Israel

Image via Twitter/GregAbbott_TX

From Texas Standard: Gov. Greg Abbott is on his third official international trip since being sworn in last January. Yesterday in Jerusalem, the Governor met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . Last week Abbott said the purpose of the upcoming meeting was to promote business ties abroad. However, since news broke over the weekend of the U.S. prisoner swap and an end to sanctions against Iran, Monday's meeting seemed more like a political trip. That’s left some scratching their heads, and others nodding in approval.

U.S. Government

Recent world events seem so complicated – and perhaps intractable – that some citizens may reel from a sense of hopelessness. But maybe our collective memory fails us – it’s easy to forget how much the world can change in just a matter of days. In less than two weeks in 1978, a world-changing event not only ended one of the most bitter conflict in modern history (or at least a part of it), with effects that endure to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright speaks with Texas Standard’s David Brown about his new book, " Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David ," a detailed account of the Camp David accords between Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Facilitated by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the agreement brought peace between Egypt and Israel.

This summer’s escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has come to a relative stand-still with both sides currently holding to the cease-fire signed late last month. But many say the conflict is far from resolution. In its inaugural episode, “In Perspective” invites subject matter experts from UT-Austin, New York University, and Rice University to discuss the conflict, its future and its impact on Israeli and Palestinian cultures with KUT’s Rebecca McInroy.

After nearly a month of brutal war, Gaza was calm for a second day on Wednesday. And as that negotiated, three-day peace took hold, diplomacy stepped front and center. In an interview with the BBC , U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said both sides should take advantage of this moment to forge a longer-lasting peace. Kerry said the U.S. supports Palestinians' desire to rebuild and open up borders, but that will happen only under a "bigger, broader approach to the underlying solution of two...

After nearly a month of fighting, a negotiated, three-day peace has taken hold in Gaza. As NPR's Emily Harris reports, Israel has also ordered all of its troops out of Gaza. But this may not mean the end of the current conflict, because the Israel Defense Forces said its troops would maintain a defensive position and respond to any attacks. Case in point: By morning just before the truce started, Emily said she heard rocket fire out of Gaza. But things have calmed down and the AP reports that...

There are some signs that the current conflict in Gaza is de-escalating: As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports , the Israel Defense Forces have started pulling their troops out of Gaza and "stationing the remaining soldiers on hills on the Palestinian side of the border with Israel." Israel has also declared a unilateral, seven-hour, humanitarian cease-fire that covers the better part of today. But as The Washington Post notes , just before the cease-fire started, an "Israeli airstrike...

An Israeli airstrike outside a U.N.-run school in Gaza killed at least 10 people Sunday, Palestinian health officials say. The attack came as Israel declares that a soldier believed to have been captured had actually died in battle. Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: U.S. And U.N. Condemn Attack
The attack at the school "is a moral outrage and a criminal act," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday. He released a strongly worded statement saying the airstrike was "yet another gross...

A day after they were to begin a cease-fire, Israel and Hamas are still firing at one another, in a conflict that has killed at least 1,650 Gazans, 63 Israeli soldiers and 3 Israeli civilians, according to tallies from the respective sides. Those numbers surpass the estimated fatalities from the last major Gaza conflict, which raged for around three weeks from 2008-2009. Hamas, which has been condemned for breaking a temporary peace and capturing an Israeli soldier, said Saturday that it has...

It was negotiated as a three-day humanitarian cease-fire that was to start at 8 a.m. local time today. But just hours in, fighting erupted again in Gaza. Palestinian authorities told The Associated Press that at least 27 people were killed in Gaza after an Israeli tank opened fire. NPR's Emily Harris reports that Israel accused Hamas of continuing its rocket fire. One Israeli official told Emily: "At this point, it's clear the Palestinians violated the cease-fire in three ways. They attacked...

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET. The Pentagon has confirmed that Israel was given permission last week to dip into a little-known U.S. munitions stockpile to draw tank shells and illumination rounds for its ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip. NPR's Tom Bowman reports that the billion-dollar U.S. "emergency" stockpile, based on Israeli soil, was established in the 1980s as part of an agreement of expanded cooperation between the two nations. A report from the Congressional Research Service says the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu3lYK6OmMI Perhaps signaling a widening of its offensive in Gaza, Israel called up 16,000 reservists on Thursday. That means Israel has activated 86,000 reservists since the conflict started. USA Today reports that at the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy tunnels built by Hamas "with our without a cease-fire." "Netanyahu said he won't accept any truce that will not allow Israel to achieve its goal of destroying the tunnel...

(This post was last updated at 3:04 p.m. ET.) As many as 19 people were killed when a shell struck a United Nations-run school this morning in Gaza. In a message on Twitter, the commissioner-general of UNRWA, which is responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees, blamed the attack on the Israeli military. "Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected," Pierre Krähenbühl said, referring to the fact that the school was...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dismissed international calls for an immediate cease-fire in the country's conflict with Hamas in Gaza. "We need to be prepared for a long operation until our mission is accomplished," Netanyahu said in televised remarks. He defined that mission the same way Israeli officials have since launching a ground offensive in Gaza: taking out the tunnels Hamas uses to infiltrate Israel. "Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and...

(This post was last updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.) In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza. As USA Today reports , the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond." Despite that call, fighting continued. The Associated Press reports that Israeli jets continued their offensive in Gaza, and Hamas militants continued to...

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached. Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate. "They may have rejected some language or...

Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET. As the conflict between Israel and Gaza approaches the three-week mark, the fighting seems to have only intensified. At least 119 Palestinians were killed Thursday , making it the bloodiest day of the war. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo and has handed over a proposal for a seven-day truce . At a news briefing later, Kerry dismissed reports that the proposal had been rebuffed by Israel's Security Cabinet , saying they were "mischievous leaks." David Estrin,...

flickr.com/raondo

As the conflict between Israel and Palestine in Gaza continues , officials with the University of Texas International Office say they've been in close contact with graduate students and faculty conducting research in Israel. “None of our students are anywhere near the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” UT International Office risk analyst Erin Wolf says. Wolf says six graduate students and a handful of faculty are doing research projects in Israel and that in addition to providing academic support, local universities are also giving them direction.

A top White House adviser says any cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians must include the demilitarization of Gaza. In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result." "There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians," Blinken said. Asked if this means the U.S. has endorsed Israel's demand that Hamas give up its...

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport. "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. As we reported earlier , some American carriers had already started canceling flights to and from Israel. Delta said one flight — traveling from JFK this morning with 273 passengers — was diverted to...

David Buimovitch AFP/Getty Images

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. 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 Golani Brigade along with California native Max Steinberg, who also died in fighting on the Gaza Strip. Both held American-Israeli citizenship.

Pages