• Did Rand Paul propose cutting aid to Israel?

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has cultivated Jewish support as he considers a presidential run, tells Chris Moody of Yahoo News that he never made a legislative proposal to cut assistance to Israel: “I haven’t really proposed that in the past,” Paul told Yahoo News when asked if he still thought the U.S. should phase… More ▸

  • WATCH: Indian TV records Gaza rocket launch

    India’s NDTV gets what The New York Times said it could not: footage of Hamas fighters in Gaza assembling and then launching a rocket aimed at Israel. The launch, of course, takes place in a dense, urban environment in Gaza with plenty of civilians around — and one intrepid Indian reporter. Watch this video: More ▸

  • Breaking (not): GOP hopes Jews vote for GOP

    There may be chaos in the world, with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the specter of war in Ukraine and a seemingly endless cycle of violence in Gaza, but the earth continues to turn, the sun continues to shine, and Republicans continue to think Jews are about to turn Republican. Some things never change. The… More ▸

  • Report card: The Gaza war

    Here’s a summary of statistics from the war the Israel Defense Forces released on Tuesday: Operation Protective Edge   3,356 rockets fired at Israel 2,303 hit Israel 356 intended at IDF forces operating in Gaza 116 of which hit populated areas (3.45%) 578 were intercepted by Iron Dome 475 landed within the Gaza Strip   Prior to the operation, the IDF… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Gaza media manipulation, Hamas wants genocide, Gaza therapist’s trauma

    What’s next for Gaza: If Gaza’s civilian infrastructure isn’t rebuilt quickly and its blockade lifted, groups even more extreme than Hamas could seize power, Avi Issacharoff writes. (Times of Israel) Gaza media manipulation: While Israel tries to influence journalists with statements, memos and articulate spokespersons, Hamas members stage dramatic camera-ready scenes, Sudarsan Raghavan writes. (Washington Post) Hamas wants genocide: Hamas’… More ▸

  • NYT photographer explains absence of Hamas fighters

    After the stir caused by The New York Times’ response to my question about why it hasn’t published any pictures of Hamas fighters in Gaza (“Our photographer hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun“), Times photographer Tyler Hicks elaborates. James Estrin of the Times’ photography blog, Lens, put the question to Hicks directly: Q. We have many… More ▸

  • AUDIO: Listen to a briefing from JTA’s team of global reporters

    On Monday we held a briefing on the Gaza conflict, moderated by Uriel Heilman, with Israel Correspondent Ben Sales, European Correspondent Cnaan Liphshiz and D.C. Bureau Chief Ron Kampeas. The briefing took place before the announcement of the cease-fire, but most of the analysis is still relevant. So click and listen. Click here to sign… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: How modern, how Orthodox?, anti-Semitism hurts Palestinians, Israel’s honest broker?

    After the war: After the war, the Palestinians should forge a unity government in Gaza in which Hamas renounces violence, and Israel should lift its blockade of Gaza and make meaningful concessions in the West Bank, Thomas Friedman writes. (N.Y. Times) Israel’s honest broker?: Comparing Israeli novelist Amos Oz’s interview on the war with that of Palestinian intellectual… More ▸