statements, places blame on Hamas disruption of aid efforts; UN report says famine can be averted

18.03.2024 20

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‘Wholly inappropriate’: Netanyahu blasts criticism from Schumer, White House

On CNN, prime minister says ‘sister democracy’ should not be subjected to calls for leadership change; asks at cabinet meeting how...

17.03.2024 20

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With Iraq on his mind, US ‘savior-general’ points at a way to victory in Gaza

Hamas must be destroyed, argues ex-general and CIA director David Petraeus in Tel Aviv, and then Israel must pivot to a counterinsurgency

15.03.2024 30

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Hamas said to move toward Israel on truce deal, but PM claims demands still ‘ridiculous’

Terror group appears to list prisoners it wants freed for first time as source tells broadcaster deal possible; Netanyahu says pressure on Qatar to...

15.03.2024 30

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‘Very senior’ Israeli official accuses US government of seeking to oust Netanyahu

After AIPAC speech alleging allies are opposing Israel’s right to defend itself, PM said to be ‘fuming’ over US intel report that...

13.03.2024 90

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As first ship sails, Israel to inspect all aid from Cyprus; aid groups will distribute

Official says increasing humanitarian aid to Gazans is crucial for international legitimacy during war; IDF to ensure no attacks or looting at new...

12.03.2024 10

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US criticism of Israel encourages Hamas, Netanyahu says in Fox News interview

In response to mounting criticism from the Biden administration, PM says Israelis are united behind the war aims and opposition to Palestinian state

11.03.2024 30

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In Gaza, as elsewhere, aid missions are dangerous for soldiers

Deadly Gaza City incident underscores the risks and challenges IDF troops face when trying to secure delivery of food and medicine to hungry...

11.03.2024 60

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‘He’s wrong’: PM bluntly rejects Biden critique, says most Israelis back his policies

After president charged he’s ‘hurting Israel more than helping,’ Netanyahu says public doesn’t want the PA in Gaza, is against...

10.03.2024 10

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Former Shin Bet chief: Government repeatedly rejected plans to kill Hamas’s Sinwar

Nadav Argaman asserts terror chief only alive because of aversion to ‘military adventurism,’ calls for resignation of ‘disastrous...

07.03.2024 10

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Journalists accuse UN sexual violence envoy of enabling Israeli attacks

Sex crimes official under fire in press conference after presenting report that indicates widespread rape on October 7 but doesn’t directly...

05.03.2024 10

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Hamas team remains in Cairo for another day as hostage talks stall

Egyptian official acknowledges ‘difficulties,’ as terror group claims to be waiting for Israeli response to its demands

05.03.2024 30

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As Israel seeks list of living hostages, Hamas official claims ceasefire needed first

Another senior Hamas figure asserts ‘ball is in Israel’s court’ to reach agreement, but US says opposite is the case: ‘There is a...

05.03.2024 30

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Netanyahu’s office denies report Biden wouldn’t take phone call after Gaza aid chaos

Calling unsourced report ‘fake news,’ Prime Minister’s Office says neither side asked for a conversation; Gantz in Washington for...

04.03.2024 20

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After deadly aid incident, Israel to try new methods of delivery to north Gaza this week

Official says convoys could be secured by IDF and enter from northern Israel-Gaza border, days after dozens die as crowd swarms trucks delivering...

03.03.2024 50

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Israel won’t send team to Cairo after Hamas refuses to offer list of living hostages

Gaza terror group claims truce could start imminently if Israel accepts terror group’s demands in ongoing talks, but differences appear to...

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Curbing hostage deal hopes, Netanyahu says Hamas putting up ‘brick wall’ of demands

In press conference, PM says terror group refuses to move toward compromise, pledges Rafah operation will take place; claims that elections would mean...

01.03.2024 20

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Hamas leader Sinwar said to believe his forces are on road to victory against IDF

According to Wall Street Journal, the terrorist organization’s Gaza leader sent a message to exiled officials claiming that the world would...

29.02.2024 30

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As Hamas tries to regroup in north Gaza, IDF forces are determined to root it out

Two days before Tzabar Battalion lost officers in a booby-trapped house, The Times of Israel took a trip to the battlefield, where a ceasefire was not...

29.02.2024 30

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Official downplays hostage deal prospects: Israel, mediators ‘talking to ourselves’

Second official says main disagreement is ‘end of fighting, IDF leaving Gaza,’ as negotiating team joins Qatar talks for potential...

26.02.2024 20

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Barkat talks peace with Saudi counterpart in UAE: ‘We can make history together’

On sidelines of World Trade Organization meeting in Abu Dhabi, ministers shake hands, exchange phone numbers amid talk of potential landmark regional...

26.02.2024 20

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War cabinet votes to dispatch Israeli team to Paris for fresh try at hostage talks

Channel 12 says high-level forum approves sending negotiators led by Mossad head to French capital; decision comes amid reports this week that Hamas...

23.02.2024 20

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Israeli to decide on sending team to hostage talks amid cautious signs of progress

Gallant tells Biden envoy Brett McGurk that Israel will give its negotiators more leeway; official says war cabinet, security cabinet to hash out...

22.02.2024 20

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The Gaza war is winding down with key goals unmet — but Israel can still win

Operations against Hamas are steadily dwindling, but with the enemy hiding underground, it can be replaced — if Israel’s leaders move...

22.02.2024 30

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Israel declares Brazil’s Lula persona non grata for comparing Gaza war to Holocaust

Reprimanding ambassador at Yad Vashem, foreign minister says president will have to apologize before being welcomed to Israel

19.02.2024 70

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Addressing US Jewish leaders on Gaza war, PM says: ‘We have to finish the job’

Netanyahu argues IDF making unprecedented efforts to protect civilians, decries genocide accusations; US envoy downplays plans for unilateral moves on...

19.02.2024 10

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Israel livid as Brazil’s Lula says Israel like ‘Hitler,’ committing genocide in Gaza

Netanyahu says left-wing leader ‘crossed a red line,’ Foreign Minister Katz blasts ‘shameful’ comments; Brazilian ambassador...

18.02.2024 30

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Netanyahu and Biden speak as divides sharpen on Palestinian state, Rafah operation

PM vows to resist ‘international dictates’ regarding agreement with Palestinians; White House: President stressed opposition to offensive...

16.02.2024 60

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Israel blasts top UN aid official after he says ‘Hamas is not a terrorist group for us’

Slamming comments by OCHA deputy chief Martin Griffiths, Jerusalem says UN ‘reaches new lows every day’; official later says he meant...

15.02.2024 10

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