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Potential deal would reportedly see 6-week pause, release of all civilian hostages

Washington Post says framework would require Israel to pull army out of Gaza cities and release security inmates in 3-1 ratio, also provides for...

31.01.2024 30

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Released hostage, 15, says she acted as mother to her younger sister in captivity

Dafna Elyakim tells of abduction to Gaza and murder of 3 relatives, including her dad, on Oct 7; horrible conditions and fear of death in tunnels,...

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Wide swath of society: The stories of some of the 21 troops killed in Gaza blast

Cedrick Garin went from criminal teen to exemplary soldier; Ahmad Abu Latif was ‘proud to be Bedouin Israeli’; and Elkana Vizel left...

23.01.2024 20

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Turkey to deport Israeli soccer star over gesture to hostages; Israeli ministers irate

Sagiv Jehezkel to return home Monday, Foreign Ministry says, with Katz blasting Ankara as ‘dark dictatorship’; Gallant: Country...

15.01.2024 100

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Report: Shin Bet dismissed tip on Hamas plans, timing for major attack

Gazan source said to have told Israeli agency terror group was planning ‘big move,’ but info didn’t reach top brass and was only...

27.12.2023 20

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Oct. 7 victim Shani Gabay was buried with stranger; family thought she was abducted

DNA test on piece of jewelry discovered weeks after Hamas massacre led to discovery that missing woman was mistakenly buried in same grave as another...

25.12.2023 10

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Hamas’s Haniyeh arrives in Cairo as reports swirl of talks on new truce, hostage deal

Amid ‘intensive’ negotiations, head of Palestinian terror group’s politburo said set to discuss options for agreement, including...

20.12.2023 20

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‘My daughter was burned here’: Bereaved families of lookout troops visit torched base

Touring remains of command center in IDF’s Nahal Oz base, overrun by Hamas on Oct. 7, father says army ‘abandoned’ soldiers by...

20.12.2023 40

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Netanyahu draws outcry for quote equating Oct. 7 toll to Oslo Accords deaths

After criticism by opposition and MK in his party, PM says notion of PA ruling Gaza after war as dangerous as bringing of PLO officials from Tunisia...

12.12.2023 10

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Fifth group of Gaza hostages set to be freed by Hamas, on 1st day of truce extension

Total of 20 abductees expected to return by Wednesday night; IDF accuses Hamas of violating ceasefire; Ahed Tamimi on list of security inmates who may...

28.11.2023 10

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‘Keep waving’: Daily Hamas propaganda clips show freed hostages’ forced goodbyes

Demonstrating that the gestures are made under duress, one of the videos failed to edit out gunman’s orders; many released abductees have family...

28.11.2023 20

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IDF to help evacuate babies from Shifa as WHO warns it has lost contact with hospital

Israel strikes Syrian terror targets in response to rockets * US official McGurk said set to visit Israel, other Mideast nations to push for hostage...

12.11.2023 20

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Far-right minister says nuking Gaza an option, PM suspends him from cabinet meetings

Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu said Sunday that one of Israel’s options in the war against Hamas was to drop a nuclear bomb on the Gaza Strip, in...

05.11.2023 200

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Ministers set to vote on PA tax transfers amid mounting opposition to Smotrich freeze

A standoff within the government over Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich’s refusal to transfer tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority was set to...

02.11.2023 10

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In rare praise, Israel hails Qatar’s ‘crucial’ diplomatic efforts in Gaza crisis

A senior Israeli government official voiced rare praise Wednesday for Qatar, the Gulf nation that has long hosted Hamas’s top leaders and funded the...

25.10.2023 20

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Israel halts UN staff visas as officials pan Guterres’s ‘truly insane’ Hamas remarks

Israel stopped issuing visas to UN officials Wednesday, a day after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeared to say Hamas’s murderous October...

25.10.2023 20

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Poll: 80% of Israelis say Netanyahu must take public responsibility for Oct. 7 failures

The vast majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should publicly accept responsibility for the staggering failures that led to...

20.10.2023 20

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‘Sickened’ by silence on Hamas atrocities, Wexner Foundation cuts ties with Harvard

The Wexner Foundation philanthropy group cut its ties Monday with Harvard University, accusing the academic institution’s leadership of failing to...

17.10.2023 40

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Israel evacuates civilians from Gaza-area towns as forces scour for remaining gunmen

Authorities evacuated residents of hard-hit Gaza-area towns devastated by Hamas gunmen Sunday, as security forces continued to battle pockets of...

09.10.2023 20

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Forces continue to battle terrorists in Gaza border area after devastating assault

Israeli security forces made headway early Sunday toward regaining control of the towns and areas held by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated 24 hours...

08.10.2023 100

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As minister visits, pro-Israel Saudi blogger goes offline amid fears he was arrested

Prominent pro-Israel Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud has disappeared this week ahead of a planned meeting with a visiting Israeli minister and ahead of a...

05.10.2023 30

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Shin Bet chief said to persuade Ben Gvir to delay planned Temple Mount visit

The head of the Shin Bet security agency spoke on the phone this week with National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to convince him to postpone an...

05.10.2023 30

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Michael Bachner

4 arrested in anti-Netanyahu rally ahead of key High Court hearing on PM recusal law

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Thursday’s events as they unfold. Religious Zionism MK Simcha Rothman assails the High Court of Justice for...

28.09.2023 20

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Tehran accuses Netanyahu of threatening to nuke Iran in General Assembly speech

Iran has reacted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly speech last week by accusing him of threatening to use nuclear weapons...

27.09.2023 40

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Herzog on Yom Kippur prayer clashes: Polarization a ‘true danger to Israeli society’

President Isaac Herzog sounded the alarm Tuesday over events this week in Tel Aviv in which secular and religious Israelis scuffled over gender...

26.09.2023 20

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‘Leadership failure’: Gantz rebukes Netanyahu for planning to skip Rabin memorial

Benny Gantz, the head of the opposition National Unity party, assailed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over reports that he will boycott...

19.09.2023 20

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Tunisian leader claims ‘Zionist’ influence evident in naming of Storm Daniel

Tunisian President Kais Saied made antisemitic remarks Monday evening, claiming that a secret “Zionist” influence was evident in the name given to...

19.09.2023 30

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In first for sitting PM, Netanyahu expected to skip Rabin memorial at Mount Herzl

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to not attend next month’s annual state ceremony in memory of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin,...

19.09.2023 10

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Deri: Coalition shouldn’t force overhaul through Knesset, ignoring intense opposition

Shas party leader Aryeh Deri said in an interview Wednesday that the government should not charge ahead with more laws from its judicial overhaul plan...

14.09.2023 10

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Ex-Walla editor: PM’s meddling led news staff to liken him to North Korean dictator

The former editor of the Walla news site testified Tuesday in the corruption trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, describing relentless and...

12.09.2023 20

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Levin: Pivotal High Court hearing is unauthorized, a ‘mortal blow to democracy’

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Tuesday’s events as they unfold. In a rare move, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is suspending admission fees today...

12.09.2023 50

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Haredim slam Netanyahu for ‘heresy’ against God in Ukraine comment; MK blasts Zionism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu elicited outrage in Haredi circles Sunday after saying, in comments intended to dissuade religious Israelis from...

11.09.2023 90

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Likud members said to object to Haredi draft law, potentially imperiling government

Coalition members are increasingly warning they will not support a planned law facilitating increased exemptions for Haredim from military service,...

07.09.2023 30

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‘We had wrong assessments’: Almost all remaining Yom Kippur War files declassified

A month ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, the Israel State Archives on Thursday published a comprehensive collection of thousands...

07.09.2023 60

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