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‘Burn it all down’ — Netanyahu attacks rival’s possible coalition with Palestinians

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked publicly the possibility of a minority government of his rival Blue-White that would be dependent on the Joint List of Palestinians parties, crying that Blue White leadership “has lost its mind, stop this madness.” He reportedly told followers “Burn it all down,” if such a government is formed,

Sawarka relatives relate hellish destruction of family of 8 in what Israelis call a ‘mistake’

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“What investigation could raise the dead?” Abdullah al-Sawarka, 45, asks, while standing distraught at the edge of a 50-foot-wide crater where his cousin’s tin shack stood. Israelis bombed the house in Gaza on Thursday killing eight family members. They now say it was a mistake but Gazans scoff at the idea that there will be any accountability for the crime. The file will be thrown in the trash, says an aunt of the children killed.

Gaza militants and Israelis exchange fire despite tenuous truce

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Scenes at Al-Shifa’ Hospital (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun /

Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets, shaking an already tenuous truce, Reuters reports. Sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Beersheba, the largest city in southern Israel, some 35 km (18 miles) from the Gaza border, warning of incoming fire.

Nearly every Democratic candidate rushed to defend Israel’s attack on Gaza, Warren only one to acknowledge Palestinian deaths

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Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg at the Democratic debate held in Westerville, OH in October 2019. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

A ceasefire has been reached between Israel and groups in Gaza, after two days of violence that left 34 Palestinians dead. Many of the Democratic candidates have tweeted about the events, defending Israel’s actions while condemning rocket fire from Palestine. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders have not mentioned the situation at all.

Netanyahu’s Gaza attack targeted political foes Gantz and Joint List, says Israeli negotiator

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In the battle between Netanyahu and Gantz, Gaza pays the price. (Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

In the wake of the Israeli assassination in Gaza and the counter-attack by Islamic Jihad, a “convoy” of Netanyahu’s political allies in the Likud party have issued statements that Benny Gantz is not trustworthy because he will depend on the Joint List of Palestinian parties in order to become prime minister, says Moty Cristal, a former Israeli negotiator.

Israelis don’t trust Trump because he doesn’t phone Netanyahu, Democratic lobbyists warn

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Democratic Party lobbyists for Israel worry that Trump isn’t consulting with Israeli leaders and won’t take on Iran. There have been no phone calls between the two recently, says former ambassador Daniel Shapiro. While Michael Koplow says Israel used to have the sense that there was a “larger US umbrella that will prevent things from getting too far out of hand” in Lebanon and Syria, but they don’t feel that way now.

Israeli forces kill another young Palestinian man ‘for no reason’ in Hebron refugee camp

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Mourners surround al-Badawi's body at his home in al-Arroub on Monday, November 11, 2019 (Photo: Mosab Shawer/APA Images)

Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. A video, published by Quds News Network, shows Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, slowly exiting an alleyway next to his home and waving a white towel — seemingly to indicate to soldiers that he meant no harm.

Ilhan Omar on Peter King’s retirement: ‘Good Riddance’

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Peter King at the LBJ Library in 2015 (Photo by Jay Godwin)

After longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announced that he would not seek reelection, ending a career defined by his history of racism and Islamophobia. Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to make it clear that she wasn’t exactly upset by the news, while Senator Chuck Schumer praised the retiring Representative. “Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else,” tweeted Schumer, “He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles.”

The donor war inside the Jewish community (won’t end the occupation)

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Conservative donors have skewed the American Jewish establishment to support the occupation, said many speakers at the J Street conference. The liberal Zionist organization is mounting a power struggle inside the Jewish community. But those efforts do not include sanctions in opposition to the occupation.

Buttigieg says ‘there is a lot of blame to go around’ for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

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Pete Buttigieg on the “horrifying” humanitarian crisis in Gaza: “Like many failures, this failure has many fathers. I think that not only should Israel be respecting the human rights of people in Gaza, but Egypt could be doing things differently. The international community could do a better job, the U.S. could do a better job, and, obviously, I’m not a fan of Hamas either.”

Israeli army protects settlers disrupting Palestinian olive harvest

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Israeli army and border police declare a closed military zone in Palestinian village of Burin, to prevent activists from protecting olive tree harvest. Photo from Standing Together, published in Jerusalem Post.

“We won’t surrender to settler violence, and will stand with Palestinian farmers.” About 100 activists from Rabbis for Human Rights and an Israeli grassroots movement Standing Together sought to protect Palestinian farrmers harvesting olives in the occupied West Bank, but were driven out by the Israeli army and Border Police forces, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Biden says it would be a ‘gigantic mistake’ to condition military aid to Israel: ‘I find it to be absolutely outrageous’

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On Thursday,  by the Wall Street Journal’s Sabrina Siddiqui asked Biden whether he’d consider leveraging aid to Israel to curb settlement expansion. “Not me. Look, I have been on record from very early on opposed to settlements, and I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told the reporter, “And Netanyahu knows my position. But the idea that we would draw military assistance from Israel, on the condition that they change a specific policy, I find it to be absolutely outrageous.”