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Gaza tunnel smugglers cutting through Egypt’s wall July 22, 2010

By Karoun Demirjian RAFAH, Gaza Strip — A Palestinian tunnel smuggler with a blowtorch sliced through an underground steel wall early Thursday, the latest of what officials say are hundreds of holes cut into the Egyptian barrier meant to stop smuggling of goods, cash and weapons to the blockaded, Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Smugglers say the […]

Gazans stage first-ever display of classic cars July 2, 2010

By Karoun Demirjian GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In this besieged land where every bumpy road quickly reaches a dead end of fences and walls, vintage car collecting is not exactly a typical hobby. But in a first-ever show here, Gaza’s small cadre of antique auto aficionados unveiled their classic roadsters this week and brought […]

Israel wakes up to potential of Arab sector June 16, 2010

By Karoun Demirjian NAZARETH, Israel — In the year since he graduated from Israel’s top technical college, Samer Kablawi has sent out over 50 resumes to high-tech companies — and had one interview. It’s a predicament that may seem typical for young graduates in a world still emerging from recession. But Kablawi notes one discrepancy: […]

Israel could end natural gas imports June 3, 2010

By Karoun Demirjian TEL AVIV, Israel—A U.S. energy company announced Tuesday that a project it is developing off the Israeli coast could soon end the country’s longtime dependence on natural gas imports. Noble Energy Chief Executive Charles D. Davidson said the Tamar gas field — set to become operational in 2012 — will allow Israel […]

Flotilla bound for blockaded Gaza delayed May 29, 2010

By Karoun Demirjian JERUSALEM —Ships carrying 10,000 tons of supplies and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to blockaded Gaza were being held up near Cyprus on Saturday, as organizers tried to get nearly two dozen high-profile supporters on board. The flotilla was initially to set sail toward Gaza on Saturday afternoon, and approach the territory today, […]

Despite anger, US unlikely to cut military aid to Israel March 20, 2010

By Karoun Demirjian JERUSALEM—The diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and Israel has sent a tremor through their alliance, but one key part of the bond seems virtually untouchable: the roughly $3 billion a year in U.S. military aid. Israel’s harsher critics often call for aid cuts to twist Israel’s arm. Yet amid the uproar of […]