ISRAEL - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/ISRAEL News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Israel, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58344862-68/hamas-gaza-israel-war.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58344862-68/hamas-gaza-israel-war.html.csp">Israel, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TIA GOLDENBERG</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and IBRAHIM BARZAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T22:31:14.647-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 10:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jerusalem • Both Israel’s prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the war, with both hard-liners in his governing coalition, as well as residents of rocket-scarred southern Israel, saying the war was a failure becaus...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583448622014-08-27T22:31:14.647-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-27T22:31:14.647-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58344862@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:31:14 MDT Rebels capture only Syrian border crossing to Israel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345343-68/israel-crossing-syria-israeli.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345343-68/israel-crossing-syria-israeli.html.csp">Rebels capture only Syrian border crossing to Israel</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Liz Sly and Ruth Eglash</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T22:27:53.497-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 10:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Syrian rebels Wednesday claimed control of the only border crossing between Syria and Israel, extending a series of gains in the strategically sensitive Golan Heights in recent days. The capture of the crossing point is of greater symbolic than strategic significance for the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, given the decades-old state of war that has prevailed between Israel and Syria. It does, however, consolidate rebel control over Syria’s border with Israe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58345343@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:27:53 MDT AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war’s end in Gaza http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58343274-68/hamas-israel-gaza-palestinian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58343274-68/hamas-israel-gaza-palestinian.html.csp">AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war’s end in Gaza</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAN PERRY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T12:41:51.627-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 12:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tel Aviv, Israel • The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza. In a sense, Israel got what it wanted: Hamas stopped firing rockets in exchange for mostly vague promises and future talks. But the cost to Israel was huge: Beyond the 70 people killed — all but six of them soldiers — the economy has been set...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583432742014-08-27T12:41:51.627-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-27T12:41:51.627-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58343274@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:41:51 MDT Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58338448-68/gaza-hamas-fire-cease.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58338448-68/gaza-hamas-fire-cease.html.csp">Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T20:18:03.966-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 08:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets Tuesday to celebrate the announcement that Hamas and Israel had agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200 people. “We have won,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri exulted at a news conference in front of Shifa Hospital. He said the group’s fighters had accomplished “what no Arab army has done. We have defeated them,” referring to Israel. His exuberance aside, officials f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58338448@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:18:03 MDT Fighting forces 70% of Israelis along Gaza border to leave homes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58336057-68/gaza-fighting-israeli-palestinian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58336057-68/gaza-fighting-israeli-palestinian.html.csp">Fighting forces 70% of Israelis along Gaza border to leave homes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By IAN DEITCH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-25T19:55:02.301-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 07:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jerusalem • Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands of Israelis have fled the area in nearly two months of fighting, which has turned the communities into virtual ghost towns. With the school year fast approaching, the government began offering assistance to residents Monday in the first large-scale voluntary ev...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583360572014-08-25T19:55:02.301-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-25T19:55:02.301-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58336057@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:55:02 MDT Abbas to appeal to U.N. for end of Israeli occupation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58332664-68/israel-gaza-palestinian-palestinians.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58332664-68/israel-gaza-palestinian-palestinians.html.csp">Abbas to appeal to U.N. for end of Israeli occupation</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and IBRAHIM BARZAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-24T21:01:02.377-06:00">Updated Aug 24, 2014 09:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ramallah, West Bank • Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an independent Palestinian state. President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to unveil his proposal as part of a “day after” plan following the current war in the Gaza Strip, likely at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Tuesday, said the aides, who spoke on cond...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583326642014-08-24T21:01:02.377-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-24T21:01:02.377-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58332664@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:01:02 MDT Palestinian president prepares new U.N. appeal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58331170-68/gaza-israel-palestinian-israeli.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58331170-68/gaza-israel-palestinian-israeli.html.csp">Palestinian president prepares new U.N. appeal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and IBRAHIM BARZAK </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-24T15:44:51.876-06:00">Updated Aug 24, 2014 03:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an independent Palestinian state. President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to unveil his proposal as part of a “day after” plan following the current war in the Gaza Strip, likely at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Tuesday, said the aides, who spoke on con...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583311702014-08-24T15:44:51.876-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-24T15:44:51.876-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58331170@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:44:51 MDT Israeli missiles flatten Gaza apartment tower http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58329484-68/gaza-hamas-israel-israeli.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58329484-68/gaza-hamas-israel-israeli.html.csp">Israeli missiles flatten Gaza apartment tower</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KARIN LAUB</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and PETER ENAV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-23T19:43:01.983-06:00">Updated Aug 23, 2014 07:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of truce talks is unlikely, despite another appeal by mediator Egypt. Gaps between Israel and Hamas on a border deal for blockaded Gaza remain vast, and repeated rounds of talks have ended in failure. ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58329484@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:43:01 MDT Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58325443-68/gaza-israel-hamas-military.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58325443-68/gaza-israel-hamas-military.html.csp">Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KARIN LAUB</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and YOUSUR ALHLOU</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-22T16:24:59.947-06:00">Updated Aug 22, 2014 04:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one incident, masked gunmen lined up seven men, their heads covered by bags, along a wall outside a Gaza City mosque and shot them to death in front of hundreds of people, witnesses said. A note pinned on the wall said they had leake...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583254432014-08-22T16:24:59.947-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-22T16:24:59.947-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58325443@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:24:59 MDT Some U.S. colleges calling students back from Israel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58323171-68/israel-programs-students-university.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58323171-68/israel-programs-students-university.html.csp">Some U.S. colleges calling students back from Israel</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEPHEN SINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T19:32:08.334-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 07:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Hartford, Conn. • Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave. Colleges say security was the top concern, citing advisories about hazardous travel from the U.S. State Department and from insurance companies that cover students for health, accidents, security and even the cost of evacuation. “On the one hand, we wan...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583231712014-08-21T19:32:08.334-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T19:32:08.334-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58323171@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:32:08 MDT Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58321366-68/hamas-gaza-israel-military.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58321366-68/hamas-gaza-israel-military.html.csp">Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By IBRAHIM BARZAK </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and PETER ENAV</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T19:32:08.276-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 07:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization’s morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel’s intelligence services. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including the three senior Hamas commanders. The trio had played a key role in expanding Hamas’ military capabilities in re...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583213662014-08-21T19:32:08.276-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T19:32:08.276-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58321366@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:32:08 MDT Plans for tonight: Choose your reggae http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/58301036-66/com-http-israel-smith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/moviecricket/58301036-66/com-http-israel-smith.html.csp">Plans for tonight: Choose your reggae</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T13:10:02.299-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 01:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">• Reggae superstar Ziggy Marley performs at The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Show starts at 9. Tickets are $35, at Smith’s Tix. • Reggae harmony band Israel Vibration performs, backed by Roots Radics, at Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City. Opening act: The Sarah B Band. Show starts at 9. Tickets are $20, at Smith’s Tix.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58301036@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:10:02 MDT Egyptian cease-fire efforts collapse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58312935-68/gaza-hamas-israel-palestinian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58312935-68/gaza-hamas-israel-palestinian.html.csp">Egyptian cease-fire efforts collapse</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T19:50:41.322-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 07:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least two Palestinians were killed. The burst of violence erupted in the hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. It left the Egyptian mediation efforts in tatters, and raised the likelihood of a new round of violence. Israe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583129352014-08-19T19:50:41.322-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-19T19:50:41.322-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58312935@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:50:41 MDT Israel, Hamas agree to extend talks by 24 hours http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58310717-68/hamas-gaza-israel-palestinian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58310717-68/hamas-gaza-israel-palestinian.html.csp">Israel, Hamas agree to extend talks by 24 hours</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T20:12:42.094-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 08:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">CAIRO • Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. The announcement came just minutes before a temporary truce was set to expire at midnight, averting a resumption of the fighting that has caused devastating damage across Gaza and disrupted life throughout southern Israel. “Palestinian...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583107172014-08-18T20:12:42.094-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T20:12:42.094-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58310717@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:12:42 MDT Letter: Let Israel wage war without U.S. aid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309755-82/war-aid-israel-complicit.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58309755-82/war-aid-israel-complicit.html.csp">Letter: Let Israel wage war without U.S. aid</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T16:36:02.652-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 04:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has rejected Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace-making efforts as unwanted and unwelcome, as he is free to do. Israel has been provoked and has a right to defend itself and retaliate, but a long-established principle of “just war” is proportionality. Inflicting casualties at a rate of 100 for one grossly fails to meet this standard and amounts to reprisal against an entire population. Our military aid makes us complicit in what, by any objective standard, are...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309755@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:36:02 MDT Israel quarterly growth down as exports plunge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58309444-79/percent-cut-rate-israel.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58309444-79/percent-cut-rate-israel.html.csp">Israel quarterly growth down as exports plunge</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Amy Teibel</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T11:55:01.708-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 11:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jerusalem • Israel’s economic expansion slowed in the second quarter as exports plunged almost 18 percent, fueling speculation that the central bank may cut interest rates again to spur growth. Gross domestic product grew 1.7 percent, compared with a revised rate of 2.8 percent in the first three months of the year, the Central Bureau of Statistics in Jerusalem said Sunday. The median estimate of five economists was for a growth rate of 2.7 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309444@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:55:01 MDT Hamas hoping for more concessions in truce talks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58307101-68/hamas-gaza-israel-abbas.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58307101-68/hamas-gaza-israel-abbas.html.csp">Hamas hoping for more concessions in truce talks</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-17T20:31:55.458-06:00">Updated Aug 17, 2014 08:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cairo • The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory, while other factions, including delegates representing President Mahmoud Abbas, were inclined to accept. Hamas officials said they were holding out in hopes of getting more concessions in the Egyptian-mediated talks. With a temporary truce set to expire late Mond...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583071012014-08-17T20:31:55.458-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-17T20:31:55.458-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58307101@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:31:55 MDT Letter: Obama just playing hand he was dealt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58297582-82/obama-chamberlain-bomb-chaos.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58297582-82/obama-chamberlain-bomb-chaos.html.csp">Letter: Obama just playing hand he was dealt</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T16:28:06.107-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 04:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mr. Papadakis (“Obama as Chamberlain,” Aug. 13) obviously was not alive for the last 14 years. George W. Bush created the instability we are now paying for, not to mention the budget deficit by putting two long wars off the books from 2003-2008. He walked away and began painting while leaving all his disastrous mistakes for Obama to cope with. Mr. Obama is trying to pick up the pieces and bring some order out of the chaos left him. He doesn’t want more war or boots on the ground, unlike Sens....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58297582@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:28:06 MDT Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58298832-68/hamas-israel-gaza-cairo.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58298832-68/hamas-israel-gaza-cairo.html.csp">Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and TIA GOLDENBERG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-14T20:20:02.913-06:00">Updated Aug 14, 2014 08:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cairo • Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. But with the sides’ demands still seemingly irreconcilable, that optimism may be premature and a deal not so close in the making. Israel and Hamas are observing a five-day cease-fire which began at midnight Wednesday, in an attempt to allow talks between the sides in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582988322014-08-14T20:20:02.913-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-14T20:20:02.913-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298832@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:20:02 MDT Gaza truce extension fans hope of lasting deal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58297162-68/hamas-israel-cairo-gaza.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58297162-68/hamas-israel-cairo-gaza.html.csp">Gaza truce extension fans hope of lasting deal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-14T11:49:02.067-06:00">Updated Aug 14, 2014 11:49AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cairo • A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appeared to be holding despite a rocky start on Thursday, fanning cautious optimism of progress in the indirect negotiations underway in Cairo between Israel and major Palestinian factions, including Hamas. It’s the longest cease-fire to be declared since the war broke out last month in the Gaza Strip. The fighting has so far killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, according to Palestinian and U.N. officials. Israel has lo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582971622014-08-14T11:49:02.067-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-14T11:49:02.067-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58297162@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:49:02 MDT