Israeli soldiers are seen near the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, Thursday, June 13, 2024. The army is battling Palestinian militants across Gaza in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
06-14-2024

Accuracy in reporting is the gold standard we're all taught in journalism school, yet in these days of politicized information, that can go out the window.

A plane uses a fire retardant to extinguish a fire burning in an area near the border with Lebanon, in Safed, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
06-14-2024

Israel's battlefront seems to be shifting to focus on Hezbollah in the north, as fighting continues in the Gaza Strip. 

People carry the coffin of Hezbollah senior commander Taleb Sami Abdullah, 55, who was killed late Tuesday by an Israeli strike in south Lebanon, during his funeral procession, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
06-13-2024

Northern Israel came under its worst Hezbollah attack since the start of the Gaza war Wednesday as Hamas made outlandish counter-proposals to the latest ceasefire deal proposed by the U.S., in effect rejecting it.

Yahya Sinwar is the Hamas terrorist leader of Gaza.
06-12-2024

Hamas appears to have rejected the latest U.S.-backed proposal to end the Gaza war and release the hostages. In the process, the world is also discovering more about the strategies of Hamas' top leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar.

Chuck Holton on the Israel-Lebanon border
06-12-2024

The IDF's recent hostage rescues, the U.N. Security Council vote on a Gaza ceasefire, and visits by U.S. diplomats to push for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians have all combined to focus world attention on the war against Hamas and how to stop it. Yet, for Israelis, the threat from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in northern Israel could be even more serious.

Andrey Kozlov, 27, kidnapped from Israel in a Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7, 2023, arrives by helicopter to the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Tomer Appelbaum)
06-11-2024

Israelis are still rejoicing over the weekend rescue of four hostages in Gaza. The hostages, code-named "Diamonds," brought the first really good news in a long time. As they returned to Israel and reunited with family members, hugs, tears, and an eager audience awaited these "Diamonds" – Noa Agamani, Almog Meir Jan, Shlomi Ziv, and Andrey Kozlov – upon their arrival at Sheba Medical Center.

In late spring, Jewish people celebrate Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, known to Christians as Pentecost
06-11-2024

In a time of uncertainty and war in the Middle East, beginning Tuesday evening, Israelis will mark the holiday of Shavuot or Feast of Weeks, mentioned in both the Old and New Covenants of the Bible.

Israeli soldiers wave to the camera as they move on the back of a truck near the Israeli-Gaza border as seen from southern Israel, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
06-11-2024

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his eighth visit to Israel since the beginning of the war.

Benny Gantz, a centrist member of Israel's three-member War Cabinet arrive to announce his resignation in Ramat Gan, Israel, Sunday, June 9, 2024. AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
06-10-2024

Less than 36 hours after Israelis began to celebrate the daring rescue operation that led to the return of four Hamas-held hostages, National Unity Party leader and War Cabinet member Benny Gantz announced he was leaving the Netanyahu coalition government. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets rescued Israeli hostage Noa Argamani and her family. Photo Credit: PM of Israel office.
06-10-2024

National Unity Party leader Benny Gantz announced his decision to leave the government and called on Sunday for new elections. The announcement followed one of the most daring hostage rescues in Israel's history.

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