Israel http://kut.org en FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv http://kut.org/post/faa-prohibits-us-airlines-flying-tel-aviv The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport.<p>"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014," the FAA said in a statement.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333908274/as-kerry-tries-for-ceasefire-attacks-continue-in-gaza">As we reported earlier</a>, some American carriers had already started canceling flights to and from Israel. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:29:28 +0000 10834 at http://kut.org FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv A South Padre Man Dies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict http://kut.org/post/south-padre-man-dies-israeli-palestinian-conflict <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past weekend was the deadliest of the two-week-long combat operations in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday, 95 Palestinians were killed in fighting along with 13 soldiers fighting in the Israeli Defense Force, according to the Associated Press.</span></p><p>One of those soldiers killed in the conflict was 21-year-old South Padre, Texas native Sean Carmeli. Carmeli moved to Israel four years ago after finishing high school and was a member of the country's elite <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golani_Brigade">Golani Brigade</a> along with California native Max Steinberg, who also died in fighting on the Gaza Strip. Both held American-Israeli citizenship. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:18:57 +0000 Andrew Weber 10820 at http://kut.org A South Padre Man Dies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt http://kut.org/post/effort-forge-cease-fire-kerry-heads-egypt U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Egypt today in an effort to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.<p><a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229510.htm">In a statement</a>, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would meet with Egyptian and other senior officials.<p>"The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life," Psaki said. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:43:50 +0000 10819 at http://kut.org In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza http://kut.org/post/israel-launches-ground-offensive-gaza Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the army to send ground forces into Gaza Thursday night.<p>"We are hearing reports that so far the operation has been concentrated in the north," reports NPR's Emily Harris, who is in Gaza.<p>Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, called the invasion "a dangerous step. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:36:07 +0000 10808 at http://kut.org Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins http://kut.org/post/mortars-rock-shaky-5-hour-truce-between-hamas-and-israel <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET: Ground Offenses Begin</strong><p>Israel has sent ground forces into Gaza on Thursday, which we are covering in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza" target="_blank">this post</a>.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. ET: Hostilities Resume</strong><p>A temporary cease-fire had brought relative quiet to Gaza for a few hours earlier in the day, as Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:02:27 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10804 at http://kut.org A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins Should American Universities Boycott their Israeli Counterparts? http://kut.org/post/should-american-universities-boycott-their-israeli-counterparts <p>The passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has raised talk of his legacy, especially with respect to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.&nbsp; Several groups of American scholars, including the American Studies Association, are calling for US universities to boycott their Israeli counterparts. The president of the University of Texas at Austin, William Powers, is hosting a conference of several key figures in higher education this week. One such figure, Hunter Rawlings, President of the Association of American Universities, spoke with KUT's David Brown.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:45:19 +0000 Emily Donahue & David Brown 9535 at http://kut.org Should American Universities Boycott their Israeli Counterparts? Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer http://kut.org/post/israel-dreams-future-oil-producer There's an old joke that if Moses had turned right when he led Jewish tribes out of Egypt, Israel might be where Saudi Arabia is today — and be rich from oil. Consultant Amit Mor of Eco Energy says that joke is out of date.<p>"Israel has more oil than Saudi Arabia," he claims. "And it's not a joke."<p>But that oil will be difficult to reach, <a href="http://www.worldenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ser_2010_report_1.pdf" target="_blank">if it can be recovered at all</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:08:17 +0000 Emily Harris 9274 at http://kut.org Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel http://kut.org/post/perry-preaches-texas-prosperity-israel <p>Texas Governor Rick Perry is nearing the end of a 10-day <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19003/">international economic opportunity tour</a>&nbsp;with stops in London and Israel.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perry took the opportunity to highlight the opening of a &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tamu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas A &amp; M University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Israel and looked to highlight Texas' financial successes, as well as recent resource and energy conservation solutions.</span> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:39:16 +0000 Carrie Powell 9005 at http://kut.org Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel Israel Reportedly Attacks Syrian Facility, in an Escalation http://kut.org/post/israel-reportedly-attacks-syrian-facility-escalation Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center near Damascus early Sunday, according to intelligence reports and Syrian state media. Sun, 05 May 2013 15:38:45 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 7626 at http://kut.org Israel Reportedly Attacks Syrian Facility, in an Escalation Arriving in Israel, Obama Reaffirms an 'Unbreakable Bond' http://kut.org/post/arriving-israel-obama-reaffirms-unbreakable-bond President Obama landed in Israel this morning, marking the first time he visits the country as president.<p>"I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America's unwavering commitment to Israel's security and to speak directly to the people of Israel and to your neighbors," Obama said during a welcoming ceremony at the Tel Aviv airport.<p>NPR's Larry Abramson, who's at the airport, just spoke to our Newscast unit. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:56:56 +0000 7016 at http://kut.org Arriving in Israel, Obama Reaffirms an 'Unbreakable Bond' Europeans Summon Israeli Diplomats on Settlement Plan http://kut.org/post/europeans-summon-israeli-diplomats-settlement-plan The U.S. has called the latest Israeli settlement plan "counterproductive," and now the Europeans have weighed in, with even more pointed criticism.<p>Israeli ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned Monday to hear opposition to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/11/30/166252247/israel-plans-to-expand-settlements-in-east-jerusalem-west-bank">the settlement plan</a>.<p>It calls for Israel to build 3,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:00:04 +0000 5818 at http://kut.org Europeans Summon Israeli Diplomats on Settlement Plan Bus Bombed in Tel Aviv; Israel Continues Strikes on Gaza http://kut.org/post/bus-bombed-tel-aviv-israel-continues-strikes-gaza After a week of bloodshed, Israel and fighters in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip agreed to "hold fire" beginning at 2 p.m. ET today, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced at a joint news conference this afternoon with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.<p>Egypt had been trying to broker a truce to end the exchange of rockets and air strikes between Israel and militants in Gaza.<p>We'll post more on the agreement, which was announced at 12:35 p.m. ET., as the story develops.<p><strong>Update at 5:55 p.m. ET. 'A Tenuous Nature':</strong><p>The cease-fire is holding. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:51:13 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5705 at http://kut.org Bus Bombed in Tel Aviv; Israel Continues Strikes on Gaza With Clinton In The Region, Israel, Hamas Continue To Trade Fire http://kut.org/post/conflict-gaza-diplomatic-push-ceasefire-intensifies <em>(We rewrote the top of this post at 6:55 p.m. ET to sum up the day's news.)</em><p><em></em>Diplomatic efforts accelerated and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the region on Tuesday, but despite the buildup, despite the rumors of imminent peace, there was no cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.<p>Instead, the two sides continued to trade fire into the early morning, marking one of the bloodiest days in the nearly week-old conflict. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:09:19 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5687 at http://kut.org With Clinton In The Region, Israel, Hamas Continue To Trade Fire Pressure for Truce Grows, but Israel and Hamas Continue Firing http://kut.org/post/pressure-truce-grows-israel-and-hamas-continue-firing <em>(We rewrote the top of this post at 7:45 p.m. ET to sum up the day's news.)</em><p>The sixth day of Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip saw Israel striking a media center and other Palestinian targets, raising the Palestinian death toll to more than 100. Palestinian militants fired 95 rockets at Israel; a third of them were intercepted by Iron Dome, the Israeli missile shield. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:49:10 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5675 at http://kut.org Pressure for Truce Grows, but Israel and Hamas Continue Firing Israel Aims Airstrikes at Hamas Targets in Gaza http://kut.org/post/israel-aims-airstrikes-hamas-targets-gaza <strong>Update at 3 p.m. ET. At Least 10 Dead; Israel Issues More Warnings:</strong><p>As we've been reporting, Israel hit targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip today with multiple airstrikes. The Associated Press says at least 10 people were killed. Among them was Ahmed Jabari, the commander of Hamas' military wing.<p>The strikes follow recent rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. And Israeli Defense Force officials say more rockets have been fired Israel's way today. The U.N. secretary general is calling on both sides to immediately de-escalate. But that appears unlikely at this point. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:38:18 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5636 at http://kut.org Israel Aims Airstrikes at Hamas Targets in Gaza