Israel

  • He's the wild card whose previous comments about Israel have created some anxiety among many who will attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference this week in Washington. Photo by Chris Keane/Reuters
    March 21, 2016  

    WASHINGTON — As America’s leading pro-Israel group prepares to hear from nearly all the presidential candidates, most eyes in the audience of thousands will be on GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Continue reading

  • Relatives of Palestinian Ahmad Aamer, 16, who the Israeli military said was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after he tried to stab them, mourn during his funeral in the West Bank village of Mas'ha near Salfit March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini - RTSA1YC
    March 9, 2016  

    A wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces has left the Middle Eastern state in turmoil, further exacerbated by the recent ballistic missile tests from Iran’s hardline Republican Guard faction. Gwen Ifill talks to Daniel Estrin of the Associated Press for more on the situation in Israel. Continue reading

  • Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's envoy to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, speaks to during news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2016. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool - RTS9ETA
    March 9, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. special forces captured the Islamic State group’s chemical weapons chief in a raid in northern Iraq last month, while recent follow-up airstrikes destroyed IS chemical facilities. Also, U.S. and Somali forces are reported to have killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in a joint overnight raid west of Mogadishu. Continue reading

  • U.S Vice President Joe Biden (L) stands next to former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  - RTS9USR
    March 8, 2016  

    On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel to begin two days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders currently mired in a deep and violent impasse. Biden also hopes to mend the relations between the Obama White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Friedman of the New York Times for his take on why the peace talks won’t work. Continue reading

  • Israeli security forces search the area where, according to Israeli police spokesperson, at least 10 Israelis were stabbed, in the popular Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  - RTS9V4S
    March 8, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, an American tourist was killed and a dozen Israelis were wounded in a wave of attacks by Palestinian militants in the cities of Jaffa and Jerusalem. Also, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles in recent days — action that U.S. officials said may violate a UN prohibition, though it does not break the recent nuclear agreement. Continue reading

  • violins of hope
    February 12, 2016  

    At a music shop in Israel, a violinmaker has been collecting stringed instruments once owned by inmates of Nazi concentration camps. Largely silent for seven decades, they now speak for horrors of the Holocaust as part of a project called “The Violins of Hope.” Special correspondent David C. Barnett from WVIZ/PBS ideastream reports from Cleveland on a series of concerts and exhibits they inspired. Continue reading

  • Riad Hijab, Syrian opposition coordinator for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) attends a news conference after the Geneva peace talks were paused in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3 , 2016. U.N.-mediated talks to end the war in Syria are on pause until Feb. 25, U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, saying the talks had not failed but needed immediate help from international backers led by the United States and Russia. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy - RTX25BRP
    February 3, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Syrian peace talks in Geneva came to a halt after just two days of negotiations, with both sides refusing to compromise; the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria said talks would resume later in the month. Also, three Palestinians armed with guns, knives and bombs killed a border security officer and wounded another in Jerusalem. Continue reading

  • A German police secures the main train station in Munich, Germany, January 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle - RTX20PL3
    January 1, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a gunman killed two and wounded at least three others at a popular bar in Tel Aviv. A manhunt was launched for the unidentified shooter. Also, Bavaria’s top security official says there’s no longer any concrete indications of a specific terror threat, after police in Munich evacuated train stations on concerns that Islamic State extremists planned to attack. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington October 1,  2014.     REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    December 30, 2015  

    The rift between the U.S. and Israel over the Iran deal was no secret, but according to The Wall Street Journal, that dispute was fed by high stakes political espionage by both countries and ensnared members of Congress. Adam Entous of The Wall Street Journal discusses the story with Gwen Ifill. Continue reading

  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will travel to Jordan next month. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Reuters
    December 10, 2015   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Republican Donald Trump has scrapped a planned trip to Israel, saying he will reschedule “at a later date after I become President of the U.S.” Continue reading