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  • Gaza rocket lands in Egypt as border tension simmers

    August 24, 2011 | 9:33 am

    A woman was injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into the Egyptian town of Rafah on Wednesday, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported, as tension simmered in the region after a spate of cross-border violence.

    The woman was taken to hospital with light injuries, said a...

  • After rapid escalation, Israel, Egypt and Hamas try to hold their fire

    August 23, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    For now, it seems, a tentative cease-fire is holding.

    But after five days of violence that saw a deadly terrorist attack near Eilat, intense rocket fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza into southern Israel and new tremors in the Egypt-Israel relationship, Israeli leaders are keeping an...

  • Report: Iran cuts Hamas funds over Syria

    August 22, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Iran reportedly has withdrawn some funding from Hamas over the Gaza terrorist group’s refusal to hold rallies supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Reuters cited diplomatic sources claiming that intelligence briefings show that Iran has cut its funding to Hamas over the last two...

  • Israelis, Palestinians agree to a cease-fire after five-day rocket barrage

    August 22, 2011 | 8:24 am

    Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, agreed to a cease-fire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday.

    Two rockets fired from Gaza a few hours after the deal took effect fell harmlessly in an open area in southern Israel, a...

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  • Hamas announces end to truce

    August 21, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    Amid fighting unleashed by a deadly terrorist attack on southern Israel, Hamas announced it is canceling its truce with Israel.

    “There is no longer any truce with the enemy,” Hamas said in a statement broadcast on a Gaza radio station early on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post reported....

  • Beersheba school hit, resident killed as Gaza rockets pound Israel

    August 21, 2011 | 11:03 am

    A school in Beersheba was hit by a Grad rocket, one day after a city resident was killed as rockets from Gaza continue to slam into southern Israel. 

    The school in Beersheba was empty during Sunday morning’s strike, with the start of school just two weeks away. At least six rockets...

  • Rockets pound Israel as air force strikes back in Gaza

    August 19, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    A day after terrorist attacks killed 8 Israelis and wounded more than 20, Israeli airstrikes continued to pound targets in Gaza as rockets fell on Israel.

    Sixteen rockets were reported fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday. One person was seriously injured after a Grad...

  • Terror continues: Two gravely hurt by fresh gunfire hours after deadly attacks

    August 18, 2011 | 11:56 am

    Two people were critically wounded Thursday evening when gunfire erupted close to the site of a deadly series of terror attacks earlier in the day in which seven people had been killed.

    The gunfire began during a press conference by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF chief Benny...

  • Hamas denies responsibility for Israel attack

    August 18, 2011 | 11:49 am

    A senior Israeli official said the gunmen, unable to cross into Israel through the heavily patrolled border with the Gaza Strip, had gone into the Sinai and then infiltrated from there into southern Israel.

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, condemned the attack, telling...

  • Israeli air strike kills chiefs of Gaza’s PRC group

    August 18, 2011 | 10:33 am

    An Israeli air strike killed the leader of an armed Palestinian faction, a top lieutenant and three other members in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday, the group said, hours after Israel blamed gunmen from the territory for cross-border attacks.

    The Popular Resistance Committees...

  • Hamas: Israel retreated from its ‘extreme position’ on Shalit deal

    August 16, 2011 | 11:32 am

    Hamas senior official Osama Hamdan said Tuesday that Israel has shown significant flexibility in its stance regarding a prisoner exchange deal on captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

    “Israel’s extreme position regarding the deal has become significantly more flexible in light of...

  • Israel redeploys Iron Dome in south

    August 5, 2011 | 8:47 am

    Israel is redeploying the Iron Dome short range missile defense system near its Gaza Strip border because of a recent intensification of rocket fire.

    Israeli newspapers reported Friday that Ehud Barak, the defense minister, ordered the redeployment at the request of local authorities in the region.

    At least 30 rockets were fired in July. The Israeli army has responded with air raids.

  • Hamas founder, father of Israel spy, released from Israeli prison

    August 4, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Israel released from prison one of the founders of Hamas, who had been imprisoned for five years for terrorist activities.

    Sheik Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas’ most prominent figures in the West Bank, was released Thursday along with 200 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture in honor...

  • Israel intercepts Gaza flotilla ship [VIDEO]

    July 19, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Israel’s Navy intercepted a French ship heading for Gaza, the only member of the pro-Palestinian flotilla to make it to the blockaded waters.

    The French-flagged Dignity al-Karama was boarded by Israeli Naval commandoes on Tuesday afternoon, five hours after the Navy first contacted...

  • Netanyahu opposes inquiry into left-wing groups

    July 15, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu said he opposes a proposal for parliamentary investigations of Israeli groups critical of the country’s policies toward the Palestinians.

    “We don’t need investigations in the Knesset,” the Israeli prime minister said Thursday night, speaking in Tel Aviv at a...

  • Israel bombs Hamas weapons factories

    July 13, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Israeli airstrikes hit two weapons manufacturing sites in northern Gaza in response to rockets launched at Israel, the Israeli army said.

    The attack on Hamas weapons factories came early Wednesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces reported, with secondary explosions identified...

  • ‘Flytilla’ protesters stopped at European airports

    July 8, 2011 | 8:53 am

    The first wave of Palestinian protesters who hoped to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport were mostly prevented from boarding planes in European airports.

    Hundreds of protesters were due to fly in this weekend for solidarity meetings with Palestinians in the West Bank. The...

  • The Flotilla flop: International community stops provocateurs

    July 6, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    The “Free Gaza” Flotilla II campaign was a flop. Leaders of the international community essentially pulled the plug on what they recognized as a provocative and potentially dangerous anti-Israel publicity stunt.

    Flotilla organizers had planned to launch 10 to 15 ships with...

  • Weeks in captivity

    By Steve Greenberg

    July 5, 2011 | 6:25 pm

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  • One flotilla ship headed for Gaza, second turned back

    July 5, 2011 | 7:55 am

    A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.

    A small French boat with eight protesters on board left Greek waters Tuesday, the first vessel as part of a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break the Israeli naval...

  • Gaza flotilla ships to set sail Monday, organizers say

    July 3, 2011 | 11:23 am

    All operational ships slated to participate in the Gaza-bond flotilla will depart on Monday, organizers said.

    It is still unknown exactly how many ships will set for Gaza with the stated goal of breaking Israel’s maritime blockade of the coastal strip.

    The American-flagged ship,...

  • Flotilla delayed until next week

    July 1, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Activists have delayed a protest flotilla to the Gaza Strip until next week.

    The flotilla, comprised of nine boats—including one from the United States—was to set have set sail this week from Greece, with the aim of bringing attention to Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

    Activists...

  • Free the hostage, but at what price?

    By Uri Dromi

    June 29, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    The fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s cruel imprisonment by Hamas, without the Red Cross being allowed to visit him, sparked growing public pressure in Israel on the government to agree to a painful prisoner swap. As I watched the protest, my mind wandered back almost four...

  • The Face of Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    June 29, 2011 | 11:51 am

    When the thousands of delegates, journalists and observers drive to the United Nations this September for the General Assembly, I’d like to suggest that on their way they swing by the intersection of 10th Avenue and 35th Street.

    I know it’s not exactly on the way. In fact,...

  • Australian man accused by Israel of working for Hamas

    June 28, 2011 | 10:01 am

    An Australian man accused of working for Hamas denied any association with the terrorist organization during an appearance in an Israeli courtroom.

    Eyad Abu Arja, 46, was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport in March and accused of training in Syria with Hamas. The indictment alleges...

  • Hamas rejects German mediator’s offer on Shalit

    June 28, 2011 | 8:52 am

    Hamas rejected an offer to free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit made by the German mediator, a deal which the Israeli government had accepted.

    Hamas political bureau deputy chief Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzouk called the offer “unjust” and said the German mediator “endorsed the...

  • Palestinians announce official decision to ask U.N. for statehood

    June 27, 2011 | 8:44 am

    The Palestinian leadership officially decided to go ahead with plans to ask the United Nations for recognition as an independent state.

    The decision was made Sunday during a meeting in Ramallah, called by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Following the meeting, The...

  • Israel accepts terms of German deal for Shalit

    June 26, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit’s release, and was awaiting...

  • Netanyahu: Israel to toughen conditions of Palestinian prisoners

    June 23, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that he plans on toughening the conditions of Palestinian security prisoners in Israel’s prisons.

    “I have decided to change Israel’s treatment of terrorists sitting in prison,” Netanyahu said during the closing statements at the...

  • Hamas rejects Red Cross demand to prove Shalit is alive

    June 23, 2011 | 7:40 am

    The International Red Cross on Thursday urged Hamas to provide proof abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive, a request which the Islamist group quickly dismissed.

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in Gaza “The Red Cross should not get involved...

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