Drawing in Pencil

Rebuilding Gaza after Israel’s devastating military operations in the Palestinian territory since Oct. 7 could cost $50 billion. “We have not seen anything like this since 1945,” said United Nations development program director Abdallah Al Dardari, according to Al Jazeera. “That intensity, in such a short...

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Hedging Bets

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets Tuesday calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to the terms of a ceasefire deal that Hamas accepted, the Guardian reported. On Monday, the armed group announced it had agreed to an Egyptian-Qatari ceasefire proposal following weeks of...

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Mea Culpa

The head of Israel’s military intelligence resigned on Monday, saying he was taking responsibility for the failure to detect and halt Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that killed more than 1,200 people and launched the war in Gaza, Al-Monitor reported. Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva is the first...

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Warrior Class

Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip has stirred controversy worldwide, less so at home. But now, Israelis are arguing over who among them should be fighting. The Israeli Supreme Court last week ordered the Israeli government to cut off funding from ultra-Orthodox religious schools called “yeshivas”...

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Digging In

Israel will seize nearly four square miles of Palestinian territory in the West Bank, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich announced, in what has been described as the single largest land seizure by the Jewish state since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the Washington Post reported. On Friday,...

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The Face of Defiance

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who is the highest-ranking Jewish elected official in the US, recently delivered a speech criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and calling for new elections in Israel, reported CNN. Afterward, President Joe Biden, who has been...

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Dishing Out Blame

An investigation into Israel’s worst civilian disaster found that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “bears personal responsibility” for the 2021 stampede that killed 45 Jewish pilgrims in northern Israel, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday. In April 2021, tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered for an annual pilgrimage...

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