By ALON BERNSTEIN Associated Press KIBBUTZ SAAD, Israel (AP) – Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting. The start of school brought a sense of joy and excitement to rocket-scarred communities in southern Israel, but the signs of the fighting remained fresh. In the southern city of Ashdod, employees at the “Pashosh” kindergarten, which was struck by a rocket, removed shrapnel marks off the walls and slides ahead of the students’ arrival

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Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

JERUSALEM (AP) Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel’s finance minister said Sunday. The remarks by Yair Lapid come almost a week after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after almost two months of fighting that devastated parts of Gaza. “We need a regional conference, with the Egyptians, the Saudis, the Gulf States,” Lapid, a member of the centrist Yesh Atid party, told reporters in Jerusalem

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Israeli soldier dies from wounds sustained in Gaza

Aug 29 2014 / 1:10 pm Israel may have finally discovered the limits of force and violence. (Safa.ps/Flicker) By Jeff Halper Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the messaging regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. Since Zionisms official beginnings in Palestine some 110 years ago, the Jewish community, whether the pre-state Yishuv or constituted as the state of Israel, never took the Palestinians seriously

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Palestinian Message to Israel: Deal with Us Justly. Or Disappear

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In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, three key policy angles are currently not being touched upon by decision-makers: military disproportionality, religion and peacemaking and political inclusion patterns. Bernat Armangue, Associated Press Enlarge photo In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, three key policy angles are currently not being touched upon by decision-makers: military disproportionality, religion and peacemaking and political inclusion patterns. By not prioritizing these key policy concerns, its hard to envision brokered peace in this conflict, given its history and its strong polarizing potential.

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My view: Policy issues and strategies for Israeli-Palistinian peace

Welcome to History-of-Israel.org | This homepage is for anyone, who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict than can be achieved through the mainstream media or educational institutions.

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The History of Israel – A Chronological Presentation

Written on August 28th, 2014 & filed under Israeli History Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Accept Popes Vatican Invitation

AFP Pope makes Israeli-Palestinian peace bid on pilgrimage Jerusalem (AFP) – Pope Francis made a personal bid for peace on Sunday by inviting the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican to pray for an end to their “increasingly unacceptable” conflict. And he came face-to-face with daily Palestinian reality in Bethlehem when he made an unscheduled stop by the towering separation barrier Israel is building across the West Bank, and spent time talking with families and refugees. But as he arrived in Jerusalem, the 77-year-old pontiff turned his attention to matters of faith, holding a landmark unity service with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I at Christianity’s most sacred shrine.

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Pope makes Israeli-Palestinian peace bid on pilgrimage

“The ‘Two State Solution’ must become reality and not remain merely a dream.” Tel Aviv, May 25, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 198 hits Pope Francis arrived by helicopter, from Bethlehem in the West Bank to the Israeli international airport in Lod (near Tel Aviv). Upon his arrival at the airport around 4:30 this afternoon, he was greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Cabinet and many other government authorities. Here below is Pope Francis’ address: *** Mr

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Pope's Address to Israeli Authorities on Arrival in Tel Aviv

Israeli politicians have remained largely silent on Egypt's presidential election but the media is expecting a victory for El-Sisi and a continuation of the cold peace

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Across the border: Israeli views on Egypt's presidential election

On April 15, a little-known Israeli clothing company raised 20m on the London stock market.

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