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Israel's UN Speech on Palestinian Status
On Nov. 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to admit the Palestinian Authority as a nonmember observer state. Here is Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor's speech protesting the status upgrade.

About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Israelis say that, as they are constantly under militant attack of varying degrees, the very survival of the Jewish state hangs in the balance. The Palestinians claim a right to return to the land that refugees fled in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war or the Six Day War in 1967. Even the means of conflict stoke controversy. Learn more here.

Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 UN Speech
On Sept. 27, 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the most memorable address of the 67th UN General Assembly when he pulled out a cartoon bomb drawing and red marker to show Iran's nuclear progress and make the case for where the world community should draw a red line. Here is that address.

The Munich 11
Eleven athletes and coaches in the 30-member Israeli delegation were killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich by Palestinian terrorists belonging to a group called Black September.

Hamas Assassination Boosts Mossad Popularity in Israel
You'd think the evidence left behind that enabled INTERPOL to put out red notices and photos of 11 suspects wanted in the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on Jan. 19 might make onlookers think the Mossad was off its game and thus dampen enthusiasm for the Israeli spy agency.

More Soldiers Boogie Down
Six Israeli soldiers are facing possible disciplinary action after a video of them dancing to "Tik Tok" by Kesha was posted on YouTube.

Israeli Elections - The News from Israel's February 2009 Elections
On Feb. 10, 2009, Israelis went to the polls for general Knesset elections. But while Kadima leader Tzipi Livni edged out Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, the right-of-center parties earned more total votes than the left-of-center parties. Who will be able to form a ruling coalition?

Israeli Troops Cut Off Gaza City
In the first full day of Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, thousands of troops effectively cut off Gaza City from the rest of the Gaza Strip, vowing to deal a crushing blow to Hamas' militant machine while a Hamas spokesman, addressing the Israeli soldiers, claimed "Gaza will be a graveyard for you, God willing."

Israel Strikes Gaza
On Dec. 27, 2008, after a week in which Hamas militants had launched more than 200 rockets into Israel, Israeli forces staged a massive air assault on Hamas strongholds in Gaza.

Israel Strikes at Hamas Strongholds
You may be wondering, after so many years of the tit-for-tat Middle East standoff and cease-fire after failed cease-fire, what made Israel suddenly unleash its air force on Hamas security installations in Gaza. Turns out in the past week, Hamas fired about 200 rockets on Israeli cities.

Signs of Torture on Mumbai Victims, Especially Israelis
As if any more disturbing details about the Mumbai massacre could emerge, it's now being reported that many of the victims were also tortured -- and no one more so than the Israelis killed in the Chabad house.

Livni: Hamas Must Be Toppled
The race to become Israel's next prime minister is in full swing, and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni seems to be trying to gain some ground on Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu's national security credentials by vowing to stamp out the breakaway Hamas leadership in Gaza.

Livni Granted Two-Week Extension on Coalition Building
With Ehud Barak and Labour on board -- but not the ultra-orthodox Shas party -- Tzipi Livni was granted a two-week extension by Israeli President Shimon Peres to form a coalition and thus avert early elections.

Nazi Hunter on Trail of 'Dr. Death'
The head of the Israeli branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center believes he's pinpointed the location of Dr. Aribert Heim, known as "Dr. Death" and the "Butcher of Mauthausen."

Report: U.S., Israel, France All Helped Rescue FARC Hostages
There were reasons, if the story is true, for all of the parties to have been involved in the yearlong planning that went into rescuing Ingrid Bettancourt and other prisoners from the grasp of the FARC rebels.

Palestinian Plows Bulldozer Through Jerusalem Crowd
A suicide bulldozer driver plowed over cars and tipped over a bus on a busy downtown stretch -- killing three and injuring dozens before he was shot to death.

Jerusalem Seminary Slayings Cap Nine Days of Violence
A gunman reportedly from east Jerusalem walked into the library of a rabbinical seminary and opened fire, killing at least eight.

Merkel Makes History in Speech to Knesset
Chancellor Angela Merkel, dubbed by Forbes the most powerful woman in the world, expressed "shame" over Germany's role in the Holocaust.

The Basics Behind the Arab-Israeli Conflict
How did the conflict in the Middle East begin, and what is the future for Israel and the Palestinian Authority?

Ehud Olmert
The prime minister of Israel faced challenges after Ariel Sharon's stroke left him in charge.

Profile: Tzipi Livni
A profile of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Israel
A profile of the country of Israel.

CIA World Factbook - Israel
A primer on Israel's leaders, geography, demographics, economy, military, infrastructure, and more.

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