ICJ hearings on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land: Day 3

The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, held the third day of hearings Wednesday on the legal consequences of Israel’s policies and practices “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Dozens of countries are expected to present oral arguments during the hearings, which span six days and deal with questions of Israeli control … Read more

Israel’s GDP contracts nearly 20% in fourth quarter amid Gaza war

An Israeli national flag above produce for sale at Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.  Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Israel’s gross domestic product shrank by nearly 20% in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to official figures. The contraction was significantly larger than expected — analysts predicted a … Read more

Top UN court to open hearings into Israel’s occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Historic hearings are opening on Monday at the United Nations’ top court into the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. Palestinian representatives will speak first as the International Court of Justice begins hearing legal arguments following a request submitted by the U.N. General Assembly for … Read more

Israel’s six-week drive to hit Hamas in Rafah and scale back war

By Samia Nakhoul, Jonathan Saul and Humeyra Pamuk DOHA (Reuters) – Israel expects to continue full-scale military operations in Gaza for another six to eight weeks as it prepares to mount a ground invasion of the enclave’s southernmost city of Rafah, four officials familiar with the strategy said. Military chiefs believe they can significantly damage … Read more

Israel’s Netanyahu slams Brazilian president’s comparison of Gaza war to the Holocaust

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel on Sunday condemned Brazil’s president for comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of being antisemitic and trivializing the Nazi genocide of European Jews during World War II. The outcry further strained relations between the countries, which have deteriorated since President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva returned … Read more

Live updates | Israel’s war against Hamas, now in its fifth month, has devastated Gaza’s hospitals

The war between Israel and Hamas, now in its fifth month, has devastated the health sector in the Gaza Strip, with less than half of its hospitals only partially functioning as scores of people are killed and wounded in daily bombardments. Israel accuses the militants of using hospitals and other civilian buildings as cover. Palestinians … Read more

Israel’s finance minister blasts Moody’s downgrade of the the country’s credit rating

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel’s finance minister on Sunday slammed the decision by financial ratings agency Moody’s to downgrade Israel’s credit rating, saying the announcement is a “political manifesto” that “did not include serious economic claims.” Moody’s dropped the rating on Israel’s debt on Friday, warning that the ongoing war in Gaza and a possible … Read more

Aid groups condemn Israel’s plans to remove civilians from Rafah combat zones

Moody’s downgraded Israel’s credit rating Friday and changed its outlook for the country to negative, citing the war with Hamas and reflecting the ratings agency’s concern that the conflict could become a long-term economic burden. Moody’s downgraded Israel’s rating from A1 to A2, which is still in a category it considers “low credit risk.” The … Read more

Israel’s next target in Gaza war is likely Rafah. Terrified people say there’s nowhere left to go

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s southernmost town, Rafah, is bursting at the seams. Nearly the last place spared an Israeli offensive so far, Rafah’s population has more than quintupled with Palestinians streaming in to escape fighting. They pack by the dozens into apartments. Sidewalks and once-empty lots are clogged with tents full of families. Panic … Read more