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  • The virtues of isolation

    2 weeks ago

    By accepting a ceasefire with Hamas, Israel's leaders have revoked Israeli citizens' inalienable right to live free within secure borders. Choosing shame over victory, the government in Jerusalem has allowed the terrorist group ruling Gaza to dictate the timing and terms of the...

  • Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

    3 weeks ago

    Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday in his first public statements since an open-ended cease-fire went into effect the...

  • Kerry to Israel and Palestinians: Comply completely with cease-fire

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israel and the Palestinians to “fully and completely” comply with the terms of their latest cease-fire.

    Kerry issued a statement Tuesday evening after the open-ended truce went into effect at 7 p.m. Israel time.

    Meanwhile, a second...

  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire extended 24 hours as progress made on long-term truce

    August 18, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly have confirmed that the Gaza cease-fire will be extended by 24 hours.

    The extension of the current five-day cease-fire, which is set to expire at midnight Monday, will allow the sides to continue to discuss a long-term truce.

    The...

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  • No sign of Gaza talks breakthrough as cease-fire nears end

    August 18, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Talks in Cairo on ending the Gaza war showed no signs of a breakthrough on Monday, with Israel and the Palestinians entrenched in their demands hours before the expiry of a five-day cease-fire.

    The truce is due to run out at 5.00 p.m. EDT. A Palestinian source quoted by Egypt's...

  • Palestinians view Meshaal’s role during war as ‘positive’

    August 18, 2014 | 9:37 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite talk of popular pique at Khaled Meshaal because of his accumulated wealth and impetuous goading of Israel from the safe distance of 1,200 miles while the Gaza Strip suffered carnage and devastation, the Hamas...

  • Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce

    August 15, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused Israel on Friday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We have no knowledge of such an incident."

    The...

  • Islamic Jihad: Cease-fire agreement on Gaza expected next week

    August 15, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    A spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad in Gaza said a cease-fire agreement will be signed with Israel next week, though Israeli officials have not confirmed this.

    Yousef al-Hasayneh told the Ma’an news agency Friday that his group “expects a complete truce agreement to be signed...

  • Negotiations progress as cease-fire holds

    August 14, 2014 | 9:29 am

    Indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas are moving forward as both sides adhere to a renewed cease-fire.

    A Palestinian negotiator in Cairo reported agreement “on many points” Thursday, according to the French news agency AFP.

    Rockets were fired from Gaza as a previous...

  • Netanyahu orders Israeli response to Gaza rocket fire, official says

    August 13, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to respond to Gaza rocket fire moments before a three-day truce expired on Wednesday, an Israeli official said.

    "With the breach of the cease-fire by Hamas, the prime minister and defense minister ordered the...

  • BREAKING: Israeli police confirm rocket fired from Gaza landed in Southern Israel

    August 13, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel two hours before the deadline of a 72-hour cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    One rocket exploded Wednesday night in an unpopulated area of the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, The Jerusalem Post reported. No damage or...

  • Rocket alerts sounded in southern Israel

    August 13, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Sirens warning of incoming rockets from Gaza went off in southern Israel on Wednesday, signaling a possible breakdown of a three-day truce about two hours before it was due to expire.

    The Israeli military and police were checking whether any rockets had actually been fired or...

  • Little progress reported at Cairo truce talks

    August 12, 2014 | 11:59 am

    Negotiators at the Israel-Hamas truce talks in Cairo said they were still far from an agreement.

    Palestinian officials said Tuesday that the current three-day cease-fire between the sides will be the final one unless Israel and Hamas make progress toward a truce. The cease-fire,...

  • Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war

    August 11, 2014 | 8:36 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed indirect talks mediated by Egypt on Monday on ending a month-old Gaza war, Egypt's state news agency said, after a new 72-hour truce appeared to be holding.

    The Israeli military said one rocket was launched at the Tel Aviv area, in...

  • Israel, Palestinians launch new three-day truce

    August 10, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    Israel and the Palestinians held their fire early on Monday at the start of a new 72-hour cease-fire proposed by Egypt that took effect at 2100 GMT.

    There were no immediate reports of breaches of the cease-fire although Hamas claimed it fired rockets as far as the Tel Aviv area...

  • The story behind NDTV’s rocket launch footage

    August 7, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Two days after NDTV’s report showing Hamas fighters in Gaza preparing and then launching a rocket aimed at Israel in Gaza, reporter Sreenivasan Jain tells the backstory of the video heard ’round the world. (The video went viral and was even featured at a news conference with...

  • Mediators race against clock to extend Gaza truce

    August 7, 2014 | 11:07 am

    Mediators worked against the clock on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, as the three-day ceasefire went into its final 24 hours.

    Israel said it was ready to agree to an extension as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israelis and...

  • Israel, Palestinians accept Egypt’s 72-hour truce bid

    August 4, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire to end four weeks of fighting in the Gaza Strip, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash to the violence.

    Egypt's plan called for a 72-hour-long truce to...

  • Israel agrees to Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire, official says

    August 4, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Israel agreed on Monday to an Egyptian proposal for a three-day ceasefire in a four-week-old Gaza war, to start at 0500 GMT (9 p.m. PST) on Tuesday, an Israeli official said.

    "We agree to begin implementing the Egyptian initiative. If the cease-fire is upheld there will be no...

  • Humanitarian cease-fire called by Israel broken by rocket fire from Gaza

    August 4, 2014 | 8:49 am

    Israel’s military said it was observing a seven-hour unilateral humanitarian cease-fire.

    Monday’s “humanitarian window” was set to last until 5 p.m., according to the Israel Defense Forces.

    Israel said several rockets were fired into the country during its cessation of fire.

    ...
  • U.S. officials: Soldier’s capture during cease-fire ‘barbaric’

    August 1, 2014 | 8:29 am

    Obama administration officials called Hamas’ apparent capture of an Israeli soldier in the hours a cease-fire was supposed to be in effect “barbaric” and “outrageous.”

    “That would be a rather barbaric violation of the ceasefire agreement,” Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman,...

  • Israel says truce over after soldier apparently captured in Gaza

    August 1, 2014 | 7:20 am

    Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came in effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.

    Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded some 220,...

  • Israel and Hamas agree on 72-hour humanitarian Gaza cease-fire

    July 31, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

    The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. local time (1.00 a.m....

  • IDF authorizes humanitarian window in Gaza fighting

    July 30, 2014 | 9:32 am

    The Israeli military authorized a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.

    The window between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time appears to apply primarily to air strikes and does not apply to the areas where Israeli soldiers already are operating. The Israel Defense Forces also...

  • Dermer: Attacks on Kerry ‘unwarranted’

    July 28, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry is “unwarranted,” the Israeli ambassador to Washington said, as U.S. officials made public their unhappiness with the attacks.

    “Israel appreciates that President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice,...

  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    July 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    Behind the feud between John Kerry and Israel over the secretary of state’s efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire is a larger tension concerning the role of Turkey and Qatar in Palestinian affairs.

    Israeli officials rejected the proposal for a cease-fire advanced by Kerry in part...

  • Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

    July 28, 2014 | 10:51 am

    President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes.

    The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call...

  • Hamas requests additional 24-hour cease-fire as rocket fire continues

    July 27, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Hamas asked for an additional 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire, after Israel called off its own 24-hour  unilateral cease-fire due to continued rockets fired from Gaza.

    Hamas requested a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday through Robert Serry, the United...

  • Israel extends Gaza humanitarian ceasefire for another 24 hours

    July 26, 2014 | 8:07 pm

    Israel's security cabinet approved extending the humanitarian cease-fire begun early on Saturday until midnight local time (1700 EST) on Sunday, an Israeli government official said.

    "At the request of the United Nations, the cabinet has approved a humanitarian hiatus until...

  • Israel agrees to 12-hour Gaza cease-fire

    July 25, 2014 | 7:54 pm

    Israel has agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in fighting with militants in the Gaza Strip to start at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.

    The spokeswoman said that during the brief truce, troops would keep searching for tunnels used by militants and that the military will "respond if terrorists choose to exploit this time to attack Israel Defense Forces personnel or fire at Israeli civilians."

    "Gaza civilians who have been requested to vacate from their residents are to refrain from returning," the spokeswoman said.

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