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Two attacks carried out against Palestinians in recent days, one in Jerusalem and the other on the West Bank, have prompted some uncomfortable questions in Israel about racism toward Arabs.

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Israel shifts defense focus after Arab Springupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 10:22:00

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a major review of the country's defense strategy on Wednesday, as the embattled regional power tries to adapt to a post-Arab Spring world.

Egyptian soldiers shot dead at checkpointupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 11:27:00

Armed extremists kill 15 Egyptian policemen, then try to infiltrate Israel, as CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

West Bank meeting canceled after Israel bars envoysupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 07:25:00

Diplomatic talks in the West Bank were canceled Sunday after Israel denied entry to five envoys, the Palestinian foreign ministry said.

Israel's possible attack on Iran nukesupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

In an exclusive interview, CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with Secretary Panetta about his talks with Israel on Iran's nukes

World needs to keep 'maximum pressure' on Iran, Panetta saysupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

The United States won't let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, "period," but sanctions remain the best tool to keep Tehran off the nuclear path, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday in Israel.

Barak: Bulgaria attack will be avengedupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:35:00

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Israel will seek retribution for Bulgaria attack and refers to '72 Munich Olympics massacre.

Police release composite image of Bulgaria bus bomberupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:35:00

Bulgarian police released a composite image Wednesday of the man accused of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a bus at Burgas airport last month, in which five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver died.

Video shows Israeli police attacking Palestinian boy, rights group says updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 22:14:00

A video released by an Israeli human rights organization shows what the group describes as a 9-year-old Palestinian boy being assaulted by two border police officers in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Rockets land in Israel after cease-fire announcedupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 06:09:00

Rockets from Gaza came down in Israel overnight, according to the Israeli military. This comes on the heels of a cease-fire announcement Hamas made toward the Jewish state late Wednesday local time.

Egyptian official: Al Qaeda affiliate adds to violence between Israel, Palestiniansupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 15:16:00

A spike in violence between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza, along with a cross-border attack into Israel from Egypt, has left six Palestinians and one Israeli dead over the past two days, officials said Tuesday.

Israel announces new settlementsupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 21:04:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Israel vice prime minister about their plan for new settlement construction in West Bank.

Israel detains illegal African migrants as part of deportation planupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 20:38:00

Israeli authorities said Tuesday they detained 240 illegal migrants as part of a controversial plan to deport some of the thousands of Africans who have flooded the country illegally in recent years.

Open Mic: Israel immigration tensionsupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 20:38:00

Citizens in Tel Aviv speak out about tensions with African immigrants.

Hundreds protest in Israel illegal immigration battleupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 13:58:00

Several hundred Sudanese immigrants rallied Sunday on the streets of Tel Aviv, demanding refugee status.

Soldier killed by Palestinian gunman, Israeli military saysupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 05:46:00

An Israeli soldier was killed early Friday in an exchange of fire with a Palestinian militant near the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

Why did anti-immigration sentiment boil over in Israel?updated: Thu May 31 2012 10:31:00

Amene Tekele Haymanot thought he had made the right choice when five years ago he escaped war-torn Eritrea and opened a business in sunny Tel Aviv, Israel.

Immigrants target of rage in Israelupdated: Thu May 31 2012 10:31:00

CNN's Sara Sidner reports on Israeli violence directed at immigrants who have fled African civil wars.

Israel returns 91 Palestinian bodies; military ceremony heldupdated: Thu May 31 2012 10:17:00

In what has been described as a humanitarian gesture, the Israeli government on Thursday handed over the remains of 91 Palestinians killed in attacks against Israeli targets over the past four decades.

A night that put Israel to shameupdated: Mon May 28 2012 07:44:00

One of the unintended consequences of the Arab revolutions has become evident in Israel, where a surge in the number of refugees from Africa has created new tensions in a country with no shortage of practical and ethical dilemmas.

U.S. continues support for Israel's Iron Domeupdated: Thu May 17 2012 17:46:00

The United States will provide an additional $70 million to support Israel's short-range missile defense system, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday.

Iranian president: Israel 'nothing more than a mosquito' to Iranupdated: Sat May 12 2012 22:36:00

Ahead of upcoming nuclear talks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad downplayed the threat Israel poses to Iran, comparing it to an annoying bug.

Progress reported in Palestinian prisoner hunger strike talksupdated: Sat May 12 2012 22:21:00

Negotiations to end a mass hunger strike by up to 2,000 Palestinians detained by Israel are making progress and a resolution may be only days away, Palestinian officials said Saturday.

Palestinians urge Israel to talk as prisoner hunger strike growsupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 10:20:00

A group representing 1,650 Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike in protest of the conditions of their detention urged Israel Thursday to start urgent talks on the treatment of prisoners.

Egyptian companies abruptly halt gas exports to Israelupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 07:27:00

Two state-run Egyptian energy companies have abruptly ended a gas export deal to Israel, raising questions about the move's legal validity and the political effect on relations between the two countries.

Israel detains pro-Palestinian activistsupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 15:55:00

Israeli authorities stepped up security at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport Sunday as hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists were due to arrive in the country in a "fly-in" campaign to protest Israel's policies in the West Bank.

Israel considers talks on nuclear-free Mideastupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 13:42:00

Israel is in the midst of discussions with Finland about the possibility of participating in a conference about creating a nuclear-free Middle East, according to Israel's Foreign Ministry.

German poet declared unwelcome in Israelupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 08:19:00

Israel declared a German poet persona non grata Sunday in an unusual move that follows a wave of fury over a controversial poem.

Israel deports Palestinian prisoner after hunger strikeupdated: Sun Apr 01 2012 19:09:00

Israeli authorities Sunday deported to Gaza a Palestinian prisoner who went on a hunger strike for more than a month to protest her detention.

March on Jerusalem turns violentupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 19:05:00

Protests marking "Land Day" turn violent at the Israel-West Bank border. CNN's Matthew Chance reports

Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters marking Land Day updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 19:05:00

One man died and dozens more were injured Friday as Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators clashed in Gaza and the West Bank during protests to mark Land Day, Palestinian medical sources said.

Israeli opposition party picks new leaderupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 07:42:00

Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister, lost her fight to remain head of Kadima, Israel's main opposition party.

Israel suspends ties with U.N. Human Rights Councilupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 16:49:00

Israel has decided to suspend all working ties with the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and will not cooperate with the council's plans for an investigation of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories, Israel's foreign ministry spokesman told CNN Monday.

Supreme Court says 9-year-old can pursue passport suitupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:21:00

A 9-year-old boy's request to have Israel listed as the place of birth on his U.S. passport was supported by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Israel and Iran social media loveupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 18:58:00

Graphic artists attempt peace between Israel and Iran through social media. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

Can Facebook page help Israel, Iran toward peace?updated: Thu Mar 22 2012 18:58:00

In a picture posted on Facebook, a man in a white shirt holds his daughter in his arms. She holds an Israeli flag. The caption reads: "Iranians we will never bomb your country. We ? you."

Tears and anger at Jerusalem funeral for France shooting victimsupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 15:25:00

It was a heart-wrenching memorial for victims of the Toulouse killings. The fact that three of them were just young children, shot in cold blood, added to the feelings of loss and despair.

French attack victims buried in Israelupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 15:25:00

Israel holds funeral services for Jewish victims killed during a shooting in France. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Will Israel strike Iran?updated: Sun Mar 18 2012 09:14:00

Will Israel strike Iran? An all-star GPS panel debates.

Iran vs. Israel around the worldupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 09:36:00

CNN's Tim Lister reports on a shadowy war between Iran and Israel playing out in cities across the world.

Firefight along Israel-Egypt border results in 3 suspects capturedupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 06:20:00

Israeli soldiers apprehended three suspects who tried to cross into Israel while patrolling their country's border with Egypt, authorities said Thursday.

Israel would face challenge in bombing Iran nuclear sites, experts sayupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 13:11:00

It's late in Iran on a dark night, moonless or with heavy clouds. Suddenly the silence is broken by sonic booms, followed by the sound of jets roaring overhead.

Shaky truce appears to end along Gaza-Israel borderupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 11:13:00

Israeli aircraft targeted two "terror activity sites" in northern Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said early Wednesday, in another round of tit-for-tat that appeared to end a shaky truce.

Israel, Gaza exchange rocket fireupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 11:13:00

Anger rages on both sides as Israelis and Palestinians respond to a weekend full of rocket fire.

Israel's 'Iron Dome' system isn't enough protectionupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 05:30:00

As Iran rushes ahead with its nuclear program, some foreign policy thinkers urge Israel to accept that it must live with "incomplete" security.

Egyptian official: Israel, Gaza agree to cease-fireupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 20:22:00

After days of pounding violence, Palestinian and Israeli authorities have agreed to a truce and to stop all military operations, an Egyptian intelligence official told CNN early Tuesday.

Israel's 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system in play during ongoing strifeupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 09:40:00

There's a new distinction in the strife between Israel and Gaza-based armed groups -- Israel's portable anti-rocket system called the Iron Dome.

Israel airstrikes target Gaza, killing at least 16updated: Sat Mar 10 2012 19:58:00

An Israeli airstrike left one Palestinian dead early Sunday in Gaza, medical sources and security officials said, bringing the death toll from nearly two days of bombings to 16.

Israel weighs risk, benefits of Iran strikeupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 11:22:00

A threatened Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program carries enormous risks for the Jewish state, including international isolation, retaliation at home and abroad, and steep economic costs.

War drums from Iran and Israel drown out rich pastupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 10:49:00

The saber-rattling between Iran and Israel conjures fears of mass casualties and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Feinstein on Iran: 'Israel will attack'updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 10:49:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she believes that "Israel will attack" Iran, though she hopes for a diplomatic solution.

Santorum: Obama turned back on Israelupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 16:52:00

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticizes President Obama's stance on Israel and Iran at AIPAC in Washington.

Iranian Jews in Israel discuss tensionsupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 07:48:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney profiles the community of Iranian Jews in Israel about the situation in their homeland.

Iranian Jews in Israel wary, hoping for the bestupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 07:48:00

Shamshiri in Tel Aviv is as busy as any restaurant might be during the lunch hour rush. Nestled in a part of the market area known as Little Persia, Shamshiri is run by Jews from Iran, providing a home away from home for other Iranian Jews.

Israeli soldiers fire on gunmen along Egypt's borderupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 06:30:00

The Israeli military said its forces opened fire on infiltrators while on patrol along the Egyptian border early Tuesday, killing one of them.

Israeli soldiers, Palestinians clash in Jerusalemupdated: Sat Feb 25 2012 10:49:00

Israeli soldiers and several dozen Palestinians clashed in Jerusalem Saturday, exchanging volleys of rocks, tear gas, fire bombs, and rubber bullets, according to eyewitnesses and the Israeli military.

Gaza music students find smart ways around travel banupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 09:47:00

Elena Lidawi is preparing her piano students to take part in a national competition. Lidawi's students will not perform in front of the judges in person, but by video conferencing.

U.S., Iran, Israel should cool the rhetoricupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 12:39:00

In 2012, hard-nosed rhetoric from the United States and Israel has accompanied an ever louder drumbeat for a possible "military option" to combat Iran's nuclear program.

Israel, Iran battle over who's behind string of bombingsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 14:58:00

Israel and Iran traded accusations Wednesday over a string of bombings in other countries, with Israel pointing fingers at Tehran and the Iranian regime calling such claims a "prelude" to an Israeli attack.

Why Israel worries about Iran -- and preparesupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 11:51:00

On a cool January morning, Israeli ambulances sped to the site of a simulated terrorist attack in Haifa, the country's largest port city. In keeping with the script for the long-planned civil defense exercise, emergency workers responded to a suicide car bomb with one element the country has not experienced in the dozens of real terrorist bombings over the years: this simulated attack dispersed nuclear materials, a "dirty bomb" laced with radioactive Cesium 137.

Fingerpointing follows attack on Israeli Embassy vanupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 19:38:00

The explosion Monday of a device attached to an Israeli Embassy van in New Delhi and the discovery and safe detonation of another such device found on an embassy car in Tbilisi, Georgia, led quickly to a round of fingerpointing between Israel and Iran.

Israeli strike called off after union, government reach deal updated: Sun Feb 12 2012 13:10:00

Israeli labor leaders and government officials announced Sunday they have reached an agreement, ending a nationwide general strike that paralyzed the public sector for days.

Police: Tourists blocked from Jerusalem holy sites after leaflets call for disturbancesupdated: Sun Feb 12 2012 11:16:00

Israeli authorities temporarily blocked Jews and foreign tourists from entering some of Jerusalem's most visited holy sites Sunday after leaflets called for causing disturbances there, police said.

Security officials: Israeli airstrike kills 1, wounds 2 in northern Gaza updated: Sun Feb 12 2012 05:27:00

An Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza early Sunday killed one man and injured two others, Palestinian security sources said.

Israel says it conducts successful test of anti-missile systemupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 09:50:00

Israel declared a Friday test of its Arrow weapon system a "major milestone" in the development of a system to defend against medium range missiles that could be fired from countries like Iran.

Labor strike brings Israel to standstillupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 06:28:00

Daily life in Israel grinds to a halt due to a labor union staff strike. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Israeli union employees strike on behalf of subcontracted workersupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 06:28:00

Workers at Israeli airports, hospitals, banks and government ministries began a nationwide strike Wednesday after union and government negotiators were unable to bridge differences over the employment of subcontracted workers.

Officials: Netanyahu to head to United States next monthupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 11:28:00

Israel's prime minister will visit the United States in March, officials said Sunday.

Protests escalate after soccer riotupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 07:23:00

Clashes continue between protesters and police near the Interior Ministry in Cairo. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

War games in Israel meant to show forceupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 05:54:00

Israeli war games seen as a show of force amid rising tensions with Iran. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Sectarian divide brewing in Israelupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 06:05:00

Tensions rise in Israel between ultra-orthodox Jews and mainstream Israelis.

Israel prepares to take in Syrians if al-Assad fallsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 12:13:00

In an "unprecedented" reaction to internal Arab affairs, an Israeli official said the country is getting ready to absorb fleeing Syrian Alawites if the Bashar al-Assad regime falls.

Foreign minister says he is latest target of cyberattacks on Israelis updated: Mon Jan 09 2012 13:15:00

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Monday that his website was the latest target of a cyberattack, coming on the heels of two attacks last week by a purportedly Saudi-based hacker group.

Former Israeli prime minister indictedupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 07:12:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted on Thursday for seeking bribes in three controversial real estate projects, among them the highly-disputed Holyland housing project in Jerusalem.

Tensions rise in Israel between ultra-orthodox Jews and mainstream Israelisupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 15:54:00

For Israelis waking up to their newspapers this past Sunday, the front pages offered a shocking and repulsive sight. Photographs of ultra-orthodox children donning yellow stars and striped prison uniforms reminiscent of the Holocaust stared back at them.

Israel targets suspected militants in Gazaupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 05:23:00

Israeli security forces launched a pair of airstrikes against suspected Palestinian militants Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring eight others, Israeli military and Palestinian medical sources said.

Why GOP candidates like to bring up Israelupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 17:03:00

As Republican presidential candidates move closer to the key tests for their party's nomination, the highly charged topic of Israel and its conflict with Palestinians has come up with increasing frequency in speeches and debates. Most recently, Newt Gingrich sent a jolt through the discussion with his description of Palestinians as "an invented" people. His rivals, without disagreeing, accused Gingrich of speaking irresponsibly and potentially hurting Israel.

Israel's 'Rosa Parks' refuses to take back seatupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 08:31:00

When Tanya Rosenblit boarded an inter-city bus bound for Jerusalem from her native Ashdod Friday morning, she did not anticipate the storm it would spark within Israel.

Segregating genders in Jerusalemupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 08:31:00

Women in Jerusalem fight against what they say is a creeping form of gender segregation. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Palestinians rejoice as Israel releases another 550 prisonersupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 17:41:00

Thousands of Palestinians celebrated the release Sunday night of 550 inmates from Israeli prisons, part of the second phase of the deal that won the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Israel announces construction plans in Jerusalem, West Bankupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 13:09:00

Israel's Construction and Housing Ministry announced Sunday plans to build 1,000 new homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Official: Israel to return envoy to Egypt after attackupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 14:29:00

Israel's new ambassador to Egypt is due to report to his post in Cairo on Monday, a government official said, three months after Israel pulled diplomatic staff out of the country in response to the storming of its embassy.

U.S. Defense Secretary urges Israel to get back to the tableupdated: Sat Dec 03 2011 00:42:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel to get to the "damn table" in peace talks with the Palestinians, an unusually blunt comment that inserts him into the Middle East peace process.

Activist: Israeli government won't protect its own citizensupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 11:13:00

On September 30, a group of Jewish Israelis from the activist groups Solidarity and Ta'ayush set out on a visit to support the Palestinian al Rifai family in the West Bank. The family's claim to their land has been recognized by the Israeli Supreme Court, but the settlement of Anatot is nevertheless built upon it. Al Rifai family members have faced harassment for years while insisting on their right to access private land. The settlers of Anatot, enraged by the Israeli support of the Palestinian family, violently attacked the family and activists alike.

Israel claims rocket attack from Lebanonupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 02:23:00

The Israeli military said rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Monday and that its troops returned fire.

Israel to free Palestinian tax funds, defense minister saysupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 14:00:00

Israel will release tax money that it was withholding from the Palestinian Authority, Israel's defense minister said Monday.

Truth squad: Has Iran said it wants to attack Israel?updated: Wed Nov 23 2011 03:10:00

An Israeli strike on Iran was raised as a possibility at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington. Candidates were asked if they, as president, would join or support Israel.

Israel easing restrictions on Gazaupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 13:10:00

Israel is easing restrictions on the Palestinian territory of Gaza, allowing building materials for the private sector to enter the densely populated sliver of land for the first time since Hamas took control there in 2007.

Supreme Court looks at passportsupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 06:11:00

A boy's request to have "Israel" listed as his place of birth was addressed by the Supreme Court. Kate Boulden reports.

High court looks at passports and presidential powerupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 06:11:00

A 9-year-old boy's request to have "Israel" listed as the place of birth on his U.S. passport was met with wariness by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Israel begins deporting Gaza aid activists updated: Sun Nov 06 2011 15:58:00

Israel says all 27 activists from two aid ships stopped on their way to Gaza have been deported or are awaiting flights out, but flotilla organizers say most refuse to sign papers required to expel them.

Israeli airstrike kills 1, injures 2 in Gazaupdated: Sat Nov 05 2011 16:42:00

The Israeli air force conducted an airstrike Saturday against suspected militants attempting to fire rockets into Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Preview: Justices to debate passports and presidential powerupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 10:45:00

He is a 9-year-old boy without a country. Menachem Zivotofsky is a U.S. citizen, born in Jerusalem.

Tribesmen exploit refugees' battleupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 08:29:00

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports many refugees are enslaved and tortured by Bedouin tribesmen.

Another flotilla sets sail for Gazaupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 18:00:00

Twenty-seven people from nine countries set sail Wednesday afternoon from Fethiye, Turkey, aboard two civilian boats en route to Gaza to challenge Israel's ongoing blockade of the territory.

Israel to speed up settlement construction in Jerusalem, West Bank updated: Wed Nov 02 2011 03:49:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for speeding up the construction of 2,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Officials: 10 killed in Gaza, Israel in back-and-forth violenceupdated: Sat Oct 29 2011 19:25:00

At least 10 people are dead in Gaza and southern Israel, in a wave of back-and-forth attacks between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants, according to medical and military officials.

Egypt returns accused spy to Israel in swap dealupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 13:13:00

Ilan Grapel, an Israeli-American accused of spying for Israel, returned to Israel on Thursday, Israeli police said.

Israel, Palestinians agree on step toward new talksupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 07:56:00

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to come forward with proposals on security and territory issues within the next three months, the European Union said, in a development that keeps alive hopes for renewed peace talks.

Israel, Egypt reach swap deal to free suspected spyupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 15:50:00

Israel and Egypt have reached a prisoner swap agreement that would free a man with Israeli and U.S. citizenship whom Egypt suspected of being a spy.

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