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  • Hamas commander killed; IDF soldier seriously injured in clash near Gaza border

    3 days ago

    Israeli forces shot dead a member of Hamas's armed wing after a firefight erupted along the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and an Israeli soldier was wounded, Gaza hospital officials and the Israeli army said.

    The military said in a statement that a routine patrol on the...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    2 weeks ago

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • Israel allows transit of Gaza produce to West Bank

    November 6, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Israel on Thursday allowed Palestinian farmers to ship produce from the blockaded Gaza Strip to the West Bank, via Israeli territory, for the first time since 2007.

    Israeli authorities said such shipments, which they halted after Hamas Islamists seized the Gaza Strip seven years...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    October 29, 2014 | 10:05 am

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

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  • At least three drugs smugglers killed in attack along Egypt border

    October 22, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    At least three attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, probably drugs smugglers, were killed after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday and wounded two, the Israeli military said.

    The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis and...

  • Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza in coming weeks

    October 13, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A Palestinian official close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line that security preparations are underway for the president to visit the Gaza Strip in the next few weeks: the first time since...

  • No let-up in Gaza war, Israel moves to protect its economy

    August 25, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Israeli air strikes killed at least nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and militants kept up cross-border rocket fire on Monday as Israel moved to cushion its economy against the effects of a war now in its seventh week.

    Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Deep underground, Mohammed Deif shapes Hamas war with Israel

    August 14, 2014 | 9:53 am

    Israeli assassination attempts may have left him badly hurt and driven him deep underground, but Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas' armed wing in the Gaza Strip, has emerged as a mastermind of the war with Israel.

    As chief strategist behind a network of tunnels under...

  • Cease-fire reportedly extended

    August 13, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    The Israeli and Palestinian delegations reportedly agreed to extend their cease-fire for at least three days, according to several news reports.

    Meanwhile, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Wednesday night starting two hours before the...

  • Hamas spokesman denies any rockets fired from Gaza at Israel

    August 13, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    A Hamas spokesman denied on Wednesday any rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, after the Israeli military and police reported a rocket launched from the territory had landed in southern Israel.

    Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas "denies there was any rocket fire...

  • Israel says no white phosphorous fired in Gaza this time

    August 12, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Israel fired almost five times more artillery shells into Gaza during the last month of fighting than in the 2008-2009 war there but did not use controversial white phosphorous this time around, an Israeli general said on Tuesday.

    Criticized by human rights groups after the...

  • After Gaza: The trail of destruction and its costs

    August 11, 2014 | 10:49 am

    With news of the latest cease-fire between Israel and Gaza just announced (on Sunday), residents on both sides will now seek to return to their routines.  Most Israelis thankfully no longer have to dash to the bomb shelter.  Meanwhile, the families of the 64 fallen soldiers and...

  • Livni: Fanatics in Gaza, Iraq need dealing with

    August 8, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the world must respond to jihadists in Gaza and Iraq.

    Livni made the statement in a Facebook post on Friday morning. Her post came as Israeli jets struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire and hours after President Barack...

  • Israeli minister urges Germany and EU to send inspectors to Gaza

    August 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has urged Germany to help find a solution to the conflict in Gaza and send inspectors to Gaza's borders along with other European Union countries.

    Mediators were working on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and the Palestinians...

  • French, Indian TV show Hamas rocket launches in civilian areas

    August 6, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    French and Indian TV stations broadcast footage showing Hamas rocket launching facilities in a civilian area.

    The French TV station, France 24, showed a rocket launching pad located about 100 yards from a United Nations building flying the blue U.N. flag. A hotel housing...

  • Why Israel must negotiate with Hamas

    August 6, 2014 | 9:48 am

    The following article appeared in the Italian and Israeli press, and is offered here for the first time in English.  Its author is the distinguished Novelist, Alef Bet Yehoshua, well known as well for his advocacy of peace initiatives and his argument that Israel constitutes a kind...

  • 2014 Israel – Gaza Conflict: Twitter Sentiment Analysis by MasterMineDS

    August 6, 2014 | 8:54 am

    Digital War

    Israel under war 2014 [Publisher's Note: This article arrived yesterday August 5, 2014, but is being published on August 6, 2014]

    Today at 8AM a cease fire has been declared in operation Protective Edge. The public discussion over the operation, however, will stay with us for a long...

  • Google pulls ‘Bomb Gaza’ game from app store after backlash

    August 4, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    A mobile game that simulates Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and invites users to "drop bombs and avoid killing civilians" has been pulled from Google Inc's app store, a company spokesman said on Monday after a public backlash.

    "Bomb Gaza," developed by PlayFTW and still...

  • 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,...

  • Hamas says will abide by three-day Gaza truce to begin on Friday

    July 31, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    Hamas, the dominant militant group in the Gaza Strip, said it would abide by a three-day mutual ceasefire with Israel to begin early on Friday.

    "Acknowledging a call by the United Nations and in consideration of the situation of our people, resistance factions agreed to a 72-hour...

  • The casualty war

    July 29, 2014 | 11:26 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the...

  • Gaza conflict to dent, not break Israel economy

    July 29, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Israel's war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is expected to cost it billions of dollars, temporarily hurt economic growth and put pressure on the government's finances.

    Analysts and officials compare the current operation to a one-month war between Israel and...

  • Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza campaign, Netanyahu says

    July 28, 2014 | 10:59 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday his country must prepare for a long conflict in the Gaza Strip, squashing any hopes of a swift end to fighting that has already cost more than 1,000 lives.

    In a televised address, a grim-faced Netanyahu said that any...

  • Palestinian fighters raid Israel on Gaza ‘truce’ day

    July 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.

    The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the...

  • U.N. chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing

    July 23, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation.

    The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, found the...

  • U.S. commits $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza

    July 22, 2014 | 8:58 am

    The United States has committed $47 million to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    The money will be for “direct humanitarian assistance,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday night in Cairo at a news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban...

  • State Department warns Americans on Israel travel

    July 22, 2014 | 8:52 am

    The U.S. State Department warned American citizens to defer non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank.

    The warning issued Monday also reaffirmed the “longstanding strong warning” to U.S. citizens against any travel to the Gaza Strip. It was reissued due to the “current...

  • Israel U.N. envoy says no Israeli soldier kidnapped in Gaza

    July 20, 2014 | 7:42 pm

    Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Sunday there was no kidnapped Israeli soldier, dismissing a televised announcement in the Gaza Strip from Hamas's armed wing that it had captured an Israeli soldier during the fighting in Shejaia.

    "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," Prosor told reporters at the United Nations as the Security Council held an emergency meeting on the escalating crisis between Israel and Palestinians.

    Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Michael Urquhart

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