Israel and Turkey announce reconciliation

The Levant News — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally announced reconciliation between Israel and Turkey during a press conference today in Rome. The two nations hope an agreement due to be signed Tuesday will ease six years of tensions since the deadly Israeli attack on a Turkish blockade runner headed for Gaza. The agreement is …

Clinton to Donor: In Next War, I’ll Let Israel Kill 200,000, Not Just 2,000, Gazans

THE LEVANT NEWS — by  Boaz Bulbulovitz — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has penned a controversial letter to a major Jewish donor vowing to offer Israel “total” support in its next confrontation with the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers. The leaked letter, sent last week to Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, promises to allow Israel carte blanche in …

Israeli Blockade Slow Reconstruction Of Bombarded Gaza Homes

The Levant- – The Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip continues to hinder the reconstruction process in the Palestinian territory, leaving thousands of families homeless. During the recent war on Gaza, Israeli forces killed over 22-hundred Palestinians and destroyed the territory’s infrastructure. Our correspondent Ashraf Shanon explains how Israel’s control on the flow of goods into …

Gaza 1, Gaza 2, and What Now, Peace?

THE LEVANT – Anis Hamadeh, http://www.anis-online.de/1/essays/29.htm (bilingual) – The event comes before the news. Gaza 1 brought more than 1400 dead between 27 Dec. 08 and 18 Jan. 09, more than 900 of them civilians, as well as 13 Israelis. We remember the phosphorus clouds above the Gaza Strip that were gratefully adopted by many …

Israel bans renowned doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life

THE LEVANT – By Ben Norton – Israel has banned Norwegian doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life. Gilbert, a professor at the University Hospital of North Norway, where he has worked since 1976, earned international renown for his philanthropic work in late 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack that, according …